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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

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E7 – Netflix takes over cable, Subscription overtakes FTA TV & VR with special guest Stephanie Andrews

In this episode we discuss Netflix and how it could impact cable in the US and overtake box office spending. We talk about some recent developments in the Australian TV landscape, Fan reactions and 360video and we have a special guest Stephanie Andrews to talk 3D and VR. (Recorded: 20th Tuesday June, 2017). SHOW NOTES: Segment 1… Keep Reading

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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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