British Sky Broadcasting Group plc provides pay television services in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company commissions and acquires programming to broadcast on its own channels. It supplies certain of those channels to cable operators for retransmission to their subscribers in the U.K. and Ireland. The company retails channels (both its own and third parties) to DTH customers and certain of own channels to a limited number of DSL subscribers. It also makes three of its channels available free-to-air via the U.K. DTT platform, as part of the branded ‘Freeview’ offering. As of June 30, 2009, there were 9,442,000 DTH customers to the company’s television service, and 4,271,000 subscribers of the cable operators to whom it supplies certain of its channels, in the U.K. and Ireland. Programming The company provides customers with a range of programming options. It also has the rights to market the television services of third parties to DTH customers. The company owns, operates, distributes, and retails 26 Sky Channels via its DTH service. It also simulcasts some of the Sky Channels or programming from of the Sky Channels in high definition. The company retails to DTH customers 159 Sky Distributed Channels (including multiplex versions of certain channels) (the ‘Sky Distributed Channels’). In addition to the Sky Distributed Channels, the company retails to DTH customers the digital audio services Music Choice and Music Choice Extra, as well as the Sky Box Office service (a pay-per-view service offering movies, sporting events and concerts). The company also offers Sky Box Office to all DTH customers. On the DTH platform, the Sky Premium Channels, the Sky Basic Channels (other than Sky News), Sky Box Office, Music Choice, Music Choice Extra and the Sky Distributed Channels are encrypted in order to limit access to paying customers only. VM carries versions of the Sky Basic and Sky Premium Channels (including multiplex channels) on its networks. The company also broadcasts versions of three of the Sky Channels, Sky News, Sky Sports News and Sky Three, unencrypted free-to-air through DTT in the U.K. as part of the Freeview offering. The company also operates a high definition TV (HD) service which consists of Sky1 HD, Sky Arts 1 HD, Sky Arts 2 HD, Sky Real Lives HD, Sky Box Office HD (two screens), Sky Sports HD (three channels) and Sky Movies HD (nine screens), The Biography Channel HD, Crime and Investigation Network HD, Discovery HD, Disney Cinemagic HD, Eurosport HD, FX HD, History HD, MTVN HD, National Geographic HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, Sci-Fi HD, and Rush HD. The company holds equity interests in ventures that own 21 of the Sky Distributed Channels (including certain Premium Sky Distributed Channels) which are operated and distributed in the U.K. namely Attheraces, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nick Jr. 2, Nicktoons, Nicktoonsters, National Geographic Channel, National Geographic HD, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Wild HD, Chelsea TV, MUTV, Comedy Central, Comedy Central Extra, The History Channel, Military History, The History Channel HD, The Biography Channel, The Biography Channel HD, Crime and Investigation Network, and Crime and Investigation Network HD. The company also has a 33.33% equity interest in the venture operating the Sky News Australia Channel, which is based in Australia. Premium channels Sky Premium Channels Sky Movies channels Sky Movies features 10 channels of different genres, such as Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Classics, Sky Movies Modern Greats, Sky Movies Screen 1, Sky Movies Action/Thriller, Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror, Sky Movies Indie, Sky Movies Drama, and Sky Movies Screen 2. Sky Movies Comedy, Family, Classics, Modern Greats, Action/Thriller, Screen 1 and Screen 2 and Drama broadcast 24-hours per day, and seven days a week. Sky Movies Sci-Fi/Horror broadcasts from 8am - 6am, seven days a week and Sky Movies Indie broadcasts from 9am - 5.30am seven days a week. The channels principally broadcast the output of recent release movies, made for video and made for TV movies and certain library movies by Hollywood and independent U.S. and European licensors
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