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Their way or The Pirate Bay: Game Of Thrones will only be available through Foxtel in 2014

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For the past few years Australian Game Of Thrones fans have been almost lucky when it comes to legally accessing the show. While, like in the US, the show was broadcast on Pay TV first, it also, uniquely, came to iTunes the day later in Australia. So instead of requiring a hefty monthly fee, the show was basically available without any other subscription, just through a per-episode price on a […]

Regional radio stations pull online streams due to licensing issues, metro stations might be next

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Image: Fod Tzellos/Flickr (Creative Commons) Within a couple of weeks, you might not be able to listen to your favourite radio stations online. After being unable to come to a new licensing agreement with the music industry, nearly 200 regional radio stations will end their live simulcasts with all metropolitan stations threatening to go dark as well. The stations – represented by Commercial Radio Australia – join Grant Broadcasters in ending their […]

So, did the Warmest 100 correctly pick the winner of the Hottest 100?

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In short, yes. Despite Triple J making it harder for them to predict the winner, the guys over at the Warmest 100 were able to successfully guess that Riptide by Vance Joy would top the this year’s Hottest 100 music poll. The Warmest 100 was developed by four developers – Nick Drewe, Tom Knox, Andy Thelander and Jack Murphy – to predict last year’s Hottest 100 music poll. They collected over 35,000 votes from 3,600 entries across […]

Telstra confirms they are working to bring Beats Music to Australia

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If you are a MOG subscriber, then you would have heard that its owner Beats by Dr Dre is shutting down the service on April 15 to make way for its new Beats Music service. So, what does this mean for Australian subscribers of MOG – who signed up as part of a deal with Telstra? Well, there’s some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that […]

Foxtel’s Presto delayed because of “technical issues”

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Foxtel has delayed the launch of Presto by up to two months after a few technical issues and software glitches. The movie streaming service and Netflix competitor was due to launch at the latter end of last year, but – obviously – missed that deadline. A Foxtel spokesperson told the Australian Financial Review, “This is a complicated platform to put together and there have been a few technical issues.” “We’re […]

Kogan takes a sub-$1000 4K TV to CES 2014, set to ship February

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Not one to let a lack of content get in the way of a movement, Kogan is currently showing off the first sub-$1000 4K TV available to Australian consumers at CES. With an 55″ LED display, 3840×2160 resolution, 4 HDMI ports, micro-SD card slot, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet, it sounds great on paper. And not one to miss a trend, the TV also is technically a “Smart TV”, running Android 4.2, with Google […]

Channel Nine rumoured to create Netflix-like service

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Image: espensorvik/Flickr (Creative Commons) The Nine Network is said to be launching their very own Netflix-like streaming service in the latter half of next year and are in the middle of informal talks with its rivals to provide content for the upcoming site. According to the Australian, the new service would feature content from its existing Warner Brothers output deal (with access to movies such as the Harry Potter series […]

Xbox One UI demo showcases Dashboard personalization, Skype, DVR and more

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Xbox have released a video on their Youtube that showcases the many features of the Xbox One. from switching and snapping, Live TV, Skype, game DVR, OneGuide and much more. Yusuf Mehdi and Marc Whitten walk through what it’s like to use the Xbox One dashboard, being customized and tailored to how YOU play games and watch TV. Although the Kinect is no longer mandatory for the Xbox One, you will […]

Copyright law is broken: You may be inadvertently breaking the law

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You may not know this, but you may be inadvertently breaking the law – according to a brand new video by a group called the Creationistas. Your funny meme that you have created to share with your friends, making a cosplay costume of your favourite character, and even creating a search engine. All of these things are breaking copyright law. And to see how crazy Australian copyright laws are – you […]

YouTube quietly rolls out new design – ditches left-aligned look

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It appears that it wasn’t just YouTube comments that were changing, the entire site might be as well. YouTube has quietly rolled out an update to its design – and, it appears that it fixes some of the complaints that people had with the current design, rolled out last year to negative publicity. It appears that the update has been rolled out to some users – I got the design personally, […]

MPAA: Melbourne’s Caribbean Gardens is a “notorious market” of piracy

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The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has singled out Melbourne’s Caribbean Gardens as one of the world’s most notorious physical markets of piracy in its latest submission to Office of the US Trade Representative. And yes, you read that right. In its submission, acquired by TorrentFreak, the MPAA notes: Caribbean Gardens and Markets is Australia’s largest undercover market at over 10,000 sqm, operating every Wednesday and Sunday. There are between 10-20 […]

Regional radio network Grant Broadcasters axes online simulcasts after High Court fee ruling

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Grant Broadcasters has axed all live streams for all 50 of their radio stations across Australia after a Federal Court decision earlier this year that saw internet simulcasts of radio broadcasts no longer covered by existing licenses. “A recent Federal Court ruling has found that the simultaneous transmission of a radio broadcast over the internet is not a broadcast, and as a consequence, music licensing issues mean that this radio […]

TENplay launches: How does Network TEN’s new catch-up service compare?

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While free-to-air network Network TEN continues to struggle in the TV ratings, the network’s new responsive catch-up service, an end-to-end website which will allow their audience to be notified of new episodes, interact with shows, and watch the networks content, seems to have gone live. Available on the web at TENplay.com.au (and redirecting from TEN.com.au), as well as on iOS, Windows 8, Xbox 360, and Sony BRAVIA TV’s, TENplay feels less […]

“It’s all just data in the net”: @Horse_ebooks revealed to be an art piece

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A few months ago, the popular YouTube channel Pronunciation Book started uploading a series of videos counting down from 77. Now, the big secret has been revealed – the YouTube channel and the popular Twitter account @Horse_ebooks were actually conceptual art projects by Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender. No one wants to work on a painting forever According to the New Yorker, who unmasked their identities, the two even kept their involvement […]

Foxtel launches Presto – lets you stream all of Foxtel’s movie channels for $24.99/month

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Foxtel is expanding its online offerings with the launch of Presto, its new movie streaming service that will give Australians access to all of its Foxtel Movies channels and on-demand movies from its library. However, it comes at a massive cost – subscriptions start at $24.99 per month. Presto subscribers will have access to livestreams of Foxtel Movies Premiere, Comedy, Drama/Romance, Thriller/Crime, Action/Adventure, Family and Masterpiece; and has content deals with […]