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If you build it, they will come

If you build it, they will come

Dan Barrett February 20, 2012 3 Comments

The SMH today highlighted some findings released by Ericsson from their TV & Video 2011 Consumer Trends report (released in Sept 2011) regarding ABC’s iView catch-up service. The report found that, of the more than 1000 Australians surveyed, 32 per cent of those who watched streamed or downloaded content did so via iView. Illegal file-sharing […]

Ad Revenues Take A Hit As Audiences Wonder What’s On SBS

Ad Revenues Take A Hit As Audiences Wonder What’s On SBS

Dan Barrett February 15, 2012 2 Comments

Last night SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid faced a Senate Estimates committee where he cited concerns relating to falling advertising revenue. While SBS has enough cash to see it through the year, Ebeid stated that “Next year we would have a bigger problem if we were continuing to run a deficit”. Broadcast TV is hurting […]

HBO invest in Quickflix

HBO invest in Quickflix

Dan Barrett February 7, 2012

Following on from the announcement of a deal last month to provide HBO content to Australian streaming media service Quickflix comes the news that HBO have invested $10 million into the company. The investment gives HBO a 16% share in the company as well as a seat on the board. Of all the companies to potentially invest […]

The Apple Television. Best Buy believes it’s a thing.

The Apple Television. Best Buy believes it’s a thing.

Dan Barrett February 7, 2012 2 Comments

Rumours continue regarding the notion of an Apple television. Should Apple release such a device (quite likely), it represents a game changer for smart televisions. While most leading TV manufacturers offer smart functionality on their units, the marketing power of Apple takes it mainstream. An Apple television would not only have the media and people […]

Optus TV Now – Now offering live sports (2 Minutes later).

Optus TV Now – Now offering live sports (2 Minutes later).

Dan Barrett February 2, 2012

Yesterday’s news that the courts are allowing Optus to continue offering their TV Now service is interesting in how it exposed the narrow view of the AFL, NRL, and Telstra. The TV Now service offers subscribed customers the ability to time-shift television programs, storing the content on Optus’ servers, to be watched via their mobile […]

Taking a gander at the new-look ‘Today’

Taking a gander at the new-look ‘Today’

Dan Barrett January 30, 2012 6 Comments

Channel 9 today unveiled the new set/graphics for their Today program with mixed results. The show is now being produced out of a much larger studio, meaning the show can employ a much larger set. But, is bigger necessarily always better? There’s something that can be said for intimacy on the small screen. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o61ePcBM5Ms&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] The […]

Ten Locks in Breakfast Lineup

Ten Locks in Breakfast Lineup

Dan Barrett January 24, 2012

This morning on Twitter Peter Ford reported that Channel Ten have decided on their female co-host for their new early morning Breakfast program. When the show launches, Kathryn Robinson will be joining Andrew Rochford and Paul Henry on the air.               My immediate impression is just how ‘samey’ the line-up […]

Netflix: UK Launch

Netflix: UK Launch

Dan Barrett January 10, 2012

US streaming service Netflix launched today into the UK where it will take on the Amazon-owned streaming service LoveFilm, Sky Movies, and Sky Atlantic. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings boldly told Wired that “There’s about five million Sky Movies subscribers and we’d like all of them to join Netflix.” The service is slightly higher priced than […]

2012 Golden Globes Nominations: Why Bother?

2012 Golden Globes Nominations: Why Bother?

Dan Barrett December 16, 2011 1 Comment

Each year the 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) vote on the Golden Globes. Each year, the association come together and vote on what they deem to be the best of film and television. While I do like that both mediums are represented under the one award show (considering the cross-pollination of […]

The Estate of Rue McClanahan Goes To Auction

The Estate of Rue McClanahan Goes To Auction

Dan Barrett December 15, 2011

What to buy? What to buy? Golden Girls star Rue “Blanche” McClanahan passed away in June of this year. Her estate is up for auction this weekend. Unless common sense rears its head and prevents me from making a foolish bid, items that look appealing are: Lot#: 102 Description: Freida Liermann – Oil on Canvas […]