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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:04 pm
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[size=187a]Southern Cross adds ONE HD from July 2[/size7a]

Regional viewers of Southern Cross 10 will finally see ONE HD in Queensland, New South Wales, the ACT and Victoria from 7pm July 2nd, it was announced today.

The addition of the channel follows months of complaintsthat that regional viewers could not access the 24 hour sports channel at the same time as metropolitan viewers, who have been accessing it since March.

Macquarie Southern Cross Media (MSCM) says it will launch ONE HD on Channel 50 to viewers who receive its HD service in three states, subject to digital coverage. Viewers will require a HD set top box or television to receive ONE HD.

TV Tonight can also confirm that Tasmanian viewers will also receive the channel from July 2nd.

Macquarie Southern Cross Media’s Chief Executive Officer, Rhys Holleran, said “We are thrilled to be able to bring ONE HD to our regional viewers who currently receive our HD service in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and the ACT.

“The launch of this channel follows the significant investment program which was required to enable the broadcasting of HD television across 25 markets we have in these regions in Eastern Australia ranging from Far North Queensland down to Southern Victoria.”

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy said: “Digital television means better pictures, improved sound quality and new content. I welcome the continued
rollout of additional digital television services and congratulate Macquarie Southern Cross Media for the further expansion of ONE HD.”

TV Tonight has previously made available maps of the four key regional markets, which will all receive ONE HD: in Queensland (Aggregate market A), Northern NSW (Aggregate market B), Southern NSW (Aggregate market C) and Victoria (Aggregate market D).

An official statement is expected on the Tasmanian market imminently following a board meeting today.

Greg Dodgson, Chief Operating Officer for Macquarie Southern Cross Media, told TV Tonight: “A Press Release will be coming out on Tasmania as soon as possible.

“It will come in at the same time: 2nd of July at 7:00,” he confirmed.

Darwin, Central Australia and regional South Australia, which are digital areas, will still miss out on receiving ONE HD.

“There’s no requirement for high definition broadcast in Central Australia and South Australia. Our Darwin component, because it’s a joint venture company with the Nine Network, hasn’t come to any landing yet on providing it into that area. We’re still working with our joint venture company, the Nine Network,” Dodgson said.

SC 10 indicates sport highlights will include:

AFL – the 2009 NAB Cup, home and away season, and finals including the Grand Final returning to the network in 2009
Netball – ANZ Championship Competition and all Test matches featuring the Australian Netball Diamonds,
exclusively for the next five years
Commonwealth Games – 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games
Formula 1 – every round of the F1 World Championship scope
Moto GP – extensive coverage of every round of the World Championship
NASCAR – live coverage of the Daytona 500 and other major Sprint Cup races, live coverage of the Nationwide Series, as well as Sprint Cup qualifying
Australian Rally Championship – exclusive coverage of every round
National Football League (NFL) – three games per week live, including the flagship Sunday and Monday night
games, as well as live coverage of play-offs and the Super Bowl
Major League Baseball (MLB) – five games per week live, including prime time coverage of play-offs and
World Series
National Basketball Association (NBA) – three games per week live
Golf – US Masters, US Open, World Golf Championships including the Accenture MatchPlay Championship, the
CA Championship, the Bridgestone Invitational and the World Cup, Australian PGA, Ladies Masters, 2010 Ryder Cup, and 15 additional international and domestic events including the Johnnie Walker Classic, and the Asian tour’s flagship event the Singapore Open and the tour’s season ending Volvo Masters of Asia.
U.S. College sports – American football and basketball
Tennis – ATP and WTA tennis, details to be confirmed, approximately 11 tournaments during 2009.
Swimming – HD ONE is the exclusive broadcaster for Swimming Australia. This includes coverage of the
Australian Swimming Championships, Pan Pacific Championships, Australian Short Course Championships, FINA
World Short Course, Swimmer of the Year – a minimum 109 hours per year for the next eight years.

For additional information on ONE HD please refer to the Network TEN website: http://ten.com.au/one-hd.htm
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http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2009/06/sou ... uly-2.html
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:22 pm
Good stuff. I can pickup the Brisbane transmission but it cuts out a lot, so this will good.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:38 pm
About time too :!:

What a pity that yesterday my DVD/VCR/Set Top box combo unit decided to die. Time for a digital TV anyway I am now thinking :thinking:
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:52 pm
About time. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting. There are a couple of things i want to watch now i can.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2009 5:22 pm
Good to see, took what 6 months? I think regional viewers have got to be happy with that, they have to be honest, they always get things later than the city folk.

However South Australia still misses out, hopefully that is fixed in another 6 months or so.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2010 7:44 pm
[quote:64b75ebcbf]Free-to-air to cost for some in the bush

January 05, 2010 06:28pm
..EVERY home in the country will be able to get 16 free-to-air television channels under a new publicly-funded satellite service.

But some regional households will have to pay $350 - or even more - if they want to watch the Wiggles or the cricket.

Communications Minister Stephen Conroy has announced the Federal Government will spend $40 million a year on the satellite service.

That means everyone can tune into three ABC channels and two SBS channels, as well as channels 7, 9 and 10 and their offshoots.

The new service comes as the Government prepares to switch off the analogue TV system by 2013.

Viewers will have to buy a set-top-box and switch to digital TV to keep the box alive.

Under the analogue system, some regional households can only get a few free-to-air channels or none at all.

Senator Conroy said the new deal was a "fantastic outcome'' for regional people.

"All regional Australians will now receive the same television services as people in the cities,'' he said today.

