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AV fans ponder ramifications of Sky Amstrad deal

July 31st, 2007 · No Comments

Sky is to acquire Amstrad’s set-top business for 125 million pounds. If the deal is approved by Amstrad shareholders, the satcaster will find itself with an in-house hardware division that should enable it to speed up new tech developments and better control costs.
Hitherto, the company maintained that it did not want to be in the hardware business.
BSkyB says: “The acquisition of Amstrad will provide Sky with an in-house design and development capability which Sky believes will deliver significant operational and financial benefits and enable the Sky Group to source some of its products directly from specialist electronics manufacturers.”
The news may make good business sense for the broadcaster, but is it good news for AV fans? The announcement will effectively make Amstrad-made products the defacto standard for all Sky receivers. Until now, only 30 per cent of its boxes are supplied by Amstrad.

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