BSkyB, John Malone's UPC Renew, Expand Channels Carriage Deal in Ireland

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The HD versions of several Sky channels will become available in the cable firm's homes for the first time.


LONDON - U.K. satellite TV giant BSkyB and cable operator UPC Ireland have renewed and expanded a channel carriage agreement in Ireland that will see UPC make available some of the company's networks for the first time.

HD versions of Sky 1, Sky Living, Sky Arts 1 & 2, Sky News, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports 1 & 2 and the full suite of Sky Movies channels are becoming available to UPC homes under the deal.

Financial terms weren't disclosed

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. owns a 39 percent stake in BSkyB. John Malone's Liberty Global owns UPC, which competes with the likes of Sky Ireland.

"As we continue to increase our investment in high-quality pay TV content, we’re keen to distribute our channels as broadly as possible to widen our reach and enable more households to enjoy some of the great programming Sky has to offer," said Rob Webster, director of Sky’s commercial group. "This agreement demonstrates how through successful negotiation we can create value for the companies involved in addition to real benefits for consumers.”

Added Simon Kelehan, head of content for UPC: "The addition of a range of Sky’s HD channels together with ESPN HD and Disney HD means UPC customers can get really close to the sports and movie action in glorious high definition."

He added: "Together with the recent launch of UPC On Demand, we’re providing unique home entertainment to our customers.”

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