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Sky News is now streaming its TV channel for free over its website 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Despite Rupert Murdoch's mumblings about charging for all online content, the site is free - for now at least. Murdoch said yesterday that it was time for aggregators and search engines must start paying for news content - a …

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Paris Hilton

Typical

Suck them in & then hit them with a subscription offer. Just as he did for Sky SPorts and cornered the premier League.

As always, its the viewers/readers who will pay in the end for Opinion Journalism (not real news). And make him even richer!

Capitalism at work , guys.

Paris, cos even she wouldnt think if money/charging all the time.

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If this is the 'stream' they show at Waterloo station...

...then it's not 'Sky News', it's a 60-second infomercial with a couple of the headlines scrolled along the bottom of the screen and some celebrity news and ads intermingled. In which case no wonder it's free.

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Badgers

8.5m?

Seriously? I dont know anyone who has bothered although I cant claim to know 8.5m people.

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For once...

...I find myself in agreement with Murdoch, a truly discomfiting sensation, as regards "Murdoch said yesterday that it was time for aggregators and search engines must start paying for news content". People keep saying "Why pay for news when it's online for free", but a massive amount of what's online for free is just site after site after tweet after blog parroting stuff that comes from an increasingly limited set of original sources.

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Sky New broadcast for free...

... nice to see that they picked a realistic price point for it, as nothing is just about what I think Sky News is worth. Is it just me or is it only slightly less brainless than Fox News*?

(* Fox News scripts are written in crayon - to suit the typical IQ level of the audience)

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Paris Hilton

Murdoch doesn't realise

That we're not going to pay for news. It would be much easier to stop watching it. Who cares about the latest celebrity arse transplant? Oh and someone got killed somewhere doing something? And what, another corrupt official? And a war over oil?

My god, it's full of blather!

SSDD. The news isn't as important to a lot of people as Mr "I must peddle/invent this crap to maintain my business model" would like to believe.

<--- Pointless bint. Because she personifies all those morons' idea of what news is. FAIL.

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Grenade

It makes sense for Sky News to be free

It allows Murdoch's propaganda machine to reach a wider audience.

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Anonymous Coward

Why does Fox hate America?

No doubt they'll be lobbying behind the scenes to undermine the BBCs free news. But if ever they find that they can't compete with free channels discussing the same news, they just need to look to their very own Fox network for a solution.

JUST MAKE IT UP. That's what Fox does, it's been sued by it's own presenters for making them lie to the public, and made-up news won't be shown on the BBC, so they have an exclusive!

http://ceasespin.org/ceasespin_blog/ceasespin_blogger_files/fox_news_gets_okay_to_misinform_public.html

Here's another example of making the news as you want it to be (a Fox producer is caught jeering up a crowd, so they could report... a jeering crowd):

http://celebrifi.com/gossip/Fox-News-Creates-Own-Crowd-781817.html

So why does Fox hate America? And why do people not complain to Murdochs advertisers about the agenda his channels run? If you convince his advertisers to stop paying him, he will stop his attacks on democracy.

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Silverlight, schmilverlight

Silverlight knows where it (and the horse it rode in on) can go...

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Marvellous

Another method of receiving Murdoch's desperately sub-standard attempt at journalism.

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Anonymous Coward

Shite

Its still a load of shite, just the same as thier newspapers are. I wouldn't watch it even if I was paid.

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Finally

At last some TV station that us Irish have been paying to fund for years has finally given us equal access to their content on the web. Now if only the BEEB and C4 could do the same.

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Twat

He really is a twat. He expects us to pay for his crappy TV stations and then hits us with more adverts than anybody else. No doubt this new attempt will be just as advertising riddled and then he will expect people to pay too. If his massive revenues actually produced any decent telly then I don't suppose people would object.

He constantly whinges that that the BBC are funded by licence fees, but Sky is no different really. Viewers pay a subscription, but where the BBC are not allowed to advertise about 50% of Sky's airtime seems to be advertising. There is a simple solution for the Dirty Digger, he can have his share of the licence fee *if* he stops advertising *and* stops charging subscription fees *and* opens his business to the same level of scrutiny and control as the BBC. He claims he wants a level playing field and that's what he should be offered. Bet he wouldn't want to play then. What he really means is that he wants a chunk of the licence fee and to retain subscription fees and advertising revenues and to retain complete control over the business.

