Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Sky Deutschland 'Sky Go' IPTV Service Expands Kids' VoD Service; Add's Nickelodeon Germany Content

From C21Media:
Sky D expands kids' VoD

Sky Deutschland has secured deals with major children's content providers for its cross-platform on-demand service.

Sky Deutschland will offer programmes such as Maya the Bee, Tom & Jerry and Ben 10 to Sky Go through partnerships with four children’s channels: Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Nickelodeon and German-language net Junior.

Sky Go allows subscribers to access content from tablets, computers, smartphones and other web-connected devices. The service launched in Germany and Austria last year and over 100 hours of children’s programming will be made available from November 28, 2012.

Peter Schulz, VP of on-demand programming at Sky Deutschland, said the service would provide a “secure environment at any time” for children to access TV content via connected devices.

The expansion mirrors BSkyB's move in the UK in August, when it launched eight live children’s channels on the Sky Go app. The pay-TV broadcaster has a deal with Disney, however, which isn’t part of its German counterpart’s current line-up.

Nico Franks

TAGS: vod
GENRES: Children's, Entertainment
SHOWS: Ben 10, Maya the Bee, Tom & Jerry
PEOPLE: Peter Schulz
COMPANIES: BSkyB, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon
Also, from Broadband TV News:
Sky D launches kids portal on Sky Go

Sky Deutschland is launching a special kids portal on its Sky Go service on November 20, offering over 100 on-demand programmes.

The operator is bringing together kids favourites from Boomerang, Cartoon Network, Nick Junior and Nicktoons including favourities such as Tom & Jerry, Bugs Bunny, Looney Tunes, The Flintstones, Maja the Bee, Paddington Bear, Power Rangers Samurai, Planet Max, Monsuno and Ben 10. For Sky Movies subscribers, also a number of kids movies will become available including The Muppets, Rio and Happy Feet 2. In December, a number of Christmas movies will be added.

Sky D’s Sky Go service is available free of charge to subscribers and can be accessed on Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, on the web and on Microsoft Xbox 360.
Also from C21Media:
SkyD on-demand use spikes

Sky Deutschland (SkyD) has reported a 367% increase in on-demand sessions for the third quarter of 2012, as it prepares to launch a kids’ programming block on its VoD platform this month.

Sky Go saw usage jumpe to 8.2 million sessions – possibly with a number of shows screened in each session – in the three months to September 30, compared with 1.7 million for the same period last year.

The service is also expanding the content it offers and platforms it is available through. Since September, for instance, subscribers have been able to view Germany’s Bundesliga football matches live on iPhone.

Furthermore, from this month Sky Go will roll out a dedicated kids’ zone with more than 100 programmes, ranging from classic cartoons such as Tom & Jerry and Sylvester & Tweety to movies like The Muppets, Rio and Happy Feet 2.

SkyD will pick up content to run online through partnerships with channels including Cartoon Network, Boomerang, Nickelodeon and German net Junior.

The News Corp-owned pay-TV platform recorded net growth of 80,000 customers for the period, up 12% compared with the same period last year, to 3.2 million total subscribers. The 12-month cancellation rate was 11.8%.

The company’s third-quarter revenue was €976m (US$1.24bn), up 18% year-on-year, while it made a €16.5m overall loss in the period, an improvement on the €46.9m loss in Q3 2011.

Michael Pickard

TAGS: Financial results
GENRES: Animation, Kids, Movies
COMPANIES: Sky Deutschland
SECTIONS: C21Kids, FutureMedia