It’s Tuesday, January 17 and welcome to The Spinoff’s live updates. I’m Stewart Sowman-Lund. You can get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’re a Sky Sport customer, get ready: that subscription is about to increase. In a year when five world cups will be held, the local pay TV provider today told customers its prices would rise from March 1, with Sky Sport going up by $3 a month, and Sky Sport Now increasing by $5.
It blamed “significant costs associated with sports broadcasting – including event rights fees, production of live games and highlights, and studio shows that dive into the detail behind the action” for the rising prices. It comes after recent increases for subscriptions to Apple TV+ and Disney+.
That’s not the only Sky news out this week with the broadcaster posting an update on its long-delayed new set top device, the Sky Box, and its digital-only device, the Sky Pod. Originally slated for release in the middle of 2022, Sky confirmed the two devices have been sent out for trial with a selection of existing Sky customers and media.
It called the Sky Box, which will replace existing set top satellite boxes, “the most transformative product we’ve delivered for our customers in some years”. Its Sky Pod is for customers who don’t want a satellite dish on their rooftop, calling it “an ideal solution for customers who have accessed Sky through the soon-to-close Vodafone TV”.
Whether or not any of that is true will have to wait for confirmation; The Spinoff has been promised both devices for review once an NDA with a strict embargo is signed.