The trouble is the tories continue to pander to him in return for popaganda, sorry favourable publicity. I just hope they have the sense to tell him to piss off should they win the next election.

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Anonymous Coward

Sky News is FTA

So it wouldn't make sense to charge to stream it online.

Murdoch's papers aren't free, which is why charging for online content has been brought up.

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@ Why does Fox hate America?

"No doubt they'll be lobbying behind the scenes to undermine the BBCs free news."

You are no doubt referring to the same "free news" that is paid for by every UK citizen that owns a TV?

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Undermining democracy

@twat ("The trouble is the tories continue to pander to him in return for propaganda, sorry favourable publicity. I just hope they have the sense to tell him to piss off should they win the next election.")

Unfortunately, Cameron has already intimated that he will allow Murdoch to change Sky News into a UK version of Fox News. Fox foments disaffection to the extent that it's destroying the concept of a loyal opposition and giving succour to all kinds of extremists. I wonder if they are intentionally trying to undermine democracy, because fascism is much more conducive to the corporatism that Murdoch represents.

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@ Grease Monkey

Actually, you can get Sky TV without the adverts -- sort of. If you stump up the extra for a Sky Plus box or a Sky HD box, you can do this: Change channel on time for the programme you want to watch. Live Pause it near the beginning, for the anticipated total duration of all advert breaks. Press play. You can now fast-forward through the adverts.

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Nice to see

Nice to see that Sky have followed TVCatchup.com in putting their news feed on the internet seeing as TVCatchup.com has been doing this for the last two months this is hardly news.

Using silverlight as well yuk!!!

Even ITV rejected this buggy mess and has gone over to Flash.

Very soon as well you will be able to watch sky news on TVCatchup.com over their iPhone app, and the streams are in beta now here http://iphone.tvcatchup.com/

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Silvershite!

They can sod off. Not that I'd watch Sky anyway, I have a job after all and thus don't fit as a Sky consumer.

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Sky No News

aka fox news, lets fill all ure heads with shit 24/7 & charge you for it!

a sky or cable package etc is still a fee to watch rubbish imo, no matter what its called

@Aristotles slow and dimwitted horse

you can in fact own a TV and only pay the purchase price, simply by removing the aerial, buying a nice streaming device, (cheaper than a license nowdays) and watching only what you want to watch, not what you are forced to watch & forced to pay for.

I for example, like some american tv series, which doesnt come under the bbc, so why should i pay them for it year after year.

perception is not reality, but thanks to the tv license natzi's wording, they want everyone to believe that simply having a tv even minus an aerial and watching dvds is illegal, when in actual fact its not!

and before you all start with the scare stories, TVL sent one of their enforcers round and i gladly showed him that my aerial was cut and my tv was in a room far from it.

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@Cameron etc.

Yes, I think he'll be there lobbying Cameron behind the scenes no different than he was when he lobbied Blair, and I've no doubt he will succeed, since he has a media empire.

The best way to clip Murdochs wings is to not buy stuff from advertisers on his network or in his newspapers.

BOYCOTT MURDOCH.

He's free to spend his own money on his own free speech, but I don't see why my shopping money should help him. After all his fake news network drowns out my own free speech! Why should I pay for his fake jeering mobs and racist news reporters?

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tv licence

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Why on earth did you let them in to inspect your premises, they can only demand access if they are accompanied by a police officer. Personally if someone knocks on my door I only answer it if they have an appointment, which is dead amusing when they can see you through the window :)

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@ dave

very good point there dave, ill remember that for future enforcer interuptions

they are very push though so, even without an officer around i felt intimidated.

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bribe ?

So how much did Microsoft pay to have Sky deliver using Silverlight then ?

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Jobs Horns

The Sun

Maybe if Sky didn't do this, they'd save enough bandwidth to keep offering The Sun for free instead?

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Thank the gods for Ubuntu..

... Thank the gods that Moonlight did a flit on my Ubuntu Laptop. ^_^

No "SkyNews" player... ^_^

Sky's "News" + Microsoft "Silverlight" + Novel's "Moonlite" = Total "Fail"....

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@Dave Lawless

They don't have any right to access even with a Police Officer present, unless they have a search warrant.

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