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How News Corp. stacks up against its global competition U.S. Loss of the EchoStar alliance cripples News Corp.'s strategy, but it could still link up with rival Primestar or launch, very late, on its own.

JAPAN: After a delay, JSkyB plans a launch in July. But rival PerfecTV is already up and running. JSkyB will also soon face even more competition from a venture backed by DirecTV that offers far more channels.

ASIA: Star TV faces competition from cable and old-style providers of large-satellite services. To placate Beijing, Star signed a joint venture with local partners. A floundering Indonesian venture is being revamped. In India, News Corp. battles a hostile government.

LATIN AMERICA: News Corp.'s Sky Latin America is in a dogfight with DirecTV-led Galaxy Latin America. But the Sky venture has lined up a Brazilian soccer championship and pay-per-view rights to boxing.

BRITAIN: With 6.1 million subscribers, News Corp.'s 40%-owned British Sky Broadcasting controls 1 of every 4 TV households. A new $1.1 billion interactive-TV venture with British Telecom raises the stakes.

CONTINENTAL EUROPE: News Corp. has been largely blocked from France, Germany, and Italy after a series of deals soured. An alliance between CanalPlus and Time Warner for satellite service puts News Corp. even farther behind.

DATA: BUSINESS WEEK





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