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Google wants to tap the second golden age of television

in International Media/International Television/Media Policy & Regulation/Streaming Media
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Traditional pay-television providers, already under pressure from consumers opting for streaming internet video, are facing a new threat. Google is getting into TV advertising, and a decision made earlier this year by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has everyone from traditional set top box providers to diversity champions worried. The FCC says it wants…

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Is a quota the key to getting Netflix and co. to spend more on Australian content?

in Media Policy & Regulation/Media Technology/Video on Demand
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The European Commission has released a proposal that will require video streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon and Apple to meet at least a 20% quota of locally produced (ie European) works. This is part of a push to create a digital single market within the European Union. In Australia, around 10% of homes have Netflix…

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There are better ways to combat piracy than blocking websites

in Australian Media/Media Piracy/Media Policy & Regulation
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The Senate passed controversial anti-piracy legislation, the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015, last night. But it’s not so clear whether the legislation will actually achieve its stated ends of reducing piracy, and it might be easily circumvented by the public. Arguably, the media industry can do more to prevent piracy by making content more…

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Community TV’s last stand from the government’s spectrum grab

in Australian Media/Australian Television/Media Policy & Regulation
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A new campaign is underway this week to persuade the federal government to reverse its decision to push community television stations off the allocated broadcast spectrum at the end of this year in favour of online-only programming. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in September last year that the current use of the “sixth channel” used…

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Interview on 2SER Radio – Netflix Tax

in Australian Media/Media Interviews/Media Policy & Regulation/Video on Demand
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Australians have spent the past six weeks celebrating the long awaited arrival of a local version of streaming giant Netflix, however it seems that the honeymoon period may soon be over. Since its launch in March, Netflix hasn’t had to charge GST as it operates outside of Australia. However, this is set to change after…

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