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Netflix – the elephant in the pay TV room

The ACCC is considering whether to allow a joint venture between Foxtel and the Seven Network because of Foxtel’s current dominance of the pay TV market in Australia. But, it knows that the elephant in the room is Netflix which launches in Australia in March.

The subscription video on demand (SVOD) market is crowded. There will be a bloody (shareholder red ink) battle which will leave only the biggest players.

This opinion piece looks at the implications for regulation, existing content providers and the carriers in Australia. Click

Economuse 2015-01-19

If you have to be dumb, don’t be stupid.

Digitisation is making content independent of carriage. This has opened the way for “over-the-top” provision of services and left carriers wondering if they are going to be left with “dumb pipes”.

The opinion piece published in CommsWire on 30 April, looks at what carriers are doing in response to “the biggest challenge we have today as an industry” (Hugh Bradlow, CTO of Telstra). Tele2 seems to have found the right business model but Telecom NZ (soon to be called Spark) has headed in the wrong direction.

To read more, click on Economuse 2014-04-30