2/28/2007

Would anyone notice if they didn't have Sky One ?


Sky believe that Virgin Media should pay nearly double what they currently pay to show Sky One, Sky News and Sky Sports News. This is despite the fact that the viewing trend for these channels is down. Sky keep running advertising claiming that people won't be able to watch their favourite channels on Virgin if they don't pay what Sky are asking. Even Channel Five news (itself made by Sky) claimed tonight that people will not be able to watch their "favourite channels".

So here is the question, would anyone really notice if they didn't have Sky One ?

My favourite channels are all on Freeview, with the only others that I am bothered about being UKTV Gold and occasional live football on Sky News.

Have Sky really conned themselves in to thinking that people actually tune in to Sky One because it is one of their favourite channels ?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

The Simpsons is on Channel 4, so it is only "Lost" and "24" that might attract anyone. I wouldn't miss it.

Anonymous said...

The Simpsons is on Channel 4, so it is only "Lost" and "24" that might attract anyone. I wouldn't miss it.

Liberal Neil said...

Lost and BSG are the only regular viewing for me on Sky. And I'll probably end up buying the DVDs anyway.

(24 is MUCH better on DVD anyway without the 20 minutes of adverts and Sky self-publicity ruining the pace)

dobson said...

Lost and BSG can be found for free via Bittorrent. What can I say other than that Sky's costly distribution model is obsolete.

Ryan Morrison said...

My parents didn't notice until I told them and even then they said "oh well, don't watch it anyway" (they've Virgin Media customers).

I think Sky customers would miss the Virgin channels if they were taken off Sky more than Virgin customers will miss the Sky channels to be honest.

Plus, if Virgin can sign on demand agreements for US shows like Lost and 24 (seperate broadcast rights) then people wouldn't miss their favourite shows anyway.

Neil Welton said...

More channels, less choice - funny that. Does it all really matter anyway? All of your favourite shows will be shown on Freeview or the five basic channels eventually - for all market players want to "cash in on something popular".

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