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BT and BSkyB both lose soccer gamble?

The City of London was in two minds about the BT Sport Champions League deal when markets opened for the first time after the deal. BT was marked down and so was BSkyB, with the established broadcaster losing a sizeable nine per cent of its value. So, on balance, the market thought it was a bad deal for both parties. [...]

Netflix: Stick or twist?

Netflix is an emblematic company; emblematic of the starkly simple fact that ubiquitous fast access is rewriting the rules of pay-TV. The California company does what ‘traditional’ players like Showtime and HBO do, but does it with an aggressive price and complete control of its marketing and – in most respects – its distribution. This means it doesn’t need to [...]

RIP 3D, you won’t be missed

3D is the dog that didn’t bark. Bringing pictures ‘to life’ was to bring (another) renaissance to movie theatres and provide another whole new replacement market for big screen TVs. Avatar, James Anderson’s 2009 blockbuster about persecuted blue humanoid alien forest dwellers, was to be the start of something big and game changing. It turned out to be both the [...]

E.tv to add 4 channels

South Africa’s E.tv will launch four new channels for the ‘Platco Digital OpenView’ DTH service that is intended to rival DStv. The 4 new channels will cover local content, kids, movies and what is described as pan-African  programming. E.tv first went on air in October 1998 and was for some time looking to launch a rival pay-TV service to DStv. [...]

Voda treasure opens bid window

Here in the UK we have just closed the football transfer window. This is an artificial period of time in which all buying and selling of players has to take place. The idea is to remove the destabilisation of players coming and going throughout the season. Now we just have the destabilisation of the deadline driving those desperate to close [...]

Can a company’s DNA kill it?

Will DNA that doesn’t adapt kill a company? The chemistry of corporations and their leaders is endlessly fascinating to us ‘industry watchers.’ To what extent are companies reflections of their leaders or, conversely, do some companies suck the personality out of managers, demanding everything is done the ‘XYZ’ way? Can you take the DNA of one company, carried in its [...]

BT Vision will fail

Harsh? I don’t think so. Forget everything else, if a provider can’t do better than a voice loop telling you a lie about when the broadband service will be restored, it has no business pretending to be a TV service provider. There are, of course, plenty of question marks over a strategy that sees a company boasting about one million [...]

Bezos: New dog, new tricks?

Jeff Bezos has bought The Washington Post. At $250 million it is a snip – when viewed as a fraction of his personal fortune – for one of the great remaining ego trips. That is what owning a big newspaper is all about; always has been, always will be. That doesn’t make it a bad thing, without the egos of [...]

Policing these pointless numbers

A recent report informed us that the City of London Police are, along with the Intellectual Property Office, setting up a special unit to tackle digital piracy and counterfeiting. The IPO is going to provide £2.5 million over two years for the unit. Not exactly the FBI is it? I’m guessing that sum is less than the various lobby groups [...]

ANGA COM 2013 closes with a new visitor record

ANGA COM ended with a record 450 exhibitors and 17,000 participants. Some 1,700 of the participants took also part in the accompanying congress programme. Thus, the trade show for Broadband, Cable & Satellite has increased last year’s participant numbers for the congress and the exhibition of 6 per cent. Thomas Braun, President of the hosting ANGA Association of German Cable [...]

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