Topic / Video On Demand

SMH: Hulu to launch in Australia

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American television streaming service Hulu is said to be preparing for an Australian launch, and could do it without the support of the free-to-air networks, who hold the terrestrial and (now) internet streaming rights of several productions its owners air. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the television networks have been reluctant to show support due to it could drive people away from television to the internet, despite Hulu being […]

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 […]

Seven launches catch-up service, dubs it “Plus7”

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Seven has launched its new Catch-up television service – dubbed “PLUS7”, offering streaming of shows including Castle, Home and Away, Criminal Minds, Heroes, Private Practise, Flash Forward and Parks and Recreation – with more content expected to be added from this year’s television season. However, the new catch-up service will follow the US method of placing advertising in the middle of shows, though there is no indication on which part […]

Licence required to upload videos in Italy under new law

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A new law proposed by the Italian Government could see the citizens of Italy requiring a licence to upload videos to the Internet from the Communications Ministry, which could reduce the freedom of communications, according to lawmakers opposed to the new law. If the law passes, this would make Italy the only country in Europe and the Western world to require government approval to upload videos — even as simple […]

Rumour: CBS and Disney consider subscription service with Apple

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RUMOUR MILL: CBS Corporation, the owner of CBS and owns 50% of the CW, and Walt Disney, which owns such channels like ABC and ESPN, are considering a move with Apple that could take on the cable and satellite TV industry by offering a subscription service, according to the Wall Street Journal, talking to “people familiar with the matter”. Walt Disney is expected to become part of the service as […]

VEVO is accessible in Australia – just don’t get your hopes up yet

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Guess what! Australia can now officially access VEVO.com! That would be great news, but there is a downside. While you can access the pages, you will not be able to play any of the content – mainly because of rights restrictions (meaning those living in Canada, US or Japan are allowed to view the videos). However, there is a way to watch videos from VEVO – and that’s on YouTube; […]

Warner Music returns to YouTube after new deal

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Warner Music and YouTube have signed a new licensing agreement that will see the return of the record label’s music videos to the video-sharing site, after an attempt to renew a pre-existing agreement late last year failed and forced Google to remove all Warner Music-owned videos. The videos are said to be returning by the end of the year, at the earliest. The agreement will give more control to Warner, […]

Nine, Seven roll out new catch-up plans

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Seven and Nine have now started playing the catch-up game against Network Ten, and the two public broadcasters (ABC and SBS), as both will bring out new digital video plans that could potentially see your internet download cap dwindle. This comes with news from Network Ten as its MasterChef Australia program has served up 5.2 million views for its full episodes and clips as the competition heats up in its […]

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 […]

SBS brings Mad Men to the internet

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The critically acclaimed show Mad Men is no longer on Movie Extra on Foxtel, it is now on SBS. However, unlike Movie Extra, which has previously allowed users to see previous episodes by pressing the red button; SBS will be offering full episodes online – for free, and hopefully no ads in between. The quality seems pretty good, it is not in HD however – that would push your internet […]

BBC iPlayer brings in HD downloads

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The popular BBC iPlayer is now bringing in something that users will be happy to use – and will be painful for the ISPs to carry – you can now download and stream your favourite BBC shows in high definition, allowing the picture quality to be better. The new feature will also allow users to view the shows, like Dragons’ Den and Doctor Who (which started recording in HD) on […]

BBC iPlayer download feature now supported on Linux, Mac machines

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The BBC has created a version of the iPlayer, with its download functionality, that works on both Linux and Mac computers. After being allowed to watch the programmes that aired on the BBC online, users on both machines will now be able to download the programmes – however, they will still be encoded with DRM, but different than what is found on the Windows version. Working with Adobe for this […]

BBC considers offering iPlayer tech to rivals ITV, Channel 4

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The BBC may consider offering free and open use of the technologies that make up the successful BBC iPlayer in a way to prevent Channel 4 to gain a stake in the profitable commercial arm of the BBC, BBC Worldwide; forming part of a response to a public service broadcasting review by Ofcom, according to The Guardian. If the plan gets approved, it would see the video on demand services […]

Just Joosting for an Invite…

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Joost has now gone public, kind of. It’s still in close beta, but there is no longer a limit if you download the latest version… but how will the web handle the madness. I am here to explain…