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    Virgin media vs sky..........WHY?

    o.k anyone else think all this fighting between sky and virgin media in the u.k is crazy i mean they are acting like total CHILDREN!
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    wikipedia's entry on it
    [edit] ITV merger proposal
    On Thursday, November 9 2006, NTL announced that it had approached commercial television broadcaster ITV about a proposed merger,[4] after a similar announcement by ITV.[5] BSkyB effectively blocked the merger on 2006-11-17 when it controversially bought a 17.9% stake in ITV plc,[6] a move that attracted anger from NTL shareholder Richard Branson,[7] and an investigation from media and telecoms regulator Ofcom.[8] On 2006-12-06 NTL announced that it had complained to the Office of Fair Trading about BSkyB's move, and that it would withdraw its attempt to buy ITV plc, stating that it did not believe that it could currently make a deal on favourable terms.[9]
    Virgin Media

    Sky's letter counteracting Virgin Media's removal of non-premium Sky channels.NTL Group's services previously marketed under the NTL, Telewest and Virgin.net brands were merged together under the "Virgin Media" brand on February 8, 2007. Shortly thereafter a channel agreement for Virgin Media to keep non-premium Sky channels ended at midnight on 1 March 2007. Virgin Media were unable to make an agreement with Sky on the issue, and Sky reacted by posting a letter to the public in major UK newspapers on 28 February 2007.

    Despite Sky's letter, Virgin Media blamed Sky for bullying them and forcing the consumer to switch. Both companies failed to reach an agreement, and subsequently after after midnight on 1 March 2007, the Sky One, Sky Two, Sky Travel, Sky Travel Extra, Sky Sports News and Sky News channels were replaced with a standard message by Virgin Media. If Virgin had continued to negotiate with with Sky, the new deal would have included Sky Three, Sky Arts and undisclosed high definition and video on demand content. Sky said the deal would cost only 3p per customer per day (roughly £35,000,000 per year), but Virgin said that a minimum payment guarantee included in the contract meant that the actual amount due would be more than double the current payment.[10]

    Virgin Central, an on demand service, has recently gained the rights to begin showing previous episodes of television show Lost already shown on SkyOne, and other shows including Alias and The OC. The provider has not yet begun broadcasting Lost, however other shows are available for on-demand viewing. This service is an extension of the on-demand service, previously known as Teleport TV. This service is still available, making available shows that have been shown recently, or other shows and series.

    On 2007-03-02 The National Consumer Council accused Sky and Virgin of "behaving like children" and stated that at the end of March 2007 it would consider whether or not to raise a super-complaint against them "that will help to knock heads together".[11]

    This was followed on 2007-03-05 with Virgin Media threatening to take legal action against BSkyB if the matter was not resolved in 30 days. [12]
    I think the real question is: Whom is the lesser of two evils, Richard Branson or Rupert Murdock. I know who I think is the worst - Rupert Murdock. Watch "Outfoxed" to find out why.
    Last edited by Squall7; 03-13-2007 at 05:51 PM.

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