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Austar Anywhere offers downloads and streaming

Austar has launched a new download and streaming platform, Austar AnyWhere, with content from 38 channels.

Regional subscription TV broadcaster Austar has launched a new download and streaming platform, Austar AnyWhere.

It will offer subscribers content from 38 channels, with viewers able to watch content from their current subscription package at no extra cost. The service will be available on both PC and Mac.

Online channels ESPN360 and Setanta-i will also be available.

Austar CEO John Porter, said: “Austar AnyWhere is the next step in making the best entertainment available to our customers whenever and however they want it. It will give our subscribers complete flexibility and control over when they view their favourite shows, as long as they have an internet connection on their PC.

“A key feature of Austar AnyWhere is that it will offer the ability to both stream and download content, meaning customers can either watch the video straight away online, or download it to their PC or Mac to watch later.”

You can check out more at www.austar.com.au/tv/online-tv/online-tv.aspx

The service follows Foxtel offering its download service last year.

Broadband fees will apply.

10 Responses

  1. effdee, i don’t think that argument holds strong anymore. download quotas are massive these days, especially in TPG areas. But even Optus offers 120Gb for very little money (imho).

  2. But the point is if Austar can provide software for Mac users (and it’s a program and not using the web browser like ABCs iView) then why not a bigger company and their partners Foxtel?

    Also Mac’s are cool 😀

    I’m just hoping ISPs can add the likes of the Austar service to their no meter service and then I’d used it. Right now why would I DL a program I can get else where that doesn’t expire in 7 days and can’t be put on DVD… or right to be legal 🙂

    BTW It’s weird Foxtel offer an iPhone add for their online guide but Austar doesn’t.

  3. Foxtel never said they were going to offer the service on Mac. They brought out a service allowing people to watch shows/movies on a PC. If you don’t have a PC, you can’t take advantage of it. There are thousands (millions?) of software applications that don’t run on Mac.

    Complaining about this is like complaining that a movie company doesn’t release new movies onto Betamax tape. You chose to buy a Mac, you have to live with it.

  4. Just installed the software, yes you need additional software but it’s all self contained.

    Install it them run the program, you’re presented with a window and it’s just a matter of clicking on the links much like a web page. File size varies from about 250Mb for the low quality for a 40 min show to 450Mb for the HQ. A 100min movie will be over 1Gb in HQ which they display before you DL or start watching. The quality looks okay but on a 1.5Mbps connection it didn’t play smoothly so your best bet is to DL and watch later on slow connection speeds.

  5. its about time Austar offered the same as Foxtel!!! They are bloody sister companies and yet Foxtel still likes to be superior by being the only ones to offer On-Demand, Discovery HD and Nat Geo HD. Foxtel have offered Download for months and yet Austar are only just catching on! I have Austar and i wish they would pull their heads out of their behinds and realise the cities are not superior to the country, with in fact the cities would not be able to live without everything that is offered by us “country folk”. Either make both subscribers even or Austar start offering channels that Foxtel doesnt.

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