Australia


Acorn TV expands to 30 countries

Acorn TV, the US streaming service specialising in British television, is expanding into 30 countries, including India and Australia. The SVOD service, which was launched in the US and Canada in 2011, is now also available for US$4.99 a month in Spain, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Venezuela and the Bahamas, among […]

Australia’s Network 10 teams up with CBS for All Access SVOD

Australia’s Network 10 has teamed up with CBS to launch a version of the US network’s subscription video-on-demand service, CBS All Access. The new service, 10 All Access, has launched with 7,000 episodes of content from CBS and 10 available to Australian viewers for A$9.99 a month, with the first month free for new subscribers. […]

Australia’s Nine Network reveals post-Fairfax restructure

Nine Network has revealed the executive structure that will be in place after its merger with Fairfax Media, set to be completed on 7 December. The merger will see Nine take a 51.1% stake in Fairfax and gain a string of Fairfax-owned newspapers as well as the 50% stake in streamer Stan that it does not currently […]

Futuresource: Australian SVOD homes to overtake pay TV this year

By the end of 2018, Australia is set to become the first country where the number of SVOD households overtakes pay TV homes in any market worldwide, according to Futuresource Consulting. The research firm said that the uptake of SVOD is expected to reach 6.1 million subscriptions by the end of 2018, following “impressive growth” […]

Foxtel renews licensing deal with TiVo

Australian pay TV outfit Foxtel has renewed its licence with TV technology provider TiVo Corporation for TiVo’s search and recommendation services. Foxtel will have access to TiVo’s personalised content discovery platform as part of the licensing agreement. TiVo said that as a long-term search and recommendation customer, Foxtel would be able to provide its subscribers […]

AMC lines up new launches for Shudder and Sundance Now

AMC Networks is due to launch its direct-to-consumer streaming services, Shudder and Sundance Now, in Australia and New Zealand later this year. The new launches were announced today at MIPCOM and will build on the existing international footprint of the services, which are available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. “Our […]

ABC Australia confirms investigation following MD exit

The board of Australian public broadcaster ABC has confirmed that an independent advisor is investigating claims made by ousted managing director Melissa Guthrie.  In an official statement released by the ABC board, it has clarified the timeline of events that led to Guthrie’s exit from the broadcaster in late September. It has said it received […]

Broadcast Australia taps Rohde & Schwarz for DVB-T2 trial

Transmission services provider Broadcast Australia, in partnership with free-to-air industry body Free TV and broadcasters ABC and SBS, has conducted trials of DVB-T2 broadcast technology in the Sydney area using technology provided by Rohde & Schwarz. Rohde & Schwarz supplied transmitters, retransmitters and test equipment for the testing phase, including an R&S TLU9 50 W […]

Australia’s NBN begins enabling DOCSIS 3.1 with Arris

Australian national broadband network provider NBN has started enabling DOCSIS 3.1 on its hybrid fibre coax network. NBN said the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 would double the downstream capacity on the HFC network, which will serve around three million premises across the country by 2020. The company said that adding to capacity through the user […]

Australia’s Nine to merge with Fairfax Media

Commercial TV network Nine Entertainment this morning confirmed it had agreed a merger deal with one of Australia’s most venerable legacy media companies, Fairfax Media. The deal will see Nine take a controlling 51.1% stake in Fairfax, and will create a company with a combined market value of $4.2bn. The company will take the Nine […]

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