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British Sky Broadcasting Completes Migration of Broadcast Support Systems to .NET with Firefly Migration

TEL AVIV, Israel, January 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Migrated, .NET-based systems have been rolled out to over 800 BSkyB business users, ending a strategic application platform standardization project on a high note.

Firefly Migration announced today that British Sky Broadcasting, the largest pay-TV broadcaster in the UK and Ireland with more that 10 million customers, has fully converted its custom-made Broadcast Scheduling System (BSS) from its existing application platform to Microsoft's .NET, using Firefly Migration's 100% automated conversion solution.

"This migration has been extremely successful - completed under budget and weeks ahead of schedule. Our mission-critical broadcast systems are now using an industry standard, flexible platform, which will enable us to scale our development resources and deliver effectively and efficiently to our business users," said Jimmy Kawa, Project Manager at BSkyB.

Firefly Migration's solution allowed Sky continued development and maintenance of BSS throughout the migration project, and instant user adoption of the migrated system. These were main project goals set by Sky, as BSS, a key enabler for Sky's linear TV channels and Video-On-Demand products, is a "living" system, constantly maintained and enhanced by Sky's internal development team.

Tim Taylor, Head of Broadcast & Media Systems at BSkyB, said: "BSS is a large and complex system which is critical to Sky's day to day operation and it was important that we did the conversion in a cost effective way and with minimal risk to our operation and no interruption to service.  Firefly Migration's tools allowed us to achieve these goals and transition us to a technology platform to support our future growth."

About Firefly Migration

Firefly Migration provides the world's first, 100% automated, risk-free Magic to .NET migration solution. With its proven technology, implemented by leading enterprises and software companies, Firefly Migration is the global leader in migrations from Magic
to .NET. Firefly Migration's customers include: British Sky Broadcasting, VeriFone Systems, EL AL Airlines, Israeli Aerospace Industries, DataMax Group and
many others.


About Sky

Sky is the UK and Ireland's leading home entertainment and communications company.  Around 40% of all homes have a direct relationship with Sky through its range of TV, broadband and home telephony services.
Sky is the UK's biggest investor in television content, investing more than £2.5 billion a year in channels such as Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Sky Arts, Sky Sports, Sky Movies and Sky News.   Around two-thirds of Sky's content spend is invested in the UK and Sky is the fastest-growing source of investment in original British programmes.  More than 30 million people watch Sky content each week.
Alongside its commitment to offering customers a greater choice of high-quality content, Sky is a leading innovator.  Customers enjoy total control and flexibility over their favourite TV through Sky+, watch TV on the move through Sky Go, and enjoy the best quality TV experience at home through High Definition and 3D.
Sky distributes its content broadly over several platforms, including satellite, cable, IPTV, mobile and WiFi.  NOW TV, Sky's second consumer brand, builds on the company's leadership in internet TV.  Sky is also the UK's fastest-growing home communications company and favourite 'triple-play' provider of TV, broadband and home phone.
Sky believes in making a wider contribution to the communities in which it operates by taking positive action on the environment, supporting grassroots sports and increasing access to, and participation in, the arts.  Sky employs 24,000 people, has annual revenues of £7.2 billion and is estimated to support a £5.4 billion contribution to UK GDP.  Sky is listed on the London Stock Exchange (BSY).  



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