Mike Darcey assesses how vulnerable Sky is to a bid for Premier League rights from one of the tech giants
Gary Davey is one of pay-TV’s most experienced executives. He was part of the team that launched Sky TV in the late 1980s. Now, after holding senior positions in Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland and Star TV (when he was based in Hong Kong), he is back in the UK. He was appointed Sky’s Managing Director for Content in January 2015.
Sky Sports is to broadcast extended highlights of 212 Premier League games, starting next season.
It means viewers will be able to watch games and extended highlights for the first time ever on catch up.
Sky Sports Managing Director Barney Francis said: “Sky Sports has never been in a stronger position with this deal cementing our position as the first choice for sports fans.”
The Premier League is to enhance the protection of its live sport coverage.
They have partnered up with security service Friend MTS to identify those who exploit the security of their video content.
Kevin Plumb, Head of Legal Services for The Premier League, said to Broadband TV News that: “Protecting the distribution of our live games across all video platforms is paramount to us and our broadcast partners."
Ross Biggam, Director General of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT), believes you need a degree in Kremlinology to work out exactly what the European Commission is trying to do with its plans for a Digital Single Market (DSM).
The Commission has faced concerted opposition from the film and television industries – not least the ACT, which represents the interests of commercial broadcasters in 37 countries – over what are seen as attempts to end, or erode, geo-blocking of content across the EU.