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DVB Cornwall8,330 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
21CF formally withdrew it's offer for Sky this morning (Mon 08-Oct-2018) and will return to their original owners any shares pledged to them. Comcast is now the only bidder. It is also expected that the transfer of the block of 21CF shares in Sky to Comcast will complete tomorrow (Tue 09-Oct-2018).

The end game (the 90pct threshold of acceptances) could be reached later this week.
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Hatton Cross3,248 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Sorry, if its been mentioned before, but thinking about a 'tangent side issue' with the cutting off from 21CF and attaching to Comcast/NBCU.

Will 'Ian King Live' on Sky News still be based in the News UK head offices, or could we see him anchor from CNBC London studios going forward.
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Mouseboy332,645 posts since 10 Feb 2014
Well since its apparently ring fenced....apparently. I dont think you will see much cross-over. Yet. Just give it a minute. If SkyNews isnt pulling its weight financially, you can bet NBCU wont waste time shaking thing up. Right now the current management have give the channel a nice warm cup of tea, started a crackling fire, swaddled it in a warm woolen blanket and put it to bed with a hot water bottle. Its sad to watch. It was always the fidgety kid on the block and just because its older now, its still younger than the BBC, I dont think its time to be handing out zimmer frames and invalid carriages yet. If they let this current suspended animation state carry on and not making any money, they may put this thing to rest permanently
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Square Eyes7,727 posts since 31 Mar 2001
Well since its apparently ring fenced....apparently. I dont think you will see much cross-over. Yet. Just give it a minute. If SkyNews isnt pulling its weight financially, you can bet NBCU wont waste time shaking thing up. Right now the current management have give the channel a nice warm cup of tea, started a crackling fire, swaddled it in a warm woolen blanket and put it to bed with a hot water bottle. Its sad to watch. It was always the fidgety kid on the block and just because its older now, its still younger than the BBC, I dont think its time to be handing out zimmer frames and invalid carriages yet. If they let this current suspended animation state carry on and not making any money, they may put this thing to rest permanently


Well hasn't it always been loss making? It was important back in the day when Sky were looking to dominate the pay TV market and to do that they needed to have every genre & type of service covered. But the current management admitted it had became less important to them and was no longer critical to the business.

NBC may take a different view to that, but to revive it it needs investment and then still run at a loss.
DVB Cornwall8,330 posts since 4 Dec 2003
Westcountry Spotlight
More endgame movements on the Markets. The Executive and Employee Share schemes are being wound up, in the usual manner. This is to enable compensation for those who have outstanding awards to benefit despite the underlying shares being removed from the market. An additional 5.39M shares are being created to satisfy these plans. They'll not be issued for market sale but will be converted once the deal goes through.
cat2,565 posts since 4 Jan 2003
They’ve made a £1bn commitment to it over the next ten years (continue current funding for ten years)

So I don’t believe for a second they’ll leave it alone. Editorial independence from Comcast HQ maybe... but they’ll own it, so they’ll get to say who the editors are. They aren’t going to be chosen by Government or a third party.

I suspect they’ll look at it, wonder why nobody watches it, and see if they can’t find a way to make it make money.

But they have much bigger fish to fry on the distribution and content side, so I can’t imagine News is a priority. I doubt it’ll look and feel much different a year from now.
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Hatton Cross3,248 posts since 4 Jan 2003
Central (West) Midlands Today
Sky News has always been about credability rather than coinage.
If Comcast keep the same mindset, then there should be no difference.

Co-incidentally, I've just caught highlights of last night's Sunday Night (American) Football game, which was covered in the US by NBC.

Amused to see the multi-coloured NBC peacock DOG originating from the US coverage, was clashing over the first third of the grey opaque Sky Sports Arena DOG.
Normally when that happens, Sky move their DOG to another 'clash free' part of the screen...
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Rkolsen2,763 posts since 20 Jan 2014
BBC World News
Not a real serious attempt just messing around post midnight .....
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I could see them doing something to the Sky logo like the bottom but with the peacocks feathers inside the letters as coloring. Like overlay the current sky logo overtop a large peacock and hide the feathers. Or they can go the route they do with NBCUniversal with Comcast [peacock] sky.

I know they said they won’t mess with it. I’m thinking they won’t mess with the distribution aspect. However I could see them moving the channels under the NBCUni umbrella.

I also still can’t believe the so called story that made David Roberts want to buy Sky started with a conversation with a Taxi driver about Sky’s STBs.

I forget does Sky reuplink the channels on FreeSat or they tune into them and then uplink their exclusive channels? Sky only uses one or two satellites for programming and doesn’t own them correct?
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London Lite10,472 posts since 4 Jan 2003
London London


I forget does Sky reuplink the channels on FreeSat or they tune into them and then uplink their exclusive channels? Sky only uses one or two satellites for programming and doesn’t own them correct?


Sky and Freesat use the same satellite position. All of Freesat's FTA channels are the same on Sky, the difference is that Freesat provides their own EPG which channels can pay to be on in addition to Sky.

Before Sky Q, former Sky customers could just buy a receiver and connect to the Sky antenna.