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The Sky+ Remote app for iOS devices will now allow users to record On Demand and Catch Up programming to their Sky box.

The feature will only work though when the user’s device is connected to the same Wi-Fi as their Sky box but Sky is looking to update this in the future.

“This great new feature capitalises on the iPad or iPhone touchscreen to make it easier than ever to browse and discover something new to watch, regardless of whether you are near your Sky+HD box or elsewhere in your home,” said Sky’s director of TV products Luke Bradley-Jones. Continue reading »

Team Sky will be turning green at this year’s Tour de France to help save one billion trees in the Amazon rainforest.

Team Sky’s kit, bikes, equipment and vehicles will change from blue to green for all 21 stages of the race to help raise awareness and support for Sky Rainforest Rescue, a three year partnership between Sky and WWF to help save a billion trees in the state of Acre, northwest Brazil.

Dave Brailsford, Team Sky Principal, said:

“As a team we saw the opportunity to change our bikes and kit to green as the perfect way to raise awareness of Sky Rainforest Rescue amongst the Tour de France’s millions of worldwide fans. The vital work that Sky, WWF and the Acre state government are doing to help save a billion trees is of universal importance and we are proud to be able to help support that effort.”

The nine Team Sky riders competing in the race will ride specifically created green bikes. Their entire kit will change from blue to green including jerseys, sunglasses, helmets, water bottles, saddles and they will be supported by branded team vehicles and even a new look team bus.

Graham McWilliam, Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Sky, said:

“Helping to tackle climate change is key to being a responsible business and Sky Rainforest Rescue is our most ambitious environmental project yet. The Team Sky change to green for the Tour de France is a fantastic opportunity to draw the attention of millions of fans to this important issue.”

Sky Rainforest Rescue is a three-year partnership between Sky and WWF. Deforestation is now responsible for around 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions and an area the size of three football pitches is destroyed every minute in the Amazon.

As well as raising awareness amongst the Tour de France’s millions of global fans, Team Sky also hopes to encourage donations throughout the Grand Tour. Sky will match each donation £ for £ up to £2million to the campaign target of £4million. Each £10 donated will help save 500 trees and with it, help to improve people’s lives by supporting sustainable farming methods and promote long-term conservation of the rainforest.

Team Sky is also working with CO2Balance to invest in projects that will save equivalent amounts of carbon to those created by the team’s participation in this year’s Tour de France. In addition, CO2Balance are helping Team Sky to benchmark total emissions for the season with an aim to ensuring year on year decreases in team emissions.

The 2011 Tour de France will begin on 2 July at the Passage du Gois and will finish on the Champs Elysees on 24 July. You can follow Team Sky every step of the way on http://www.teamsky.com/ .

 

Sky and British Cycling confirm a host of free events and activities taking place across the UK throughout the summer as part of Sky Ride 2011.

Following on from the success of Sky Ride2010 which saw more than 200,000 people taking part, Sky Ride 2011 will include more Sky Ride City Events and Sky Ride Locals than ever before stretching the length and breadth of the UK.

There will also be events and rides tailored specifically for women including Cycletta sponsored by and for those who are up for more of a challenge, the Sky Ride Sky Ride  Etape Hibernia plus information, advice and support all available from www.goskyride.com .   

The free Sky Ride City Events encourage families and individuals of all ages and abilities to get on their bikes for a unique traffic-free cycle ride and experience all the joys that cycling can offer. Starting in Bath on 5th June, Sky Ride City Events will move to major towns and cities across the UK including: 

Ipswich (12th June), Birmingham (3rd July), Middlesbrough (10th July), Bradford (31st July), Manchester (7th August), Southampton and Blackpool (both 14thAugust), Hull (21st August), Leicester (28thAugust), Mayor of London’s Sky Ride (4th September), Glasgow (11th September) plus the London Boroughs of Hillingdon (31stJuly) and Barking and Dagenham (21st August)  with more events still to be announced.  

Getting one million people cycling regularly by2013 

Announcing this year’s campaign Jeremy Darroch,Sky’s Chief Executive said; “ Sky Ride 2011 is going to be even better than before and together with British Cycling we’re well on our way to getting one million people back on their bikes cycling more regularly.” 

Ian Drake, CEO of British Cycling , said: “Together with Sky we want to inspire people to get out on their bikes and enjoy cycling, whether for a sport, a hobby or as a way to get fit.  After the success of Sky Ride 2009and 2010, we’re back in 2011 honouring great hills for cycling down and giving you the opportunity to get out on your bike and ride alongside stars such as Victoria Pendleton and Sir Chris Hoy.” 

