D1023319: I subscribe to telstra TV for TV7 type programs such as history channel, BBC knowledge, etc..
Hence I was referring to Alan Freeths reported comments that skys requirements for exclusive supply arrangement meant telstra couldnt source cheaper programs from other providers.
It is in this environment - I'd like MED to outlaw this restrictive SKY package where they can lever off stuff such as sport to lock a TV distributor into their service.
You either have a regulated market or a free market. You can't have a free market and then regulate it, that's not a free market, it's a regulated market.
We either want free trade or we don't, and the vote has been made globally for free trade.
Our content producers have to start exporting more content with our help.
At the same time we have to just import content we want.
Each month my wife orders a book from the "book depository". She's become an expert in ordering. She chooses which currency will get her the best deal on the day and checks 'pre-release' deals. It seems to me that the book sellers and writers have figured out the dynamics of a new market but the video guys are yet to catch up.
I noticed QuickFlix advertising on the TV for the first time last night (could have been going on for a while, but this was the first time I noticed it.)
I agree with you, I like the '7' type of content, but you and I are in the minority, so like my wife we're going to have to become experts in finding our content and importing it directly from overseas sellers.
What gets me is that in the audio and video space, we have to get to the point of just stealing their IP before they get the message that we want it and have to provide a sensible commerical solution.
While I don't like to advocate theft, it does still seem that people are going to have to steal a lot more content before these content brokers (Sky, etc) get the message that they need to make content available.
In the past month I've looked at the content on my TiVo and on QuickFlix and I agree with you that neither of these vendors are delivering the content yet. Perhaps we'll see a change when we see igloo get to market as a sensible price point.