Sky's catch-up TV services and Sky Go contribute to successful financial year
BSkyB has posted its year-end financial results for 2012/13 and its profits have risen year-on-year. This is in no small part thanks to a major rise in subscribers connecting their Sky boxes to the internet to make use of the company's catch-up TV and on-demand services. Sky Go has also seen a rise in users, including 166,000 now subscribing to Sky Go Extra.
The company announced a new internet-connected, video-on-demand device that entered the market today, the Now TV box, and has clearly been expanding its digital delivery products over the last year. The introduction of catch-up TV and archive programming to the satellite service has seen 1.714 million subscribers connect their Sky+HD boxes to the 'net over the last year, bringing the total up to 2.709 million. There's still some way to go, with 4.786 million Sky+HD subscribers in the UK, but it's getting there.
Perhaps similarly related, Sky broadband has risen in number of subscribers to 4.906 million, gaining almost a million in just the last year.
Sky's results show that Sky Go had 3.257 million unique users over the course of the year.
Plans for the future include a new Sky+HD set-top-box with built-in Wi-Fi. This will arrive around September time. Existing Sky+HD customers will be offered a low cost Wi-Fi dongle.
It will also increase the amount of catch-up TV available on the service by more than 20 new channels, the company says.