Sky moving off freeview

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jk80
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Post by jk80 » Fri Feb 23, 2007 10:33 pm

Lone wrote:What I'm wondering is who the hell is gonna take out a subscription for what are effectively several ex-freeview channels?

It won't be the same three channels, Sky will be replacing SN, SSN and S3 with new channels featuring premium content currently only available to satellite subscribers.

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Post by Lone » Sat Feb 24, 2007 5:56 am

jk80 wrote:It won't be the same three channels, Sky will be replacing SN, SSN and S3 with new channels featuring premium content currently only available to satellite subscribers.



I see. So does anyone know what the new package will consist of?

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Post by jk80 » Sat Feb 24, 2007 7:29 am

Lone wrote:(post=18498:date=Feb 23 2007, 12:55 PM:name=jk80)(jk80 @ Feb 23 2007, 12:55 PM) 18498It won't be the same three channels, Sky will be replacing SN, SSN and S3 with new channels featuring premium content currently only available to satellite subscribers.



I see. So does anyone know what the new package will consist of?







I don't think they have announced exactly what it will be and how much it will cost, but you will need a new box to access it and it will feature things like Sky One shows, Premiership football and so on.

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Post by calciofan » Sat Feb 24, 2007 12:02 pm

sizeo:3/sizeoSky now moving off Virgin Media too?colorcsizec/sizec



http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/digitaltv/a ... tmlDigital Spy: According to a statement from Virgin Media, Sky is to pull its basic channels from the cable operator's platform at the end of the month.



Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Three, Sky News and Sky Sports News will be removed from the Virgin Media service following the breakdown of talks last night. Virgin claimed this morning that Sky were asking for double the previous rate for the cable company to carry the channels.



A statement from Virgin Media this morning said that "following an intensive series of meetings over the last week," it anticipated a withdrawal of these channels by Sky at the end of February.



It went on to say: "The nature of these negotiations leads us to believe that this outcome has been deliberately engineered by Sky in order to suppress competition and coerce Virgin Media's customers into switching to its service by denying them access to the basic channels.



"This view is reinforced by Sky's decision to broadcast, at the height of negotiations on 12 February, a series of promotions claiming that the channels were about to disappear from Virgin Media's network. This was nothing more than a heavy-handed attempt to exert undue influence on the negotiating process."



The negotiations do not impact Sky's premium sports and movies channels which will continue to be available to Virgin Media customers.

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Post by Lone » Sun Feb 25, 2007 1:16 pm

Asking Virgin to cough double the previous rate is well out of order, but just the sort of thing I'd expect from Murdoch and co.

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Post by DDP » Mon Feb 26, 2007 1:15 pm

I can't believe so many people have their eyes closed. Don't you think it's quite strange how both were announced in the same week? Cable viewers favorite shows no longer on the biggest cable company (Skys' biggest subscription base rival), and no Sky services on Freeview from the summer. All Sky wants is more viewers to subscribe to its overpriced satellite services. Have you noticed the massive increase in the number of adverts for Sky (especially for the broadband service, another grab at Virgin Media and their subscription base) all of a sudden in the past month? Sky is simply limiting the viewers choices so they can rape your pocket as per usual If OFCOM go against Sky, they'll still probably pull everything off of Freeview as it doesn't make any money off the platform AFAIK

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