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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SBS is the first free-to-air TV network with two high-definition channels around Australia. Alongside its new SBS VICELAND channel for the youths, its regular HD simulcast is even better quality than before. One thing, though — you'll probably have to re-tune your TV to pick them up.
We've written about SBS's virtual reality app before, and pointed out some of the cool experiences that our national multicultural broadcaster has featured through it. Today's update adds eight interviews with prominent Indigenous Australians, filmed as part of First Contact 2, the final episode of which is airing on SBS tonight.
SBS's virtual reality app has gotten a facelift — and launching alongside the revamp are three new VR projects.
Welcome to Garma with Ernie Dingo builds on NITV's coverage and presents a rare insight into the remarkable Indigenous Garma Festival in Arnhem Land; A Pig's Life with Matthew Evans is a VR exploration of the life of a pig in Australia's meat trade and Tomorrow's Diwali is a real-time art animation driven by SBS Radio, celebrating the significance of Diwali to Australia.
The last year has been a tough time for free to air TV. Even Freeview, the peak body representing the FTA channels, says viewing habits have "changed dramatically" — everyone is using their phones instead. Netflix and Stan and catch-up apps from every major digital TV channel means that you don't need to watch TV, unless you're dead-set on watching The Bachelor live and in real time. To that end, within a month Freeview will do its bit to speed that push away from the big screen and onto mobiles with a single unified app that streams all 15 major FTA channels to your phone.
Yesterday, lawyers acting for the rightsholders to Dallas Buyers Club dropped their case against iiNet, giving up on petitioning for the user details of 4726 alleged pirates. We've had a few tweets and comments from people saying they would download Dallas Buyers Club in celebration of the verdict, and we think that's just rude. Instead, how about you watch it for free legally?
Looking for something a little more interesting than a YouTube playlist of cooking shows? We've had a revolution over the last couple of years in streaming video services on the 'net, and that means it's easier than ever to sit Here's a list of every major TV catch-up service, and every subscription streaming website or app for movies and TV, available to Aussies.
In an age of global media abundance, the notion that public broadcasting is a mechanism to address “market failure” is beguiling. It is also fundamentally wrong.
There's a new TV advertising campaign on the way announcing the "imminent launch" of FreeviewPlus, but that imminent launch was overdue two months ago. SBS already has its excellent next-gen TV viewing experience up and running, but the official launch of FreeviewPlus has been pushed back by a month to September.
700 hours of live and catch-up TV coverage. Almost half the entire nation's population reached. 13.8 million online video streams through the SBS website, tablet and smartphone apps. These amazing numbers are what national broadcaster SBS pulled off over over the last month during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV, or HbbTV, is the future of Australian digital television. It's an industry standard for Web-enabled television devices that integrates over-the-air digital TV broadcasts with online catch-up video and other media content. It's under development by Australia's Freeview TV consortium and is set to launch soon, but it might be dead before the public ever gets a chance to try it out.
Kim Dotcom seems like such a jovial fellow. He loves a laugh, digs his Call Of Duty and lives a life that can only be compared realistically to that of Tony Stark. Tonight he sits down for an Australian interview with SBS, and I think we should all be scared for the US Justice Department and Dotcom's own brand of Jason Bourne-style revenge.
In Australia, government-funded TV services do a much better job of meeting the needs of viewers. Echoing similar moves by the ABC, SBS has released an iOS app for viewing its On Demand catch-up service.