Monday, June 25, 2018

Optus v SBS

A rough post prepared earlier. Sunday was very busy.

I don't love SBS, our partly funded by government tv station. Well not like I love our fully funded by government ABC. Once again the Liberal Party (conservative) has attacked our ABC by voting to privatise the ABC. Spokespeople for the Liberal Party are backtracking, but also saying that the ABC needs to be more fair.........to the Liberal Party's was of thinking. No surprise there.

I don't know about soccer but I do know about failure. Optus, a Singaporean owned telecommunication company, bought the rights to broadcast most of the World Cup Soccer/Football to Australia via the internet and I guess a pay tv cable station. SBS could not afford the rights but did have the rights to some matches. Optus failed with its broadcast because of technical issues and has pretty well handed over the rights to broadcast all of the soccer to SBS.

One thing stuck me about this. What is Optus phone coverage compared to SBS broadcast coverage? I am thinking people in the country are not able to watch unless in the unlikely event they have Optus coverage and of course have to pay for it. I suspect SBS covers a much larger area. Why is the World Cup not a government protected sporting event that should be available to all on free to air tv, like so many other sporting events?

Meanwhile I am very happy with my Aldi phone plan, that gives me access to Telstra's network for $25 per month with pretty well unlimited calls, texts and data. Ok, data is limited to 4 GB per month. I use about 400 MB, not much, and unused rolls over to the next month. It is so nice to not have to worry about what you are doing with your phone.

I believe that SBS has much wider coverage over Australia than does Optus. Politicians make lip service about looking after 'the bush', but do they actually do so? This one is a pretty simple and obvious way they don't.

38 comments:

  1. Of course our pollies don't look after the bush. And talking about privatising the ABC is yet another example. If it was to be privatised I suspect that a lot of people would lose access to a lot of things (unless they could pay for it).

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    1. EC, and the result you suspect would happen would be a tragedy.

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  2. I have a 3 gig plan with Verizon here in New Hampshire. I use my WiFi and so I have not even come close to using 1 gig! We have only seen a few games as it is on FOX TV here.

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    1. Maribeth, I would certainly use much more if it was my only internet source. We have a separate wifi system at home and for large things on our phones, like updating apps, we use the home wife. Btw, while I saw it a very long time ago and can't remember the movie now, I can remember that I really liked Hotel New Hampshire.

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  3. Not sure how tv is funded in Austrillia.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Simply Dora, three major commercial stations that are funded by the ads they show, then they all have sub channels for say sport or reruns etc . One fully funded by the government, ABC, like Canada's CBC or the British BBC. Another funded by both the government and commercial advertising, originally to show foreign language programmes but now is more diverse. Then there cable, satellite and internet tv stations which you pay for directly

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    2. If the sub-channels are for sport, why is so much sport shown on the main channels while the subs get replay and reruns of everything not worth watching?

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  4. I am not a fan of the ABC...they are too biased for my liking. I never watch their news or current affair programmes, nor their so-called "comedians".

    The "comedians" are too self-serving, self-indulgent, for my liking. They think they are funny...I don't.

    It's how I feel about the ABC...personal opinion. Everyone is different and has their own opinions, likes and dislikes.

    I do watch various drams series on the ABC...some are good, some not so good.

    I only watch SBS if there is a series running on the network that I want to see...other than that I never watch the channel.

    And I don't watch football aka soccer. It doesn't interest me...never has.

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    1. Lee, yes, the ABC is far too conservative for my liking at times :-P

      I do think there is a little smugness by ABC presenters, that they are slightly better than those who may be influenced by commercial realities.

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    2. Sarcasm doesn't suit you, Andrew. :)

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    3. What Lee? It is my forte. I have to hold it back in real life.

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    4. Sarcasm is good, let it loose. Unless it would get you fired.

