Disney+ to launch in Australia

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 20-Aug-19

US media giant Walt Disney Company has confirmed the Australian launch date and pricing for its video streaming service. Disney+ will cost $8.99 per month or $89.99 a year when it is launched in Australia on 19 November. Australia and New Zealand will be among the first markets in the world to gain access to Disney+, which will be launched in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on 12 November. Disney+ will include content from the Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars franchises.

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Optus banks on EPL to boost subscribers

Original article by Supratim Adhikari
The Australian – Page: 26 : 9-Aug-19

Optus’s sports streaming service currently boasts more than 700,000 subscribers, and the telco is optimistic that the new English Premier League season will attract more customers. Optus CEO Allen Lew notes that no EPL matches will broadcast on free-to-air networks during the new season; he adds that in addition to live streaming of all matches, Optus Sport will seek to deliver additional value to customers via its coverage of the EPL. Optus initially secured exclusive EPL rights in 2015, and its deal was renewed in 2018.

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Sky pulls videos from Twitter posts but embraces new Facebook deal

Original article by Zoe Samios, Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 23 : 5-Aug-19

Sky News Australia CEO Paul Whittaker says it will continue to use Twitter to post breaking news stories and links to content on its website. However, Sky News will cease distributing its video content via the social media platform, after online activists edited its videos to create fake news stories. Meanwhile, its free-to-air rivals will launch exclusive news bulletins on Facebook Watch, while Sky News will produce a daily show called ‘Unpacked’, which will focus on a major news story each day.

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New Foxtel streaming to follow Kayo

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 17 : 1-Aug-19

Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany continues to downplay speculation that the pay-TV group intends to launch a non-sports streaming video service. Kayo Sports has been a huge success since its launch in November 2018, with 209,000 paying subscribers in early May. Delany says Foxtel is continuing to look at streaming options for its non-sport content; the mooted drama and entertainment streaming service is known internally as ‘Project Jupiter’.

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Local content move for digital players

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 29 : 29-Jul-19

Communications Minister Paul Fletcher has signalled that streaming video providers may be required to invest in more local content in the wake of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s landmark inquiry into digital platforms. He says there is a strong case for subjecting digital platforms to the same regulations as traditional broadcasters. The ACCC’s final report noted the inconsistencies that are inherent in the current approach to media regulation.

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Netflix comes to Foxtel, but it’s no cheaper

Original article by Tegan Jones
gizmodo.com.au – Page: Online : 24-Jul-19

Foxtel subscribers will be able to access content from Netflix under an alliance between the two companies. Foxtel users with an IQ4 set-top box have begun to receive software upgrades that will enable them to view Netflix content, while those with an IQ3 box will have to wait a bit longer. Foxtel will also provide customers with a new remote control with a dedicated Netflix button as part of the changes, although customers who have been Foxtel for less for eight years will have to pay for it. Foxtel customers with a package worth at least $49 will be able to get Netflix for free for six months; after that they will have to pay the same as it currently costs for a stand-alone Netflix subscription.

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Foxtel and Netflix join forces in TV shake-up

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The New Daily – Page: Online : 25-Jul-19

Foxtel has confirmed a new alliance with Netflix which will allow subscribers to access the streaming video giant’s content via the IQ set-top box. Netflix content will initially be made available to IQ4 users, and it will be rolled out to IQ3 users from September. Recent research by Roy Morgan shows that some 11.5 million Australians have a Netflix subscription, while about five million subscribe to Foxtel. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says the alliance should help Foxtel to attract new customers and retain existing subscribers, while Netflix may also gain new customers.

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Today 2 million Foxtel subscribers are set to gain access to Netflix

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 24-Jul-19

New research from Roy Morgan shows 13.355 million Australians now have access to either Netflix or Foxtel via a household subscription to either service equivalent to nearly two-thirds (64.4%) of all Australians aged 14+. Of the 13.355 million subscribers a majority of over two-fifths (62.6%) only have Netflix access, a further 23% (3 million) have access to both and 2 million (14.4%) only have Foxtel access. Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan, says the tie-up between Subscription TV giants Foxtel and Netflix set to be announced today carries opportunities for both: "Enabling the 5 million Australians with household access to Foxtel to view the streaming service through their Foxtel IQ box is a solid defensive measure for Foxtel to help prevent existing subscribers ditching the service to move to cheaper alternatives and provides an extra incentive for new users to sign up. The more Foxtel can be regarded as the ‘gateway’ to video content from the likes of Netflix, and perhaps other rival services in future, the more access Foxtel will gain to detailed user data metrics that will help them tailor their services, and advertising, to individual viewing preferences and the more valuable their service will in turn be to advertisers looking for an audience."

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Action on streaming set back until 2022

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 24 : 22-Jul-19

A confidential consultation paper has recommended that the federal government delay a decision on whether live streaming is subject to the Broadcasting Act until 2022. The ministerial determination was made in 2000 by former Communications Minister Richard Alston, and it is slated to expire on 1 October 2019. The Department of Communications has advised that extending the so-called Alston determination would give the government more time to consider a broader range of ­reforms for broadcasting and streaming ser­vices, including its response to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission’s report on digital platforms.

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Alston Determination on the agenda for Fletcher

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 30 : 15-Jul-19

The federal government is reviewing a ruling that online live streaming of TV and radio content is not subject to the Broadcasting Services Act. The ministerial determination was made in 2000 by former Communications Minister Richard Alston, and it is slated to expire on 1 October 2019. Amongst other things, scrapping the distinction between live streaming and broadcasting may impact on the cost of sports rights, given that the online and TV rights to sports such as the AFL and NRL are currently sold separately.

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