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Facing stiffening competition Murdochs BSkyB secures deal with HBO in UK

by Pan Pylas, The Associated Press Posted Jan 30, 2014 4:05 am MDT FILE – In this Saturday July 6, 2013 file photo, British and Irish Lions’ team players celebrate their win over Australia in the final match of their 3-game rugby union test match series in Sydney, Australia. British Sky Broadcasting PLC sought Thursday Jan. 30, 2014 to secure its base against its insurgent rival BT PLC by securing some sports rights and a long-term deal with U.S. pay-TV network Home Box Office. The London-headquartered satellite broadcaster, said it had secured six long-term rights deals in six sports, including the 2017 rugby tour to New Zealand by the British and Irish Lions and Scottish cup football. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) LONDON – British Sky Broadcasting PLC sought Thursday to secure its base against its insurgent rival BT PLC by securing some sports rights and a long-term deal with U.S. pay-TV network Home Box Office.The satellite broadcaster, whose biggest shareholder is Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc., said it had secured six long-term rights deals in six sports, including the 2017 rugby tour to New Zealand by the British and Irish Lions and Scottish Cup soccer.Perhaps more importantly, it said it has extended a partnership with HBO to 2020 that will see the channel Sky Atlantic continue to showcase programs like “Game of Thrones,” ”Girls” and “Boardwalk Empire” as well as upcoming shows like “True Detective” and “Looking.” The two companies, who have worked together since 2010, will also co-develop and produce new drama.“HBO is synonymous with must-see TV that pushes creative boundaries, so it’s no wonder that Sky Atlantic is such a hit with our customers,” said Jeremy Darroch, BSkyB’s chief executive.The partnership between the companies has been replicated by other broadcasters around the world, including in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and in the Middle East.“The deal with Sky was trailblazing in that it served as a model for similar arrangements we entered into around the world, with Sky Atlantic held up as the gold standard,” said Richard Plepler, HBO’s CEO.The new deals are BSkyB’s latest moves in a battle to win subscribers away from BT in Britain. Since 1992, when it shocked Britain’s broadcasting industry by getting the live rights to England’s Premier League, BSkyB has been the dominant force in the sports rights arena. Soccer has been central to BSkyB’s business model.However, over the past year or so, it has faced stiffer competition from BT, the former national telecommunications monopoly that has grabbed a sizeable chunk of sporting rights as it tries to cement its broadband business. Last November, in its boldest move yet, BT won the exclusive rights to the Champions League, Europe’s top club competition, over BSkyB and public broadcaster ITV for the three-year package starting in 2015-16.That hasn’t come cheap for BT, though. The Champions League rights cost around 1.08 billion euros ($1.46 billion) — a deal equivalent in its shock value to BSkyB’s capture of the Premier League rights over 20 years ago.BT, which reveals its own quarterly results Friday, is expected to launch more offensives against BSkyB’s sports portfolio. And it is widely expected to make a stronger push into entertainment, hence the importance of the HBO partnership extension.The battle with BT appears to be costing BSkyB, too, as the cost of sports rights spike. The company reported a drop in pretax profit for the six months to end-December — to 554 million pounds from 610 million the year before. Even so, the results beat forecasts and the company’s share price rallied 4.1 per cent. BT shares were flat.The skirmishes between BSkyB and BT come ahead of the biggest battle of all — the domestic rights for the Premier League soccer for three years starting in 2016-17.The bids are due in coming months and the rights’ cost is likely to rise substantially. The last set of domestic three-year rights generated a total of a little more than 3 billion pounds, with BSkyB committing 1.78 billion pounds for a majority of the matches on offer.___AP Sports Writer Rob Harris contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Facing stiffening competition, Murdoch’s BSkyB secures deal with HBO in UK read more

Hundreds protest against Ballinasloe psychiatric unit closure

first_imgHUNDREDS OF PEOPLE attended a public protest today against HSE plans to remove the 22 acute psychiatric admission beds from St Bridget’s Hospital  in Ballinasloe.Speaking at the protest the Psychiatric Nurses Association’s National Secretary Noel Giblin said the HSE was moving away from what was envisaged in the Vision for Change – the strategy which sets out the direction for Mental Health Services in Ireland.Vision for ChangeHe said closing the beds without putting  in place acute mental health community teams for older people and those with intellectual disability was against the strategy, adding that removing the beds will only put added pressure on both Roscommon and on Galway University Hospital, with patients numbers exceeding the bed requirement.He said: The huge turn-out at today’s protest reflects the  deep anger in the community at the loss of these beds  and people across Roscommon and Galway are clearly not going to stand by and see the mental health services in the region being dismantled in this way.Last month, Galway East Ciaran Cannon TD called on HSE West to reconsider the decision to close the unit.BedsWhile the 22 beds will be gone in Ballinasloe, the HSE will maintain 35 acute inpatient beds in Galway city and 22 acute inpatient beds will be available in Roscommon.An additional 15 new specialist beds will be provided in the acute mental health unit in Galway.(Hat tip to Shane Leonard for the photo)Read: Suicides in Kerry decreased since Donal Walsh spoke out, says coroner>Read: Suicides in Ireland are not “out of hand” – Minister Lynch>last_img read more