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Interactive High Definition Digital Television AUSTRALIA : A MULTI FORMAT, DIGITAL TELEVISION SYSTEMLast Updated June 17, 2004On Tuesday December 21, 1999, The Government handed down its decision on the rollout of digital television in Australia.
The following are selected Australia media reports on the so called Triplecast model. The Seven Network, which has always wanted to offer extra channels (called multi channels) on its digital TV signal, revealed it initially wants those channels to be free from Australian content regulations. moreJuly 2003Digital TV just around the corner By Paul Kalina, July 3 2003, LivewireSome time early next year Foxtel households should expect a knock at the door from a representative. For once, they will not be trying to flog anything but will ask to replace your existing set top box (STB). For the 90 per cent of metropolitan pay TV homes on the Foxtel service, the digital STB which, contrary to rumour, does not require a new digital monitor to work will be the gateway to the interactive digital platform that Foxtel will launch in the first half of next year. moreDo not adjust your sets By Ella Smith, Livewire, July 3 2003Two days ago digital TV finally took an evolutionary step forward. July 1 marked the date that commercial free to air networks were compelled to start broadcasting 1040 hours of high definition digital TV over the next 12 months; that's about 20 hours a week. Originally the Government planned to introduce the HDTV program quota due for review at the end of 2004 at the start of the year, but it deferred the legislation last November. moreJune 2003Broadcasters push digital TV Ian Cuthbertson JUNE 23, 2003AN estimated 75,000 digital television receivers have been sold in Australia, two and a half years after the standard was approved locally. That's a small number in a population approaching 20 million, but that may be about to change. Commercial Television Australia is about to launch a promotion featuring personalities from all three commercial networks, set top boxes that allow analog sets to receive digital signals are available at $299, and the stage is set for digital television to become a reality for Australians. moreA digital dead end Jane Schulze JUNE 05, 2003IN less than five years, more than 90 per cent of the television sets now in Australian homes will no longer work. The federal Government's digital TV legislation states that at the end of 2008 it will turn off the analogue TV signals. By then, everyone must have a gold pandora bracelets and charms digital TV or, at the very least, a digital set top box decoder if they want to watch TV. "The government has never funded these digital services. Given the paucity of incentives for the public to take up digital television, the ABC initially considered that a dedicated children's and youth television service could attract funding support from the government. Unfortunately, this has not been the case," the ABC said in a statement. moreNetworks stalling HDTV: Alston Luke McIlveen MAY 15, 2003THE blame game over the failure of high definition television has begun, with Communications Minister Richard Alston accusing the commercial networks of refusing to promote the technology. moreApril 2003No itemsMarch 2003No itemsFebruary heidi klum jewelry 2003No itemsJanuary 2003No itemsDecember 2002No itemsNovember 2002TV's digital showdown Jane Schulze, NOVEMBER 21, 2002THE federal Government is expecting a digital showdown between the free to air and pay television industries in the wake of regulatory approval for the pay TV industry's restructure. Communications Minister Richard Alston believes the pay TV industry's plan to digitise its network, enabling it to offer more channels and myriad services, will provoke the free to air sector into action. moreOctober 2002Government locks in HDTV quota Wires,OCTOBER 16, 2002THE federal government has locked in place changes to rules for High Definition Television (HDTV) broadcasts, requiring networks to screen an average of 20 hours of HDTV footage each week. Communications Minister Richard Alston said in line with the government's election promise, free to air networks would be required to screen 1,040 hours of HDTV programming each year. moreSeptember 2002Digital TV: dead in the water? Selina Mitchell, September 17, 2002 ACCORDING to broadcasters, technologists and the Federal Government, the future of television is digital. but someone forgot to tell the viewers. More than 18 months into the new age of digital television, most Australians have not experienced the superior picture and sound quality digital can offer, let alone its interactive capabilities. moreSwitched on TV Maria Nguyen, Icon, September 7, 2002Whether we're on the Internet or watching the television, staring mindlessly at the screen is out and interactivity is in. The popularity of reality television show Big Brother, where viewers could pick up the phone and vote to evict contestants from the household, appears to have been the first mass consumer step towards interactive television. moreSeven launches digital TV channel September 06, 2002TELEVISION viewers in Sydney and Melbourne got a new channel today with Seven Network's launch of the new digital Channel 77 a 24 hour program guide and a real time news and weather service. Seven's general manager of digital content Mark Cloudsdale said the new channel laid the foundation for the station's future offerings in digital television. moreAugust 2002Government delays HDTV regime Jane Schulze, August 28, 2002 THE progressive roll out of high definition television, with its cinema like TV picture quality, has been delayed by six months. Communications Minister Richard Alston yesterday gave broadcasters until July 1 next year to meet the 20 hours a week quota of HDTV content. Senator Alston denied the reprieve indicated any weakening of government resolve to introduce HDTV, so far marked by sluggish consumer take up with just 25,000 set top boxes in service. moreJuly 2002Media align to scuttle digital rules Steve