Sky TV chief executive John Fellet says he does not expect any less coverage from NZME and Fairfax now they have withdrawn requests for press accreditation at the Rio Olympics. “They’ll have their notebooks out watching Sky,” said the CEO who has been fighting the newspaper companies over rights to show clips from Sky’s exclusive rights Games. NZME – owner of the NZ Herald Newstalk ZB and Radio Sport. among others, has confirmed that it has withdrawn from press accreditation but could not be reached to clarify how it will affect coverage of the Olympics. NZME withdrew accreditation for six people. Fellet said that Sky would meet fair dealing obligations to supply news organsiations. “During our recent discussions they have not been interested in that. That was designed for TV networks and news bulletins, he said. “What we are talking about here is companies who want to show our content and make money out of it. An article by former NZ Herald editor in chief Tim Murphy this week said that Sky TV was seeking to overrule existing rules and being too restrictive on the content it makes available.
Sky pulls the plug on Igloo on March 31 next year. It’s four-year lifespan is a tribute to Sky TV and its finessing of the New Zealand pay TV market. The set top box was a hybrid of free to air channels and 13 basic sky channels for $19.95 a month. It allowed movie streaming of pay-per-view movies on broadband but it never really caught on. Until September Sky TV will offer Igloo subscribers the basic Sky package at the Igloo price of $19.95 fee and partial refunds on set top boxes. Initially a joint venture with TVNZ, Igloo was an attempt by arch-rivals to work together rather than against one another. Sky was more ambivalent about the venture than TVNZ.
More media changes are likely later this year, according to my sources in the sector. The proposed merger of NZME and Fairfax New Zealand was followed on Thursday by Vodafone’s proposed takeover of Sky TV. Zagzigger.com has questioned whether MediaWorks will be left out in the cold, (Room For Me, I Got 3, below) and the same question applies to Television New Zealand.
In my opinion TVNZ cannot afford to sit back and do nothing. And it is hard to see how it will compete in the new world order of merged digital media firms. Sources familiar with Government thinking said that Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams is considering a “slight” change to more public service content TVNZ, though this is not defined.
Maybe the cheap and nasty ads are the ones we watch.
Having suffered saturation advertising on Kiwi television, many New Zealanders visiting Britain relished the civilized approach there. The BBC had no advertising and the commercial channels had severe limits. As a result, you watched more entertaining TV and paid more attention to the fewer ads you watched.
It seemed the Brits had devised a system that mixed commerciality with public service and the viewer was at the centre of the TV world. At around one twentieth the population, New Zealand could never afford such a system. Instead NZ developed a system that gave advertisers power over programming and allowed with generous taxpayer funding for mostly advertiser-friendly programming.
“Runnin’ Down The Dream” provides a detailed LP-by-LP wrap on a singer and band with an amazing body of work over 40 years. Made eight years ago, it encompasses the entire rock music era and Petty’s involvement with much of it. His crossover between roots, rock and pop is bolstered by prodigious song writing skills that has made him a survivor.
Petty has had something interesting to say for each of the past four decades. This self-commissioned documentary seems to re-say it all, and at four hours it might benefitted from haircut. But then you would miss a lot. If four hours is too much, then maybe its best to split viewing into its two parts
The Weekend Herald reports that Sky expects to have lost 45,000 subscribers by the end of the June 30 financial year. It has to do something to stem the flow. Salt Funds managing director Matt Goodson explained the problem.
“They have challenges and it appears that their audience is disaggregating somewhat. How they deal with that will be interesting to see, but the basic problem appears to be that they are having to charge too much for the non-rugby/sport packages in order to pay the ever-escalating costs of sports rights, but losing the audience that is not interested in watching those [sports] rights. Sky is having to charge too much for the non-rugby sport packages in order to pay the ever-escalating costs of sports rights.”
So, non-sports customers are paying too much and exiting the platform, he says. It can’t afford to raise the cost of the sports package too much because sports subscribers are the foundations customers.
There was a lot of talk in the 2000s about Sky TV having a stranglehold on nationwide terrestrial pay TV networks. But the future of pay TV has moved from radio frequencies to the Internet, and it appears that that Sky is no longer the industry bogey man , Sky chief executive John Fellet said that was due to a fundamental decision made three years ago. The decision was that the demand for linear TV had peaked and that linear TV had peaked and that digital terrestrial channels were not the future of TV.