Last night, I sat down in front of my TV to watch the Eurovision 2017 Grand Final on SBS. Then I quickly caught up on the day's news on ABC — I was out for most of the day. I had a bit of a muck around on YouTube. Then I switched over to Foxtel and watched the F1. I did all of this without anything other than a power cable plugged into my TV. And it felt f**king futuristic.
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The 2017 Grammy Awards kick off at 12pm AEDST today, with highlights including tributes to both George Michael and Prince, who just had his entire back catalogue made available on Spotify and Apple Music.
Here's how you can watch the show live - from home, the office, online or on the go.
In the past day, boxing fans on the internet went a little bit nuts. The long-awaited (like, decade-long) rematch between Anthony Mundine and Danny Green — a controversial 2006 fight itself — wasn't really the reason, though. It was the match before that, between a rugby player and his slightly chubby, boyish rival.
That match was enough to get a Holden mechanic from Brisbane to stream the fight to the world using Facebook Live video on his phone. Foxtel, though, wasn't exactly happy.
Virtual reality finally arrived. Self-driving cars started wandering streets and past red lights. SpaceX aborted a rocket launch four times within a week. Samsung started strong with the Galaxy S7 and finished with the Note7 nuking itself into orbit while you slept.
We had new graphics cards, and most of them were pretty damn good. Consoles broke the mould by releasing new hardware mid-cycle and becoming more like PCs than ever before. And, unsurprisingly, we found out once again that Einstein really knew his shit.
It's been a big year for tech. Let's break down this year's biggest moments.
Yesterday, the first practical application of Australia's site-blocking laws was used to block websites apparently used for illegitimate file sharing of copyrighted materials. The block, which will be implemented within a fortnight by some of Australia's largest ISPs, will prevent Australian users from accessing the sites. In theory, this is a big win for the country's rightsholders. In practice, it is ridiculously easy to get around any block that could be implemented, illustrating how inadequate and poorly conceived the government's site-blocking legislation is.
Foxtel has just launched itself head-first into the 21st century. The long-time cable subscription telly business has started offering its triple-play broadband, TV and home phone bundle packages to customers covered by the fibre to the premises portion of the country's national broadband network, and will let any customers on its ADSL plans transition to the NBN without having to re-jig their contracts. But it's pricy.
Want to watch the Melbourne Cup today, but don't have a TV in your office? If you're stuck in front of a desk while the race that stops a nation takes place, here's everything you need to know — from where to watch it online without paying a cent like Twitter, to where it's showing on free-to-air digital TV and Foxtel.
Foxtel Play is getting a massive makeover in December of this year. Presto customers will be moved across, prices will be cut to as little as $10 per month to attract more customers, and more content will be added to a simplified tier structure including sport and HBO entertainment like Game Of Thrones.
Australian director Peter Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock — about a group of Victorian schoolgirls who inexplicably vanish during a Valentine's Day outing in 1900 — has earned both a cult following and critical respect in the years since its 1975 release. Now the dreamy, eerie tale is getting new life as a six-part TV miniseries.