Sky Ride 2011 builds on the success of the last two years, with Sky and British Cycling’s joint cycling initiatives so far having resulted in 376,400 more people cycling regularly (cycling at least once a month or 12 times a year). 

Sky Ride 2011 is backed by a line-up of celebrities,pro-cyclists and cycling experts, who will be attending various events across the UK and nominating their own Perfect Hills for cycling down, including; Singer and X Factor Winner Alexandra Burke , Presenter Lorraine Kelly , TV Star Gethin Jones . 

To find out about all the great ways you can get back on your bike this summer, including city events, local rides and lots more plus how to nominate your Perfect Hill visit: www.goskyride.com

Sky today confirmed it will launch Sky 3D, Europe’s first 3D channel, to millions of Sky homes on Friday 1st October 2010. The announcement coincided with the filming of a spectacular dance routine at St Pancras station, where Bollywood dancers performed in front of 3D cameras as part of a new SkyArts 3D production in partnership with English National Ballet.

Sky’s ground-breaking service will launch with an exciting line-up of movies and live sport . It will be available to any Sky+HD home that has invested in a 3D-ready TV. The launch weekend highlights will include:

This year’s Ryder Cup, with three days of live coverage from Celtic Manor, as Europe take on the US in the most eagerly awaited golf event of the year.

Two of the biggest grossing 3D films to date – Bolt and Monster vs. Aliens – will make their 3DTV debuts

The Sky 3D channel line-up will then continue to expand in the run-up to Christmas with a number of movie titles including: Alice in Wonderland; Ice Age – Dawn of the Dinosaurs; Coraline; Fly Me To The Moon, Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince and My Bloody Valentine. Sky has agreed with Disney, Fox, Universal, Warner Brothers, Paramount and DreamWorks to showcase the very best of Hollywood in 3D.

Sky will also offer a range of live sport, including Premier League football, from launch. Further shows spanning entertainment and the arts will be announced closer to the service’s launch.

All Sky+HD viewers with a 3D TV will be able to receive Sky 3D, as no set-top box upgrade is required. At no extra charge, customers who subscribe to Sky’s top channel and HD pack will receive access to a wide range of 3D movies, entertainment and sports.

Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Chief Executive, said: “As with High Definition, 3D is set to transform the way TV is enjoyed in homes nationwide. Following hot on the heels of the success of 3D cinema, Sky customers will now be the first anywhere in Europe to experience 3D TV from the comfort of their living rooms. They can look forward to a fantastic mix of live sport, blockbuster movies, and innovative entertainment and arts shows.”

Today’s announcement builds on the successful launch of the world’s first commercially available 3D channel in April 2010. Sky 3D is now available in more than 1,500 pubs and clubs across the UK and Ireland. Over a million sports fans have already marvelled at a range of sports broadcast live in 3D since the channel’s launch. Sports covered to date include football, rugby union, cricket, rugby league and darts.

Sky 3D is compatible with all of the 3D TVs being introduced by Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic, and works with both ‘active’ and ‘passive’ 3D formats.

To register for the latest information on Sky 3D visit: www.sky.com/3D

 

Sky Broadband will be the new sponsor of Film on the Channel 4 Network, in a major 12-month deal announced today.

The deal – which was brokered by Mediacom Beyond Advertising and begins today – includes the sponsorship of peak-time transmission of films across Channel 4 , E4 and More 4, as well as showing on their corresponding ‘+1′ channels.

The sponsorship will also extend to Channel 4 HD, E4 HD and the daily early evening film on Film4 and Film4 HD.

Films included in the package range from premieres to mainstream blockbusters, homegrown British films, genre-defining and cult classics and foreign film. The style of the sponsorship bumpers will follow on from the ‘Broadband Happily Ever’ marketing campaign, and initially focus on the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

Sky Broadband now has over 2.5 million customers. Alongside 2.2 million Sky Talk customers, Sky Broadband has been fastest growing home communications service since its launch in 2006. Around one in five Sky homes now take all three of Sky TV, Sky Broadband and Sky Talk.

Robert Tansey, Group Brand Marketing Director, said: “Sky Broadband provides a high quality, great value service, and we believe this sponsorship deal is the right way of helping customers get the message about what we have to offer.”

Previous sponsors of films on Channel 4 have included Stella Artois and Renault.

 

Sky can today announce that subscribers to the Sky Sports Pack will be given bonus access from 12th July until the end of the year to both Sky Mobile TV – the most popular mobile TV service in the UK – and Sky’s online TV service Sky Player.

This means that for a single monthly subscription Sky Sports Pack subscribers will be able to enjoy access to their favourite sports live across a range of platforms and devices including iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, PC, Mac, Windows Media Centre, Fetch TV, Sky HD and Red Button.

