Sky enjoys European success, Virgin rejects BT split, and Disney preps OTT platform: DTG daily news October 21st 2015

Sky pushes profits despite football pressures

Sky has increased its profits and customer base while cutting churn, in the face of pressure on the cost and availability of football rights.

The pan-European platform's first quarter results showed a 10% operating profits boost, powered by growth of the UK business, with the German operation growing despite a small cash loss, and struggling after it lost Champions League rights.

Virgin boss rejects calls for BT split

Virgin Media CEO Tom Mockridge has rejected calls for BT network division Openreach to be split from the main BT Group, warning that it would stifle investment.

The government should instead encourage competition by giving other network providers some of BT's legal benefits such as easy access to wayleaves for routing cables across private land.

Disney to launch UK subscription streaming service

Walt Disney films, books, TV shows and music will be bundled together into a streaming OTT video service for £10 a month, starting in the UK before it goes pan-European.

The DisneyLife service will offer thousands of titles, including the Pixar catalogue, although it's not clear how it will affect Disney's existing content distribution on platforms such as Sky.

Image: Disney/ABC

DTG Staff  |  21.10.2015

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