Saturday, May 07, 2005

Taking your ball and going home

James Enck - EuroTecoblog

Taking your ball and going home

A supersize mega-value reader alerts me to this story from De Tijd in Belgium, which reports that Belgacom has come in with a surprise knock-out bid for Belgian premiere league football rights. The current rights holders reportedly pay EUR15m per annum for the package, which was divided into six categories for this auction. Belgacom has bid EUR36m for the total package, which includes a special bonus payment if it is successful in winning all six, a move which dominant cable player Telenet has publicly protested. Other bidders have until Monday to table an improved offer. This situation is even more interesting in light of Belgacom's interest in neighboring IP troublemaker Versatel, which similarly shocked and awed with its own Dutch football rights coup.
Permalink posted by James Enck : 4:17 PM

What do you want to watch?

Two TV tidbits via a colleague and a reader. The first is Japanese broadband provider USEN's Gyao internet TV service, which just launched a couple of weeks back. It's a free VOD service supported by advertising. For the non-Japanese literate, the buttons across the center of the screen are different program genres, and interestingly there is one (currently inactive) which says "video blogs." One to watch, clearly. The second comes from a hyper-value reader - the BBC is getting on the decentralized media bandwagon, launching an interactive service over digital satellite for independently produced content, part of an initiative called "Your Stories." Recall that the BBC undertook a P2P distribution trial last year with Kontiki, and you begin to see all sorts of possibilities.
Permalink posted by James Enck : 2:16 PM


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