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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 4:02 pm    Post subject: UK: Lost moves from Channel 4 to Sky One Reply with quote

It's on Digitalspy if you want to read more.
Sky One is such a messy channel - marathons of the Simpsons basically every day, the same sci-fi shows over and over again. All this spread over 3 channels.
They're gonna make such a big deal about this, but I'm sure viewing figures will suffer as not everyone can get Sky One and some people will probably be sickened by this news!

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surpris!

Sky One poaches 'Lost' rights from Channel 4
Thursday, October 19 2006, 14:51 BST - by Neil Wilkes

Sky One has picked up the exclusive rights to air new seasons of Lost in the UK.

The deal with distributor Buena Vista International Television covers seasons three and four of the cult drama, which has an audience of around 4 million viewers in the UK.

Channel 4 originally signed the series on a two-year deal in 2004 and has been in contract renewal negotiations with BVITV for several months. It is understood that Sky - who successfully poached 24 from the BBC in 2003 - outbid C4 and other rival broadcasters for the new contract.

"We are confident that Sky will build upon the established success of Lost, bringing the series to viewers in flexible ways, ideally suited to its watercooler, must-see status," said Tom Toumazis, evp at BVITV EMEA.

The "flexible ways" will include opportunities to watch the latest episodes via broadband and mobile platforms. The series is also likely to air in high definition on the Sky One HD channel.

Sky One head Richard Woolfe said that Lost had been "the envy of every network" since its launch on Channel 4 last year. "The series has defined TV drama over the last two years," he added. "We are absolutely thrilled to bring it to Sky One."

Having lost Lost - one of its most acclaimed imports ever - Channel 4 will now be fighting hard to retain another of its key acquisitions, Desperate Housewives. The broadcaster signed the drama on the same two-year deal as Lost but has yet to agree terms for a new contract.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:16 pm    Post subject: Re: UK: Lost moves from Channel 4 to Sky One Reply with quote

bearbear wrote:
but I'm sure viewing figures will suffer as not everyone can get Sky One and some people will probably be sickened by this news!


Yeah I was going to say that that's really going to go down well with those who haven't quite managed to move forward technilogically yet. I can't remember if you can get Sky One on Freeview or not. But if not those people will also miss out and miss the repeats that are usually shown on E4. Talking of Sky One, I can't remember last time I watched Sky One as some of the shows I watch seem to only be on Sky two and three at the moment. Also still on the subject of Sky, I was asking a Sky rep who was doing a promotion in our town centre, about Sky HD. He asked me what subscription we have and I told him the family package with Multiroom. He was telling me that as I don't have an HD tv, that I need to spend at least £400 on one, I then need to get an HD box for i can't remember how much which is only available as Sky+. He then said that because I don't have any premium Sky subscriptions that I would have to pay an extra £10 which he said that's it's not worth me getting. Also that there's only about 1/2 a dozen channels in HD at the moment.

So atleast those with HD will be able to see Lost in HD quality and see those extra little bits of detail. One sugestion would be though if you haven't got access to Sky one, then invest in a multi region dvd player and get the series dvds from the Amazon or Ebay, preferably the US ones.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2006 5:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We have HD ready TVs, but Sky HD is still way too expensive to get.
The thing that irritates me is that HD is marketed really heavily, even though it's a pretty niche and expensive product and still pretty damn complicated to get.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha, it happened! I think it could have been cool, Sky One used to be great. And I bet the people with Sky HD will be feeling pleased with themselves... Though, by the time they show it (and that's the big question, not who's showing but WHEN?) Channel 4 may have already launched their HD channel anyway.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 12:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mid-November Surpris

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Fans 'Lost' as show goes to Sky

Fans of the show Lost have bombarded the Digital Spy forums, angry that they will now have to pay to watch the hit show.

Sky One has appeased some fans by agreeing to show the new series earlier than the original spring air date proposed by Channel 4.

The channel now plans to launch the new series, which will be available to view in high-definition, in mid-November, alongside on and off air promotions. Episodes will also be available for download on Sky Broadband, which is available via other broadband services. Sky says specific details of the on-demand service have not been finalised.

The November start date doesn't give Sky much time to promote the show, with November and December monthly schedules already printed.

It is thought that Channel 4 had the option to bid the reported £20 million Sky paid Buena Vista International Television for series three and four of Lost, but decided not to.

Many fans are annoyed at Channel 4 for "hyping up" the second series, which only finished last month, to then lose it to Sky One. One forum member said: "I wish I'd never have bothered with Lost now. All that hype about this great new import, all those flashy trailers, all this pomp and ceremony, only to be completely junked after 2 series. If we knew that they would let it go after series 2 I just wouldn't have bothered with the show in the first place."

In the US, episode 3 of the third series aired this week. After the initial first six episodes of the third series, the series takes a break and begins again after Christmas, with Sky One aiming to show each of the remaining 16 episodes just days after it airs first in the US.

One forum member put it quite clearly: "For a lot of people Lost has just gone from 'Must watch' to 'Can't watch'."

Oh, I am sorry, but what a load of f*cking cry-babies... I'm so sick of Digital Spy(!) and their forums, who cares what a load of middle-aged grandad's think about Lost?

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well at least with those who have access to Sky one, they wont be short I suppose of repeats so if they miss one episode, guaranteed they will still be able to catch it again atleast five more times in the near future.

I see that Sky have already updated their sky one site.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 22, 2006 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From this week's Tube Talk. Très content

Here's what's happening with Lost: season three will premiere on Sky One in around three week's time, just as the first batch of six episodes is finishing up in the States. Sky One will be up-to-date with the US by Christmas, after which it will keep in sync once Lost returns for its final seventeen episodes next February.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't like how the whole of Sky One's advertising for Lost is basically just saying "#$@% you Channel 4, look what we've got!"

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I see that Sky have already updated their sky one site.


Channel 4 haven't updated their's!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 2:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe they're going to leave it like that for now as a momento or something. They do still have their clips though. Mind you Skyone isn't exactly quick to update some of their shows/series' info.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got Sky HD, but I won't be watching Lost Cool
Last week across Sky One and Two (Onc and Tuo) there were less than 10 shows over 22 hours.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 5:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bearbear wrote:
I've got Sky HD, but I won't be watching Lost Cool
Last week across Sky One and Two (Onc and Tuo) there were less than 10 shows over 22 hours.


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I wont be watching Lost either but my dad will if he hasn't already managed to get a season 3 dvd. But yeah I agree about the few amounts of shows. There's only one or two shows that I watch (mostly on Sky two and three) and they of course are the same repeats they keep showing.

As I don't subscribe to any of the premium Sky channels I was advised by a rep not to bother getting going to HD as it wouldn't be worth it for me and also because I don't have an HD tv yet. Anyway is there much of a noticeable difference between the normal Sky and HD?

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It actually makes regular TV pictures look really good, and although there is a fairly noticeable difference to a regular viewer like me, it's not worth the money just yet. The repeats on HD channels are even worse!

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I'm like working in the media and stuff so saying this a bit hypocritical, but it's only TV and for the money Sky charge there is not enough choice. I mean, how many actual HD dedicated (not simulcast) channels are there, 3? Once the main broadcasters (BBC, ITV, 4 and five) start doing HD then maybe I will become more interested in wanting to get it.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 17, 2006 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's a bit less than 10 that show HD stuff all the time.

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