Subscribers will be able to watch coverage of live televised Barclays Premier League, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League and Coca Cola Football League games, as well as live coverage of international and domestic cricket, PGA European Tour Golf, Guinness Premiership Rugby and a range of other sports. There will also be live breaking news from Sky News.

Sky Mobile TV

Access to the Sky Mobile TV app allows users of the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad to stream live TV via a 3G (on iPhone) or WiFi connection (on iPhone, iPod touch or iPad).

Channels available free of charge to Sky Sports Pack subscribers include all Sky Sports channels, Sky Sports News and Sky News.

Available to download for free from the Apple iTunes App Store or at http://www.itunes.com/appstore

Sky Player

Sky Sports Pack subscribers will also be able to access live streams of all the action from Sky Sports 1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as the latest headlines from Sky News

Mike Darcey, Chief Operating Officer, BSkyB, comments: “Delivering Sky Sports and Sky News content over multiple devices – including HD over the set-top box, online and on mobile – gives our subscribers more choice and control over when and where they enjoy our services, providing more value and convenience. By offering innovative access to Sky Sports across Mobile TV and Sky Player, we are providing a truly accessible multiplatform experience for our customers.”

 

Building on the success of its mobile TV service on iPhone, Sky today announced a Sky Mobile TV app for iPad is now available on the App Store.

Sky Mobile TV is the UK’s most popular mobile TV service and offers a high-quality live TV viewing experience on the move, offering access to all Sky Sports channels and Sky News.

The new bespoke app has been created to take advantage of the increased screen size offered by the new device.

Sky Mobile TV gives sports fans access to the Barclays Premier League, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premiere League and Coca Cola Football League games as well as live coverage of international and domestic cricket, PGA golf from Europe and the US, Guinness Premiership Rugby, ATP tennis and a range of other sports.  Sky News, the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) News channel of the year, is also available through the package.

Emma Lloyd, Director of Mobile, comments: “With millions of iPhone and iPod touch users already enjoying rich video services from Sky, we’re delighted to once again set the pace by being one of the first UK broadcasters to embrace the iPad.  No matter where you find yourself this summer, you’ll be able to keep up to date with the latest breaking news, Test match cricket, PGA golf and much more besides, with one subscription providing access across both iPhone and iPad.

“Whether it’s a Sky+HD box, games console, internet connected TV or set-top box, iPhone or iPad, Sky believes in giving customers the ultimate flexibility over how they access the content they love.”

Sky Mobile TV app for iPad is easy to use and allows users to browse the Sky Mobile TV electronic programme guide for free to see what’s on over the next 24 hours.  Subscription to Sky Mobile TV for iPad is currently £6 a month for existing Sky TV and Sky Player TV customers who take Sky Sports and £35 a month for all other customers (both Sky and non-Sky TV).

To celebrate launch of Sky Mobile TV on iPad, existing Sky TV and Sky Player TV customers who subscribe to the Sky Sports Pack will get three month’s free access and then pay £6 a month thereafter. And all other customers who do not take the Sky Sports Pack (both Sky TV and non Sky TV customers) will be able to sample the whole service completely free for one month.

Sky Mobile TV app for iPad further expands the range of iPhone and iPod touch apps available from Sky which include Sky Mobile TV, Sky+ Remote Record, the RTS award-winning Sky News app, Sky Sports Football Score Centre and Sky Sports Cricket Score Centre. There have been over 5 million downloads of Sky apps in under a year.

The Sky Mobile TV for iPad is available now from the App Store on iPad or at: www.itunes.com/appstore/.

 

Building on the success of its mobile TV service on iPhone, Sky today announced a Sky Mobile TV app for iPad is now available on the App Store.

Sky Mobile TV is the UK’s most popular mobile TV service and offers a high-quality live TV viewing experience on the move, offering access to all Sky Sports channels and Sky News. The new bespoke app has been created to take advantage of the increased screen size offered by the new device.

Sky Mobile TV gives sports fans access to the Barclays Premier League, Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League and Coca Cola Football League games as well as live coverage of international and domestic cricket, PGA golf from Europe and the US, Guinness Premiership Rugby, ATP tennis and a range of other sports. Sky News, the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) News channel of the year, is also available through the package.

Emma Lloyd, Director of Mobile, comments: “With millions of iPhone and iPod touch users already enjoying rich video services from Sky, we’re delighted to once again set the pace by being one of the first UK broadcasters to embrace the iPad. No matter where you find yourself this summer, you’ll be able to keep up to date with the latest breaking news, Test match cricket, PGA golf and much more besides, with one subscription providing access across both iPhone and iPad.

