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Itv3 Epg 119

Dieses Thema im Forum "Auslands-TV / Pay-TV International / Erotik" wurde erstellt von skydigitalcards, 1. November 2004.

  1. skydigitalcards

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    Excellent;) Thanks , Marty, for the news;)

    regards,

    Patrick
     
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    Lets hope the rest will follow, by the end of the month
     
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    yeah, let's hope for Channel 4 and Five... then there would'nt be much difference between British and Irish subsriptions any more...

    regards,

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    Dan Milmo, media business correspondent
    Tuesday November 2, 2004
    The Guardian

    ITV signed a last-minute deal to put its ITV3 channel on Sky Digital yesterday after buying BSkyB out of a broadcasting joint venture for £10m.
    The transaction could have wider consequences for the relationship between the broadcasters, as they enter a critical stage in negotiations over a new deal for encrypting ITV channels on Sky.

    The acquisition of BSkyB's 49.5% stake in Granada Sky Broadcasting allowed ITV to replace GSB's Plus channel with ITV3, which launched last night on Freeview, cable and digital satellite. ITV was at the back of a long queue of channels waiting to join the Sky service before the deal was struck.

    "We are delighted that ITV3 will be available on all digital platforms from launch, reaching the widest possible multi-channel audience," said Charles Allen, chief executive of ITV.

    ITV3, a showcase for vintage series of Touch of Frost and Inspector Morse, will now broadcast to around 13m homes. Analysts welcomed the Sky deal as crucial for negotiations between ITV and advertisers.

    "It means that advertisers are not going to be put off or worried about money to ITV3. If it had not been on Sky there would have been a bit of twitchiness about putting money into it," said Kingsley Wilson, analyst at Investec Securities.

    The GSB transaction also threw the spotlight on negotiations over a new satellite encryption deal between ITV and BSkyB. It is understood that BSkyB suggested thrashing out the new encryption contract and the GSB takeover together, but ITV refused.

    ITV pays about £17m a year to have ITV1 and ITV2 encrypted by the pay-TV group, ensuring that its channels are seen by Sky's 7.4 million sub scribers only and not by viewers in mainland Europe. Furthermore, the encryption arrangement allows ITV to beam the appropriate regional programmes into households around the UK.

    The current contract between ITV and BSkyB expires at the end of the month and ITV executives are seriously considering dropping the encryption service altogether. ITV3 will broadcast unencrypted, appearing on the 119 slot on Sky's onscreen channel menu.

    Last year the BBC said it would sever its links with the Sky platform and broadcast "in the clear" without an encryption deal, although it has signed a new arrangement with BSkyB that ensures its regional channels appear on the Sky electronic programming guide.

    The move was seen as a prelude to the corporation setting up a satellite version of Freeview, the digital terrestrial service that is used in 4.5m homes. The BBC has no launch date for the new platform, which it has named Freesat, but it is working on plans for a free satellite TV service.

    If ITV also drops its encryption deal and goes in the clear, it could join the BBC in launching the platform. Freesat viewers would pay a one-off fee for a dish and decoder box, giving them access to dozens of channels that broadcast unencrypted.

    BSkyB introduced a non-subscription service last month but is not actively marketing the product to customers. While BSkyB's service can be upgraded to pay-TV, the BBC would offer decoder boxes that cannot be converted to a pay service.

    ITV would face the same problems as the BBC if it went in the clear. It would need to ensure that its regional broadcasts reach the right homes because it sells a significant amount of advertising on a region-by-region basis.
     
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    How likely is that? Would that be just ITV, ITV2 or Channel 4 and Five as well?

    Anyhow, I finally get to see LA Law again, yes!
     
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    We will know for sure on or about the 20th November for all ITV, UTV & Granada regional channels.

    Re: Ch4 & 5 your not going to see them on an Irish card untill at least 2008
     
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    Fingers crossed for Saturday

    Greg Dyke on broadcasting
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    ITV can't lose as BSkyB's satellite monopoly crumbles

    This is a crucial week for the future of how we receive television in this country. On Saturday, ITV's contract with BSkyB ends and the future of satellite television could well depend on what ITV decides to do.
    Will it follow the lead set by the BBC 18 months ago and take its service unencrypted, which would mean you would no longer need a Sky card to receive ITV on satellite television, or will it negotiate a new deal with the Murdoch-run operation? Either way, ITV will be a financial winner.

