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Old 18-09-08, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Prisa is Spain’s largest media conglomerate (it publishes El Pais, for example), and is selling its Digital+ pay-TV business in order to clear some heavy debt obligations. Prisa hasn’t been helped by the tumbling ad market, and there are also concerns that local rivals like ONO and its IPTV rivals are making better headway than satellite.

Now there seems to be something of a long queue waiting to carry out Due Diligence (also known as having an officially-sanctioned peek at your neighbour’s business) at Digital+. The range of offers already on the table, according to the Financial Times, stretches from $3.95bn to $4.2bn. Digital Plus has 2.1m subs.

"The fact there are several bidders is good news for Prisa," said Luis Padrón, a Fortis Bank analyst. "This shows the operator is an
interesting active for the market."

Telefonica is already said to have made an offer, as has Vivendi (which, if successful, would see it returning to the Spanish pay-TV market). A report in El Pais states that Telecinco (owned by Italy’s Mediaset), and cable operator ONO have also expressed interests. Other names recently reported to be interested include Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim and France Telecom’s Orange subsidiary.

BSkyB and/or News Corp is also rumoured to be a possibility. If this does happen then one way or another Rupert Murdoch will own, control or influence pay-TV operations over much of Europe including Sky Italia (100% News Corp), BSkyB (39%) and Premiere (25%).

At the end of June, Digital+ had 2.08 million subscribers and generated EBITDA of €175.6 million for the first half of this year.

Morgan Stanley and HSBC are advising Prisa in the Digital+ sale process.


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Old 18-09-08, 09:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well we can expect it to go NDS Videoguard if Sky UK get their grubby mitts on it.
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Old 22-09-08, 06:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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How good is this NDS videoguard? Is it not "patchable", "hackable" etc?
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Its 100% secure mate

Discussions involving hacking of N*D*S are frowned upon here so its best not to go there



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Old 22-09-08, 07:12 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for that.

Just gone to look it up on wiki and apparently, some people have managed to reverse engineered the cards? But, like you said, we cant talk about it.


While we are at it. Is it possible to receive DSTV in the UK with patched boxes? Apparently, I will need a bigger dish of 1.2 metre as it operates on a different band? [source:wiki]

What about if I get the card, will these work in over here? `Thanks.
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No idea about DSTV mate

The previous incarnation of BskyBs encryption was hacked quite a few years ago, although as far as i am aware its replacement is still secure

Certain people have been able to reverse engineer the latest version of N*D*S to allow the cards to be read in boxes other than a Sky Dodgy box

Usually when a new encryption comes out it doesn't take long before certain emulators can read the cards again.

This was the case with Sky Italia's N*D*S3, D+ & TV Cabo's Nagra3 and also certain providers using the latest incarnation of Irdeto.

Hope this explains it a bit better



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Apparently, I need a massive dish! And it aint worth the hassle!!

_h**p://www.satellites.co.uk/satellite/digital-systems/7457-dstv-pansat-68-5e.html

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DSTV is Multi Choice Africa - and theres no hope whatsoever in the UK or northwestern Europe.
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DSTV is Multi Choice Africa - and theres no hope whatsoever in the UK or northwestern Europe.
thats a shame as see reports that its open on 68.5E
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hmm would bskyb want to own d+ i don't think so as they wouldn't be able to convert it to sky spain or whatever it would be called because of rights etc i think and if they did wouldn't they lose some of there expat viewers in spain to the sky spain as they'd have to have more english channels and sky sports etc
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