“Whether it’s a Sky+HD box, games console, internet connected TV or set-top box, iPhone or iPad, Sky believes in giving customers the ultimate flexibility over how they access the content they love.”

Sky Mobile TV app for iPad is easy to use and allows users to browse the Sky Mobile TV electronic programme guide for free to see what’s on over the next 24 hours. Subscription to Sky Mobile TV for iPad is currently £6 a month for existing Sky TV and Sky Player TV customers who take Sky Sports and £35 a month for all other customers (both Sky and non-Sky TV).

To celebrate launch of Sky Mobile TV on iPad, existing Sky TV and Sky Player TV customers who subscribe to the Sky Sports Pack will get three month’s free access and then pay £6 a month thereafter. And all other customers who do not take the Sky Sports Pack (both Sky TV and non Sky TV customers) will be able to sample the whole service completely free for one month.

Sky Mobile TV app for iPad further expands the range of iPhone and iPod touch apps available from Sky which include Sky Mobile TV, Sky+ Remote Record, the RTS award-winning Sky News app, Sky Sports Football Score Centre and Sky Sports Cricket Score Centre. There have been over 5 million downloads of Sky apps in under a year.

The Sky Mobile TV for iPad is available now from the App Store on iPad or at:www.itunes.com/appstore/.

 

Duncan Gray, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Sky1 HD, Sky1, Sky2 and Sky 3 has commissioned Shine TV and Princess Productions to co-produce JUST DANCE (8 x 60’), a new dance competition for broadcast on Sky1 HD in early 2010. This will be Shine TV and Princess Productions first co-production.

JUST DANCE will kick off with a series of nationwide auditions for dancers of all styles, shapes and sizes. Live audiences will be able to watch the auditions take place and join in professionally choreographed, mass participation routines called “Dancing in the Street.” From the auditions, an expert panel will select dancers to take part in the spectacular studio dance extravaganzas, where they will hope to progress to the live final and be crowned series champions by the viewing public.

Gray commented: “Britain is a country obsessed with dancing. 4.8 million Britain’s regularly participate in dance classes and it’s the country’s fastest growing hobby. JUST DANCE will capture the public’s imagination and appeal to dance enthusiasts of all ages.”

Executive Producer, Karen Smith added: “JUST DANCE is throwing out the rule book. Everyone can compete in the competition, irrespective of age, style or combination of dancers. From ballet to break, bhangra to ballroom, salsa to sword,  Irish, Scottish or English Country Dancing, whatever you do and whoever you do it with, we want to see you dance.”

Executive Producer Henrietta Conrad said: “Over 18 million people watch dance performances every year in the UK alone. Sky1 HD are appealing to the nation to give their all – blood, sweat and tears – as they take centre stage in a competition to be crowned JUST DANCE champion.”

Production on JUST DANCE is scheduled to commence immediately with nationwide auditions scheduled for September 2009. A host and all star panel will be announced imminently.

JUST DANCE was commissioned by Duncan Gray, Commissioning Editor, Entertainment, Sky1 HD, Sky1, Sky2 and 3. Gray will act as Executive Producer alongside Karen Smith (Strictly Come Dancing) and Henrietta Conrad (The Friday Night Project).

Desperate to make inroads in their comedy output which in recent years has come under constant criticism for its lack of originality and quality, SKY have made a strategic move in poaching BBC comedy chief Lucy Lumsden from the public service network.

With Sky’s previous failures including the much ignored Harry Enfield series and the Al Murray and Phil Daniels-starring Pub Landlord series, both around 2000, it seems a very wise move.

It’s a key area that Sky are keen to develop, and one which could see them emerge as the UK’s biggest provider of comedy unless the BBC can find a dynamic replacement for Lumsden.
Four years since taking the role of Controller of Comedy Commissioning at the BBC – from where she was promoted from within as a successful comedy producer – Lucy Lumsden’s track record is largely impressive, with titles such as BBC One’s Ben Miller comedy The Worst Week of My Life, BBC Two’s The Catherine Tate Show, and BBC Three’s Monkey Dust and Nighty Night on her CV.

Sky are certainly considered to be taking the development of quality comedy programming seriously, having already attempted to poach the inexplicably popular Gavin & Stacey from the BBC, while there are rumours that Harry Hill’s TV Burp – or a very similar format – could be moving to the satellite broadcaster.

It’s not known yet who the BBC have in mind to replace Lumsden, but they will be presented with a tough job, one that could start off with the cancelling of one or both of the stations long running sitcoms, Last of the Summer Wine and My Family.

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