|smash SKY monopoly, buy NTL/Virgin cable
|Your shares probably didn't even buy one NTL share.
My 40000 telewest shares now are 6 VMED (NASDAQ) around $27 ea + small amount of loose change.
I get a dividend of about 0.5p each 6 months.
you do the math!|
|I appreciate that this message is going to pi$$ a lot of people off but I was wondering if anyone could tell me what happened to my telewest shares. I had 3692 in 2002 and just wrote them off.
I have tried to research this but can't find anything that makes sense.
The last time I looked (prior to the NTL takeover) the shares were worth less than £50.00 (amazing really when they cost me £2,450!!!!).
Thank you in anticipation of your help.|
BSY's competitive position is seriously threatened as the future moves to PC's and hence will be broadband/cable oriented. satelite will decline. the murdochs know it and are acting in accordance. its about managing change and key is winning the content war, slow competitors progress, as they accelerate their broadband offering.
branson can still win, should fight for ITV but not get hung up over it. he needs to act quickly and develop alternative strategies. why not start a Virgin TV channel for freeview? surely there are many possibilities|
|who to win broadband wars? customer service doing big u-turn at NTL-Telewest
see the indy
Virgin.net, owned by NTL, came out top for customer satisfaction in the broadband market, and Telewest was considered best for customer service. The company will rebrand its operations under the Virgin Media banner and adopt the Telewest customer service model next year.|
|ntl announce more redundancies|
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|Time to start Sacking Staff|
|This Ofex stock has completely changed direction over the past year and seems to be making good progress judging by recent trading updates. Any views would be much appreciated.|
|The deal has gone through today|
|UK cable giants finally set to connect in £5.5bn merger
Mark Kleinman and Paul Durman
TELEWEST and NTL, Britain's two cable-television operators, are finally heading towards agreement on a £5.5 billion merger to create a powerful competitor to the satellite broadcasting giant BSkyB.
Preparation for the long-awaited deal will take an important step forward this week when Telewest meets investment banks in New York to decide on a line-up of advisers for the merger. NTL is already understood to have asked Goldman Sachs to advise it on the merger.
Telewest and NTL, which have both been listed on Nasdaq since emerging from bankruptcy protection, have also been drawing up plans for the management structure of the new company.
Telewest directors are understood to have given their backing to a deal at a board meeting last week.
The company's chairman, Cob Stenham, is believed to be keen to see the merger progress quickly, with formal talks likely to begin next month. Crucially, the deal is also understood to have the backing of Bill Huff, the US fund manager who is Telewest's largest shareholder and the second-biggest owner of NTL stock.
NTL is substantially bigger, with £2.1 billion of revenues last year compared with Tele-west's £1.3 billion.
However, the difference in market valuation is narrower - at £2.95 billion, NTL is worth only £500m more than Telewest - reflecting the latter's higher pre-interest operating margins.
Disagreements over valuation and management roles are thought to have held up a deal that analysts regard as being inevitable.
Because NTL and Telewest operate different franchises and do not overlap geographically, combining the two would generate substantial savings.
Such a merged cable-television company would also have the resources to compete more effectively against BSkyB, which has in the region of 7.7m pay-television subscribers.
NTL has about 3.1m subscribers, while Telewest has 1.8m. BSkyB is 36%-owned by News Corporation, parent company of The Sunday Times.
Telewest has engaged Deutsche Bank to sound out prospective buyers for Flextech, its programming division.
According to a senior executive, Telewest has been holding out for greater managerial control. It now appears to have shelved those demands.
Sources say that NTL's Jim Mooney and Simon Duffy will continue as chairman and chief executive respectively.
However, Stenham is likely to continue as deputy chairman of the combined cable business.|
|yes price is correct...no dilution just simple shorting of the stock...will easily double very soon on news|
|last post was 23rd march, so not to many people on here ,any come back would be great thanks.|
|can anyone tell me the true price of this share please, thanks.
thinking of buying some and not sure if the share price is correct.|
|NTL hits copper trail to ADSL2+
Published Tuesday 22nd March 2005 11:55 GMT
It turns out that the crazy idea that NTL had all those years ago when it bundled a twisted pair copper wire into its home connections, alongside co-ax, is going to give it a fantastic advantage in the UK triple play market.
Back then Voice over IP was a distant dream so NTL decided to install its own telephone lines, because the UK offered the first international regulator experiment to its cable TV franchises, saying that from the 1990 Duopoly Telecoms Review they could offer telephony as well as TV.
