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Volume 10 No. 23


Sky Network TV has posted an 11% profit increase, "despite a hiccup" with the 2012 London Olympics, according to Matt Nippert of STUFF. Full-year results to June 30 show that Sky "recorded a net profit after tax" of NZ$137.2M ($107M) up from NZ$123.7M. Revenue increased 5% to NZ$885M. CEO John Fellet said that the profit boost "was mostly through up-selling to existing subscribers rather than attracting new customers." Fellet said that the much-publicized loss of rights to screen the Premier League to startup Coliseum Sports Media "had not resulted in a noticeable rush of disconnections." Fellet: "I'm sure there's probably at least a dozen [disconnections], but it certainly hasn't shown up in the numbers." Fellet said that Sky "had rights to other soccer competitions, and fans of the sport seemed unwilling to give this up" (STUFF, 8/23). In Auckland, John Drinnan reported coverage of the 2012 London Olympics "was the company's biggest programming initiative." Sky said, "The Olympics were a huge success from a viewership and customer satisfaction perspective but negatively impacted Sky's financial results for the period due to high production costs and lower than expected advertising revenue" (NEW ZEALAND HERALD, 8/23).

N.Y.-based YES Network has reached a multi-year agreement with Man City to televise its games in HD on tape delay. YES' first Man City telecast was last Friday night against Newcastle United. As part of the deal, YES will also televise the CityLife and Inside City magazine shows which provide behind-the-scenes insights into the club and its players off the pitch, while also reporting team news. Man City's games and magazine shows will not only air on YES within the network's home team footprint, but also on YES National, the network's national feed which is available throughout the country on satellite, telephone companies' video services and cable (YES).

EPL Fulham supporters "expressed their anger at the first home game of the season" after a new TV camera position "restricted views in the main Johnny Haynes Stand." The camera, required as part of the new TV deal, "was installed in front of the press box and season ticket holders" who pay in the region of £750 ($1,200) for their seats (London DAILY MAIL, 8/24). ... German media corporation Constantin Median "has extended its partnership with Volkswagen." The carmaker "will become the official presenter of DFB-Pokal (German Cup) broacasts on sports radio" (IT TIMES, 8/21). ... The MCE British Superbike Championship has announced a broadcast deal with TV network Setanta Africa. Setanta Africa "is a full time sports channel which is distributed in Sub Saharan Africa through a network of DTH, DTT, cable, and FTA platforms reaching over 22 million households" (BRITISH SUPER BIKE, 8/22).