Supplementary Memorandum submitted by
At the hearing of the Culture, Media and Sport
Committee on 29 January 2002, Sky agreed to provide supplementary
information on conditional access ("CA") services.
Attached is a note (not printed) containing
confidential information about CA charges relating to ITV and
Sky, in response to specific questions asked by Mr Bryant. Also
attached (see Annex) is a non-confidential Supplementary Memorandum
on regulation of CA, which we would like to be included in the
published evidence of the inquiry.
During the 29 January Committee session, Mr
Bryant also stated that a Dixons shop informed him "that
there is no basic package available" from Sky, and that the
marketing material he had seen in the retailer did not list the
Sky's £10 basic "Value Pack"
is listed in the current Dixons catalogue (not printed) as one
of "Sky's recommended Channel Packages" (p. 25). The
Value Pack and other basic packages (ie packages that do not include
"premium" Sky Movies and Sky Sports channels) are also
featured in the attached customer contract pack supplied to Dixons
and other retailers. Furthermore, Sky marketing in general specifically
mentions the fact that packages start from just £10something
mirrored in the Dixons catalogue statement on p. 24 that "With
channel packages from £10 to £37 per month, there's
something to suit everyone."
Whilst there may be additional promotions that
are linked to premium packages from time to time, Sky would welcome
further information about the specific retail branch and marketing
material seen in this instance. A blanket claim by a retailer
that "there is no basic package" available is incorrect
and we would wish to address this.