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Old 15-04-2019, 23:48   #301
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

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Malone is getting old and wants to sell. LG is too small on its own now, so either Malone links all his various assets up, or he sells.

I see the cable cos sold off by LG to Vodafone (which gets cleared soon by the European Commission) as the warm up act to come.

Why not?

Comcast is a cable company, by nature.
Comcast owning both Sky and Virgin Media passing all UK Media regulatory paperwork make any deal unlike to happen.

Vodafone would be the safe bet.

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Look that the carry on Global Radio has buying GMG Radio - They was told by the Competition Commission to sell seven stations across the network. Global Radio did sell a number of stations to the Irish broadcaster Communicorp.
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LG is too small on its own now.
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Surprise rival to VM and BT:

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style...fer-price-deal

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I suppose they'll have to weigh up the fact that it looks good to their regulator and will boost their income against the fact that it will help their competitors (including Sky) and remove a USP:

https://www.express.co.uk/life-style...e-update-speed

If they do this though, maybe VM will again* tie it in with access to the missing Sky channels from their TV service, namely Sky Atlantic.

* In the past they negotiated the supply of many missing channels in return for selling their own channels to Sky.
That should be on the cards anyway, given the announcement by Sky in relation to the BT deal last year.

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Malone is getting old and wants to sell. LG is too small on its own now, so either Malone links all his various assets up, or he sells.

I see the cable cos sold off by LG to Vodafone (which gets cleared soon by the European Commission) as the warm up act to come.

Why not?

Comcast is a cable company, by nature.
I don't think it would get through the Competition Commission, Horizon.

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It's not a tiny organisation, of course, but it is small in relation to the biggest hitters and therefore needs to become part of something bigger if it wants to compete effectively in this global market.
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That should be on the cards anyway, given the announcement by Sky in relation to the BT deal last year.
Still waiting...

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I don't think it would get through the Competition Commission, Horizon.
You would have more chance of getting a grand national winner at 100/1 OB.

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It's not a tiny organisation, of course, but it is small in relation to the biggest hitters and therefore needs to become part of something bigger if it wants to compete effectively in this global market.
Why does it need to become a part of something bigger OB?
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You would have more chance of getting a grand national winner at 100/1 OB.
I DID win the bet of 100/1 on rand national winner years ago!
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

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Comcast owning both Sky and Virgin Media passing all UK Media regulatory paperwork make any deal unlike to happen.

Vodafone would be the safe bet..
Yet, the same authorities allowed T-Mobile and Orange to merge.

In a world dominated by the tech giants, I don't think its entirely out of the question.
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Yet, the same authorities allowed T-Mobile and Orange to merge.

In a world dominated by the tech giants, I don't think its entirely out of the question.
Not a chance of it happening IMO.
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Still waiting...

Why does it need to become a part of something bigger OB?
We are still waiting for Sky Atlantic, yes. If we get it, the thing to focus on is that the existing contract runs out in May.

VM could still refuse to pay the price Sky are holding out for of course, but now BT are about to get the channel through Now TV on its platform, Virgin will not want to fall behind. For similar reasons, I hope that they have changed tack over Prime.

Liberty Global needs to be as big as the giant global players to compete effectively, to negotiate effectively for content and to avoid being gobbled up itself.
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Re: John Malone/Liberty/VM General News Thread

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Yet, the same authorities allowed T-Mobile and Orange to merge.

In a world dominated by the tech giants, I don't think its entirely out of the question.
Question is - is the combined market share over 29%, In a lot of UK markets, the VM-Sky share would be. Maybe not mobile but probably TV and broadband.
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We are still waiting for Sky Atlantic, yes. If we get it, the thing to focus on is that the existing contract runs out in May.
How many times have you said that and yet nothing changes.

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VM could still refuse to pay the price Sky are holding out for of course, but now BT are about to get the channel through Now TV on its platform, Virgin will not want to fall behind. For similar reasons, I hope that they have changed tack over Prime.
Or Sky are asking far too much or are just simply refusing to wholesale it to Virgin

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VM could still refuse to pay the price Sky are holding out for of course, but now BT are about to get the channel through Now TV on its platform, Virgin will not want to fall behind. For similar reasons, I hope that they have changed tack over Prime.
Its probably the other way round as Prime has not appeared on any of the major TV platforms as of yet...
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It's probably the other way round as Prime has not appeared on any of the major TV platforms as of yet...
It's on BT.
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l must have missed that so my apologies to OB there.

Obviously the next question is why have Virgin and Sky not got it as there could be many reasons for its absence from their platforms.
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How many times have you said that and yet nothing changes.
May isn't here yet, Den!

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l must have missed that so my apologies to OB there.

Obviously the next question is why have Virgin and Sky not got it as there could be many reasons for its absence from their platforms.
Virgin were well on the way to adding Prime when it is rumoured that Liberty Global stepped in and poured cold water on the deal. Something to do with Amazon being a retail company, although I don't know why that was ever an issue.

LG have made clear on a number of occasions that they want to be a super-aggregator of content, but others will pip them to the post if they keep taking so long to add streaming content to their platform.

Hopefully, with Prime arriving on BT, this has forced a re-think by LG.
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