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Unforeseen record inflation in live televised Premier League rights for the three-year contract due to commence in August 2012 marked the entry of a major competitor to Sky in the market for the most premium of premium content. BT will need to rely on a co-operative deal with Sky and probably also VMed to meet its financial guidance targets, but its entry into premium content aggregation also raises the competitive stakes. BT’s entry must be seen as a long-term strategic play that is unlikely to deliver viability during the next three-year contract, but places it in a stronger position to handle the challenges of a digitally converged world
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