Wednesday, October 21st, 2020

Foxtel’s proposed merger with Austar took another step in the right direction last week when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commissions (ACCC) commenced market consultations over Foxtel’s draft undertakings. Foxtel has provided the ACCC with undertakings in order to allay ACCC concerns that a merged company would hamper competition in the IPTV market. Foxtel and Austar, along […]

Last year it was heralded as “monumental”, that is the broadcast deal with former 24/7 FTA Sports channel, ONE HD, which saw it broadcast the Gold Coast’s Quicksilver Pro surfing event on free-to-air TV for the first time ever. How things change in twelve months. This year’s event will not be broadcast live on free-to-air. The lack of a […]

With the AFL’s NAB Cup preseason competition beginning this Friday it is an opportune time to look at how this competition and the home & away season will be covered following last year’s record A$1.2 billion media rights deal. To watch matches this year and beyond, AFL fans will be spoilt for choice across free-to-air, subscription-TV, […]

FOXTEL yesterday announced a jump of 5.1% in subscription revenues for the six months to 31 December 2011. This result was off the back of solid improvements in the take-up of FOXTEL products by FOXTEL customers including FOXTEL’s iQ, multiroom and high definition digital offerings. This is a good result for FOXTEL in a tough retail environment […]

Last week Frost Global published an article about the lack of HD broadcasting of sport on free-to-air TV in Australia, especially since the rebranding last year of ONE HD to simply ONE. Yesterday the SUPERBOWL XLVI was broadcast in Australia LIVE on TEN, ONE and through FOXTEL/AUSTAR on ESPN. According to the MediaWeek Morning Report and OzTAM, a total of 268,000 people watched […]

AUSTAR has today announced that it will seek court approval to postpone its Shareholder Meetings relating to the proposed acquisition of AUSTAR by FOXTEL until the end of March 2012.   AUSTAR is seeking this request to allow more time for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to finalise its review of the transaction. On […]

A couple of things happened on Saturday night: The QANTAS Wallabies won their first Tri Nations tournament since 2001, by overcoming the All Blacks at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium; and Over 1 million viewers tuned into see that win. Over the last few years it is arguable that there has been a decline in viewers for […]

  Reports in the Australian and the Australian Financial Review last week confirmed the government is failing to act on important regulatory issues affecting Australian television broadcasters. The first is the delay to pass the Anti-siphoning reforms that were first announced in December last year and second the delay to award the new Australia Network contract. Since this […]

  In 2010, the movie ‘AVATAR’ was reportedly downloaded illegally some 16.58 million times. The proliferation of online copyright infringement has resulted in substantial losses for the movie industry. The large numbers of online copyright infringement needs to be stopped or at the very least reduced, because the movie and other content industries cannot sustain […]

FOXTEL and AUSTAR will pay an estimated $593 million in cash and $85 million in contra to the AFL as part of the new $1.253 billion media rights deal for 2012 to 2016. Foxtel’s CEO Kim Williams AO told the Australian Financial Review that the new deal, “…is a considered investment in terms of retaining […]