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BSkyB's internet TV plan is brilliant, a rare example of perfect timing

BSkyB's internet TV plan is brilliant, a rare example of perfect timing | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

On the internet, it's always better to jump before you're pushed... Equally, though, timing matters. Ten years ago I recall mobile phone companies that had just spend billions on 3G bids demonstrating to journalists how the latest handsets could stream TV direct to their mobiles. It was great, if you wanted to watch something that looked like the first moon landing viewed on a TV across a road. TV on mobiles didn't take off; music did. But now we have the bandwidth and processing power to give us video capability all over the place. And what I think is the most impressive case of jumping before being pushed in the media ecosystem recently: BSkyB's announcement that it's going to launch an internet TV service that will let you get content from it on an ad hoc basis, no matter whether you use Sky's broadband or pay for Sky in your home.  In essence, Sky is doing with its TV output what Amazon does with the Kindle: saying "we don't mind how you view our content. We just want to be the conduit so we benefit from your attention." Video-on-demand (VoD) for anyone prepared to pay, not just existing users of its pay TV service.

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BSkyB Posts Record Profits, Touts New U.K.-Wide Internet TV Service

BSkyB Posts Record Profits, Touts New U.K.-Wide Internet TV Service | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it

The pay TV platform announced new plans for a broadband TV service taking on Netflix and LoveFilm later this year. BSkyB posted record first-half operating profits up 16 percent to £601 million ($986 million) on revenues up 6 percent to $5.6 billion and announced new plans to launch a U.K.-wide TV streaming service Tuesday.  CEO Jeremy Darroch – who announced yesterday that Sky had struck streaming TV deals with the BBC’s i-Player service and with ITV’s catch-up platform ITVPlayer – said that later this year it plans to launch a broadband Internet TV service to all homes in the U.K.  Currently its services are available to only the 10.5 million homes that subscribe to its own services but the new subscription based service will target the 13 million plus homes who are not Sky subscribers.  “Alongside the continued growth of our satellite platform this will be a new way for us to reach out to consumers who may not want the whole Sky service.”

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