What do people make of: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/mediatechnologyandtelecoms/media/10596720/Is-Murdoch-poised-to-launch-another-BSkyB-takeover-bid.html - especially the idea that content is king and the day of the distributor (like Sky) is past (or rather that cable and satellite will be surpassed by the internet giants - Google and Apple are mentioned - who can pay more for content like films and football). I'm not sure how that squares with the claim that that's why Libertyglobal have been hoovering up European Cable or why it makes the Sky Europe option more likely - is this to provide scale that can compete against the internet/tech interlopers?
31 Jan '14
Makes no business sense for BT & SKY to go head to head I think they will divide PL games between them, then reach agreement over access to each other games they control,
31 Jan '14
Coronation - that's almost exactly my point. Sky won't have paid nearly £1billion for champions league rights(which currently only accounts for 3% of sky sports viewing) and yet will charge the same and prob keep the subscribers. Can BT pay £2billion for CL and one game of PL a week and expect people to pay £20-£25 a month for that? I don't think so but I may be proven wrong. The only thing that would REALLY damage sky is if the majority of PL rights went to BT. Which is why I don't think sky will allow that to happen. Which certainly means whoever gets those rights will pay an astronomical amount. I'm guessing we could see £3.5 billion plus!
31 Jan '14
So SKY lost out on Champions League and European Cup matches- if BT do charge will SKY reduce charges by a similar amount? Hmmmm
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