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    Although figures are not available, it is quite probable that News Corp makes in excess of £1 billion (@ US$1.6 billion) from BSkyB. Around a third of that will be pure BSkyB profits and the rest in broadcasting rights for the various Fox content from its TV and movie divisions.

    It is interesting that Ofcom have decided BSkyB is "fit and proper", given James Murdoch a yellow card and apparently not considered whether News Corp is a "fit and proper" person to own the 39.1% shareholding. I suspect on the last two points they are awaiting the outcome of several criminal trials before they do anything significant.

    I can foresee a further monopolies investigation into whether BSkyB should operate both a delivery platform (their subscription satellite system) and be a programme/channel producer. They are currently the only UK operator to have this since Virginmedia stopped their various cable channels. (For clarity, Arqiva the terrestrial transmitter operator has just purchased Connect which uses the DTT platform to provide "portals" for some IPTV services that are access via Freeview channels; not quite the same)

    Separation of the delivery and "production" sides would also have a positive effect on the terrestrial channels run by BSkyB by removing the promotion of their paid for service within programming. A recent example of this was the showing of Spartacus:Blood and Sand on Pick TV where there was  a continuous DOG (digital on-screen graphic) promoting the new season on Sky1, the subscription channel.

    Why doesn't Mitt Romney carry an iPhone? 1. He has staff to carry his cellphone 2. He has an Ann Droid.

    by Lib Dem FoP on Fri Sep 21, 2012 at 06:21:32 AM PDT

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