[quote:a961112197="greysfan"] I dont think we should have to pay for it though :snooty:[/quote:a961112197]
If you need a satellite dish I do think you should have to contribute to the cost. I also don't believe the govt should subsidise it if you just choose to have one. You should have to prove need. Given they say only 247,000 as accessing the satellite service, I doubt that includes any households in regional towns and suspect that will just be outlying households across the nation, like farms, stations etc along with those in known telecommunication blackspots.
I hate that will still be subjected to local news and advertising. It will be interesting to see if that changes through PayTV, although our local tower used by Austar is already over 100kms away and still sends us the local station.
Now if Austar can actually deliver the city channels (rather than the hacked up local shite) then I'll switch over to MystarHD on every set. :thinking:
Edit: Just looked at the maps and ours is due to switch over next year between July and Dec. :dance: :dance: :dance:
I'm going to hazard a guess that the satellites will only be subsidised for those folks who live outside the coloured areas on those maps.
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Personally I think its pretty crap that regional people may have to pay $300 (half) of the Satellite cost if they need that for the stations... its a forced move and they are forcing people to upgrade not only hardware in their living rooms, but outside as well.
Don't get me wrong... great to see that regional people will get all the channels the major cities get, I had just hoped that it wouldnt come with an actual extra pricetag.
Could this be the end of the regional channels? Prime, WIN and Imparja?
In an Aaron Ryan Exclusive at TVAUSCAST here is the announcement of huge news for regional WA.
[quote56][b56]EXCLUSIVE: Channel Ten coming to Regional WA[/b56]
[i56]By Aaron Ryan[/i56]
Regional Western Australia will finally get a third commercial television station from June 2010.
In a major exclusive I can reveal through eBroadcast TVAUSCAST that regional Western Australia will finally get a third commercial television station. Prime Television CEO, Doug Edwards talked to me about multi channeling in Western Australia, why 7TWO was delayed in some parts of Australia and dishes the dirt on that ugly watermark that is appearing on screen.
At this time, regional West Australian viewers have access to two commercial stations; GWN (owned by Prime) which carries Seven Network programming and WIN, which carries mostly Channel Nine programming with some Ten programming as well. All that is about to change with a third commercial station starting soon.
Freeview has been running campaigns for quite some time. Metropolitan viewers have been enjoying the benefits for some time now. Regional areas in most parts of Australia are catching up with 7TWO, One, GO!, ABC2, ABC3 and SBS TWO becoming available. However, regional viewers in Western Australia seem to miss the boat on almost everything with none of the extra channels being made available in the area.
Doug Edwards, CEO of Prime Television explains, â€œThere is currently no legislative requirement for multi channels in regional Western Australia, however the broadcasters are now working with government to develop a time line for their inclusion prior to the scheduled switch off of analogue in that state in 2013.â€
Under media law, Western Australia is actually considered a â€˜remoteâ€™ area instead of a â€˜regionalâ€™ area and therefore has not come under the same regional guidelines as other states. Doug adds, â€œthe timeline should be finalised within 6 monthsâ€ which is a real bonus to WA viewers. Whether it takes 12 months or 2 years, WA viewers will be appreciative of the fact that television in the state will grow enormously in such a short time.
At one stage, WA viewers had the choice of one commercial station which was GWN and the two public broadcasters. That increased to two commercial broadcasters only a decade ago when WIN was introduced. With a current total of just four channels, that is set to increase to the full metropolitan suite of channels including the multi-channels in the coming year or so after a timeline is worked out by the networks, in conjunction with the government.
[b56]NAME:[/b56] Ten West
[b56]AVAILABILITY:[/b56] This will be a DIGITAL only channel so viewers will need the set top box to access this channel.
[b56]PROGRAMMING:[/b56] The channel will be a direct feed of Channel Ten in Perth.
