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Sky Italia
Subsidiary
IndustryTelecommunication
PredecessorStream TV Edit this on Wikidata
Founded31 July 2003; 17 years ago (2003-07-31)
FounderRupert Murdoch
Headquarters,
Area served
Italy
San Marino
Vatican City
Key people
Maximo Ibarra (CEO)
ProductsDirect-broadcast satellite
ParentSky Group
(Comcast)
SubsidiariesNow TV S.r.l.
R2 S.r.l.
Websitewww.sky.it

Sky Italia is an British satellite television platform operating in Italy by Sky, itself owned by Comcast. Sky Italia also broadcasts three national free-to-air television channels: TV8, Cielo and Sky TG24. As of 2018, following an agreement with Mediaset, Sky Italia also operates a series of subscription-based terrestrial channels offering sports, entertainment and movies. Sky Italia is also the major sports broadcaster in Italy.

Pay TV services on Sky Italia satellite platform are encrypted in NDS VideoGuard.

History

Sky Italia was founded on July 31, 2003 by the merger of TELE+ and Stream TV.[1]

On June 28, 2010, Sky Italia changed its brands and logos, making them identical to the BSkyB ones.

On October 1, 2010, Sky activated its first 3D channel, Sky Sport 3D, available without any extra cost to the Sport pack subscribers. The very first event Sky Sport 3D aired was the 2010 Ryder Cup. On December 25, 2010, Sky launched another 3D channel: Sky Cinema 3D, airing 3D movies, available for free for Cinema pack subscribers. These channels have been replaced by Sky 3D on September 6, 2011, then closed on January 16, 2018.

Sky Italia uses the Hot Bird 13B and Hot Bird 13C satellites at 13.0°E.

Tom Mockridge, the then head of Sky Italia replaced Rebekah Brooks as chief executive of News International after she had resigned on 15 July 2011.[2]

Andrea Zappia replaced Tom Mockridge as CEO on 1 August 2011.[3] On 7 October 2011 Sky Italia announced it reached the 5 million subscribers benchmark.

Following News Corporation's split into two on 28 June 2013, to create two separate companies, 21st Century Fox (the re-branded News Corporation), and the spin-off company New News Corp, the 100% stake held by News Corporation in Sky Italia was retained by the re-branded 21st Century Fox.

Following media speculation, on 12 May 2014 Sky Italia's sister company, BSkyB, confirmed that it was in talks with its largest shareholder, 21st Century Fox, about acquiring 21st Century Fox's 57.4% stake in Sky Deutschland and its 100% stake in Sky Italia. The enlarged company would be likely to be called "Sky Europe" and it will consolidate 21st Century Fox's European digital TV assets into one company.[4][5] The sale was announced on 25 July 2014 which was subject to regulatory and shareholder approval.[6] The acquisition was completed on 13 November.[7] [check quotation syntax]

Since October 2018, Sky Italia, as well as Sky UK, Sky Ireland and Sky Deutschland, is controlled by Comcast.

On October 1, 2019, Maximo Ibarra replaces Andrea Zappia as CEO.

On June 16, 2020, Sky Italia launched Sky Wifi, its ultra-broadband service.

Timeline

2003

2004

  • April: Sky Italia abandons SECA encryption system to switch to the NDS, managed by the News Corporation.
  • 1 August: Sky launches weather news channel, Sky Meteo 24.
  • November: Sky's subscribers reach 3 million.

2005

2006

2007

  • April: Fox airs the first TV drama created by an Italian pay television channel, Boris.
  • May: Sky are awarded the broadcast rights for Formula One for two and a half years.
  • November: A selection of Sky channels become available via IPTV on Telecom Italia, Fastweb and Wind.

2008

  • February: Sky are awarded the broadcast rights for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
  • May: Sky launches My Sky HD.
  • 30 August: Sky launches sport news channel, Sky Sport 24.
  • December: VAT on subscriptions is increased from 10% to 20%.

2009

2010

  • January: All Serie A matches begin transmitting in high-definition.
  • April: Sky launches three Sky Movies channels in high-definition, bringing the total number of HD channels to 25 channels.
  • June:
  • August: The number of high-definition channels reaches 36.
  • October: The 2010 Ryder Cup final is the first sport event to be broadcast in 3D.
  • November:
    • Sky's subscribers reach 4.8 million.

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

  • May: Mediaset Premium's cinema channels start broadcasting on Sky.
  • June: Mediaset Premium's tv series channels start broadcasting on Sky.
  • July: Channel logos became identical to the Sky UK ones. Sky launches Sky Q Black.
  • December: Sky's subscribers reach to 5,2 million.

