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New Zealand’s broadband television end game in sight

Here in New Zealand, television stories dominate the week’s telecommunications news. Sky and Vodafone bow to the inevitable and call off their merger. Meanwhile TVNZ goes all in on streaming video. For more than 40 years journalists have written about convergence. The telecommunication triple play idea: combining voice, data and television, is well over 20 […]

Commerce Commission Vodafone-Sky ruling

The Commerce Commission declined the proposed Vodafone-Sky merger saying it would decrease competition in telecommunications. That seems right1. The important thing is that Sky has all the important rights tied up. It owns or sub-licenses all the popular sporting codes. Most of all it has the rights to Rugby. At the moment Sky has a deal with […]

No reason for regulator to halt Vodafone-Sky deal

Vodafone and Sky need Commerce Commission approval for their merger. From a telecommunications point of view, there’s no reason to halt the deal. Five years ago government tore New Zealand’s telecommunications sector apart. Then remade in the name of competition. The government pumped $1.5 billion of public money into building a new fibre network for people […]

Sky-Vodafone $3.5 billion merger planned

Earlier today Sky and Vodafone New Zealand confirmed they plan to merge. It’s a big deal… The deal is worth about $3.5 billion. That’s huge by New Zealand standards. Last month I interviewed Simpson Grierson partner Michael Pollard for the Capital Markets report in the New Zealand Herald. I wrote: “Deals nudged the $9 billion […]

Premier League Pass: Miss you already

Chris Keall, writing at the NBR, reports Lightbox Sport, a joint venture between Coliseum Sports Media and Lightbox, has lost the New Zealand TV rights to English Premier League football. Coliseum’s Premier League Pass is innovative. It is special: Premier League Pass packages top-flight English football in a handy, innovative online format. Fans can watch […]