Sky TV to go satellite dish-free in 2018


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Sky TV to go satellite tv for pc dish-free in 2018

  • 26 January 2017
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Sky is to supply an entire subscription tv package deal with no satellite tv for pc dish for the primary time.

From 2018, individuals who can't have a dish put in will be capable of obtain Sky over the web as an alternative.

The corporate stated the transfer would assist it attain an extra six million clients throughout Europe.

One analyst stated the event was a "logical step", however clients would wish to reside in an space with quick broadband speeds to profit.

"I do not assume Sky is giving up on different issues however they see this as a chance," stated Toby Syfret, TV analyst on the Enders consultancy.

"There are about two million households within the UK, principally in dense city areas, the place individuals cannot put up dishes.

"If they will supply the complete Sky expertise with out the necessity for a dish, that's broadening their supply.

"However there will probably be questions on which houses can get it. Not everyone has the required broadband velocity."

Sky can also be dealing with competitors from new rivals similar to BT and TalkTalk, which ship pay-TV over the web.

Sky already sells its Now TV streaming service, providing a small number of tv channels and a library of on-demand programmes over the web.

Nevertheless, the corporate informed the BBC its new dish-free choice was designed to offer a extra full service.

Particulars of which channels will probably be carried, and whether or not the service will help ultra-high definition 4K broadcasts have but to be determined.

The corporate is presently in a dispute with broadcaster Discovery, which has threatened to remove its 12 channels from Sky on 1 February.

It claims Sky doesn't pay a "truthful worth" for its channels - however Sky says Discovery's menace is about "business self-interest".

On Wednesday, the pay-TV big reported a 9% fall in working income after paying extra for broadcast rights to Premier League soccer matches.