Australia's peak subscription TV lobby group is taking a proposal to the government that would let it buy the rights to the biggest sporting events in the country. If the plan comes to fruition, you'll be able to watch the FIFA World Cup, AFL and NRL grand finals, the Olympics and the Melbourne Cup on Foxtel as well as free-to-air.
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I don't mean to alarm you, readers, but some of the best shows on TV are being kept from us. Not everybody can afford Foxtel, which means subscribing to the basic package and paying extra just for the one premium channel that airs Game Of Thrones or Breaking Bad is out of the question for people who dislike wasting money. Thankfully, Matt Stone and Trey Parker feel our pain, and nailed cable networks to the wall in this sketch.
The ACCC has approved Foxtel's long-awaited takeover of Austar, although it's not without quite a few considerations.
Everybody's favourite octogenarian media tycoon is at it again. This time, Rupert Murdoch is accused of hiring hackers to crack a pay-TV rival's encryption system and then post the hack on the internet in order to financially cripple them. It worked: they're now bust.
In many high-rise buildings satellite dishes are banned for safety or aesthetic reasons. But since patio furniture is still ok, Sat+ has created a chair-shaped satellite dish secretly giving you hundreds of channels without being hassled by your landlord.
Here's something mysterious: amid the WSJ's report on Tim Cook's ascension, they say Apple's "working on new technology to deliver video to televisions, and has been discussing whether to try to launch a subscription TV service." That could be huge.
193,000 Americans quit their paid television plans last quarter. Sounds like a lot, and it is! But as any horse-breeder will tell you (I would guess?): it's about quality, not quantity. And the people leaving pay TV behind, GigaOm reports, aren't the ones the payt TV companies care about.
Although the experience of sitting on your couch for an HD porn viewing is unparalleled, most members of our species will go the quick and dirty laptop route instead. The CEO of US pay TV company Time Warner Cable is peeved! They need that porno cash!
HBO Go has officially landed in the US, earlier than expected! As a quick refresher, if you're an HBO subscriber you'll be able to watch every episode of every season of The Sopranos, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Rome, that vampire silliness, all on iOS or Android.
The New Yorker has sunk its erudite claws into the mysteries of a Time Warner Cable bill. So just what are those line items you never bother looking at?