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Topic # 84393 30-May-2011 12:48
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TELECOM SIGNS NEW AGREEMENT WITH SKY TELEVISION

Telecom and SKY have today announced a new commercial agreement that will enable Telecom to sell all of SKY’s television services to its customers alongside their home line, mobile and broadband products.

Alan Gourdie, Chief Executive of Telecom Retail said the new agreement with SKY will further strengthen the company’s bundle products with new triple and quadruple play offerings.

“We are pleased to renew our relationship with SKY and customers can expect to see some exciting packages that will deliver a greater range of SKY Direct-To-Home channels alongside their landline, mobile and broadband services.

“We currently have a number of customers receiving their SKY Basic package through Telecom and we are very pleased to be extending that SKY offering, so all SKY products and services can be made available to our home customers.

“With television services becoming more widely accessible through faster broadband speeds, continuing our partnership with premium content providers like SKY makes sense,” said Mr Gourdie.

SKY Television Chief Executive, John Fellet, endorsed the new deal saying “Telecom and SKY have worked together with bundled products for a number of years, accessing SKY services through Telecom has proven very popular in the past. The new agreement gives Telecom the ability to bill for the whole suite of SKY services, something I’m sure customers will find both convenient and good value.”

Announcements about the pricing and timing of Telecom’s new SKY packages will be made available closer to launch and Telecom customers with existing SKY packages will be contacted to discuss their options.

Telecom customers will have an expanded choice of TV services with new SKY packages to be offered in addition to Telecom’s existing TiVo product.







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  Reply # 475736 30-May-2011 13:18
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Awesome

This paves the way to have iSky as unmetered hopefully, and other unmetered content hopefully.


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  Reply # 475744 30-May-2011 13:31
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Is this the end of the road for Tivo?

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  Reply # 475749 30-May-2011 13:39
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I would not think so, both are TV , but one is free to air the other is pay tv. The key thing is that Telecom Broadband now supports ALL tv

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  Reply # 476211 31-May-2011 13:57
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Interesting that two fairly big broadband providers (Telecom and Vodafone) have both got partnerships with Sky.

Sky must be laughing all the way to the bank with their monopoly.




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  Reply # 476217 31-May-2011 14:08
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Sky must be laughing all the way to the bank with their monopoly.


I reckon! Did I hear somewhere that the Commerce Commission weren't willing to step in?

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  Reply # 476221 31-May-2011 14:13

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Sky must be laughing all the way to the bank with their monopoly.



I reckon! Did I hear somewhere that the Commerce Commission weren't willing to step in?


 

Strange how the regulate telecom so much due to wanting more comeptition, but with pay tv, there is no real competition, and they can charge what they want.  I suppose there is telstra cable, but I believe they just resell the sky service. I remember when sky tv was only about $30-$40 per month for most channels including movies and sport.  Wasn't there a satellite provider who was supposed be setting up a satellite paytv service in NZ?  


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  Reply # 476222 31-May-2011 14:16
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robbyp:
mm1352000:
Sky must be laughing all the way to the bank with their monopoly.



I reckon! Did I hear somewhere that the Commerce Commission weren't willing to step in?


 

Strange how the regulate telecom so much due to wanting more comeptition, but with pay tv, there is no competition, and they can charge what they want. I suppose there is telstra cable, but I believe they just resell the sky service. I remember when sky tv was only about $30-$40 per month for most channels including movies and sport.

 

Didn't there used to be a partnership between sky and telecom about a decade ago. They are a good fit.


Re the partnership, the media release makes mention of that, you could bundle a service and pay through telecom.

TelstraClear just resell Sky Tv, and in fact have an agreement that you cannnot just get Telstra TV without a phone line - or it would be cheaper than Sky.  This may have changed, but when I was getting off TelstraClear to move ISP to telecom, they wouldn't let me keep just the TV.





