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Old 10-11-2017, 14:07   #3301
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin Media TV (2017)

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So much for ITV's much heralded ITV Encore channel launch predicting it would rival Sky Atlantic.
And that sir is a encore.
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin Media TV (2017)

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So much for ITV's much heralded ITV Encore channel launch predicting it would rival Sky Atlantic.
Surprised theyre giving it to VM then they are also considering apparently removing all their channels from VM!
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Old 10-11-2017, 14:21   #3303
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Surprised theyre giving it to VM then they are also considering apparently removing all their channels from VM!
Perhaps its a sure sign that everything is fine and dandy now.
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So much for ITV's much heralded ITV Encore channel launch predicting it would rival Sky Atlantic.
Even you have to admit though Den this is were Old Boy has it right , each broadcaster has far to many channels for the content they make available.

This is were I agree and I've said it before in my opinion each broadcaster will dwindle these down in favour of making more available On Demand. What I disagree with is his prediction of the complete death of linear.
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Even you have to admit though Den this is were Old Boy has it right , each broadcaster has far to many channels for the content they make available.

This is were I agree and I've said it before in my opinion each broadcaster will dwindle these down in favour of making more available On Demand. What I disagree with is his prediction of the complete death of linear.
There will be a slight pruning of channels perhaps but as for the death of Linear TV well lets just say l disagree with him.
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Good news for TV customers - ITV Encore is finally launching on Virgin TV.
The bad news is that the ITV Encore channel is closing down.
http://deadline.com/2017/11/itv-clos...ts-1202205559/
Well, this is the way of the future, as I have been saying for a while now. Expect other channels to go down the box set only route before much longer.

Good news that at last VM will be able to show the small number of exclusives to that channel soon.

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There will be a slight pruning of channels perhaps but as for the death of Linear TV well lets just say l disagree with him.
In the medium term, we agree at last, but when you look at a couple of decades ahead, it will be a totally different landscape. Frankly, I don't see how the conventional broadcast channels can possibly survive over time when there is such a better alternative available.
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In the medium term, we agree at last, but when you look at a couple of decades ahead, it will be a totally different landscape. Frankly, I don't see how the conventional broadcast channels can possibly survive over time when there is such a better alternative available.
Better alternative no l don't think so OB and the majority l have no doubt would disagree with your hyperbolized statement as well.
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Good news for TV customers - ITV Encore is finally launching on Virgin TV.
The bad news is that the ITV Encore channel is closing down.
http://deadline.com/2017/11/itv-clos...ts-1202205559/
I predicted that it would either close or go FTA and join VM when the contract with Sky expired and their funding ceased.

Never considered this third option! At least VM customers will now be able to access it's programming and this is good for channel parity between Sky and VM.
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin Media TV (2017)

Having re-read the article, I may have been too quick off the mark to suggest the box sets are launching on Virgin - the wording suggests it will merely be offered to them. A subtle but significant difference, especially given the current situation with the main ITV channel.
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin Media TV (2017)

This household has had ITV Encore pretty much since its inception via Now TV and I can honestly say it has never been used once.
Why would ITV make the channels content of repeats available unless its behind a paywall when they are charging for premium access to their hub?
My crystal ball says ITV Encore on demand content will not be free!
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Old 10-11-2017, 19:03   #3311
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TV3 Ireland could be rebranded as Virgin Media TV:

https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2017...n-media-brand/
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Old 10-11-2017, 19:11   #3312
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Having re-read the article, I may have been too quick off the mark to suggest the box sets are launching on Virgin - the wording suggests it will merely be offered to them. A subtle but significant difference, especially given the current situation with the main ITV channel.
ITV are deciding nothing on broadcast fees until the new chief executive ex-EasyJet and the Guardian Media Group joins in January so fingers crossed it will come!
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Better alternative no l don't think so OB and the majority l have no doubt would disagree with your hyperbolized statement as well.
Why is that, Den? Please explain.

With broadcast channels, you have so many disadvantages.

1. You can only watch what is scheduled.
2. The programme you want to see can only be seen at the times the schedulers say you can.
3. On most of the channels, you are subject to countless commercial breaks, which extend the length of programmes by about 15 minutes per hour.
4. Programmes are easily missed because they are hidden amongst zillions of channels.
5. The only way to avoid some of these problems is to record, but you have to find the programmes first, and then you constantly worry about filling up your hard drive.

Whereas with streaming, all the programmes are available by selection, they are more easily identified from the user friendly UI, you don't need to record or be bothered by commercial breaks. What is more, you can watch your programmes when you like and binge watch on whole series at a time if you want to. Additionally, streaming services are far better value for money and have more choice available.

These are the first things that come to mind immediately.

So please tell me why you think streaming is not a better alternative. You have the right to your own point of view of course, I accept that, but I am genuinely curious why you should disagree with that statement.

No one liners - just give us your reasons so we can understand.

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I predicted that it would either close or go FTA and join VM when the contract with Sky expired and their funding ceased.

Never considered this third option! At least VM customers will now be able to access it's programming and this is good for channel parity between Sky and VM.
Yes, most of us agreed that ITV Encore would come to VM after the exclusivity period. I certainly did not think they would go to box sets only at this stage - I thought this would be likely about a decade down the line.

Maybe things are happening quicker than I have predicted. Hold on to your hat, Den!

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Having re-read the article, I may have been too quick off the mark to suggest the box sets are launching on Virgin - the wording suggests it will merely be offered to them. A subtle but significant difference, especially given the current situation with the main ITV channel.
The sticking point may be over price. Most of the ITV Encore content is already available on demand via ITV Collections. Virgin won't want to pay much for three or four series that have been exclusive to that channel.
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Den has gone into hibernation, OB..............
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Re: Coming Soon to Virgin Media TV (2017)

Coming soon to VM: another inflation busting price rise. Enjoy
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