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March 14, 2017 02:00 ET

Sky Teams with Cisco to Launch OnPrime TV

New OTT Streaming Service Offers South Asian, Arabic and Russian Entertainment Channels Live to Viewers in the UK, Italy and Germany Via Apple TV

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 14, 2017) - Consumers in the UK, Italy and Germany can now access popular foreign language film, television and news channels in one place via OnPrime TV, a new innovative app-based streaming service developed by Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) in collaboration with Sky, and supported by Encompass Digital Media.

Powered by the Cisco Infinite Video Platform, OnPrime TV offers viewers access to high-quality foreign language linear content. The service includes Sky South Asian, Sky Arabic and Sky Russian channel packs, downlinked and encoded by Encompass.

The OnPrime TV app can be downloaded via the app store on Apple TV4, or by searching for OnPrime TV on Apple TV3. All channel packs offer a 30-day free trial, and range in price from £8.99 to £17.99 a month. Cisco plans to expand the service to more devices and additional European countries during 2017.

"Sky has worked closely with Cisco for years, and we're pleased to be partnering with them on this innovative new service," said Emma Lloyd, group director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships, Sky. "Cisco's technological expertise and Encompass' long-standing history of delivering reliable broadcast solutions, combined with Sky's strong track record on curating content and streaming to millions of customers, has created an exciting new service."

"OnPrime TV fills the gap in the market for high-quality foreign entertainment available to non-native European communities living in Europe," said Rajeev Raman, vice president, Strategy and Product Management, SP Applications and Platforms, Cisco.

OnPrime TV Channel Packs include:

  • Sky Russian pack: THT, Bestseller, Moolt, Planeta HD, 1+1 International, CTC International, Domashniy, Peretz, TV1000 Russian Kino
    -- In UK and Italy, pack also includes Channel One Russia, Carousel, Vremya, Dom Kino, Muzika Pervogo
  • Sky Arabic pack: Rotana Aflam, Rotana Cinema, LBC, Rotana Clip, Rotana Mousica, Rotana Classic, Rotana Khalijia
  • Sky South Asian pack: Sony Entertainment TV Asia, Sony Max, Zee TV, Zee Cinema, Zee Punjabi, B4U
    -- In Germany and Italy, pack also includes Star Plus, Star Life Ok, Star Gold
    -- Star TV pack available separately in UK with Star Plus, Star Life Ok, Star Gold

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Sky has annual revenues of £12 billion and is Europe's leading investor in television content with a combined programming budget of £5.2 billion. The group employs 30,000 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (SKY).

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