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The Competition Commission has called off the attack dogs against Sky's movie business, for now. The regulator has revised its views following the entry of Amazon's LoveFilm and Netflix into the pay-movie market. A provisional decision made last August decreed that Sky had a monopoly on running movies first in the UK, which it …

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Space Elevator

Actually, I'd much rather see someone build a space elevator than another IP TV/movie service.

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Re: Space Elevator

A working space elevator is actually a fantastic idea. All this nonsense about building a base on the moon to launch missions to Mars. Someone on Mock the Week likened it to RyanAir saying "Yes, we fly to Manchester" but then landing in Leeds and putting you on a bus...

Movies is one thing. As long as we have Blockbuster that review was going nowhere, and now Netflix / LoveFilm have given the opportunity to dump the case. Just the excuse the comp commission was looking for... They just need an excuse now to dump any investigation into Sky Sports, if there even is a review at all

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And so it continues...

I find it very strange how any facet of UK establishment takes every opportunity to shy away from anything to do with Murdoch-related enterprises. Why should it be so, I wonder?

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Re: And so it continues...

There's a thing called the Leveson Inquiry. Have you heard of it?

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bid more

"It's hardly an iron grip, though. Bid more money than Sky, and you get the movies. Perhaps someone in Silicon Valley might eventually consider that's money well spent"

Great so let start bidding wars on services leading to (more?) outrageous fees and draconian DRM for everything. Then there will be even more of those nasty freetard pirates that Andrew is always banging on about. But then again big media can do no wrong in your eyes hey?

You only have look at the rediculous money in football/Sky sports to see where this would end up.

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The Competition Commission : Successes

The full list:

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Re: The Competition Commission : Successes

Dude, Where's the list?

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Re: The Competition Commission : Successes

That's the point, there is no list!

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So that the point of complaining about the monopoly

Was that no one else could be bothered to enter the market? And now someone (outside of Sky's control) has bothered? So, if we build a single space elevator, presumably the Competition Commission will complain and launch an investigation until one of:

- A competitor builds another space elevator and enters the market

- We split the space elevator up into separate businesses, one for supplying the long thing that goes up into space and the other to provide the transport that goes up and down it.

It really isn't actually worth bothering to innovate, is it?

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WTF?

get the full story will you.......

Sky tie up first showing over ip etc as part of the bid for showing films on their tv channels.

They have done for years now, its only the risk of losing out that has them looking to do IPTV themselves.

What must be done is to require by law that streaming movies, tv programs etc must be negociated seperately from linear tv contracts so Lovefilm, Netflix, Box etc can all have a chance.

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What was the question

Do Sky still have a monopoly in broadcast?

Is the competition in streaming over the internet a distraction from this question?

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Why is there

Only one Competition Commission?

We need the Competition Commission to investigate

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