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  1. Why is Adelaide and Perth so important? The population of Western Australia and South Australia, combined, is smaller than Queensland's 4,600,000. The regional areas in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia are tiny. Go have a look at Free TV Australia's media release Advertising revenue for commercial television networks -- July to December 2011 Advertisers obviously believe the areas where rugby league is strong are worth more than Adelaide and Perth. The amount of money advertisers paid for television space across Australia confirm it. Advertising revenue for FTA in regional Queensland, ($115,558,314) is only a couple of million dollars behind Adelaide ($117,750,735). Regional NSW collected $207,315,118 in revenue, beating Perth ($174,983,262) by more than $30,000,000. The revenue for all areas (in order from highest to lowest): Sydney; Melbourne; Brisbane; Regional NSW; Perth; Adelaide; Regional Queensland; Regional Victoria; Northern Territory/Tasmania; Regional Western Australia; Regional South Australia. The two metro areas that support rugby league, Sydney and Brisbane, are bigger than the three that support Aussie rules. Regional Queensland is larger than reigional Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia combined. Rugby league dominates three of the top four television markets. Tasmania has less people than the Gold Coast. ACT is larger than Northern Territory. Rugby league is not far behind Aussie rules in Northern Territory, and is miles ahead of Aussie rules in ACT. Didn't the Broncos vs Storm NRL trial match in Hobart attract a larger turnout? The Bulldogs average over 20,000 to their matches. Tigers and Dragons average over 18,000.
  2. If you only watch documentaries and movies then you might want to look into investing in an antenna and replacing your Foxtel service with FetchTV. You'll need to be signed up with one of the ISPs that offer the service. If you have Optus then you can get the service documentaries package and access to movies for $16.90 per month. The documentary channels on Optus include: BBC Earth, ABC Factual, National Geographic, Chronicles, and Profiles. You'll get 20 free movies per month plus access to movie rentals FetchTV provide their customers with a 3-tuner DVR that gives its customers access to YouTube, games, social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter and other apps. The hard drive is 1 TB. You'll be able to record 3 programs from three FTA channels at the same time. http://www.optuszoo.com.au/tvandvideo/optu...tvondemandpacks If you have internode or iiNet then you can get access to channels such as Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Travel, Home and Health, Discovery Science, TLC. You also get music and news channels with that, plus a kids channel and a celebrity news channel. If you buy the STB outright for $299 then you'll only have to pay $14.95 a month. Even more channels are available on iinet, although you'll have to pay $15 a month after buying the box outright for $399. There are other ISPs that offers FetchTV, but they are much more expensive. http://www.internode.on.net/residential/en...htv_iptv/plans/
  3. Blame all of the lazy people who refused to upgrade to digital during the early and mid 2000's. If they had have bought a HD STB/DVR then the laws preventing the networks from showing major sporting events on the multichannels before they've aired on their main channels would have been reversed by now. Nine won't shift the entire broadcast of the cricket over to GEM until 95% of people have access to HD. I don't think it's harsh to expect people to embrace new technology when they know it's coming. The ones who've held off on buying a STB/DVR until the last minute are probably the ones that spend hundreds each month on getting tanked, but they won't fork out $100 for a STB.
  4. You should contact Humax Digital. They respond to customer enquiries very quickly. When I asked them for assistance on this issue they told me that the company is working on a solution. I'm hoping SBS On Demand is brought to the Humax. I doubt Seven, Nine and Ten will jump on board. SBS does carry advertisements during its programs. I worry that it might lead to them sticking with Freeview branded boxes only.
