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New fibre-optic deal to provide 'dishless' Sky TV to new homes

Sky's full range of premium TV services – including Sky+ HD – could no longer require the need for a satellite dish as the result of a new agreement with British utility and networks provider GTC.

The partnership will mean that customers on GTC's new-build fibre optic networks will get the chance to receive Sky TV, fixed-line home phone and 300Mbps broadband in one package.

GTC has confirmed that households that receive their fibre broadband from them will be offered a full range of Sky's premium TV services without the need for an individual satellite dish.

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TV, internet and other services would be provided via fibre optic cables into new-build homes using a Fibre Integrated Reception Server, which includes a central receiver and aerial array.

GTC commercial operations director Andrew Robinson said: "GTC's fibre networks will offer best-in-class services long into the future for the buyers of their new homes.

Sky head of homes and independent retail Brendan Hegarty added: "We look forward to making Sky TV available to even more homes through this innovative co-promotion."

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Pete was content editor on What Hi-Fi?, overseeing production and publication of digital content. In creating and curating feature articles for web and print consumption, he provided digital and editorial expertise and support to help reposition What Hi-Fi? as a ‘digital-first’ title; reflecting the contemporary media trends. He is now a senior content strategist.