Monday, 2 July 2007

Media watchdaog gives BSkyB surprise consultation on pay TV

Ofcom is investigating BSkyB’s plans to replace SkyNews, SkySports News and Sky Three with three new pay-TV channels in time for the start of the Premiership football season. The move will allow the broadcaster to take a larger slice of digital terrestrial TV's success. Last week Ofcom statistics showed that Freeview has now overtaken Sky as the most popular digital television service, which has grown rapidly in the first three months of this year.

The UK broadcasting industry is going through an astonishing rate of change and in the past five years we’ve seen major developments in technology not last seen since the introduction of the colour TV. The impact on business is an extraordinary level of competition and a rush to develop new and exciting services and applications for customers. Sport is one area where the broadcasters can make significant inroads with customers, almost locking them in once they have access to content rights. Who will win out only time can tell…

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