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Buyouts mean the future of Australian video-on-demand is hard to picture

Marc C-Scott, Victoria University The dust is showing no sign of settling on Australia’s video-on-demand (VoD) media landscape. The past week has seen two seismic shifts which will have a flow-on effect on almost anyone who watches subscription-based television. First came the news of Foxtel’s takeover of Presto, with the latter’s customers being transferred to… Keep Reading

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

Media Interviews

Interview on 2SER Radio – Australian content quota for video streaming services?

While Australia’s media landscape goes increasingly more digital, international streaming companies are starting to dominate and are potentially harming our local television and screen industry. Does Australia need more strict content regulations on digital media to ensure Australian stories are being heard? Audio of the Interview Related Article: Is a quota the key to getting… Keep Reading

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

Video on Demand

YouTube Red is here, and it breaks the video-on-demand mould

YouTube this week launched its paid subscription service, YouTube Red, in Australia and New Zealand. These are the first two countries to gain access to the service outside of the United States. The introduction of a new major video-on-demand (VoD) service will now challenge many media corporations that may not have seen YouTube as a… Keep Reading

Video on Demand

A shake-up in Australia’s busy TV industry as Quickflix calls in the administrators

Australia’s first video-on-demand (VoD) service, Quickflix, issued a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange on Tuesday this week saying it has appointed voluntary administrators. Administrator Ferrier Hodgson is reported as saying it was carrying out an “urgent analysis of the company’s position” which included a possible sale or restructure. For now, Quickflix says its business… Keep Reading

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