Lewis, July 19, 2002AUSTRALIA'S leading media groups have embarked on a last ditch and apparently successful campaign to block radical changes by the Howard Government to digital broadcasting rules. In an unprecedented media alliance, the Nine and Ten commercial networks have joined with Foxtel and News Limited to block plans allowing free to air networks to offer multi channel services. moreOn the broadband wagon July 12 2002, Sydney Morning HeraldAustralia lags three years behind the US in its take up of broadband. Maria Nguyen asks why is it so? Once you use broadband it's difficult to go back to using slower modem dial up loading pages just seems to take forever, says broadband convert Richard Lim. Having swapped his 56k modem for an always on ADSL connection last June, the self employed businessman echoes the sentiments of most cable, satellite and DSL (digital subscriber line) users. moreJune 20027:30 Report : Australia urged to embrace the wired world Transcript 26/2/2002KERRY O'BRIEN: As well as lining up with the Governor General to meet the Queen in Adelaide tomorrow, Prime Minister Howard will open the World Congress on Information Technology a biennial meeting for those on the cutting edge of the IT revolution. It's of particular relevance for Australia because many participants believe we're at risk of falling dangerously behind in a wired world. While the 3000 Sydney participants who are paying $15 a month for the service will continue to receive it, Optus has declined to extend the trial or announce a commercial launch after the initial six month rollout ends this month. moreAre you switched on? June 7 2002, IconOptus wants to turn viewers into active participants, writes Jenny Hailstone. Picture this: you're watching television and a travel show advertises a deal on midwinter island getaways. By pressing a button on the remote pandora bracelet charms sale control, you're instantly connected to a secure site where you enter your credit card details and book your dream holiday. With the help of an infrared keyboard, you then email the travel dates to your friends or perhaps even search for a date to accompany you. moreMay 2002Rules to force digital TV off the air Cynthia Banham, Sydney Morning Herald, 28/05/2002Australia's only separate digital television channels the ABC's youth channels, Fly and ABC Kids will have to be taken off air next year so the organisation can broadcast its required 20 hours of high definition television a week. more Aussies won't walk with the beasts Caitlin Fitzsimmons MAY 09, 2002AUSTRALIANS will miss out on a virtual stroll through ancient geological time when the award winning BBC documentary Walking with Beasts screens in July. In the sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs that traces the rise of mammals, Kenneth Branagh guides the viewer through a computer animated world populated by woolly mammoths, giant predatory birds, sabre toothed tigers and early humans. morePM cautious on multi channelling Wires MAY 03, 2002 PRIME Minister John Howard sounded a note of caution today on proposals to allow free to air television stations to broadcast extra digital channels. Federal cabinet is considering ditching a ban on multi channels until 2005, possibly in exchange for changes to plans to force networks to broadcast in the expensive high definition television (HDTV) format. moreABC calls for digital delay By Annabel Crabb Canberra May 2 2002The ABC has asked the Federal Government to drop its requirement that TV stations broadcast 20 hours a week of high definition digital TV by January. Less than 20,000 Australian homes have digital television equipment, and the ABC has claimed satisfying the requirement will sap its other services. In a brief statement, Fox (owned by News Corporation, publisher of The Australian) said it had "now chosen to pursue alternative strategies" in the on demand market. moreWait till TV picture is clear: Tanner Jane complete pandora bracelets Schulze MAY 02, 2002 THE federal Opposition has called for a halt to the introduction of high definition TV requirements until the likely digital TV landscape is clarified. Opposition communications spokesman Lindsay Tanner said free to air TV networks were about to sign large cheques for HD capable equipment that might not be necessary if the law changed. moreAustralian HDTV 'obsolete' Matt Price MAY 01, 2002AUSTRALIA'S digital television regime, under review by the Howard Government, was yesterday ridiculed by a visiting British broadcasting expert. "I go to a lot of conferences," Mr Hooper said. "I've not heard the word mentioned for four years." Mr Hooper, who has also worked for BBC Television, European satellite television and British Telecom during a 40 year career, said he was "surprised" Australia persisted with a technology rejected by Japan, Britain and the US. moreApril 2002Push for digital TV review Chantal Rumble, Daniel Hoare and Jane Schulze APRIL 29, 2002ALMOST 50 per cent of Australian homes will be watching digital television within the next six years, according to a survey released yesterday. The survey, released by Murdoch University's Interactive TV Research Institute director Duane Varan, shows that, contrary to the federal Government's goal of a complete digital conversion by 2008, industry players predict the uptake of digital TV in Australia will reach 46 per cent by 2008. moreMarch 2002Broadband's back on the agenda By Sue Cant March 6 2002After dismissing Labor's universal broadband policy at the last election as a waste of money, the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, Senator Richard Alston turned convert last week announcing an advisory body to assess the government's role in helping push take up.
Alston last year branded the Labor policy to connect broadband to all Australian homes by 2006 "a recipe for disaster". He cited Singapore's failure to stimulate take up and South Korea's demand as driven by "kids playing games" to illustrate why the government should not get involved in pushing broadband. moreMany TV stations not ready for digital rollout.