Given the ComCom decision to look into SkyTV I thought I should post the letter I sent to the ICT reps from the 3 largest parties, and the one response I got (from the minister).
First what I sent...
To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject:New Zealand's access to digital media.
To the ICT representatives of the three largest parties in parliament. As you know, the digital age is upon us. One of the major issues in relation to this is copyright infringement primarily of music movies and TV shows. Legitimate access to TV shows and movies is currently poor in New Zealand. Digital music access has now become commonplace via the internet so is not the subject of my concerns. I am keen on positive change in relation to this matter, encouraging legitimately licensed access to content. Ideally I would love to be able to switch over to a hardware product such as AppleTV or Roku, and have access to free local content (equivalent to freeview) and paid content from a service such as Hulu or Netflix. As such I would like to pose the following questions to you as my representatives in government.
With the switch off of analogue TV is there any encouragement by government for content owners to provide internet TV/movie services? This question applies to both to content available on demand, and live streaming of channels for news etc. Is there any regulation planned of the monopoly which Sky TV is enjoying on paid content? Has there been an investigation into Sky TV's pricing in their monopolistic market? I know internet infrastructure upgrades are in progress, has there been specific planning/consideration given to the ability of these upgrades to handle Internet TV services?I am aware that a service called Quickflix is coming across the Tasman from Australia and I am hopeful that this will start the waterfall of services. I do however have doubts due to the limited content available for them to sell to NZ. Thank you in advance for any responses you give.