Sky Expands Partnership With HBO to Counter Netflix on Drama
20 April, 2017, 11:40 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
The entertainment and communications group which owns Sky News reported growth in customer numbers across its European markets on Thursday, but warned that the broader consumer environment remained "uncertain".
A fall in operating profits for the first nine months of Sky's financial year overshadowed a rise in revenues, the company said in an earnings statement.
SKY has said rising costs from screening Premier League football and a "weaker United Kingdom advertising market" has dragged on profits.
Helped by the weak pound, revenue rose 11% year-on-year to £9.64bn, while growth on a constant currency basis stood at 5%. Over the past twelve months, Sky plc added 769,000 new customers, including growth of 106,000 in the third quarter, and taking total customer base to 22.4 million households.
However, when stripping out the impact of the TV rights, costs rose by just 2%, despite the roll out of its new Sky Q product in the United Kingdom and launch of Sky Mobile, and Sky+ Pro in Germany.
Sky is the subject of a £11.7 billion takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox.
The tie-up stirred fears that the Murdoch family would gain too much control over Britain's media and the United Kingdom government has announced its own probe into the deal. The companies will aim to get the first production onscreen in 2018. In late 2014, Sky changed its name from BSkyB after buying Sky Italia and a majority holding in Sky Deutschland.
"HBO and Sky have for many years shared a common creative culture and a common vision for the development of high quality drama", said Sky chief executive Jeremy Darroch. Revenues from the UK & Ireland lifted 4 percent.
"Looking forward, we enter the final quarter of our fiscal year in good shape".
But Theresa May's decision to call a snap general election little more than a month later on June 8 put that in doubt. Another general election in the United Kingdom wasn't scheduled until 2020, hence the need for a Parliamentary vote.
Guo has been linked to Ma Jian, a former deputy head of China's intelligence service who was charged with corruption in February. Chinese President Xi Jinping sees extravagance and corruption as an existential threat to the Communist Party.
The spokesman said Manafort is "taking appropriate steps in response to the guidance" he was given by the Justice Department. Information for this article was contributed by Nataliya Vasilyeva, Lynn Berry and Stephen Braun of The Associated Press .
Demetra Turner, 44, a resident of the West Calumet Housing Complex who has yet to leave, urged others to keep pressure on the EPA. Geertsman explained East Chicago and the state of IN have a poor history with treating the city's drinking water for lead.
Bruce Young, Silverman Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at New York University Langone Medical Center. Williams won the Australian Open in January, beating her sister Venus in the championship round.
Although debris from MH370 has washed up onto African beaches and islands in the Indian Ocean, the main wreckage was never found. The airline reached a deal for the service provided by US-based Aireon , FlightAware and SITAONAIR .
Previously, if the need arose, an employee could use the Uber app to have a auto pick up their client or customer. The Uber Central dashboard, which is available worldwide, also lets employees track the status of rides.
He added that Japan needed to apply pressure on Pyongyang to "seriously respond to a dialogue" with the global community. Zhongnanhai sells the trucks to a dealer in the border city of Dandong before they are resold to North Korea, he said.
Ayo Oke was pictured trying to get through to the Vice President's office but was denied entry by security operatives. The National Intelligence Agency (NIA), which led by Mr Oke, had laid claim to the money, Mr Buhari's office said.
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