Sky is celebrating a 10 percent rise in profit over the last quarter to the end of September. The company said revenue rose 6 percent to £2.8 billion leaving a 10 percent operating profit of £375 million. The company credit some of the increase to the growth of its connected home services such as Now TV and other on demand services which have increased Sky’s revenue in UK and Ireland.
There are millions of homes in the UK with televisions that cannot connect to the internet directly. Therefore, any access to internet TV (Over The Top) services is done via the computer or some other smart devices such as a phone or tablet. With access to Youview still subject to availability in some areas, households now have another option from Sky called NOW TV.
3view and MaxLinear have announced that they are collaborating on the development of a HD Digital TV Recorder, a hybrid IPTV and DVB-T2 set top box for 3view. The new device is to be deployed in the UK, and will enable users to view and record free content on over 50 HD TV channels and IPTV (Internet protocol TV), and will feature an integrated Sky Player and BBC iPlayer allow users to "catch up" on previously broadcasted TV shows on these two networks.
Leading pay TV provider Sky Deutschland has selected Broadcom SoC solution (BCM7325 and BCM7335) for its next generation HD Set-top Box and DVR (Digital Video Recorder) services. Sky Deutschland provides satellite, cable and internet services to approximately 95 percent of Germany and 85 percent of Austria. The new energy-efficient single chip solution will help Sky to provide multi-channel high definition viewing and digital video recording functionality for subscribers.
In an agreement with Cello, a manufacturer of LCD TVs, Sky the UKs leading digital TV supplier and 3View, a provider of hybrid DTT (digital Terrestrial Television) and IPTV set-top boxes; the Sky Player is to launch on a new range of set-top boxes and internet ready television sets.