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    Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

    This is a discussion on Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media within the Sky news and announcements forums, part of the SkyUser Announcements category; NTL is available in my area as I have one of their boxes at the end of my street, at ...

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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

      NTL is available in my area as I have one of their boxes at the end of my street, at least with their merger with Virgin I should stop getting the junk mail coming through my letter box on an almost weekly basis trying to get me to sign up with NTL.


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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

      With several days remaining and active discussions continuing, we’re surprised and disappointed that NTL/Virgin chose to go on national radio to attack Sky and suggest, prematurely, that their customers will miss out on Sky basic channels from 1 March.

      We want Sky basic channels, including Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Sports News and the award-winning Sky News, to remain available to NTL/Virgin customers. We’re also offering more to NTL/Virgin than ever before, including new channels such as Sky Three and Sky Arts, the UK’s only dedicated arts channel.

      Unlike the open satellite platform, NTL/Virgin’s cable network is closed. The only way Sky’s channels can be available to cable viewers is if NTL/Virgin chooses to carry them.

      Sky understands the importance of investing in the TV that customers enjoy and has developed a unique portfolio of basic channels over the last 18 years. Sky’s investment in these channels has increased by 68% over the last five years.

      Our goal is a reasonable price that reflects the benefits that we bring to NTL/Virgin customers. Our last offer remains on the table. Sky has negotiated with NTL/Virgin in good faith and has shown flexibility on price. We categorically reject their claims that we have broken off negotiations or that we are seeking to more than double the price of these channels.

      "Sky has always stood for choice and competition. This is something we are very proud of. Since the launch of Sky Broadband, Sky has injected a new level of competition and value into the marketplace. Customers switching from NTL/Virgin to Sky are saving hundreds of pounds a year"


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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

      Don't you just love the last paragraph?

      If that aint a kick when you are down I don't know what is!


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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

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      This is a fight to the end. And we all know who is going to win.
      To be totally honest, in the long run it would not surprise me if Virgin Media came out on top.

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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

      tbh I have total respect for Sir Richard, however, imho what VM have done is exactly as it says in the Sky PR.

      It is only the customers who are stuck in limbo who are going to lose out,both companies have too much money anyway. The prob with VM is the coverage, if they could sort that out maybe.


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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

      I dont see why VM cant develop there OWN channels, and then start battling rights for, Hmmm, Heroes, or someother American show?

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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

      Sky are removing the three channels which they have on freeview just now to make room for subscription content on the DTT network. As for the virgin fiasco, don't know what Virgin were expecting to happen, this is a smart move by Sky and could cause a lot of cable customers to switch. Although you could argue that it depends on how much of a "Lost" fan you are!

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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

      Its not just Lost, Everyone loves Brainiac and Simpsons lol!

      You should see the rants & raves on DS, Well you cant blame BSkyB, As if VM were all for the customer, They have enough $$$ to have kept the channels for their customers!

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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

      Quote Originally Posted by FibreOptic View Post
      Its not just Lost, Everyone loves Brainiac and Simpsons lol!
      Not everyone does...

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      Re: Sky to pull major channels from Virgin Media

      I was being sarcastic lol

     

     
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