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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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Google wants to tap the second golden age of television

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… Keep Reading

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

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… Keep Reading

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