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      Sky Goes From Strength To Strength

      A record number of customers taking a record number of services, cementing Sky’s position as the UK’s favourite triple play provider -
      1st November, 2012. Today Sky announces its first quarter results to 30th September 2012. Key highlights include:

      More customers, taking more services:-

      • Another 48,000 Sky households added this quarter, totalling 10.6 million Sky customers overall
      • 3.5 million or 1 in 3 customers now enjoy a complete Sky entertainment and communications experience, taking all three services (TV, Broadband and Talk), up 19% year-on-year
      • Sky is still the UK’s fastest growing broadband and home phone company. Our home communications offering (ranked #1 for customer service by Ofcom), saw 222,000 new customers join us for Broadband and Talk
      • Sky continues to offer the UK’s leading HD TV service, with a total of 4.5 million people now taking HD as part of their package - 125,000 new HD customers this quarter


      Great new innovation, giving people a better TV watching experience. In the last three months alone:

      • Sky+ was re-launched, with the inclusion of 7-day Catch Up TV section within our On Demand service (previously Anytime+) providing access to content Sky, BBC iPlayer, ITV and Channel 5, with Channel 4 to follow in early 2013. Around 1.3 million households have activated the On Demand service already.
      • A new Sky+ HD 2TB box - What Hifi magazine’s set-top box of year - was launched, providing capacity to store up to 350 hours of HD content, and providing more personal storage than any other subscription provider.
      • Sky+ customers started to use their iPads as remote controls, browsing their planners and changing channels without disrupting what they’re watching on the main screen. New functionality within the app powered by zeebox also lets viewers get more information about the shows they’re watching and follow all the action on Twitter.
      • T3’s Digital Media Service of the Year, Sky Go has gone from strength to strength with unique users of the service increasing in the quarter to a new high of 2.8 million. Significant usage was seen around The Ryder Cup as the European victory took shape, with a record 700,000 people following the live action across the event weekend, and great new live and on demand content was added from third-party channels including FX, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel.
      • NOW TV launched, offering a new way to access Sky’s most popular content, for people who don’t currently take a pay-TV service.


      More great content to enjoy:


      • Over 14 million people watched the 24 dedicated BBC Olympic channels in Sky homes, generating a viewing share of 7% during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, including 100 hours of 3D coverage from Eurosport on Sky 3D. Around 350,000 viewers tuned into the live 3D action.
      • Sky Atlantic, available exclusively to Sky customers, launched nine brand new commissions in the quarter, including ‘Alan Partridge Open Books’, ‘British Cycling: Road to Glory’ and ‘The British’, while other Sky entertainment channels lined up strong schedules of new and exclusive content, including successful launches of ‘Sinbad’ and a ‘Touch of Cloth’.
      • A new agreement with Warner Bros strengthens the choice of movies on offer from Sky Movies. The deal will bring blockbusters such as ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ to Sky and NOW TV customers.
      • Sky Sports achieved record audiences for tennis, with Andy Murray’s US Open Tennis victory attracting 4.5 million viewers. Another 4.8 million people tuned into The Ryder Cup on Sky Sports 1. We also reinforced our position as the home of live cricket by securing six more England overseas tours, including next year’s Ashes.


      The full press release and report can be found here
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      Re: Sky Goes From Strength To Strength

      Those figures are scary.

      I would love to know what the comparable figures are for the main rivals (BT Retail, Virgin Media and TalkTalk).

      From the full report:
      We now have over 2.7 million fully unbundled customers, up 48% year on year, and have put our own equipment in over two thousand BT exchanges, meaning that our unbundled network can now serve 84% of UK homes.
      That is significantly up on what it was just a couple of years back and is great news for broadband service IMHO as I believe that Sky is still the only provider who doesn't cap any traffic at all.

      It does still mean that there are some 1.4 million customers on the Sky Broadband Connect package though. However that was 2 Million a couple of years back.

      I note that there are just over 4.4 million HD subscribers, with a total of around 10.6 million Sky TV subscribers. No doubt Sky will be looking to convert as many of those to the full HD package as possible. It would be nice to know just how many of them already have a Sky+ HD STB and just don't want to pay the extra 10.50 per month to get it.

      With broadband services likely to go live soon in Ireland, I am sure that Sky's broadband services will continue to receive a lot of investment.

      From the full report:
      Around 1.3 million households have activated our full on-demand service by connecting their Sky+HD box to the internet and on average are downloading more than three pieces of on-demand content per week.
      Considering the amount of advertising going on at present, is this a good or bad figure? Seriously, there has been a lot of development over the past few months and there is more to come. Now is a very good time to connect your Sky+ HD and SkyHD STBs to your home networks. There is more to come.

      The offerings for the Republic of Ireland are somewhat different, but will hopefully improve. It is hoped by Sky customers in Ireland that some of the Irish broadcasters will join the CUTV and On Demand services line up.

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      Re: Sky Goes From Strength To Strength

      Did Sky announce any major new services today?

      If I'm understanding the figures correctly there are 6.7m Sky+ customers but only 1.3m are connected to On Demand. Is that right? So still a few Sky+ subscribers that aren't using the various catch up players. Interesting.

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      Nothing announced today with regard to new products and services (as far as I can see).
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      Only 221,000 on the off-net broadband product - presumably Sky Connect - according to the press release. This is also thinkbroadband's interpretation.

      So, of the 4.103 million broadband customers, 3.882 million are on-net (71% MPF, 29% SMPF) - either full or partial LLU.
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      Re: Sky Goes From Strength To Strength

      I just assumed more people that are connected to the net would want to try out the On Demand service. I expected it to be over 2m.

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      Re: Sky Goes From Strength To Strength

      I believe that Sky is still the only provider who doesn't cap any traffic at all.
      I think BE are still totally unlimited?? although it's been a while since I checked their T&C's

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      Quote Originally Posted by cylon6 View Post
      I just assumed more people that are connected to the net would want to try out the On Demand service. I expected it to be over 2m.
      "Around 1.3 million households have activated our full on-demand service by connecting their Sky+HD box to the internet and on average are downloading more than three pieces of on-demand content per week".
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      Re: Sky Goes From Strength To Strength

      Quote Originally Posted by launton View Post
      I think BE are still totally unlimited?? although it's been a while since I checked their T&C's
      Out of interest I thought that I would check this. i'm looking at the Be Pro product:

      https://www.bethere.co.uk/web/beportal/bepro
      We'll never artificially reduce your speed to cram more people on a line (like some ISPs do) and we won't throttle your access when you download certain types of files or use the internet at peak times.
      *Downloads are subject to our rather fair usage policy.
      https://www.bethere.co.uk/web/beportal/fairusagepolicy
      So what can Be's services not be used for?

      #7 Activities that are in breach of any other third party's rights, including downloading, installation or distribution of pirated software or other inappropriately licensed software, deletion of any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded, falsification of the origin or source of any software or other material
      So I would conclude that they do not allow people to download torrents without being penalised.

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      Re: Sky Goes From Strength To Strength

      So I would conclude that they do not allow people to download torrents without being penalised.
      I doubt they would kick you off just for that, its probably just there in the T and Cs to make them look more favourable with the record companies etc

      Pretty sure Sky says the same or similar in theirs.


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