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AI Dubbing Startup Papercup Raises $20M From Sky, Others

Papercup, a British startup using artificial intelligence for video dubbing, has raised $20 million in a series A funding round from Comcast-owned Sky and others that will allow it to invest in bringing “more human-like voices” and “human emotion” to AI dubbing.  Octopus Ventures lead the investment round, joined by Local Globe, Sands Capital, Sky […]

Apple TV+ Coming to Comcast Platforms

“Apple will bring Apple TV+ and the Apple TV app to Xfinity and Sky customers,” Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said on the conglomerate’s third-quarter earnings conference call Thursday. They will become available to customers of Comcast and its European pay TV giant Sky on X1, Flex, XClass, Sky Glass and Sky Q devices, […]

Comcast’s Sky Unveils Sky Glass Streaming TV, Eliminating Need for Satellite Dish

Comcast-owned European pay TV giant Sky has unveiled a broadband-powered TV set, dubbed “Sky Glass,” that doesn’t require a satellite dish to access its full suite of services and has new features, including a playlist that compiles content from across Sky and streaming services. The product will launch in the U.K. later in October, followed […]

Sky CEO: Companies That Don’t Embrace Diversity “Are Just Going to Fall Away”

Comcast’s European TV giant Sky is looking to expand across continental Europe in the coming years, boost its content creation business and increase diversity, CEO Dana Strong said on Wednesday. “There is no doubt that we can all do better” on diversity, she said. “We have got to keep making progress. I feel really passionately […]

First-Look Images of Matthias Schoenaerts, Noomi Rapace in Sky, Canal+ Western ‘Django’

First-look images from Django, the “high-concept reimagining” of the classic Spaghetti Western for European TV giants Sky Studios and Canal+, give a peek into the 10-episode TV series and show Matthias Schoenaerts (The Danish Girl), Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) and their fellow cast members in action. Sky Studios released the images Friday as production continues in […]

Comcast, ViacomCBS to Launch SkyShowtime Streaming Service in Europe

Comcast and ViacomCBS on Wednesday unveiled a partnership to launch a new subscription video-on-demand service, dubbed SkyShowtime, in more than 20 European territories encompassing 90 million homes. The partnership will be structured as a joint venture, with equal investment and joint control by ViacomCBS and Comcast. The news comes after recent reports that the companies […]

Despite “Bad Luck,” NBCUniversal Expects Tokyo Olympics to Turn a Profit

NBCUniversal’s second-quarter adjusted earnings rose nearly 13 percent, helped by a return of the entertainment unit’s theme parks business to profitability after a year-ago loss due to the coronavirus pandemic, parent company Comcast said Thursday. The media, entertainment and technology conglomerate said the increase came despite a $363 million loss related to streaming service Peacock […]

Universal Orlando Theme Park Attendance Hitting “2019 Levels on Many Days,” Says Comcast CEO

NBCUniversal owner Comcast feels it has the assets needed to do well in the competitive media space, chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said on Wednesday in responding to a question about what Discovery’s $43 billion deal for AT&T’s WarnerMedia means for the competing conglomerate. “What AT&T does sort of speaks for itself,” he said at […]

Sky Cancels ‘Bulletproof’ Amid Noel Clarke Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Comcast-owned pay TV giant Sky has canceled British police drama Bulletproof, starring Noel Clarke, a company representative said Friday. “Sky will not be proceeding with any further (season) of Bulletproof,” Sky said. Sky had paused work on Season 4 of the show and any other projects with Clarke in late April after BAFTA suspended the […]

English Premier League Extends U.K. Soccer Rights Deals With Sky, Amazon, BT

The English Premier League has agreed to roll over its existing 5 billion pound ($7 billion) rights deal with Comcast’s Sky, telecom giant BT and Amazon from 2022 to 2025. The deal comes as clubs in the EPL — the most watched soccer league in the world, which features such teams as Manchester City, Manchester […]

‘Romeo & Juliet’: TV Review

Josh O'Connor and Jessie Buckley play Shakespeare's tragic lovers, torn asunder by a bitter feud, in this National Theatre production reconceived for the screen and airing on PBS.

Sky Studios Promotes Gabriel Silver to Drama Commissioning Director Role

The 'Chernobyl' and 'Gangs of London' executive will be tasked with growing the slate of indie-commissioned dramas.