Now NTL has decided that these very short twisted pair loops, which are for the most part just 1,000 feet from fiber, can carry ADSL2+ to good effect, giving the company a new dedicated 24 Mbps route to each of the eight million homes its cable passes, for a total investment of just £50m ($96m). Currently it counts just over three million of these homes as customers.
NTL recently announced that it would put DSLAMs, which will also be ADSL2+ enabled, into 300 of the 5500 or so telephone exchanges owned by British Telecom, spending £65m ($117m) in the process, which is a separate initiative and which means that new customers, which are NOT currently passed by NTL cable, can eventually be added to the mix.
Although this strange double barreled ADSL2+ approach cannot be copied by many other cable companies, except perhaps Telewest which also operates solely in the UK, it shows definitively that ADSL2+ DSLAMs are the cheapest way to reach a mass of consumers if you haven't got infrastructure already built out.
After all NTL can choose either to extend its co-ax loops, or drop a twisted pair from a cross connect box, and it is choosing the latter.
For a company that two years ago was still trading under Chapter XI bankruptcy and which spent £9bn ($17bn by today's currency exchange) on building out a fiber co-ax network, it is unlikely it would choose anything but the cheapest way to go.
There are issues with ADSL2+, including the fact that under real world conditions it doesn't always achieve the speeds and distances that it promises in the labs, for various reasons usually relating to the quality of copper, but it is supposed to give something over 24 Mbps downstream over 1,000 meters of copper, using a 2.2 MHz signal. The topology of the NTL network however means that the ADSL2+ link doesn't have far to go far and its recent financial presentation suggests that 95 per cent of it is under 1,000 meters.
"We want to be able to offer HDTV," said a spokesman from NTL this week and he clarified: "This is a separate initiative from our local loop unbundling at British Telecom Exchanges, these ADSL2+ connections are part of our own existing network."
NTL is currently offering a 3 Mbps internet service, and getting away with charging £37.99 ($73) a month for it. But there is downward pricing pressure on this service and leading competitor BT has recently made the dramatic move of unblocking its DSLAMs. That will mean that for a flat fee BT will allow a DSL connection to go "best effort", as fast as the wire will allow, given its distance from the public switch, rather than drop everything to a unified 500 Kbps.
BT has also said that it will offer ADSL2+ services, beginning later this year, but says that they will be at 18 Mbps, and that trials are going on right now. Broadband lines of that speed would enable triple play and video delivery over BT broadband lines, including High Definition TV services, the company said.
The incumbent UK telco also said that it would make further cuts to the price of unbundled broadband and set up a new division to provide transparent and equal access to BT's local loop. For now BT is trying to up the speeds on its existing lines to between 2Mbit/s and 8Mbit/s depending upon line characteristics.
All of this creates downwards pressure on the price of broadband in the UK, and it is likely that NTL could offer concurrently to one home something like a single High Definition TV channel, taking up 10Mbps, 2 standard TV signals at around 5 to 7 Mbps, with any one of these lines being used for Video on Demand, and that would still leave room for up to an 8 Mbps high speed internet line.
This whole set-up also sets a huge precedent for cable TV companies that operate within a liberal local loop unbundling region, which is most of Europe. Cable companies can keep an eye on the economics of using ADSL2+ through the local telcos public exchanges, as a way of extending their networks.
Of course the idea of trying this in the US is virtually impossible, given that the Telcos have such a stranglehold now over the FCC, and that unbundling is no longer price controlled, making it extremely difficult to set up a long term economic unbundled broadband line, or to get investment for it. There cable companies are aiming to take away Telco business to such an extent that the Telcos would never agree to partner them.
But that's not the case in Europe or most of the rest of the world, where it will take off rapidly as long as unbundling price controls remain in place.
One question that this NTL development leads to is "Why not VDSL?"
VDSL can deliver even more bandwidth over shorter distances. We think that VDSL and VDSL2 could both be used over the distances that NTL is connecting, but it is less clear when a VDSL2 standard will be ready and whether or not the standard will get installed in very many places. It is volume production that drives the cost of the chipsets down and given that all DSLAMs that have been put on for the past year or so have been using ADSL2+ compatible chips, it is these that are likely to yield lower prices in the Customer Premises Equipment, only $10 higher than existing ADSL modems.
In January this year NTL and Telewest set up a Video on Demand service offering a 24-hour viewing window, mimicking most of the US cable operated VoD services.
