Australian broadcast television is sitting on a demographic time bomb as it continues to lose young viewers at an accelerating rate.
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The Xbox One's premium TV features have finally launched down under. From today, Australian Xbox One owners can access a public preview of OneGuide -- a catch-all entertainment menu that negates the need for a set top box or universal remote. The catch is that you'll need to purchase a $39.95 digital tuner to access Live TV functionality. Bah humbug.
Dear Lifehacker, Looking at the TV guide, I see that once again there is no high-definition (HD) broadcast for the State of Origin on Channel Nine. I will again have no other option but to watch a standard definition (SD) presentation of the game on my HD-ready plasma TV. What I can't understand is why?
Australian content quotas are designed to ensure that our TV screens aren't entirely filled with overseas imports and repeats. In the last year, the major commercial networks met their targets -- but in some cases only because they're also allowed to utilise shows from New Zealand and Australian movies to make up the numbers.
We already knew that Foxtel was planning eight Olympics-only channels and that Nine will offer HD simulcasts of its broadcasts for the London 2012 Olympics. While Foxtel has previously charged extra for its souped-up sporting broadcasts, the London option will be free to customers who already have a sports package with the pay TV broadcaster.
Since last July, the ACCC has being weighing up whether Foxtel acquiring Austar would be anti-competitive, a question in which the likely future of the NBN plays a crucial role. An issues paper issued today suggests the ACCC might approve the merger, but only if Foxtel ensures that some of the content it acquires is also made available to rival IPTV providers such as FetchTV.
Claims that providing set-top boxes to pensioners and the disabled is costing the Federal government $700 a head have kicked off a wave of controversy. Do the numbers actually add up? And what is the best way to ensure that everyone gets access to digital TV when the analogue network gets switched off? Lifehacker and Gizmodo debate the issues.