Sky broadband gets Google email and videoNew tools will strengthen Sky's broadband offering

07 December 2006

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Sky's new broadband service has been boosted after the satellite broadcaster announced it was teaming up with internet heavyweight Google.

The tie-up means Sky broadband customers will be offered tools ranging from video sharing to sky.com email.

The collaboration will allow users to edit, upload, and share their own video content, including the ability to upload and download from a mobile phone.

Customers will also get access to a fully customised version of Google's email product Google Mail, which will use the @sky.com email address.

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James Murdoch, Sky's Chief Executive, said: 'These agreements will bring Sky customers a valuable set of services from the world's leading search company, including cutting edge tools for video sharing and communications.

‘Google has pioneered many of the web's most loved and used features, so I'm delighted that Sky Broadband customers will be the very first online community to enjoy such unrivalled range and quality as well as a commitment to further innovation.’

Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google, was equally enthusiastic about the tie-up: ‘Today's alliance with Sky brings together two of the most innovative media and technology companies for the benefit of users. We will be delivering exciting new services for Sky Broadband customers all over the UK.

‘We're delighted to team up with Sky in one of the world's most dynamic markets and we look forward to working together in the years to come.'

The satellite broadcaster announced the launch of its broadband Internet service in mid-July and began activating customers' lines a month later. Around one million customers registered their interest in 100 days.