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EL
elmarko Central Reporting Scotland
Same STB family?
RD
rdd Founding member
Don’t Sky (plc) essentially make all their own set top boxes since the buyout of Amstrad? Not sure who makes Sky NZ’s equipment though a bit of googling appears to make reference to a relatively recent deal with Cisco. Regardless there definitely seems to be superficial similarities.
OV
Orry Verducci Anglia (West) Look East (West sub-opt)
All the digital TV platforms with full or part ownership by News Corp used to share the same technology with each other. They all essentially used similar/same hardware to the Sky Digibox/Sky+, with the same remotes give or take a few different buttons, and a rebadged and tweaked version of the Sky UK software with the same VideoGuard conditional access system.

This was definitely the case for Sky Italia (pre Sky UK ownership), Foxtel in Australia, Tata Sky in India and Sky NZ. If you Google each of them you'll find idential looking remotes and EPG's that look very similar to the old Sky Guide EPG used on the standard definition boxes.

It was only when HD came along and Sky bought Amstrad that each started to go in their own direction in terms of hardware and EPG software, with Sky UK in particular developing the HD EPG and then Sky Q which isn't shared with the other platforms. Fowever all of them still rely on Cisco (previously NDS) to provide middleware (the software the EPG is run on) and conditional access. As a result a lot of them still share software and hardware, most notably the remote design, for older boxes and in some cases newer ones.
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DV
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Interesting shot of the Fox Sports App four screen option on AppleTV for the Champions League tonight

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RD
rdd Founding member
That would make me dizzy.

And what’s with the scorebar showing full team names? Incidentally while I’ve always understood there was no “standard” Champions League scorebar, RTE’s one is nearly the same format except reading “BAR” and “CHL” and missing the text on top. (The BT one, while much smaller and higher up, isn’t dissimilar either).

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S7
sbahnhof 7
Sky NZ loses Rugby World Cup? "Holy S***", if this is true...

- https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/03/27/100598/sky-tv-bombshell-not-preferred-bidder-for-rwc-2019

Sky are stoical, "we can't show every event", but they have until now. Losing some of the All Blacks' games is a big deal.

Quote:
Rugby World Cup rights are sold by IMG Media on behalf of Rugby World Cup Ltd. Sky noted it continues to have SANZAAR rights through to 2020, which covers All Blacks tests, Super Rugby and the Mitre 10 Cup. Its other sports offerings include the Warriors and the NRL, cricket, netball, supercars, golf, cycling, football, basketball, Moto GP and boxing.
TO
TopOfTheHour
Sky NZ loses Rugby World Cup? "Holy S***", if this is true...

- https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2018/03/27/100598/sky-tv-bombshell-not-preferred-bidder-for-rwc-2019

Sky are stoical, "we can't show every event", but they have until now. Losing some of the All Blacks' games is a big deal.

Quote:
Rugby World Cup rights are sold by IMG Media on behalf of Rugby World Cup Ltd. Sky noted it continues to have SANZAAR rights through to 2020, which covers All Blacks tests, Super Rugby and the Mitre 10 Cup. Its other sports offerings include the Warriors and the NRL, cricket, netball, supercars, golf, cycling, football, basketball, Moto GP and boxing.


Sky only showed the World Cup for the first time as sole broadcaster in 2015. 2011 they were host broadcaster but shared rights with TVNZ, TV3 and Maori TV who also showed key games and ALL showed the final. 1987-2007 were all on Free-To Air. Not the huge loss it’s being made out in media, especially with the RWC requirement that finals are shown live.
S7
sbahnhof 7
And the others needed taxpayers' help to afford the rights in 2011. Sky must be weakening financially.


TOTH, do you know who's won the rights for 2019?
BR
Brekkie Recently warned Wales Wales Today
Massive news down under - Seven have lost the Australian Open rights after 40 years, with Nine securing a 5 year deal from 2020 for $300 million, up from the $35m a year Seven paid.

https://tvtonight.com.au/2018/03/nine-secures-australian-open-from-2020.html

Seven say they wouldn't pay at any price, but this is likely to have a knock on effect on the cricket deal. Can't see how Nine could schedule both, especially as 4 other tournaments are part of the tennis deal.
Last edited by Brekkie on 29 March 2018 7:32pm - 2 times in total
Turns out nobody had 2020 vision.
EL
elmarko Central Reporting Scotland
Strewth. Crikey.
EL
elmarko Central Reporting Scotland
That’s the best post I’ve ever made.
TO
TopOfTheHour
And the others needed taxpayers' help to afford the rights in 2011. Sky must be weakening financially.


TOTH, do you know who's won the rights for 2019?


I don’t sorry, but money seems to be on TVNZ and Spark. Would guess TVNZ would take key fixtures including All Blacks matches and Spark maybe everything else for online - maybe with an exclusive ABs pool game against a minnow or similar?.

Sky is no doubt weakening...will this mean more FTA sport? Who knows.

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