Seachange International got the server contract by dint of the fact that it has invested in a joint venture company that provides the VoD content. This company is going to market as FilmFlex but is none other than the renamed Sony and Disney owned company that received European Commission approval in the UK. The two studio giants were given leave to start their own film services due to the fact that BSkyB holds too great a grip on UK film channels.
This is an effective beachhead for Sony and Disney and we expect it to emerge elsewhere in Europe, as other cable companies take it on board. The service includes content from the BBC, Nickelodeon, Jetix, Warner Music, Entertainment Rights, VPL, Hollywood Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Miramax Film Corporation, Pathé, Icon Films and Playboy TV, now with more to come.
NTL announced revenues of £2,073.6m for its full year this week ($3.97bn) and losses of £495.4m ($949m), but this included amortization of £709.9m ($1,359m),which means that with low capex, it had free cash flow of £61m ($117m).
NTL reduced headcount by 1,200 during 2004, had a churn of 1.5 per cent per month and added 34,200 net new customers.
Copyright © 2004, Faultline|
|just a reminder for those who missed it|
|Info for folks with NTL. 3x faster today heres the link. https://autoreg.autoregister.net/cgi/cabletier?cust=ntworld_tiermigration|
|gone faster today,heres the link. https://autoreg.autoregister.net/cgi/cabletier?cust=ntworld_tiermigration|
|ROCK A BYE BABY
magnesium -- a miracle for sleep and other body problems
There is a nutritional product on the market called ACalm.@ It is a powder which when you add boiling water turns into a liquid magnesium. I can tell you after personal experience with it, that it will help many, many people, and that you need this product if you have any of the following:
Pain in the lower back, pain in the back of the head, neck pain, bones in the back continue to go out of alignment, headaches, seizures, epileptic seizures, tiredness, exhaustion, nervousness, jump at sudden sounds, high strung, jittery, muscle quivers, muscle weakness, stiff and aching muscles, muscle twitches, facial muscle twitches, muscle tics (particularly in the face), muscle cramps, muscle spasms (even during pregnancy and at childbirth), muscle convulsions, muscular atrophy, muscular dystrophy, INSOMNIA, wake up tired, restless sleep, heart beats faster than normal or slower (irregular heart beat), high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, exhausted from physical work or exercise, angina pectoris (sharp chest pains and a feeling of being suffocated), diabetes (blood sugar too high), hypoglycemia (blood sugar too low), hiccups (caused by muscular spasm of the diaphragm), PMS, brittle bones, calcium deposits, calcium spurs, kidney stones, any excess calcium, fading memory, and trouble keeping hands and feet warm. These signs of magnesium deficiency will gradually disappear as your body assimilates the magnesium and handles the deficiency.
I had the irregular heart beat, but no more. I was already taking magnesium tablets for a year, but I still had the irregular heart beat for a whole year. Two days after I switched to the liquid CALM, I was totally healed from the irregular heart beat. Also, magnesium has relaxed me so much that I almost fall asleep before I hit the bed at night. But my husband was the one with the real sleep problem -- it was partly insomnia and partly muscle spasms in the legs, waking him up after he did get to sleep. He is doing lots better now and plans to take the liquid magnesium until he absorbs enough to fully alleviate both problems. And this is exactly how it works for all the above problems -- when the body finally has absorbed what it needs, the problem will go away and you will know it.
I owe my knowledge about magnesium to Peter Gillham, researcher and health writer. Here=s what else he says: ATo handle a magnesium deficiency you need to take only magnesium. No calcium should be taken until the deficiency is handled, and then never take calcium without magnesium. Never take calcium without magnesium, as the calcium will not assimilate by itself. The trouble is coming from too much calcium in the first place. Remember the muscles are tensing up, causing a spasm and causing cramps. That=s because of too much calcium and not enough magnesium. So to handle the magnesium deficiency you need to take magnesium only, and in the right form.@ Later you can add the calcium when the mag. deficiency is handled.
Got it? You can take magnesium without calcium, but never take calcium without magnesium. And take magnesium alone until the magnesim deficiency is handled, and make sure it is liquid magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency is always connected to heart attacks, as a shortage of magnesium is the basic cause of all such attacks. These attacks do not just happen. There is always a long history of magnesium deficiency symptoms occurring before a heart attack. (See above symptoms.) Drinking the liquid magnesium often produces miracles in minutes. Peter says he has seen vertebrae go back into place within minutes, has seen PMS clear up in 10 minutes, and wasted away muscles return to normal within seven days.|
|the odd thing is telewest shares have risen very well from $10 at its low point to $16.5|