Posted 24 February 2004 - 12:10 AM
Posted 15 March 2004 - 08:09 AM
For a start the BBC have a 24 hour news channel, news and sports headlines with vision and text plus other sub headings like finance and entertainment, parliament sessions vision with text information on the speaker and the bill / debate in progress for both houses. Similar channels were found on ITV digital.
Surprisingly Skynews (a pay tv channel) was also available on the 'freeview' box. Mind, it did include advertising.
Why are we so slow on the pick up this technology?
And one other thing, digital radio is available from the same set top box!
I really think the government has stuffed it up again by not allowing multi channeling and pandering to the likes of the pay tv consortiums who charge such high premiums for so called 'b' grade entertainment.
Posted 17 April 2004 - 02:11 PM
Australia is always last to get the cool things that overseas have had for years. The UK's Sky Pay tv was operating for 6 years before we got foxtel.
Digital tv started in 1998 in the UK on Sky Digital and Terrestrial. Interactive TV came in 1999
Australians didn't get Digital TV until 2001 with the FTA networks. Now Foxtel Digital comes in 2004, again, 6 years after Sky Digital in the UK.
The Australian Broadcasting laws are Jurassic and desperatly need an overhaul. The BBC, ITV and C4 in the UK have been multichannelling with ITV2, E4, Filmfour, BBC 3, BBC 4, BBC News 24, BBC Parliament, BBC CBeebies and CBBC (Although the BBC has had multi-channels with BBC 1 and BBC 2 on analogue for years) since the introduction of Digital TV in 1998.
Personally, I don't see the harm in allowing multichanneling. It would mean a lot more programmes - the oppurunity for viewers to see a lot more overseas programmes and also for Local studios to produce Australian content that otherwise wouldn't find programming space on the commercial networks.
The governement in Australia is keeping Australian viewers stuck in the past. Ok so they approved Foxtel Digital but for people who can't afford it ($48 a month for 66 channels is a little expensive and $94 for all 110 and 30 audio channels is pretty steep), we're stuck with the same old channels. I bought a digital box recently and to be honest, there was only a slight difference in picture and sound quality, we had quite good analogue reception. I was kind of hoping for extra channels. People shouldn't have to fork out up to $1500 for a little sharper picture. for that much, i'd be expecting at least one extra channel from each Network.
Digital TV isn't exactly brand new here, we're half way through our 3rd year of Digital broadcasting. It's high time the Government changed the laws and allowed Multichannelling because it looks like they don't know what they're doing with it. Take a hint from The US and the UK and allow it. It's not going to harm anyone.