“Sky Movies says Netflix & Love Film have changed the market dramatically”. Senior Sky Movies executive’s comments came ahead of Ofcom warning not to overestimate VOD operators’ importance.
Simon Rexworthy, the Sky Movies controller of acquisitions and on demand, co-hosting a London event to publicise expansion and investment plans, noted that VOD operators such as Love Film and Netflix had changed the market and deliberately set out to be rivals, seeing Sky as competition.
The UK & Ireland pay-TV market for films has changed dramatically since Ofcom began its inquiry into BSkyB’s dominance of the sector in 2010
Netflix and Love film have deliberately set out to be rivals to Sky Movies, Simon Rexworthy said.
Also, Ofcom made a further submission to the Competition Commission warning it not to overestimate the importance of the challengers, or their access to first run VOD pay rights from the main US studios.
Sky Movies used the event to demonstrate its widening availability to any UK & Ireland user, giving more details of plans for its new internet TV service. Now TV will provide instant access to a range of Sky content, including hundreds of Sky Movies.
The new service will be available this summer to anyone in the UK with a broadband connection, and not dependent on a Sky TV subscription. The service should be available to Irish customers from September.