  5. I have two Beyonwiz DP-P2s and one Humax HDR-7500t. Here are the positives and negatives of each unit: Beyonwiz DP-P2 Positives Trick play (ad skipping) is customisable and reliable. There are two pairs of skip buttons on the remote and each can be customised to skip in seconds or as a percentage of the file. Makes it easy and quick to get from one place to another: one set can be programmed to skip in seconds, whereas the other set can be used to skip in percentages. Skipping in percentages is handy when you need to get from one end of the file to the other. You can set the guide to view the now and next listings of all channels on the one screen or the schedule of one channel onlys. Handy when you want to see the weekly schedule on a channel. Files are named appropriately and are easy to find in the library/folder. Pre and post padding offers plenty of options. Shows the latest news headlines (minus the article content) and weather information, including a radar image for the capital cities of each state and territory (except ACT). Can download podcasts from the ABC website. The bookmark feature allows you to skip to selected points in a recording. Can remove segments from a program. This can save a lot of space and make edited programs much easier to watch the second and third time around. The unit has the best design on the market. The display screen is very detailed and easy to read. Files can be shared between other Beyonwiz units and your PC. Negatives There is no way to program a series recording with the remote. All series recordings have to be programmed on the IceTV website or via its iPhone/iPod touch/Android apps. The GUI is very basic. Easy to use, but not the most stylistic. There is no support for flash-enabled apps, so no access to YouTube. The podcasts are not very realiable. Some are updated freqently, but others don't even work. The music folder does not have a repeat one, repeat all or shuffle button. Humax HDR-7500t Positives Very elegant GUI. Access to ABC iView, YouTube and Wiki@TV While watching live TV you can browse through the programs on all channels via the information plate. Works even better than the information plate on the Foxtel IQ. Padding is very good. I don't think it's as customisable as the Beyonwiz DP-P2, but it does offer pre and post padding, albeit with few options. Loads very quickly. User can schedule series recording with their remote. The information is automatically uploaded to the user's IceTV account. You can search for programs via the remote by keyword or genre, although the genres listed on the EPG are not as indepth as the ones on the IceTV website. Remote control is very easy to use. Very easy on the hands and responds straight away. The unit is very stylish. Its actual design isn't as pretty as the Beyonwiz, but its shiny piano black finish makes it very elegant. The unit does not need to come out of stand-by in order to record a program. A screensaver pops up when a show has been paused for about a minute. The screensaver displays the time in fancy writing. You can buy a 5 year subscription with IceTV for just $99. Negatives Files can be stored on an external device, but they can only be viewed on the Humax HDR-7500t because they're encrypted. The password for your IceTV account cannot be too long otherwise you won't be able to link your DVR to it when setting up the EPG guide settings. The library/folder can be a pain. It assigns a folder to each show, but some tomes the shows will show up on the main index. If two programs on the one channel are recorded back-to-back and the first one runs overtime then it can be a nightmare finding which program it ran on to. Programs recorded from 7Mate have a tendency to skip at random intervals during playback. They will jump forward by 10 or so seconds without warning. No bookmarks can be set. The trick play feature comes cannot be customised as extensively as the one on the DP-P2. Only one set of skip buttoms. I think each button can be set to skip at 5, 10, 15, 30, 45, 60 second intervals. If you want access to YouTube, iView and are not worried about editing your programs/watching them on your PC then I'd suggest getting a Humax HDR-7500t. The ability to schedule series recordings and search for programs via the remote is very handy. But if none of that worries you and you're more intersted in having great control over the device during playback then the DP-P2 is the best on the market.
  6. Beale hoping to inspire as NITV ambassador Darren Walton 11:35 AEST Sat Nov 19 2011 On the field and now on the box, Wallabies ace Kurtley Beale is hoping to inspire the next generation of Aboriginal sports stars as an ambassador for National Indigenous TV. Beale and the legendary Lloyd McDermott, the first Aborigine to represent the Wallabies, have joined rugby great Mark Ella in throwing their support behind NITV, a 24-hour channel dedicated to reflecting the lives and cultures of Australia's indigenous population. Available through Foxtel and soon to be screened on SBS, NITV has been running for four years and is hopeful of boosting its audience levels after appointing Ella as head of sport. "I'm pretty honoured," Ella said. "Sport in all communities, particularly indigenous communities, plays an important role. "If you look at all the major Australian sports and you look at the Aboriginal contribution, we've got champion indigenous athletes across all sports. "We talk about the mainstream rugby league, rugby union and Aussie rules, yeah sure we've got some great players, but also sports like tennis, baseball, basketball, whatever, we've got indigenous athletes who are just killing them. "There's even a national indigenous golf tournament." Beale said NITV's sports coverage was the next best thing to wide-eyed youngsters having the chance to meet their heroes in person. "It's not always possible to connect face to face but if you've got a little indigenous person out there, a little Aboriginal lad, watching TV, it would be great for him to watch his own people being successful, seeing his role models on TV," he said. "It's a great way of communicating with these kids. "As an indigenous person, watching your own people on your own TV show, for me it would be pretty inspiring." In addition to sport, NITV airs news, current affairs, music and children's programs. Beale said it was great for aspiring indigenous youngsters to be able to watch events like rugby league knockout carnivals featuring NRL stars playing with local hopefuls. "Everyone wants to be on TV and to cover a lot of these big knockouts and the Ella 7s coming through, it's just a great way of branching and spreading the word out there among the indigenous kids that there's an opportunity here and so why not take part in it," he said. "The people at home can relate to it and follow their aspiring role models and maybe one day it can help encourage these kids to get off the lounge and go out and play sport some day." http://wwos.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8376509
  7. NITV and the Special Broadcast Service (SBS) are discussing the possibility of SBS allocating one of its free-to-air channels to Indigenous content. If an agreement can be reached, NITV would relocate its existing programming to one of SBS’s allotted digital channels. What do you think about this proposal? http://www.nitv.org.au/community/fx-discus...BD02D&dpid=
  8. I recall Helen Coonan talking about the potential of the Mpeg4 codec back in 2005 on the ABC. That's the only time I've heard a politician mention the technology. I hope they have plans on introducing it some day, but all indications so far suggest it's not their main concern. The fact the government added a few extra years to the original switch off date for analogue and the delayed roll out of the NBN is reason enough to believe it'll be a long while yet until they seriously look into phasing Mpeg2 out of the market.
