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The question of Python-iView: Copyright crusader or vigilante operative?

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The ABC recently raised eyebrows when it wrote a cease-and-desist letter to Python i-View, a mobile application which allowed viewers of ABC’s popular iview to download and playback its content later on slow or non-compatible technology. The issue of whether the Python-iView app infringes copyright, particularly it’s download feature, hinges on a number of specific sections of the Copyright Act and a concept of “vigilante interoperability”. Firstly, some background. Launched […]

ABC to improve accessibility for visually impared with audio description trial

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The ABC will be trialling audio description on television content broadcast on ABC1, improving access to those who are visually impaired. The trail will commence in the middle of 2012 for 13 weeks with 14 hours of drama, documentary and other content that will feature audio description. The decision comes after a 2010 report that said that a trial should be conducted sometime in 2011. Two years later, now Conroy […]

ABC signs deal with Yahoo7 for archive content

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Archived programming from public broadcaster ABC will soon appear on Yahoo!7’s PLUS7 catch-up TV service after its commercial arm, ABC Commercial, has announced that it has signed a deal with the website. Shows from the broadcaster such as The Gruen Transfer, The Cook and the Chef and the ABC’s flagship current affairs programming will appear on PLUS7 alongside content from Seven’s stable of programming over its three channels – all […]

Fairfax Digital launches IPTV service

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Fairfax Media, the owner of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Brisbane Times and WA Today, has decided to launch an IPTV service of their own to rival ABC iView, 7PLUS, NineMSN Fixplay, TEN and SBS.

7PLUS now available on Aussie PS3s

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Today 7PLUS, the TV catch-up service from Yahoo7, has been launched for the PlayStation 3. Users can now access the PS3 optimised website straight from the PlayStation 3’s Xross Media Bar. This is the second catch-up service, and first for the commercial stations, to be launched for the PlayStation 3, ABC’s iView being the first. PlayStation 3 users will now be able to catch up on Seven shows City Homicide, […]

ABC News 24 Internationally Available.

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For those of you abroad wishing to keep up with live coverage, you now can watch ABC24 online anywhere in the world. Visit http://www.abc.net.au/news/abcnews24/ . But don’t forget to checkout the TG Live Coverage.

ABC News 24 launches on Freeview

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ABC News 24 has officially launched on the Freeview platform today, with the first program broadcasting at 7:30PM. The program was simulcast on ABC1, replacing the 7:30 Report. The new channel, which replaces ABC HD, is the first free-to-air 24 hour news channel. However, because of government regulations, the channel will be broadcasting in HD in order to meet with HD quota requirements. This, however, will be reviewed once the […]

ABC News 24 has a date… July 22

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Looks like those problems seems to be fixed as the ABC has now announced a launch date for its new 24-hour news channel dubbed ABC News 24. It will launch on digital boxes on July 22 on 7:30pm, with a simulcast on ABC1 – taking over from The 7:30 Report. While the channel will be in HD, ABC HD (which simulcasted ABC1 programming from NSW) has been dropped in order […]

ABC to bring subtitles to iView programming

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The ABC has announced that it will be providing subtitles to all of its primetime programs on ABC1 and ABC2 from tomorrow, assisting those who need a text-based version of the audio. The new service will combine pre-crafted captioning (those already embedded in the file) and live captioning, and users will be able to select if they want this feature or not by pressing the CC button. The new service […]

Regional media players express concern over ABC regional digital push

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Regional media players have expressed their concerns over the federal government decision to fund the ABC to allow them to build more than 50 region-specific websites linked to its radio offerings, saying that it could potentially damage their business. News Corporation and Fairfax Media, the two big players in the newspaper industry, have established their own regional websites – but their stories tend to be exactly the same content as […]

TECHGEEK.com.au guide to watching TV online (again)

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It’s been so long since our look at watching full episodes on the internet, and times have changed. New services have appeared, and the popular Daily Show removed access to Australian users. Have no fear, we have another guide to have a look at where you can watch them. Now, we have added 3 more entries, along with the three remaining from our previous list, but now this time, we […]

So, what is the future of television?

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Digital Television is set to dominate our televisions when 2013 finally comes, when the Government will finally switch off the last analogue television signal in the metropolitan cities – but after the switchover, what will happen next? We seem to have never asked ourselves what will happen in the future of television. Will it become non-existent because of the Internet, or will it still play a potential role for news? […]

Digital TV gets huge boost, ABC and SBS to receive more money

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BUDGET 2009 : The digital switchover in Australia has been given a boost by the budget, with the Government announcing that it will provide $183.7 million of taxpayers dollars over three years to help the switchover from analogue to digital television in regional areas. The rural areas in South Australia, Victoria and Queensland were announced as those that will benefit from the added funds, which will include an information campaign, […]

ABC’s 3D documentary on Gallipoli Landing

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The ABC has now a “3D documentary” on the first day of Gallipoli, where the ANZAC troops landed on what is now called Anzac Cove in Turkey. The site, using the latest version of Flash, Flash 10 – which allows the support of 3D images, along with Google Earth and other historical data, the ABC has brought to life one of the most memorable aspects of Australia’s wartime history. Along […]

Classification website hacked after Conroy makes appearance on ABC show

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The Australian Classification Board’s website, classification.gov.au, has been cracked a few moments with a prank message after Senator Stephen Conroy made his appearance on the ABC current affairs panel show Q&A on Thursday evening. “The site contains information about the boards that have the right to CONTROL YOUR FREEDOMZ,” the message said. “The Classification Board has the right to not just classify content (the name is an ELABORATE TRICK), but […]