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Read this: BBC demands new laws to give its shows top billing over rivals in television guides

Summary: The Government argues that the move would be anti-competitive. - link

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Sunday, 26 March 2017
Nick Anderson

5:14 PM

Why should the BBC receive top billing in any programme guide? Surely in the real world the quality and "viewability" of any programme should speak for itself. The BBC should not receive priority over any other broadcaster. It has been a long time since the Corporation held the monopoly in sound and TV broadcasting in the U.K.

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Nick Anderson's 158 posts GB flag
Monday, 27 March 2017

12:26 AM

Nick Anderson: If you'd read the article, it points out that its not just the BBC - ITV, C4 and C5 all want the same thing. PSB broadcasters want a decent billing, and nothing more.

And the reality is that it is Sky etc get to dictate which programmes are featured on its streaming service, you'll only ever find the ones that Sky want you to have (having often been paid to). And looking at the content that Sky makes itself, its unlikely that quality will have much to do with its prominence. Thats largely why Sky channels are so valuable to channels on this - the higher up the EPG, the more likely someone is to find it, and thats commercial sensitive and valuable. And it feeds right into the idea of net neutrality - if an ISP can advantage someone in return for extra cash, then they will attempt to.

Put it this way - if a Sky customer on their streaming service see's only what Sky wants them to see, or push, and makes it as difficult as possible to view more content, is that fair? To you, to the broadcaster? If Sky (or any other 'gatekeeper') wants to push Hawaii 50 or some superhero show (perhaps one their parent studio made), by burying 'Line of Duty', are they doing you a service?

Just looking at the Freeview EPG isn't easy if you just want to watch 'something'. There is a lot of choice. With Sky, there is vastly more, even when you can break the EPG down by genre, etc. And with something like Amazon Prime or Netflix, there are a huge number of films available, a great many you've never even heard of. There is too much choice, and so something like a 'recommended' can be a help. But the danger is that 'recommended' isn't there to help you, its there to restrict your choice to what someone else wants you to consume.

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