  9. I miss AusText. It would be good if the ABC and SBS were allocated funds so they can set up a decent teletext service. It could be a news-based service that has the latest sporting headlines, scores and league tables. It would definitely be more useful than a channel about advertising.
  10. I don't blame Network Ten for refusing to hand over their money to the AFL. The network lost money by broadcasting AFL Brisbane and Sydney each Saturday night. Network Ten would make more money if it broadcast Iron Chef into Brisbane and Sydney each Saturday night. The SBS program actually draws higher ratings. The AFL should have been paying Network Ten to broadcast live into Brisbane and Sydney. That's how unpopular Aussie rules is in Brisbane and Sydney.
  11. Aussie rules football isn't the "biggest game in the land on FTA". Rugby league holds that title. Until Aussie rules takes over the ratings in regional Australia, Brisbane and Sydney then it cannot lay claim to being the biggest sport on FTA.
  12. Rugby league makes up 77 out of the top 100 programs on Foxtel. The two most valued matches of the round are broadcast on Nine Network Australia before they're shown on Fox Sports. Imagine how many more NRL games would be inside the top 100 if the 2 blockbuster games of the round were televised live on Fox Sports! The pay TV ratings over the last 5 years say rugby league is the lifeblood of Foxtel. Those figures give NRL, ARL, QRL and NSWRL a lot of bargaining power. They now have the luxury of knowing that their product is the most valuable commodity on subscription TV. There's no way Foxtel can argue that the rugby league rights are worth less than "footy" when all evidence shows rugby league dominates three-quarters of the top one hundred programs on pay TV! I don't think Foxtel is going to argue that rugby league isn't worth as much as "footy". Only one-sided "footy" fans who live in a fantasy world believe this crap about their sport's pay TV broadcast rights being worth more. I see where they're coming from with regards to the lower penetration rate in the southern states, but that doesn't mean Foxtel is not going to be just as eager to retain their base in the northern states and/or build on it. They need rugby league to do that. That makes the next deal for the rugby league every bit as important as footy. I would be surprised if Foxtel didn't try to gain live coverage of all NRL matches. The leaders at Foxtel know that sport content is the key to increasing subscriptions. They'd be looking for more people in Queensalnd and NSW to subscribe. They know rugby league is the key to gaining new customers and retaining old customers in Queensland and NSW.
  13. What do you think of the new changes for One HD? I hope they fill the non-sports programming with 1080i content.
  14. Chalk that one down to the high admission prices in Queensland. The average family can no longer afford to attend more than 1 game a season. Rugby league is best viewed from the loungeroom. You have to be at a "footy" game to really enjoy it. And how many Victorians and South Austrlaians have migrated to south-east Queensland over the last 20 years? How many of them live in Sydney? Heaps. Mostly due to club memberships. The only reason their membership rate is so much higher than the NRL's is because it promoted them long before the NRL ever did. The NRL only started taking club membership seriously about 4 or 5 years ago. Until then the average rugby league fan didn't know what a club membership was. Many of the rugby league fans I know don't know anything about it. Don't worry, this is starting to change. The total number of NRL club memberships have increased each year since they were first marketed. See above. Nope. Hardly anyone plays Aussie rules in NSW. Rugby league has a higher participation rate than Aussie rules in Queensland and NSW. Rugby league lost a lot of supporters during the Super Leagur war. Those fans are starting to come back. Each year the Brisbane Junior Rugby League experiences massive gains in participation. I'd like to point out that rugby league participation numbers are not as high as they could be because there's no sector for persons who don't aspire to play at the professional level. There are huge drop-offs in numbers at U-12's and U-16's because the various competitions focus on strength, size, speed and skill. The other codes give the smaller, less skilled casual fans a chance to play in less intense competition while having elite comps for their best athletes. This might change when the independent commission is brought into the game. I think it's fair to add the participation rate for touch football with rugby league because it's a safe version of it. Don't forget that soccer has a very high participation rate in NSW and QLD. Many of the junior soccer players in QLD and NSW are rugby league supporters. They play soccer because rugby league is the roughest football code in the country -- either their parents don't want them to play rugby league for fear of them getting injured or they're too scared of getting hit by the larger kids who play the game. Soccer is starting to make inroads in Victoria. This will hurt Aussie rules participation in the future. I agree with you here. You forgot to mention revenue from merchandise. Last year the NRL gained $15 million more in revenue than the AFL from the sale of jerseys and other merchandise.
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