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Subject: Re: UKNM: DTV Industry: Is There One?
From: Ian Betteridge
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 1998 08:21:40 +0000 (GMT)

Ben Thompson wrote:

> Hardly, I would have thought that the NTL sale would be easier. Here
> for �15 a month have a phone line and that digital TV everyone is
> talking about (oh by the way you get most of the Sky channels and all
> the ondigital channels included). The NTL sale will probably not even
> mention interactivity or the Internet.

Why should NTL charge less and give you more? �15?

> Remember, none of the cable
> companies understand the internet or care about it. Otherwise most of
> us would already have cable modems.

What the cable companies understand is that the phone business is very profitable:
Why whould they equip people with cable modems when they can sell a more profitable
second phone line?

> Or you can go and spend �200 on a box that just provides internet
> access. While the system might look good and I can see a scenario where
> it would be popular I have serious doubts about it in the UK.

Have you ever seen it in action, and do you watch a lot of TV? I do, I have, and I
want one - and I already have a computer at home to access the net.

Ian Betteridge News Editor, MacUser UK
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