"No one is disadvantaged by the switch-over from analogue to digital.''

As part of the deal, the Government will shut down 500 of the country's 600 locally-run TV transmission towers.

Everyone affected - believed to be thousands of homes in regional areas - will have to spend $300 on a satellite dish to watch TV.

The Government pays the other $300.

Add to that at least $50-$90 for a set-top-box to watch digital TV, which everyone must buy.

People in remote areas who can't get analogue TV must pay the full $600 for a satellite dish.

Opposition communications spokesman Tony Smith said the new TV service would be welcomed by some, but cautioned it might just be "yet more Labor pie in the sky''.

People in regional areas should "hold their champagne corks until they see the actual evidence and delivery'', Mr Smith said.

Christopher Zinn, spokesman for the consumer group Choice, was concerned some people might not be able to afford to watch TV under the new system.

He called for more information on what financial support there would be for people on lower incomes.

"It rather modifies the expression free-to-air because while it is free for some people, there is a capital cost attached for others,'' he said.

The new system will fill the coffers of the Government - it's going to sell off the wireless spectrum freed up by the end of analogue TV.

With that spectrum being chased by mobile phone and wireless broadband companies, big dollars are at stake.

Senator Conroy said it was a "seriously valuable asset'' which would be sold in 2011 or 2012, with the proceeds to go into general government revenue.

Under the new system, commercial TV companies will pay to upgrade 100 of the 600 locally-run transmission towers.

The industry says it hopes that 98 per cent of regional homes will be covered under the new system without having to install satellite dishes.[/quote:64b75ebcbf]
http://www.news.com.au/adelaidenow/story/0,22606,26555840-5005962,00.html

It's about time!!!

So much for all those regional stations though that were supposedly being protected by limited broadcast areas. :thinking:
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:08 am
Viewers will have to buy a set-top-box and switch to digital TV to keep the box alive.

What does that mean?

It makes it sound like they will need a set top box combined with a digital tv. But that wouldn't be true.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:12 am
Here's a similar article.

[quote:b76104ed30][b:b76104ed30]Satellite to rescue digital blackspots[/b:b76104ed30]

Television viewers in regional blackspots just got a new year’s gift from the Rudd Government with an announcement that it will invest in a national satellite service to bring digital television to all of the country.

The major announcement addresses ongoing concerns that some regional viewers might be left behind in the transition from analogue to digital television.

The government will invest $40m to build and operate the satellite system, which it describes as an ongoing commitment. It promises to be in place before analogue is switched off in regional centres -the first of which begins by mid 2010 in Mildura / Sunraysia.

It has also reached an agreement with broadcasters to upgrade more than 100 regional analogue facilities.

The new service will effectively act as a replacement for viewers who cannot receive a signal from upgraded local broadcasters. But those viewers will need to install a satellite dish. The Government will provide a satellite conversion subsidy to ‘eligible households’ in relevant areas. It identifies 247,000 households as potentially accessing the new satellite system.

“All regional Australians will now receive the same television services as people in the cities,” said Minister Stephen Conroy.

“This is a fantastic outcome for people in regional Australia, many of whom have received limited television services for many years.

“This historic decision will dramatically improve the choice and quality of television services for regional Australia as we move towards digital switchover.”

The move promises to bring ABC2, ABC3, SBS TWO, GO!, 7TWO and ONE HD to all of Australia, and maintains
local news via dedicated local news channels, something which regional broadcasters were rallying to keep last year.

Broadcasters will upgrade more than 100 existing regional analog ‘self-help’ transmission facilities to operate in digital, while the Government will fully fund and build a new digital satellite broadcasting service for regional viewers who are unable to receive digital television from those facilities. Viewers who currently rely on ‘self-help’ sites that will be upgraded by broadcasters under this agreement will need to install a high definition set-top-box to access a full suite of digital television channels.

Any regional households not able to receive digital television from the upgraded ‘self-help’ sites will be served by the new satellite.

Senator Conroy said that the Government will be writing to ‘self-help’ transmission licensees detailing the new measures as well as providing further information to local communities.

The Government is currently consulting with broadcasters to identify the list of ‘self-help’ sites to be upgraded to digital for announcement in the first half of 2010.[/quote:b76104ed30]

Source: [url=http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2010/01/satellite-to-rescue-digital-blackspots.html]TV Tonight[/url]

This means viewers have a choice. I know which one i would prefer and that is satellite because where i am at the moment digital tv is good but sometimes it cuts in and out so much you have to switch off. Finally the govt has done something right for a change!

I dont think we should have to pay for it though :snooty:
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:14 am
[quote:8f98d5b75f="treeman"]Viewers will have to buy a set-top-box and switch to digital TV to keep the box alive.

What does that mean?

It makes it sound like they will need a set top box combined with a digital tv. But that wouldn't be true.

-Ben[/quote:8f98d5b75f]

No what it means is that the box being the TV alive. Its a play on words. Dont need a new digital tv. Well i think its what it means. :eh:
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2010 10:16 am
[quote:6b0f8d1357="treeman"]Viewers will have to buy a set-top-box and switch to digital TV to keep the box alive.

What does that mean?

It makes it sound like they will need a set top box combined with a digital tv. But that wouldn't be true.

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I think for most they are just saying that we'll need a digital STB which not everyone has, although some people will need satellite dishes.

As for us we do already have STBs but only SD as ABC3 is the only HD channel here. We haven't bothered moving over to Austar HD either because Austar are only allowed to let us have the FTA channels we can already get locally.

I'm looking forward to having C9 in the future which we don't get at all.
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