sky-stupiditySky have been in contact again to clarify what they meant when they used the word “irrelevant” in their previous statement regarding their accidental promotion of HBO’s new SVOD service HBONow.

To clarify my use of the word ‘irrelevant’ we’ve been provided this statement from HBO. Continue reading »

The NBR’s Chris Keall has written about the announcement that HBONow is coming exclusively to Apple TV next month and how that will potentially allow kiwis direct access to shows like the fifth season of Game of Thrones without having to empty your wallet for a Sky subscription.

This couple of paragraphs are beautiful though.

During a recent visit to NZ, Netflix execs brushed off HBO Now, saying it would be expensive (which it duly is) and lacking in hit content beyond Thrones.

Sky TV CEO John Fellet picked used the same thin-on-content meme in a recent conversation with NBR. He says only 15% of HBO’s content is original series. The rest is movies. He wasn’t sure if HBO-original programmes would be enough to sustain a standalone offering.

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hbo-logoHBO is set to launch it’s new unbundled SVOD service HBO Now in April, just ahead of the launch of the fifth season of Game of Thrones and will be priced at $US15.

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April in conjunction with the premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones,” according to sources familiar with their plans. Continue reading »

This graphic was included in Sky’s latest interim report but there is something quite obvious that is missing.

A virtual chocolate fish to anyone who can spot what it is.


neon-logoSky announced the name and details of their new online streaming service this afternoon. The press release was a little vague so I called their GM, Dave Joyce, to get the skinny on the new service.

After hearing the pitch as to what and why, I got down to the questions the fans of shows like Game of Thrones and really wanted to know. Is the fifth season of Game of Thrones going to be available at the same time as it airs on SoHo? Continue reading »


Carry the seven kingdoms of Westeros in your pocket, spend your day off hunting for a serial killer on the Mexican border or veg for a couple of hours on the couch with Matthew McConaughey – it’s all possible with NEON.

NEON is a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service powered by SKY, which makes it easy for Kiwis to access great entertainment. NEON offers exclusive TV series, hundreds of movies, great factual entertainment, documentaries and brilliant family viewing. Continue reading »

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HBO didn’t announce a price point for the service, but it’s unlikely to be directly competitive with Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime, which all cost around $8 a month, analysts who spoke with Digiday agreed. HBO costs between $15 to $20 as part of cable packages. That’s likely to remain consistent whether or not HBO partners with MVPDs, they said.

“I don’t see standalone pricing being any less than what it costs now. If it was [cheaper], pay TV subscribers would have an incentive to cancel,” cannibalizing an existing revenue stream and frustrating key distribution partners, said IHS television analyst Erik Brannon. “But at the same time, I don’t see them being able to get a premium compared to pay TV pricing either.”

This will be interesting to watch, as HBO have the problem of a brick’n mortar cash cow they they can’t kill.  Does this mean the higher price points will work?  Or will consumers balk at a price point that will be $200%-300% more?  It is substantial…   Continue reading »

Two thirds of the way through September, hints began to trickle out of Hollywood that changes were coming that would see some of the major premium cable channels start to offer direct to viewers without the need for a cable package. Then yesterday, HBO revealed that it wasn’t only on the cards, it was happening and not just in America. Since then, Sky’s share price has followed an expected downward trend.

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$1 increase in subscriber cost caused a 25% share price plummet on the back of much lower than expected growth Continue reading »

hbo-logoThe announcement that is likely to be the beginning of the end for traditional subscription based cable and broadcast networks came today as HBO put a stake in the ground to say they would be offering a direct to consumer online offering in the U.S. in 2015. The announcement saw Netflix stock price immediately fall 3.1%.

While there is the likelihood that the estimated 30,000 Netflix subscribers would also take up this service, bypassing the restrictions, they may not need to with HBO indicating the service has it’s eyes firmly set on international markets outside of the States.

“In 2015 we will go beyond the wall and launch a standalone over-the-top service with the potential to produce hundreds of millions of dollars of additional revenue. And the international possibilities could be just as large, if not larger,” HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler said during a presentation at Time Warner’s investor day. Continue reading »