2019

2020

Sky HD and 4K HDR

Sky Box HD (Pace)
Sky Box HD (Pace)

Sky HD is the brand name of the HDTV service launched by Sky Italia on April 20, 2006 in Italy - during the 2006 FIFA World Cup - to enable high definition channels on Sky Italia to be viewed. The service requires the user to have a Sky Box HD (distributed by Sky Italia), and a HDTV with HDCP enabled.

My Sky HD (Amstrad)
My Sky HD (Amstrad)

A HD PVR decoder called My Sky HD was launched on May 26, 2008 (on December 20, 2008 was sold a particular edition designed by Fendi in favour of the international organisation Child Priority).

Sky Q Platinum
Sky Q Platinum

On November 29, 2017, Sky launched Sky Q Platinum, a set-top box enabled to view programmes in 4K HDR and to use the multiscreen wireless service.

Sky Q Black
Sky Q Black

On July 2, 2018, Sky launched Sky Q Black, a set-top box identical to the Sky Q Platinum which enables the 4K HDR service but not the multiscreen wireless.

Here the channels available in HD:

Sky TV 17 channels Sky TG24 HD, Sky Uno HD, Sky Uno +1 HD, Sky Atlantic HD, Sky Atlantic +1 HD, Fox HD, Fox Crime HD, Premium Crime HD, Crime+Investigation HD, Sky Arte HD, Blaze HD, MTV HD, Classica HD, Eurosport 1 HD, Eurosport 2 HD, HorseTV HD, Gambero Rosso Channel HD
Sky Famiglia 8 channels Premium Stories HD, Premium Action HD, Discovery Channel HD, National Geographic HD, Discovery Science HD, History HD, National Geographic Wild HD, Cartoon Network HD
Sky Cinema 15 channels Sky Cinema Uno HD, Sky Cinema Due HD, Sky Cinema Collection HD, Sky Cinema Family HD, Sky Cinema Action HD, Sky Cinema Suspense HD, Sky Cinema Romance HD, Sky Cinema Drama HD, Sky Cinema Comedy HD, Sky Cinema Uno +24 HD, Sky Cinema Due +24 HD, Premium Cinema 1 HD, Premium Cinema 1 +24 HD, Premium Cinema 2 HD, Premium Cinema 3 HD
Sky Sport 9 channels Sky Sport 24 HD, Sky Sport Uno HD, Sky Sport Football HD, Sky Sport Arena HD, Sky Sport Collection HD, Sky Sport NBA HD, Sky Sport F1 HD, Sky Sport MotoGP HD, Roma TV
Sky Calcio 12 channels Sky Sport 24 HD, Sky Sport Serie A HD, Sky Sport Football HD, Roma TV, Sky Sport HD (channels from 251 to 258)
Sky Primafila 7 channels Sky Primafila 1 HD, Sky Primafila 2 HD, Sky Primafila 4 HD, Sky Primafila 6 HD, Sky Primafila 8 HD, Sky Primafila 10 HD, Sky Primafila 12 HD
Optional channels 2 channels Milan TV, Inter TV

Logos

Vecchio logo Sky 2003.svg
Logo sky italy.jpg
Sky Italia 2010 Logo.png
Sky Italia - Logo 2013.png
Sky International - Logo 2018.svg
July 31, 2003 - September 3, 2006 September 4, 2006 - June 27, 2010 June 28, 2010 - September 25, 2013 September 26, 2013 - July 1, 2018 July 2, 2018 - September 13, 2020 in use from September 14, 2020

Channel Packs

Sky TV

Sky Famiglia

Sky Sport and Sky Calcio

Sky Cinema

Optional Channels

References

  1. ^ "Communicating Europe: Italy Manual" (PDF). European Stability Initiative. 19 May 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. ^ Samira Shackle (15 July 2011). "Ed Miliband calls for the break-up of the Murdoch Empire". New Statesman. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Sky: Andrea Zappia nuovo ad Sky Italia". ANSA (in Italian). 8 January 2011. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  4. ^ Statement on potential acquisition, BSkyB 12 May 2014. Retrieved: 19 June 2014.
  5. ^ "'Sky Europe': what is behind BSkyB's effort to buy Murdoch's European pay-TV businesses?". The Daily Telegraph. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  6. ^ "BSkyB to pay $9 billion to create Sky Europe". Reuters. 25 July 2014. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  7. ^ "Sky creates Europe's leading entertainment company". Sky. 13 November 2014. Retrieved 13 November 2014.

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