Pros and cons of TelstraSKY as well as Freeview?
Are there any developments in the pipeline for Freeview?
Telstra has issues but is still a very good cost effective solution. The current box has no hdmi and is somewhat basic however a new Pvr/MySky equivalent is due in the new year which is being plugged in early TC info as better than Sky (ie 1-3 also in High def like Freeview-HD has). If you are able to get the cable TV you can also get cable internet (called InHome) then it is far better than ADSL in many cases.
I have Telstra and Freeview HD atm. In Chch Telstra digital from a seated position on a chair across the room looks not too bad on a 42 plasma. The same feed on a 60 inch high def tv looks rubbish (but then so can sky digital, note thats the non MySky version). Freeview-HD is very sweet on the same tv but yes has limited channels. It can only grow and in time will get better. The Olympics were well worth the cost.
So imho -
MySky - best atm for HD picture & ease of use, as a neg you dont own the box (lease or rent only)
TelstraSaturn - cheaper, additional decoders way cheaper ($9.99 pm vs $25). Must be in cabled area. Not as good a picture.
Honourable Mentions -
FreeviewHD - fanatatic picture for base channels (same as satelite version), 1-3 in HD, no ongoing costs (UK version just added some and is worth a look for what Freeview might be like in time). Limited channels atm holds it back but free once installed is very nice.
Tesltra High Def PVR - waiting, waiting, waiting. If its as good as the PR might be better than MySky. But they have got it wrong in the past.
KWG: A big thanks for your very useful comments. I am in a cabled area of Wellington, and one which is apparently less populated, which means less traffic. I've got an old-style TV set, so HD or no HD probably makes no diff. I am going to do some reading on the alternatives to the phoneline & diigital TV parts of the tri-package offered me, but the broadband sounds as if it may be the best option available