Earnings before interest, taxes and exceptional items in the six months ended Dec 31, 2011, increased to £601m (€717m), beating analyst estimates for £585m. Sales climbed 6% to £3.4bn.
“While these are tough times for many consumers, our customers are staying loyal and more households continue to join us,” chief executive Jeremy Darroch said in a statement yesterday.
“From broadband to high-definition, people are choosing Sky for a wider range of products.”
BSkyB, with more than 10 million subscribers, has altered its strategy as subscriber growth slows.
The broadcaster, in which Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp owns 39%, is focusing on selling high-definition TV services alongside internet, broadband and telephone subscriptions to existing clients.
BSkyB, which is based in Isleworth, England, said in July it would buy back £750m in shares after News Corp abandoned its £7.8bn bid for the rest of the company.
BSkyB said at the time that James Murdoch, the 39-year-old son of Rupert Murdoch, will remain on as chairman after his position had come under scrutiny as the phone-hacking scandal engulfed News Corp’s British newspaper unit.