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  • Johnnie
    Johnnie
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    BSkyB’s new DTT pay-TV offering will use compression technology to squeeze four services out of the spectrum currently used by its three Freeview channels – Sky Three, Sky News and Sky Sports News.

    Customers will pay a monthly subscription to get the service through a conventional rooftop aerial and a digital TV box.

    To access the service, customers will have to buy a new set-top box that includes the relevant conditional access software and MPEG4 decoder – suggesting it will not be available via existing Freeview DTT receivers.

    http://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/story/0,,2008782,00.htmlhttp://media.guardian.co.uk/broadcast/stor…2008782,00.html>

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    Johnnie
    Johnnie
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    #36752
    Lone
    Lone
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    Hmm, very interesting. Thanks for posting that Johnnie.

    #36753
    St1407
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    Does that also mean, that they will remove SKY News from Astra satellite system in Europe?

    If that will be true, good night to SKY News.

    Does anyone know?

    #36754
    Calciofan
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    Controller of BBC News 24, Kevin Bakhurst…

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    It http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6343715.stmemerged late yesterday that from the Spring, if Ofcom approves, Sky News will no longer be available free to viewers on Freeview.

    They currently get around 845,000 viewers a week on this platform out of their weekly total of 4 million. For us at the BBC, I think this is a double-edged sword.

    Sky have already rather given up on viewing figures as BBC News 24 has moved substantially ahead of them (6 million a week versus 4 million). Whereas, a few years ago audience size was their preferred measure of success, it has now been quietly dropped. The move on Freeview will almost certainly be another big blow to their audience size.

    I can fully understand why Rupert Murdoch and BSkyB have taken this decision on commercial grounds alone: you can make money out of movies and sport but not easily from news. However, I do think it’s a real shame for TV News coverage in the UK.

    We are very fortunate to have two thriving 24-hour TV News channels and I firmly believe competition is a good thing for the audience. Sky’s decision will be a bad thing for news audiences, particularly those who can’t afford subscription services and choose Freeview for that reason. I would just say that for us at BBC News 24, we put immense value on our audiences and their views – and will continue to do so whatever platform they watch us on.

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    #36755
    Skynewsfan18
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    i cant belive they are getting rid of sky news of freeview i think its stupid my favrouite news channel was itv new channel then that got axed and now they are getting rid of sky news why???????????????????????????????????????????????????

    i refuse to watch news24 its okay if u r about 50 but i ent i cant belive it how stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

    #36756
    Vicky23
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    I think it is bad news. There is not that much on freeview anyway without losing the Sky channels. Luckily I have sky so can still watch Sky News

    #36757
    THE BEAT
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    Did I also hear that they are moving off NTL/Virgin cable platform?

    #36758
    Lone
    Lone
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    What I’m wondering is who the hell is gonna take out a subscription for what are effectively several ex-freeview channels?

    #36759
    Johnnie
    Johnnie
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    According to the Media Guardian. James Murdoch is visiting Sky News today to try to explain the decision about leaving Freeview

    #36760
    Jk80
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    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.

    #36761
    Lone
    Lone
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    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?

    #36762
    Jk80
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    Lone wrote:(post=18498:date=Feb 23 2007, 12:55 PM:name=jk80)(jk80 @ Feb 23 2007, 12:55 PM) 18498

    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?

    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.

    #36763
    Calciofan
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    sizeo:3/sizeoSky now moving off Virgin Media too?colorcsizec/sizec

    http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/digitaltv/a43031/virgin-media-to-lose-sky-channels.htmlDigital 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.

    #36764
    Lone
    Lone
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    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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