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  5. Anonymous1:41 pm

    I thought the call by the Libs to flog of the ABC was hilarious - we'll sell it except the part that covers the bush. (Just to keep the Nats on side I guess) WTF? How do you separate a broadcasting service? The countryside gets Landline but not Play School? Utterly brainless comment with is about what you's expect. - Ian

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    1. Ian, of course it was absurd and hilarious. It is a story worth delving into a little deeper if you haven't to find who was there when the vote was taken, and who voted for the non binding but successful vote.

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  6. Sometimes I watch SBS they have some good Series that often appeal to me. Outlander and at the moment The The Handmaid's Tale which is nearly finished.
    Not a fan of Soccer but have watched a few games on SBS, like the ABC and sure hope it's not privatised as we know what we have now, and we don't know what will change if it is privatised.
    Phone - Optus, have Telstra and a new Samsung Galaxy 9+ with 50GB - so now I won't have to be concerned about going over my data limit...husband has 31GB data which is shared with me making it 81GB per month, and yes we will use it.

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    1. Margaret, that is a lot of data but then you travel a lot and no doubt use a lot then. I guess you don't use it to watch television when you are travelling and have an aerial for the van. Is it one of those funny wind up ones?

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    2. Yes we do use a lot of data when travelling Andrew, both of us.
      We do watch TV on our phones if there is really something we want to watch and there is NO TV reception as in some places it's very poor...we do have a windup aerial but it's not like a christmas tree, it's shaped in a V..

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  7. Certain sporting events were ALWAYS covered by the BBC in the UK. The Grand Nation, Test matches, Important Football matches, Big Boxing bouts, F1 races, The Boat Race, etc. Nowadays they are fought over by people with money, and many only shown for a price. I, of course, refuse to pay!

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    1. Cro, much the same here. Now our ABC can't afford to outbid commercial media for sporting broadcast rights. It has become big business. Even commercial media is concerned about the inflated prices being asked. I say to them, just don't bid and the price will fall.

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  8. What? Politicians? Sport? Huh? Oh wait, I remember reading something similar in the paper, people weren't able to watch whole live matches or some such.
    Shame, shame, shame on all concerned.

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    1. River, especially bad when people had paid extra just for access and did not get it.

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  9. P.s. Privatisation sucks and should be banned. Look what happened to the electric companies etc. no one can afford both heating and eating these days.

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    1. GO RIVER!! Privatisation is almost always the cause of commercialism, American spelling and grammar, rubbish tv and radio programmes, gross profits to multi national companies and conservative politics.

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    2. River and Hels, it is simply that these are essential services and should not be in the hands of multinational private companies who are there purely for profit.

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  10. Good luck on the coverage.
    What a great deal on your phone plan. We are going to have to start shopping around. Ours is through the roof.

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    1. Sandra, you have to be brave and it is a bit of work, but do it.

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  11. We have our phones with Vodafone, the internet with iiNet, that's all I need to know... Except that's probably all going to change when we get NBN, we'll see. Must admit I don't watch much ABC or SBS or or anything really. I feel your pain about ABC, I know how much you enjoy it.

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    1. Grace, Vodafone was disaster about a decade ago and clearly they have put a lot of work into their business and improved it. Thanks.

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  12. Just to be clear: Optus secured rights to the World Cup through a sub-licensing deal with SBS in 2016.

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    1. Thanks James, which is why I guess SBS can show some matches.

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    2. Yes, my point is SBS aren't necessarilly the "good guys" in all this.

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    3. No, it seems not. Of other interest is the commentator being criticised for correctly pronouncing names.

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  13. Hola que fotos mas bonitas.
    te mando mi blog por si queres criticar.

    Gracias.
    Besos


    http://anna-historias.blogspot.com/2018/06/el-silencio.html?m=1

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  14. My understanding of the so called ‘anti-syphoning’ laws is that the Government lists key sporting events that the free to air service must be given first opportunity to bid for and which can then go to the pay services if the free to air services decline or agree to share. This may be over simplified or James may correct if I’m wrong.

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    1. Yes Victor, I remember now. So, protection by anti-syphoning doesn't mean that the rights can be bought cheaply, just without competition.

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  15. It is strange that it would be an "owned" virtually event, the World Cup, and pay up or fuck you.

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