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Topic # 86573 8-Jul-2011 19:58
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Does anyone have any clue how many Sky installations there are in .nz?

Edit:  oh, and freeview comes off the same satellite yet?  If that's the case, how many freeview customers are also on it.

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  Reply # 491323 9-Jul-2011 02:04
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On 31 January 2011 the subscriber count was 808,279, this type of information is published in their financial results.

Basically it's about ~50% of the possible market.

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  Reply # 491331 9-Jul-2011 08:17
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freeview will be more difficult to count, since there is no such thing as a 'subscriber'. people will have multiple boxes, replace broken ones etc,so no real way of knowing how many people actually watch freeview.


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  Reply # 491343 9-Jul-2011 10:00
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Thanks guys.

Was just having a bit of debate on about the viability of layer 2 multicast products on their NBN product.

The claim is that there's a market for such services.

I'm currently contending that there is not market and investment in the space would be unwise due to the competition that already exists from other delivery networks such as Optus and web streams such as YouTube (and others).

The rough ball parks were exactly what I was looking for as it's just a friendly banter with a few regulars.

As for Freeview - yes, I understand completely. It's a bit like normal fta tv... 'you should pay a license fee because I can count 8 TV's in your house....'

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  Reply # 491447 9-Jul-2011 16:27
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Sky's number of subscribers does show that ~50% of the market is willing to pay for access to the content Sky owns rights to, so I see no reason why it wouldn't be viable for them to offer this over the UFB rather than Satellite. It might even be cheaper for them.

Freeview HD could also be delivered over UFB which could I imagine eventually free up more frequency for wireless/mobile usage.

However generally broadcast tv is a sunset industry, the future is on demand like Netflix, Hulu, Youtube etc.

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