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    This is a discussion on BSkyB broadband to partner Google within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; Satellite television company BSkyB has said it will work with internet search giant Google in order to develop its broadband ...

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      BSkyB broadband to partner Google

      Satellite television company BSkyB has said it will work with internet search giant Google in order to develop its broadband services and products.

      BSkyB, which offers a free broadband internet service to customers, said it would focus on three areas: search and adverts, videos and communications.

      The firm are the latest to join forces and try to meet consumer calls for on-demand media and internet products.

      Earlier this week, UK phone firm BT launched its broadband TV service.

      Under the plans, BSkyB will launch a user-generated video service that will run off Google's video content tools. Google recently bought the market leader in user-generated videos MyTube for $1.65bn.

      BSkyB will also offer a customised version of Google's Gmail e-mail service.

      Any revenues generated by directing BSkyB consumers to websites via sponsored advertising links will be shared between the TV firm and Google, the companies said.

      Source BBC Full Story Here

      Looks interesting even talk of a customized Gmail client!!
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      Maybe google could help them sort out their email services!

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      Added full article as we are allowed with the relevant source quoted


      Thats great news,and opens up a whole new world for Sky to monopolise on.


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      Sounds good 2 me
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      Aha - they've seen SENSE! This is excellent news, and I'm sure with Google's help they can provide a fantastic service. After all the problems with the Sky Broadband portal and webmail this will really make Sky Broadband competitive.

      Google already provide a Google Apps For Your Domain for existing companies and organisations that allows them to brand the service to an extent. I'd be interested to see how far Sky and Google go with this - will they provide the full email/calendar/pages system, or just the email?
      Either way, couldn't be happier with this news!

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      Last edited by movielad; 06-12-06 at 05:06 PM.

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      Looks like it. Hopefully it will benefit us all....



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      Sky Message(tm - to be approved) seems like a good name for it. Seems it's been planned for quite some time according to the application.

      M.

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      The URL (the .co.uk one) has been registered to Sky since March, so I'd agree that there's been something in the pipeline for a while.



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      Sky and Google Alliance
      British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC
      06 December 2006


      Sky and Google unveil broadband alliance

      First global deployment of Google's suite of world-class search, communications
      and video tools

      LONDON, UK, and MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, December 6 2006 - British Sky
      Broadcasting (Sky), the UK's leading entertainment company, and Google today
      announced plans to work together in bringing ground-breaking web-based services
      to Sky's community of broadband internet customers. The wide-ranging set of
      multi-year agreements sees two of the world's leading innovators in technology
      and entertainment join forces to create a compelling and customised experience
      for Sky Broadband customers.

      Sky will be Google's first partner globally to deploy Google's suite of search,
      advertising, communications and video services, all of which will be tailored
      and branded for Sky's fast-growing broadband platform. Sky aims to ensure that
      its broadband customers enjoy the best possible online user experience with
      customised access to the full benefits of Google's evolving suite of innovative
      products for PC, TV and mobile.

      Sky and Google will collaborate in three key areas:

      Video

      Sky will launch a multi-platform User Generated Video (UGV) portal powered by
      the first global deployment of Google's syndicated video content tools. The site
      will allow users to edit, upload and share their own video content, including
      the facility to upload and download from a mobile phone. The UGV portal will
      form part of a content-rich experience for Sky Broadband customers that will
      enhance the appeal of Sky's broadband services, build community and promote Sky
      content to online audiences.

      Communications

      Sky Broadband customers will enjoy access to a comprehensive online
      communications platform. This will include a fully customised version of
      Google's email product, 'Google Mail', which will use the popular '@sky.com'
      email address. Powered by Google with a user interface and functionality
      customised to Sky's unique specifications, the platform will also offer access
      to key communications applications that attract and deepen relationships with
      internet users, such as contacts, calendar and instant messaging. In addition,
      Sky will explore opportunities to provide further services such as Google's VoIP
      (voice over internet protocol) telephony services, enhanced storage and future
      product developments.

      Search and advertising

      Google will provide its industry leading search tools and targeted search
      advertising across Sky's portfolio of online sites. The two companies will also
      explore future forms of web, TV and mobile advertising. Revenue generated by
      click-throughs on sponsored links will be shared between Sky and Google,
      increasing Sky's exposure to the fastest growing segment of the UK's advertising
      market.

      James Murdoch, Sky's Chief Executive, said:

      'These agreements will bring Sky customers a valuable set of services from the
      world's leading search company, including cutting edge tools for video sharing
      and communications. Google has pioneered many of the web's most loved and used
      features, so I'm delighted that Sky Broadband customers will be the very first
      online community to enjoy such unrivalled range and quality as well as a
      commitment to further innovation.

      In a short time, Sky has emerged as an effective challenger by offering
      high-quality broadband that offers greater value than traditional cable and
      telcos. Sky is on track to build a large and successful broadband business and
      is increasingly well positioned to participate in the rapid growth of online
      search and advertising.'

      Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, said:

      'Google is committed to giving people the power to explore, create and
      communicate. Today's alliance with Sky brings together two of the most
      innovative media and technology companies for the benefit of users. We will be
      delivering exciting new services for Sky Broadband customers all over the UK.
      We're delighted to team up with Sky in one of the world's most dynamic markets
      and we look forward to working together in the years to come.'

      Financial terms of the agreements have not been disclosed.

      ENDS


      Note to Editors:

      About Sky Broadband

      Sky announced the launch of its broadband internet service, Sky Broadband, on 18
      July 2006 and began activating customers' lines in mid August. In just over 100
      days, around one million customers had registered their interest in Sky
      Broadband, making it one of the most successful UK product launches in recent
      years.

      Sky Broadband customers enjoy wireless internet access and a full security
      package with a choice of quality products offering speeds of up to 16 Mb. On
      average, Sky Broadband customers are enjoying savings of more than 10 a month
      compared with their previous broadband supplier and are connecting at speeds on
      average three times faster.

      About Google Inc.

      Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the
      world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students
      Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major
      global markets. Google's targeted advertising program provides businesses of all
      sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for
      users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the
      Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.
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