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    Quote Originally Posted by mistaTea View Post
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/...ectid=12221518

    Big (long overdue) slashes to pricing for FANPASS.

    I contacted Chris Keall to let him know that it is possible already to stream FANPASS to the big screen (using Chromecast etc). This option is only disabled if you opt for the $15.99/month 'mobile only' option.

    He emailed back acknowledgement of my email, but not sure if he will amend his article.

    I thought they may have gone even sharper on the price if you took the 6 month contract option (like 30 bucks maybe). But then I remembered they have the special deal with Spark whereby their customers can get FANPASS for $30 a month of they sign up for 12 months. So I guess if they started offering it to everyone for $30 then the special Spark deal wouldn't be so special anymore? Just a thought.
    A step in the right direction! $39 is still relatively reasonable though. Put all the channels on it (specifically the V8 supercars pop-up) and I'll sign up.

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    Agreed. I think that is probably what Martin is planning.

    For 40 bucks a month you should get the vast majority of their sport content (possibly with add-ons for a nominal fee for some of the specialty sports that may be quite expensive to acquire).

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    So far so good on the fan pass movement. I'm sure it helps keep operating costs down I'm sure they are quietly enjoying Spark having issues with their own video streaming platform having issues.

    I'm finding that older generations are starting to embrace technology a little bit more now than they previously would. Perhaps gouging really does help people understand there are other ways.

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    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/...ectid=12222415

    Interesting write up in the Washington Post. We already see the fragmented options in NZ between Sky, Netflix and Lightbox. Now Sports is beginning to fragment with Spark making an entry.

    As content production costs rise, and bidding wars push prices up further, the consumer ends up getting screwed. Plus, having to navigate across multiple platforms to try and find the content you want to watch is a poor user experience.

    I think all the new streaming competition sounds good for the consumer in theory, but not so much in practice.

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    Generally agree mistatea, or is it just the older generation can't get around this interwebby thing :-).
    Have also mentioned before, to get everything you may want you need to be subscribed to multiple platforms and the costs soon start to add up, not that I am suggesting we go back to one TV channel , but one place/site that links to all these providers (and I don't mean the internet) , one site that brings all this together to get what you need - hang on sounds like Sky!, but needs to be online now at least, Would it work with someone like Sky as a "reseller" ?????
    While I have subscribed to Spark for the WRC & F1 in the main, now that Sky does not have these or some other sports the price has not dropped. As has been mentioned reducing some prices may stem the flow or even get some clients back, so the net outcome is zero or even an increase
    Martin seems to be making the right noises so far

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    Generally agree mistatea, or is it just the older generation can't get around this interwebby thing :-).
    Some of us have our Elders Certificate in Googling and Interweb Mastery so have a very good handle on such matters.

    What we cant deal with is umpteen channels of dross, loaded with adverts to sift through

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    Just curious why Morningstar has a buy recommendation on SKT with a chart that is all one way? I know buy low/sell high is an investment mantra but do these analysts know something?

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimoke View Post
    Some of us have our Elders Certificate in Googling and Interweb Mastery so have a very good handle on such matters.

    What we cant deal with is umpteen channels of dross, loaded with adverts to sift through
    Ha ha agree
    I hear some collegues at work going on about did you see this programme, that programme, seems as though it the best thing since sliced bread, apart from cost don't they do anything other than sit in front of the tv downloading all these series and most are not under 35 or so but their late 40's & 50's
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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingmariner View Post
    but do these analysts know something?
    absolutely not

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingmariner View Post
    Just curious why Morningstar has a buy recommendation on SKT with a chart that is all one way? I know buy low/sell high is an investment mantra but do these analysts know something?
    They probably see a new CEO with both eyes open and access to a bit of capital.
    Pretty bold to predict a turn around when nothing has operationally changed yet though.

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    $60.00 early bird Spark price to watch the whole of the Rugby World Cup. That seems like good value to me. And a good idea to sell a "One Sport" package.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flyingmariner View Post
    Just curious why Morningstar has a buy recommendation on SKT with a chart that is all one way? I know buy low/sell high is an investment mantra but do these analysts know something?
    Always be on the look-out for the 'out of way' recommendations - that's where the real money is always made.

    But obviously must be careful to pick the right 'out of way'.

    A Sydney fund manager I know became a multi-millionaire several times over and retired by investing in News Corp and Westpac when both companies were completely out of favour in the early 1990s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by minimoke View Post
    $60.00 early bird Spark price to watch the whole of the Rugby World Cup. That seems like good value to me. And a good idea to sell a "One Sport" package.
    Agreed, $60 bucks is pretty sharp pricing for the avid rugby fan who will want to watch most of the games (not just the free AB's, semis and final).

    I think allowing the consumer to pay a tournament fee (and therefore pick and choose which sports they want) is an interesting pricing model.

    Not sure how much better off in reality the consumer would be in the end if this became the norm, though I am sure Sky will have to consider this as a model if Spark are successful in RWC.

    All eyes will be on Spark's post-RWC annual return where they reveal how much the tournament cost etc.

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    Profits will also depend on the performance of our beloved all blacks.$60.00 would be a bargain if we win,not so good if we go out in the quarters.

    Does anyone know if Spark have sold any advertising?

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    I see my old mate Simon is lamenting the 'negative press' about the RWC pricing release.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/...ectid=12222721

    I think he might need to take a harden up pill. When you compare this to the kind of criticism Chris routinely writes about Sky (some fair, plenty not), this is a walk in the park.

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