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  Reply # 476232 31-May-2011 14:41
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If Sky is a monopoly, this is not for TV it is only for Pay TV. So, its up to other pay tv providers to step in. If they dont you can't blame Sky

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  Reply # 476241 31-May-2011 14:59
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Probably a fair point, but you'd have to admit it would be a pretty big challenge for someone new to get into the NZ pay TV scene.

Setup costs: huge
Ongoing costs: huge (satellite space or terrestrial licenses etc.)
Content costs: variable, but you really need a reasonable user base

I guess the real place that Sky would get in trouble is if their existing contracts prevented others from getting into the market, and there is no proof of that. However the fact that they win 95% of the rights for showing sporting events in NZ is disappointing. I remember the days when major sports like cricket were still shown FTA on TV One/TV 3. Now it looks like they've even won the rights to the next Olympics...

If I had my way, Sky would offer smaller packages. Sure there are probably plenty of arguments against that, but I'm only really interested in Discovery, NG, plus maybe a movie channel or two. Outside of that I'm mostly okay with the mixture on FTA channels. Not that there is that much that I really want to watch...


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  Reply # 476243 31-May-2011 15:05

tdgeek: If Sky is a monopoly, this is not for TV it is only for Pay TV. So, its up to other pay tv providers to step in. If they dont you can't blame Sky


 

You could say the same thing about telecom though. Other companies could have installed their own cabling, or use wireless systems, to setup a competing network.  Saturn did install a competing fibre optic network throughout Wellington and Christchurch I believe, so was possible.

In the future most pay tv will be delivered over the new high speed network, which should bring in more competition.

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  Reply # 476244 31-May-2011 15:07

mm1352000: Probably a fair point, but you'd have to admit it would be a pretty big challenge for someone new to get into the NZ pay TV scene.

Setup costs: huge
Ongoing costs: huge (satellite space or terrestrial licenses etc.)
Content costs: variable, but you really need a reasonable user base

I guess the real place that Sky would get in trouble is if their existing contracts prevented others from getting into the market, and there is no proof of that. However the fact that they win 95% of the rights for showing sporting events in NZ is disappointing. I remember the days when major sports like cricket were still shown FTA on TV One/TV 3. Now it looks like they've even won the rights to the next Olympics...

If I had my way, Sky would offer smaller packages. Sure there are probably plenty of arguments against that, but I'm only really interested in Discovery, NG, plus maybe a movie channel or two. Outside of that I'm mostly okay with the mixture on FTA channels. Not that there is that much that I really want to watch...




 

 

You are right. I would like to see it regulated in some form, especially as they control/ are the paywall to most of the decent sports, which are considered part of NZs identity. Interest in sports such as rugby has dropped since it was placed behind the tv paywall.

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  Reply # 476245 31-May-2011 15:11
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The difference between Sky and Telecom is simple, Sky built up it's monopoly from scratch, Telecom was given it on a silver platter. I think it would be wrong to step in and regulate Sky as this is a private company funded by private money who has private infrastructure that has never been in public hands




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  Reply # 476280 31-May-2011 16:27
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Ah ok,

Then Vodafone for example should be left alone since they didn't get their network given to them is that correct? and no I don't work for them. I think that the argument is really around competition or lack thereof and not whether it was paid for (I'm fairly sure that Telecom probably paid something for the original infrastructure) 

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  Reply # 476281 31-May-2011 16:29

Beccara: The difference between Sky and Telecom is simple, Sky built up it's monopoly from scratch, Telecom was given it on a silver platter. I think it would be wrong to step in and regulate Sky as this is a private company funded by private money who has private infrastructure that has never been in public hands


 

That maybe part of the point of difference. However mobile is also regulated and telecom have built their xt network and 027 network since it was sold.

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  Reply # 476290 31-May-2011 17:01
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jeffreyh: Ah ok,

Then?Vodafone?for example should be left alone since they didn't get their network given to them is that correct? and no I don't work for them.?I think that the?argument?is really around competition or lack thereof and not whether it was paid for (I'm fairly sure that Telecom probably paid something for the original?infrastructure)?


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