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A fragmented streaming video market is good for everyone but the consumer

Streaming video platforms were meant to put choice back in the hands of the viewer. They’d be able to watch the content they wanted, when they wanted. But the growing fragmentation of the on-demand market threatens to leave consumers worse off. While Netflix and Amazon are among the biggest subscription video on demand (SVOD) players,… Keep Reading

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Shame! The ‘technical glitches’ that hit Game of Thrones could limit other popular live-streamed events

Winter was coming with the first episode of the new Game of Thrones series this week, but the real freeze was a technical one. Many fans across the world were unable to watch the much anticipated season opener using legal streaming services, such as Foxtel Now in Australia. Foxtel issued a statement on Monday saying… Keep Reading

Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan in The Katering Show (2015), which began as a short form web series. (Source: idmb)

With the rise of subscription and online TV, we need to rethink local content rules

The newly released Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) report on Film, Television and Digital Games 2015-16 offers fascinating insights into how our screen media landscape has changed over the past four years. A key factor has been the introduction of subscription video-on-demand services in early 2015. Indeed, the report notes that the income of subscription… Keep Reading

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Ten Network’s problems are history repeating

Reporters at the Ten Network relayed the news of their employer’s voluntary administration, during a staff meeting. The network was looking to refinance to the tune of A$250 million, after its existing finance was due to expire on December 23. But Ten’s directors said they were left no choice but to appoint administrators from KordaMentha… Keep Reading

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Episode 6 – VoD, original content, vertical video, UHD, the new Foxtel and Network Ten’s troubles.

In this episode we discuss Netflix, VoD and Apple’s Original Content and the cultural impact, Vertical Video and Ultra HD, Sport Data and Viewing Habits, the New Foxtel and could we being saying goodbye to Network Ten. (Recorded: 14th Wednesday June, 2017). SHOW NOTES: Segment 1 – Netflix, VoD and Apple’s Original Content Global SVOD’s assault on cultural identity… Keep Reading

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