BSkyB has issued its results for the 12 months ending June 2014 and while the operator grew massively in 2013 via the acquisition of O2/Be they are still attracting new customers at a reasonable rate, and the increasing use of connected TV services by existing customers is helping to insulate them from potential disruption to traditional TV revenue by faster broadband services.
The last quarter saw Sky add 50,000 broadband customers to give them 5.247 million customers, where 83% of those on the LLU network are using full LLU (both phone and broadband on Sky hardware at the exchange). An interesting snippet is that the number of off-net customers (using BT Wholesale network) grew by 9,000 to 214,000. The LLU side is now available at some 2,367 exchanges across the UK.
NOW TV which lets people with any broadband provider subscribe on a monthly basis to Sky content still has no figures for the number of customers mentioned, but we do learn that 1 in 5 take both the Entertainment (£4.99) and Movies (£8.99) monthly pass. Watching TV over broadband is clearly becoming a lot more common as with 50% of TV customers with their set-top box connected to broadband Sky has seen a threefold increase in usage in the last year.
No mention of the fibre figures for Openreach FTTC services, or the Basingstoke FTTP trial, or the York FTTP mash-up with TalkTalk and CityFibre. The Basingstoke trial does have people with live connections running though.