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13 June 2004
Scotland on Sunday
Lucrative deal on the cards as Mgt reaches for Sky

MGT, the Kirkcaldy-based technology and call centre company, is in talks with BSkyB that could see the firm land a lucrative contract to run much of the satellite broadcaster’s new free-to-air service.

BSkyB announced last week that it is launching a direct competitor to the BBC’s Freeview service, which would give viewers access to 200 TV and radio channels for a one-off fee of £150.

But the set-top box that receives the programmes will still need a decryption card, such as those used to control Sky’s subscription service, to unlock the signal.

Mgt - which became involved in a bid to take over the remnants of ITV Digital two years ago - already runs the coding system that controls the free broadcast of ITV, Channel 4 and Five on the BSkyB platform, channels that will form the backbone of the new Sky offering.

It also designs and operates pay-per-view encryption card systems for a number of subscription broadcasters, including Playboy TV.

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