kipkip: I wonder whether the impact of PLP have on Sky can be reflected just by "how many subscribers ditched Sky sports?" - an argument that is likely to be used by Sky to claim there's no impact at all.
I know a mate has recently ditched Sky movies instead of Sky sports (as ECL and WC still with them) in order to afford PLP.
I would think the number of subscribers that only watched (or were interested in) football would be far and few between in NZ - IMO. I doubt that Sky would lose any sleep over it.
If on the other hand someone came in and won the rights to the rugby - well that would be a different ball game!