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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

Media Piracy

Why the drop in illegal movie downloads in Australia?

There has been a decline in online piracy in Australia, according to a report by the Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation (IPAF) released this week at the Australian International Movie Convention, on the Gold Coast. There is no doubt that piracy in Australia is far higher than many other countries. But why are the figures actually… Keep Reading

TV shifts from hero to zero, but even Netflix can’t kill pirating

Analyst firm UBS this week placed a halt on any growth by the Australian television networks in 2016. Instead of the previous forecast 2% growth, UBS is now predicting zero growth in the TV market. The long-term projection was also adjusted to 0.5%, down from a previous analyses which projected 2% growth. As predicted, the… Keep Reading

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