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Old 25-02-2024, 21:32   #2326
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As for Paramount they have held discussions with Comcast about a partnership or a joint streaming venture like Sky Showtime.

https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2024...mcasts-peacock

The only confirmed talks of any company merging was WBD and Paramount although they couldn't really do anything official until 8th April.

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Old 25-02-2024, 21:42   #2327
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I don't see it happening.

The consensus, if you can call if that, was that the Paramount/Warner announcement was to draw out Comcast, which it did. A lot of pundits believe that Comcast will spin off Warners into NBC Universal and as part of the deal, eliminate the Warners debt.

In the end, I see their ultimate home as being within Microsoft or one of the other tech giants.
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Old 26-02-2024, 14:07   #2328
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I donít know what makes you so sure. Itís up to the broadcasters whether they think it is worthwhile to continue to maintain their scheduled channels.

I think they will view the linear channels to be more trouble than they are worth, but weíll see.

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Thatís why the correct thing to do is to have a free AVOD version of all streamers. People subscribing to an entertainment service do not wish to have advertisements added. Sky is an absolute ripoff for introducing and maintaining this practice. But even Sky might be starting to come around to this view.
I dunno OB maybe the fact that i used to work in that industry before moving on to the gaming industry.
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Old 26-02-2024, 20:46   #2329
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Thatís why the correct thing to do is to have a free AVOD version of all streamers. People subscribing to an entertainment service do not wish to have advertisements added. Sky is an absolute ripoff for introducing and maintaining this practice. But even Sky might be starting to come around to this view.
Why would Sky have a free streaming service of content but have adverts on the linear channels AND charge subscribers for that content too?

What you might get is a Sky Mix catch-up service with older content on it to compete with the likes of Amazon's Freevee and UKTV. But not premium content like True Detective or Game of Thrones yet. That's reserved for subscribers.
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Old 29-02-2024, 20:59   #2330
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As for Paramount they have held discussions with Comcast about a partnership or a joint streaming venture like Sky Showtime.

https://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2024...mcasts-peacock

The only confirmed talks of any company merging was WBD and Paramount although they couldn't really do anything official until 8th April.
The money seems to be on Skydance Media buying Paramount but that doesn't preclude a separate streaming collaboration with Comcast.
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Old 29-02-2024, 21:21   #2331
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Skydance does look like the most likely now.
https://www.cnbc.com/2024/02/27/warn...ger-talks.html

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Old 01-03-2024, 21:46   #2332
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BBC acquires rest of Britbox International from ITV for £255m.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/othe...al/ar-BB1j9D1H
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Old 01-03-2024, 22:21   #2333
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FOX Corp free ad supported streamer 'Tubi' set to launch In the UK this summer
https://variety.com/2024/digital/new...id-1235923354/

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BBC acquires rest of Britbox International from ITV for £255m.
https://www.msn.com/en-gb/money/othe...al/ar-BB1j9D1H
Biggest ever single transaction BBC Studios has ever made apparently.

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An episode being postponed due to a global situation (eg plane crash) is understandable. And streamers culling content is not new. But this is pretty unprecedented with no warnings and with a series (Accused) being dropped mid series. As Geek Town commented:

https://www.geektown.co.uk/2024/02/0...-paramount-uk/
Interestingly enough, it reappeared today with all 15 episodes.

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Old 02-03-2024, 00:35   #2334
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FOX Corp free ad supported streamer 'Tubi' set to launch In the UK this summer
https://variety.com/2024/digital/new...id-1235923354/
So much for there being less streamers with the anticipated consolidation of the media companies.

How can they all survive and more to the point, with the ad revenues going to these American streamers, what's left for our broadcasters?
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So much for there being less streamers with the anticipated consolidation of the media companies.

How can they all survive and more to the point, with the ad revenues going to these American streamers, what's left for our broadcasters?
Just another Pluto / Plex / Rakuten etc clone, possibly with many of the same FAST channels.
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I've probably been slow on seeing this but whilst sorting out my Now TV subscriptions today and for anyone not aware I noticed that they are offering Sky Sports for £21 a month for 12 months with no minimum term contract.
This seems a pretty good offer to me, especially as Now has all red button sports content finally.
Comcast's takeover of Sky seems to be a good thing so far, the service now works perfectly after many years of bugs and glitches under the previous ownership and the prices have gone down,
I now get Sports, Entertainment, Cinema and Boost for £30 a month, (with Boost I could share the costs with others hint hint).
Imho this is the best streaming deal in the country apart from the fiver I pay on top of my EE phone bill to get TNT Sports and Discovery Plus.
I am no fanboy and others may disagree but I feel Now and other British streaming services to a lesser extent are shaming the sharp practices of the US streamers.
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I am no fanboy and others may disagree but I feel Now and other British streaming services to a lesser extent are shaming the sharp practices of the US streamers.
I only have entertainment from Now as get Sky premiums through Virgin but it has always intrigued me that some of the more evangelical streamers would prefer an American big tech firm or someone else to get major UK sports rights.

Now is a bargain for what it is.
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Old 04-03-2024, 08:42   #2338
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I only have entertainment from Now as get Sky premiums through Virgin but it has always intrigued me that some of the more evangelical streamers would prefer an American big tech firm or someone else to get major UK sports rights.

Now is a bargain for what it is.
I agree. Iím now getting the entertainment pack for £3.99pm.
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I've probably been slow on seeing this but whilst sorting out my Now TV subscriptions today and for anyone not aware I noticed that they are offering Sky Sports for £21 a month for 12 months with no minimum term contract.
This seems a pretty good offer to me, especially as Now has all red button sports content finally.
Comcast's takeover of Sky seems to be a good thing so far, the service now works perfectly after many years of bugs and glitches under the previous ownership and the prices have gone down,
I now get Sports, Entertainment, Cinema and Boost for £30 a month, (with Boost I could share the costs with others hint hint).
Imho this is the best streaming deal in the country apart from the fiver I pay on top of my EE phone bill to get TNT Sports and Discovery Plus.
I am no fanboy and others may disagree but I feel Now and other British streaming services to a lesser extent are shaming the sharp practices of the US streamers.
I now have Entertainment at £3.99 , Sports at £17.99 and Boost at £2.

£23.98 for those is excellent value in my opinion.
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I now have Entertainment at £3.99 , Sports at £17.99 and Boost at £2.

£23.98 for those is excellent value in my opinion.
Careful. Comcast might be reading this!
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