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# 260047 8-Nov-2019 10:08
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I know that most of us on here are supporters of the Washington Post and the NYT with their crusades against the Orange Menace but there is another side of the coin.


A streaming service starts in the UK today, BritBox, which is a combination of the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 with material from their back catalogues. This idea was proposed by these companies 10 years ago when the likes of Netflix were still in their infancy. The idea was squashed by the British government regulator who cited something like 'unfair competition for Sky TV' as the reason for blocking it.


Sky TV was owned by Rupert Murdoch who also owned the largest circulation newspaper in the UK, the Sun. The then government was either leaned on or knew that if they allowed the streaming service to go ahead the not inconsiderable influence of the Sun newspaper, plus others of Murdochs UK empire,  would be directed to unseating them at the next election with lots of negative stories thrown in for good measure in the meantime.


So a great opportunity to get into global market at the beginning was lost because it was not in the interest of a media mogul.

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  # 2350023 8-Nov-2019 10:14
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No surprises there. Murdoch is a predator. 



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  # 2350111 8-Nov-2019 11:35
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Its wasn't so much Sky, but it was stopped because it would have prevented any other local UK VoD provider starting up with any old UK content,


There was also the issue that the BBC were ( and still are) funded by the compulsory TV licence and while they claimed "BBC worldwide" is a commercial subsidiary, a lot of its content originated from the domestic Beeb funded by the fee. 


Allowing the original service would have given a new company a huge share of the  nascent VOD market and it would be being supported by a  public monopoly,.... which makes it pretty hard for any one else to compete in that market,


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  # 2350205 8-Nov-2019 13:35
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Murdoch also effectively hobbled the Australian UFB scheme. He threw money at the election campaign for Turnbull back in the day and as soon as he was in power he changed the deployment plan for their version of UFB.

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  # 2351553 11-Nov-2019 12:54
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Murdoch also effectively hobbled the Australian UFB scheme. He threw money at the election campaign for Turnbull back in the day and as soon as he was in power he changed the deployment plan for their version of UFB.



And unfortunately, when the old fellow kicks the bucket, #1 son was too liberal, #2 son makes Rupert look like a nice guy.


About time people woke up to the indisputable fact that we now have multi-generational billionaire "born to be rulers", subverting democracy.


Australia used to have laws preventing media monopoly.  There were watered down by a succession of right-wing politicians for obvious reasons.  Media companies (incl social media) shouldn't be treated "just like any other business" when it comes to anti-competitive behaviour.  Because they aren't like other



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