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Old 03-02-2011, 19:47   #1
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Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011...c-virgin-media

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The BSkyB chief operating officer, Mike Darcey, today warned Virgin Media subscribers who want to watch The Sopranos and Mad Men not to expect Sky Atlantic on their EPG any time soon.

Darcey indicated that Sky was in talks with Virgin Media about a carriage deal to get Sky Atlantic onto its cable TV service.

But he implied that the two companies were some way off agreeing what Virgin Media might pay to carry Sky Atlantic, saying the cable company "would love Sky Atlantic and love it on the cheap". "I think it was offered at a very reasonable price," Darcey said.

"Negotiating with Virgin Media is too strong a word. The team went down ... and made quite a substantial pitch [and] explained what we thought was a fair price. Thus far they have not been persuaded."

He added that he felt that Virgin Media's "enthusiasm" for content had always been "a little bit lukewarm" – making reference to the sale Living TV to BSkyB last year and the current process to get rid of its 50% stake in Gold and Dave operator UKTV.
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Old 03-02-2011, 19:52   #2
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

That's OK, I have seen most of the episodes of 24, Prison Break, Star Trek Voyager, ER that they are mostly showing....
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Old 03-02-2011, 19:55   #3
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

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That's OK, I have seen most of the episodes of 24, Prison Break, Star Trek Voyager, ER that they are mostly showing....
Same here.

Can't say I'm that excited by the content on SA.
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

All of that is obtainable and some in HD if you know where to look. Who needs another version of Sky one.
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

Why do Virgin waste so much time chasing Sky content give it time and Sky will want it on VM. VM should pool all there money into aquiring other HD content.
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

giving the poor viewing figures bet not be long before advertisers presure sky to get it on VM

http://vmhd.blogspot.com/
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

That's OK, I've seen the whole of the first season of Boardwalk Empire anyway.
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

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You just read through that and it tells you its too expensive. We've been here before have we not. If it's like the Sky 1 debacle we wanted it because it wasn't there. Now it is there I can't remember the last time I watched anything on Sky 1.
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You just read through that and it tells you its too expensive. We've been here before have we not. If it's like the Sky 1 debacle we wanted it because it wasn't there. Now it is there I can't remember the last time I watched anything on Sky 1.
I don't want Virgin to pay stupid for it , it's just not that good. This is another battle lines drawn situation , on one hand Sky feel the threat from TIVO technology and broadband and are strengthening there content up to stop churn.
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

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I think it was offered at a very reasonable price
Yeah Mike, just like Sky 1 was offered to VM with an increase of one-third of the price, while Sky offered VM the 'very reasonable price' of next to nothing for their channels*.

* Which were then valued at £160 million a few years later by.....Sky.

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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

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All of that is obtainable and some in HD if you know where to look. Who needs another version of Sky one.
Same could be said for pretty much all linear TV.
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

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I don't want Virgin to pay stupid for it , it's just not that good. This is another battle lines drawn situation , on one hand Sky feel the threat from TIVO technology and broadband and are strengthening there content up to stop churn.
TOTALLY AGREE.

I would think as compensation VM should NOT need to PAY CARRAGE. They broke the agreement so for compensation VM should get these channels at no Extra costs.

Sky with these numbers they may completely underestimated British viewing habbits. 147,000 after there shovelware advertising there gonna be ALOT of SKY Investors angry at there PETTY Childish spats which costing them money.

Infact I would love BRITIAN to be the leader in Entertainment with quality comedy, drame, scifi.

The best actors and actresses are leading the way in Film industry are british. It was like a miracle to win oscars but now we seem to be winning them all the time know. why cant TV companies wise up we got the actors the scriptwriters, producers and directors now stop providing trash cheap tv and get better british quality. Yes it costs ut a good show sells.
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Re: Guardian: "Sky Atlantic won't be on Virgin Media soon, says BSkyB boss"

I wouldn't have expected Mike Darcey to say anything different. SKY have ploughed a massive amount of money into marketing this channel as free and exclusive to SKY customers. It would be crazy for him to come out 2 days after the channel has launched stating the channel will arrive at some point in the future. It would be a massive PR own goal.
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giving the poor viewing figures bet not be long before advertisers presure sky to get it on VM
I doubt advertisers were too pleased with the closure of two channels either
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