H.B.O.V.A.

Forget watching any HBO shows legally in the UK unless you've got satellite. Sky has snapped up all of HBO's current and past output, which will become exclusive to the pay-TV channel as current deals expire - for the next 5 years at least.

Scorsese's upcoming Boardwalk Empire looks like a future highlight for the channel, as well as the return of Curb and Bored to Death, but with ITV failing to renew their deal on Entourage and Treme failing to be picked up by anyone yet, Sky is going to be the place you have to go.

With Sky also rolling out their video-on-demand system this looks like a Monopoly-power-play move to add more value to their offering, as they push past the 10,000,000 subscriber mark.