Sky Group Limited, or simply Sky, is a leading European telecommunications conglomerate. It operates in most of Western Europe, including, in addition to Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Vatican City and San Marino.
It was founded in 1988 by Rupert Murdoch, the American media magnate who was born in Australia and since October 2018 it has been controlled by the American group Comcast.
The company, based in London, in 2018, is the largest pay TV operator in Europe by turnover, catchment area and employees. There are 72 HD channels with over 190 thematic channels.
The CEO is Jeremy Darroch. In 1990, financial losses menaced the surviving of the company but everything was solved. In 1997, Sky signed a contract with Microsoft for the Active Channels feature on Windows 98. In 2017, Comcast began negotiations for the acquisition of Sky as a counter offer to the proposal presented by 21st Century Fox . Comcast won the auction on September 22, 2018, with a £ 30.6 billion bid.
Today Sky serves 23 million customers in seven countries – U.K., Ireland, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland. From exclusive partnerships with HBO and Showtime to English Premier League soccer, and to Sky’s own original programming, Sky offers a broad range of quality content for European viewers. On Sky you can see several things. First of all sport: on sports channels, you can watch football, basketball, tennis, motorsport…. and important competitions; then many films with channels dedicated to the different genres. But you can enjoy also documentaries, cartoons that also include cartoons of TV channels, news, music and also all TV channels. Obviously all this is recordable so it can be saved. I have Sky and I have always had a great time. I always enjoy looking at different programs and I am very happy I can review films, sport competitions, concerts… when I want.