TELEWEST'S SLOW PURSUIT OF BRITISH SKY BROADCASTING.
Britain's Telewest communications' efforts at acquiring
its competitor, British Sky Broadcasting in order to become dominant in
Britain's digital television market has encountered unusual
hardware delays which are impeding the acquisition. There is a shortage
of set-top boxes available for the needed decoding of digital
transmission signals by its customers. While Telewest expects to have
one-half million subscribers for its digital television service by March
of 2001, this represents a 3-month delay from its earlier projections.
Recent suspension of its marketing of the digital-TV service is
indicative of the delays which it is encountering in obtaining set-top