Sky ponders pulling YouView’s Now TV access

Sky is considering removing its Now TV on-demand streaming service from YouView, according to the Telegraph.

NowTV is a Sky subscription incentive service

YouView, a free service which was jointly launched in 2012 by telecom firms BT, TalkTalk and Arqiva, and broadcasters BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, provides viewers access to terrestrial and catch-up content via set top box.

However, Sky faces an annual bill of £250,000 to integrate Now TV, a streaming service providing non-paying TV viewers access to limited Sky content, with YouView.

Meanwhile Sky is also reportedly unhappy at the lack of progress YouView has made to accommodating NowTV's live-streaming features on the platform.

As a result, it is considering letting its partnership expire in August 2015.

Sky rival BT is heavily invested in YouView and a removal of NowTV would see access to Sky’s Movie and TV library revoked.

This comes after YouView, last month won the right to broadcast Sky Sports 1 and 2 in a competition appeal tribunal (CAT) ruling.

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