    All this might sound a bit dramatic but the stakes are pretty high, especially for BSkyB, as the future of their monopoly position on satellite television in the UK is up for grabs. If ITV decides to go unencrypted, Channels 4 and Five are almost certain to follow when their current deals with BSkyB end. If that happens, British viewers will be able to do what you can already do on continental Europe: go into the supermarket, buy a satellite kit for something like £60 - the price in a Brussels hypermarket last weekend - and overnight you are free from BSkyB. You will install your own dish, plug in your own box and you will be able to receive up to 90 free channels, including all the main terrestrial channels, without having any relationship at all with Sky.

    This will mean BSkyB's domination of the satellite TV market in Britain will, in effect, be over because they will have no idea who these new consumers are, who won't have Sky cards and who cannot easily be upgraded to Sky's pay services. There will also be a new electronic programme guide which Sky will no longer be able to dominate.

    This is a far cry from the last time ITV was negotiating their contract four years ago. Because ITV was late to go on to Sky Digital, they were forced to pay £17 million a year to BSkyB. ITV had little option but to pay, but they immediately appealed to the then regulator Oftel, claiming BSkyB was abusing its monopoly position and charging too much. In a puzzling decision, Oftel supported BSkyB and said £17m a year was a fair price. BSkyB was jubilant but their victory was short lived. The Oftel ruling set off alarm bells everywhere else, particularly at the BBC. If BSkyB could charge ITV £17m, they could charge the BBC the same when their contract ended, three times what the BBC was then paying.

    I was the director general at the time and we decided that BSkyB's monopoly had to be broken, so we switched our services on to a new satellite and broke away from BSkyB. You would no longer need a BSkyB card to receive the BBC's services. BSkyB responded in the way you'd expect of a Murdoch operation. They played tough. They threatened us by saying they would take BBC1 and BBC2 off the two best slots on their electronic programme guide - 101 and 102. We said, 'You can't do that', and appealed to the Independent Television Commission (ITC).

    Then something strange happened: BSkyB began to back off and make friendly noises. We later discovered that the ITC had found something in their investigation which BSkyB didn't want made public, so they were keen to settle with the BBC. Sadly, I still don't know what the ITC found but it made a big difference. We kept slots 101 and 102, BBC3 and BBC4 were given 115 and 116 on the same guide - slots which we'd been trying to get for ages - and BSkyB were very helpful to the BBC over the new FA football deal.

    What will ITV do? They have launched ITV3 unencrypted, so maybe they will be brave enough to take on BSkyB. Whatever they do, it will be good financial news for ITV. Instead of having to pay BSkyB £17m a year, they will either pay nothing if they go totally unencrypted or at the most £2m if they do what the BBC did and go unencrypted while buying a service from Sky to ensure that Sky homes receive the right regional service.

    So, in just four years BSkyB will have gone from being all powerful to needing ITV to stay on their system. How the mighty have fallen.

    The best spinners in town

    You have to admire the PR people at BSkyB. They managed to spin the fact that BSkyB added 62,000 new subscribers in the three months to the end of September as a success story. How? Because they let it be known around the City in advance that the figure was likely to be below 50,000. That way, when the results came out, the City was pleasantly surprised.

    Of course, the really interesting comparison is with the number of subscribers BSkyB added in the same quarter last year. The figure then was 170,000, so this year's figure was just over a third of last year's, and yet this was seen as good news. By comparison, 659,000 Freeview boxes were sold in the same three-month period this year. So the numbers going digital via Freeview outsold BSkyB by more than 10 to one.

    Mind you, BSkyB is a cash machine, so we shouldn't start feeling sorry for Murdoch and Son just yet.

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    So, does that mean that ITV will really be unencrypted by the end of the week? I sure hope so! If the BBC can, then why not ITV? By next week we'll all know more...
     

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