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Miscellaneous News   Miscellaneous News : A blast from the past - Amstrad sold for 125 million to SKY
   posted by stevieu on 2-Aug-2007 12:49:17 (4300 reads)
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Today Amstrad is best-known for its charismatic boss, Sir Alan Sugar, and has been sold to broadcaster BSkyB for 125m. But in the 1980s, it was responsible for home computing milestones.


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Re: A blast from the past - Amstrad sold for 125 million to
Posted on 2-Aug-2007 17:03:34
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So Sky own the Sinclair computer brand then.... get ready for a ZX81 emulator on sky I guess :)

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At least Sinclair got a company with a clear vision about the future,
not like us... back to the roots and stone age...


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Alan Michael Sugar TRADing didn't just do (poor) computers.

Alan Sugar is a genius.. He also did LOTS of other things.

CB Radios
HiFi centres
SKY TV boxes

And I'm sure others can list stuff as well...... Good trade name to buy imho


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And as usual, the Amiga sits at the back of a queue, but not totally forgotten. If someone with some sense bought the brand, a lot could happen on nostalgia alone, I think.

But nevermind :)

Alan Sugar definitely knows what he's doing.

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"But nevermind :)

Alan Sugar definitely knows what he's doing."

Perhaps that's why he's sold Amstrad.... to buy Amiga?




lol


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Alan Michael Sugar TRADing didn't just do (poor) computers.

Oi! The CPC rocked!


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Alan Sugar is a genius.. He also did LOTS of other things.

CB Radios
HiFi centres
SKY TV boxes


He did indeed....

CB Radios........I owned an Amstrad 901, bleedover box but it had a cool LED signal meter..AND a bleep

HiFi centres.....I had an amstrad hifi....again with cool LEDs

SKY TV boxes....think most people will have had a sky box at some point.

I agree he had a very well known brand.


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Perhaps that's why he's sold Amstrad.... to buy Amiga?


Brilliant!


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More info about him here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Sugar


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He hasnt done too bad considering he started selling wire coat hangers made into car aerials!

The CPC was certainly one of their better made products I thought... Everything else has felt a bit cheap.

As an ex-Spectrum owner (original 16k in 1982, upgraded with 32k option!) I have to wonder where Sir Clive is these days...

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"As an ex-Spectrum owner (original 16k in 1982, upgraded with 32k option!) I have to wonder where Sir Clive is these days... "

he's still alive and kicking!

http://www.sinclair-research.co.uk/index.php

he also made a radio, called x1 as tiny as an earplug phone:) http://www.nvg.ntnu.no/sinclair/audio/x1radio.htm
(i just see now that theres a new edition available, the z1:)

miniaturization and revolute the public transport were always his greatest passions:))

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The Amstrad brand most be too old have any real market value, guess they where overpaid


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@Benji

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The CPC was certainly one of their better made products I thought... Everything else has felt a bit cheap.


Yeah, every computer they made after the CPC was pretty dire.


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My favourite computers of all time.

1. Amstrad CPC
2. Commodore Amiga

I think that says it all...


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My favourite computers of all time.
1. Amstrad CPC
2. Commodore Amiga

I think that says it all..


Tells me you must be mad


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The Amstrad brand most be too old have any real market value, guess they where overpaid


Eh? Unlike the Amiga brand, the Amistrad brand never stopped shipping products. They make set-top boxes, hence the buy-out by Sky. They also make HiFis, email telephones and other stuff. No, the brand isn't "too old to have any real market value".


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He hasnt done too bad considering he started selling wire coat hangers made into car aerials!


Over 800 million, not bad at all


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Eh? Unlike the Amiga brand, the Amistrad brand never stopped shipping products.

Amistrad ? In your dreams perhaps..

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@DaveyD

Did you consider interviewing him for AmigaWorld?


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The Amstrad brand most be too old have any real market value, guess they where overpaid


This is the real world we're talking about here. It is very little about the brand, but about the products, technical expertise and of course, profits.

Three things not relevant in the Amiga World.

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