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Google wants to tap the second golden age of television

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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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Interview on 2SER Radio – How Will ‘Youtube Red’ Affect Video-On-Demand?

in General/Media Interviews/Streaming Media/Video on Demand
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Last week, the paid subscription service, YouTube Red was released in Australia and New Zealand. The service is marketed to be an upgrade from the features that many people love from the original website and app. However, already the service is being seen as a competitor in the Video On Demand war, with services such…

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The battle for audiences as free-TV viewing continues its decline

in Australian Television/Streaming Media
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It’s not been a good year so far for Australia’s traditional television industry with reports that prime-time audiences are down almost 5% amid competition from internet streaming services. But the decline in the number of Australians watching traditional television has not just occurred since the introduction last year of online streaming services such as Netflix.…

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Bed fellows no more? It’s Foxtel versus Telstra in battle for online subscribers

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Foxtel has previously been coy about confirming speculation it is planning to launch a service that will compete with Telstra TV and Apple TV. But new chief executive Peter Tonagh has now told reporters that it would ‘maximise’ all its distribution platforms, leading to speculation it would launch against part-owner Telstra’s own device. His comments…

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Interview on 2SER Radio – What might the expansion of Netflix mean for Australia’s local

in International Media/Media Interviews/Streaming Media/Video on Demand
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Just last week, the CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings announced that the popular streaming website will now be available in another 130 countries, expanding Netflix’s already wide reach even further. It seems that Netflix is now expanding exponentially, so how has this changed our viewing habits, and what might this mean for Australia’s local media?…

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Netflix is everywhere (almost), so what does this mean for local media?

in International Media/Streaming Media/Video on Demand
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In his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, announced that Netflix will now be available in 130 new countries. This sees Netflix more than triple its global presence. The world map of Netflix availability on the company’s website is now a sea of red. Among…

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