LONDON Oct 17 Britain's dominant pay-TV
provider BSkyB recorded solid demand for its TV and
broadband offering in the first quarter, brushing off the impact
of rival BT's new sports service.
BT in August launched a new TV service free to existing
broadband customers which is designed to protect its broadband
and telephony business, in the biggest challenge to BSkyB since
Rupert Murdoch launched the pay-TV group over 20 years ago.
On Thursday BSkyB, 39 percent owned by Murdoch's 21st
Century Fox, said it had added 111,000 broadband
customers in the three months to the end of September, up 9
percent last year.
It added 37,000 new customers to its TV offering, helping it
to post revenue and adjusted operating profit in line with