on 04-04-2012 23:26
When will we be getting Channel 5 + 1 on Virgin as the channel has been out since December and BSkyB already have it and they have had it since it came out in December so why did Virgin not get the channel when it came out in December? I am dissappointed that BSkyB always seem to get new channels before Virgin do. Virgin should try and get new channels before BSkyB for a change.
04-04-2012 23:43 - edited 04-04-2012 23:44
Like all new channels it is subject to negotiation with Virgin as to what price is paid for the service. This differs from DTT and Satellite, where Channel 5 will have paid Freeview and Astra for slots, and Freesat/Sky to go on their EPG's.
05-04-2012 10:20 - edited 05-04-2012 10:29
Virgin are "re-selling" the channel, the same as with BT Vision, TalkTalk TV and other IPTV systems. Sky/Freesat are primary systems with a large country wide customer base and therefore have the clout to ask for payment from channels.
05-04-2012 22:14 - edited 05-04-2012 22:16
Virgin also have a large countrywide customer base so I do not see where you are coming from. Virgin and BSkyB are the two biggest.
05-04-2012 23:26 - edited 05-04-2012 23:29
Let me try putting it another way.
Ch 5+1 is Free-to-Air so is not using Sky's encryption system. The amount Sky charges for the EPG will be small compared to the amount Ch5 are paying Astra or Eurobird to lease the satellite transponder. This is where the perceived anomaly arises. Virgin then approaches Ch5 about taking that satellite feed to serve their customers, and negotiate a price.
Satellite is the primary distribution link to all the secondary providers like Virgin. Channels want to make as much money as possible, so will happily pay out for the satellite hook up and then recover some cost by re-selling to interested third parties.