• UK’s BSkyB Wins Case Against Microsoft Over Use Of “SkyDrive” Name In Europe; May Have To Drop Name Or Pay Fines

    UK’s BSkyB Wins Case Against Microsoft Over Use Of “SkyDrive” Name In Europe; May Have To Drop Name Or Pay Fines

    Microsoft went big on pushing cloud services this week at its Build conference, but today it was dealt a blow for how it might get to market them in Europe. BSkyB, the pay-TV broadcaster part-owned by News Corp., won a judgement in the England and Wales High Court against the U.S. software giant, for infringing the “Sky” trademark. Read More

  • Record Profits Of $1.9B For News Corp’s BSkyB As PayTV Co. Launches Triple Play In Ireland

    Record Profits Of $1.9B For News Corp’s BSkyB As PayTV Co. Launches Triple Play In Ireland

    BSkyB, the UK-based, News Corp-controlled pay-TV provider, today posted record profits for the year, rising 14 percent to £1.2 billion ($1.9 billion) in the 12 months that ended June 30. Full-year revenues were £6.8 billion ($10.4 billion), a rise of three percent on 2011. Earnings per share were also up: they are now at 50.8 pence ($0.79), a rise of 22 percent. While BSkyB has built its… Read More

  • Map My Tracks partners with Team Sky to deliver iPhone app for cyclists and fans

    When we first profiled Map My Tracks, a web service which provides real-time GPS tracking for cyclists, runners and other sporting types, we liked the concept and user experience but were critical of the subscription model employed. That was back in February 2008 and since then the service, developed by UK-based digital agency Tinderhouse, has ditched premium for a combination of free for… Read More

  • Sky to acquire VMtv from Virgin Media for up to £160 million in cash

    British Sky Broadcasting (aka Sky) has agreed to acquire Virgin Media’s VMtv, the companies jointly announced this morning. Sky will buy VMtv for a total consideration of up to £160 million in cash, with £105 million paid on completion and the remainder paid following the regulatory process. The acquisition is to expand Sky’s portfolio of basic pay TV channels and eliminate… Read More

  • 3view to launch its own trojan horse into the Internet-connected living room

    [UK] It’s not the norm for a startup based in London’s Silicon Roundabout to be in the hardware business, let alone the highly competitive world of consumer electronics. But that’s precisely the position that 3view find themselves in. The company’s Internet connected set-top box, which marriages the worlds of over-the-air broadcast television and Internet TV (IPTV)… Read More

  • Sky News iPhone app hits the 1 million download mark

    [UK] Consuming news-on-the-go is a perfect fit for the iPhone, evidenced by the plethora of news-oriented offerings in the App Store. On that note, Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News announced today that its iPhone app (iTunes link) has hit the 1 million download mark – a quick visit to the UK iTunes Store reveals that it currently sits top of the free apps chart in the news… Read More

  • SkySongs will be a Zune – late, dull… and probably brown

    [UK] Presumably missing the obvious opportunity to launch “SkyTunes” to compete with the slightly better known iTunes (I guess because of the legalities) the UK broadcaster Sky is launching SkySongs some 15 months after it said it would. Kicking off next week on October 19, the service will have all the major labels and 100 independents – but its four million catalogue… Read More

  • Real Football invading England through Sky HD

    Brits? ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL! Real football. Not that wussy, chase a ball around and get penalized if someone bumps someone else football. No, we are talking Monday Night, hard hitting, hail mary football and it’s about to hit via Sky HD. Plus, the network is going to show Super Bowl XLIII along with the Chargers vs the Saints from London’s own Wembley Stadium… Read More

  • Universal Music, Sky to launch music subscription service this year

    The UK’s Sky and Universal are the latest companies to try, and ultimately fail, to knock Apple’s iTunes off its high horse. The two have teamed up to launch a new service, due later this year, that will be one of those all-you-can-eat subscription schemes. Think Napster and Rhapsody. Thankfully, songs that are downloadable will be DRM-free. Universal is the biggest record company… Read More

  • Pantech's "Romantic Wave" – a good phone for your significant other

    Feeling loverly? This cute little phone would go great with that purse, although if your girlfriend is a gearhead she may be disappointed. But who can resist that little pink jewel? Every time you send, it’s like a baby Rudolph is giving your thumb an Eskimo kiss. The only stat I could gleam was that the thing only has a 1.3-megapixel camera, so despite having a price tag topping $400… Read More

  • Sony, Sky To Bring On-Demand Video To PSP

    UK PSP owners can look forward to on-demand video coming their way thanks to Sky. Details, the bread and butter of any story, are sort of, well, non-existent at the moment, but we do know that Sony Computer Entertainment Europe and Sky have joined forces, creating a company whose whole purpose, whose joie de vivre comes from giving you, o mighty consumer, top notch video. On-demand, no… Read More