There are several articles in newspapers today following yesterday’s ASTRA Conference in Sydney.
Here is a summary of some of the speeches given:
Foxtel CEO Kim Williams took a swipe at ABC’s plans for a 24 hour News channel.
“The charter actually requires of the ABC that it take account of the broadcasting landscape and that it act in a complimentary sense with that landscape,” he said.
“These things require accountability – not just because it is frustrating to me, but because it requires accountability at law.”
“We offered Australians what they want. Greater choice and control: with more than 100 channels, movies on near demand and a rich array of interactive features. And all of this is accessible through a simple and intuitive electronic programming guide, or as they say in the biz an ”EPG”.”
SMH also quotes ASTRA Chairman Steve Bracks speaking out on the Anti-Siphoning List review.
“The Productivity Commission said that the current list was overly burdensome, anti-competitive, had a negative impact on sporting bodies, had limited effectiveness and was long compared to similar lists overseas,” he said.
“In fact, and this is not a record list that Australia should be proud of at all, it is the longest anti-siphoning list in the world.”
“ASTRA simply wants, in a balanced way, that the list should be reformed so that events on the old networks that they do not show should be taken off.”
More on that one here.
The Herald Sun quotes Survivor producer Mark Burnett via his satellite interview, where he spoke about ‘feelgood’ television.
“Advertisers won’t let their brands on negative attack-type programming. I’ve never done that kind of programming and never will.
“I don’t think it makes any sense – why would advertisers support it? No one’s going to put a show on that advertisers won’t embrace.”
Read more on that one here.
Finally, Mike Fries from Liberty Global International compared international practice with what occurs in the Australian market.
“I’ve noticed that 80 key subscription television programs have been sold on to Australian free to air networks over the past five years. This is unheard of in markets like the US and Europe – imagine Sex & the City or The Sopranos without the HBO logo at the end. Particularly in a newer market with 30% penetration where differentiation is key, local channels are devaluing their brands by letting free to air networks take the glory for their hard-earned programming.”
He also described a new product being developed by LGI, Horizon, which was merging the worlds of online content and subscription television.
“Horizon is the future of entertainment for consumers in Europe. You’ll have one box, one remote and one electronic programme guide acting as a gateway for all of your entertainment choices. We’re very much looking forward to this next generation of content delivery, and as we speak, Austar is working on similar products.”