[b56]AIRDATE:[/b56] June 2010
[b56]NOTE:[/b56] This is a rollout. So in June 2010 only some parts of the state will get the new service until it is eventually rolled out. I will be able to release a full roll out schedule for each region when it becomes available next month.
[b56]OWNER:[/b56] This is a joint venture between GWN (Prime) and WIN Television
A myriad of questions will now abound about how this will affect WINâ€™s schedule:
[b56]Will episodes of Channel Ten programs flow onto the new channel or will the new channel jump ahead?[/b56]
Ten West will start transmission in June of this year and will be a direct feed of Channel Ten in Perth. This is a very complicated issue for WIN and after hearing detailed discussions of programming there is no way that the network can avoid viewers being disadvantaged. WIN cannot simply â€˜catch upâ€™ for a number of reasons. Firstly, there is not enough airtime to air the regular 2010 line-up as well as this. Secondly, viewers must appreciate that this is a roll out. So if WIN did catch up viewers before June, only one part of the state will approve that transition.
Viewers in another part of the state that have to wait a further six months would now need to be â€˜caught upâ€™ again. There is just no way of appeasing all viewers in the state. The only way to look at this is positively and that is that viewers in regional WA will soon have access to every free to air program that the metropolitan programs have, be up to date with episodes with the metropolitan states and have access to every multi channel the same as the rest of Australia within time. Almost everything is positive. The only one negative thing is that during that transition it is possible that viewers will see a â€˜jumpâ€™ in episodes of their favourite shows. It is a one off disappointment with a long term positive effect.
The digital only channel will not program individually based on what WIN is up to. That means that whatever Channel Ten in Perth is airing in June will go to air as is on Ten West.
[b56]Will WIN become Channel Nine only from June?[/b56]
No. From June WIN will begin to phase into a fully Channel Nine affiliate and you will see less Ten programs on WIN. However, WIN does understand that not all regions will have access to Ten West first up and not all viewers will have switched to digital. That means all major sporting events such as Ten games of AFL will screen on WIN until Ten West is FULLY rolled out. WIN will also continue to â€˜cherry pickâ€™ some major Ten programs so it is possible that WIN will continue to show programs such as â€˜MasterChefâ€™, â€˜NCISâ€™ and others. That means some regions will see more up to date episodes of a show like â€˜NCISâ€™, while older episodes screen on WIN.
As a media writer it is not my position to defend WIN. In fact, if I choose I can argue against their plans. However, I have been privy to a lot of information about how all this will happen, legislation, cost and so forth and the job for WIN is very difficult in terms of programming. If Ten West was appearing in all regions of WA in June the transition would be simpler. Everyone could get a set top box, Ten West would be Ten, WIN would be Nine and that is it. But since this is a roll out over time, it will be an almost impossible job for the WIN WA programming manager to appease all viewers. The strategy they are taking by keeping sporting events on WIN so all viewers can access and still cherry picking certain shows over a period of time seems the most logical.
The agreement though runs out in June 2012. WIN will no longer be able to cherry pick and the network will run a full Nine schedule with local WIN programming as they wish.
So technically WIN can run their cherry picks until then but because the roll out of digital in WA with the multi channels will be the fastest of any part of the world, it is more likely you will see separate channels in full much earlier. When I see the roll out schedule it will become more apparent.
[b56]What programs can I see on Ten West?[/b56]
You will be able to see the full range of Ten programming. Some will make the transition from WIN to Ten West such as â€˜NCISâ€™, â€˜Law and Order: SVUâ€™, â€˜Houseâ€™, â€˜Supernaturalâ€™, â€˜Mediumâ€™, â€˜Law and Order: Criminal Intentâ€™, â€˜The Simpsonsâ€™, â€˜Rules of Engagementâ€™, â€˜Rushâ€™, â€˜Burn Noticeâ€™ and the return of the â€˜Ten Newsâ€™ service which will air at 5pm. All of the major franchises such as â€˜MasterChef Australiaâ€™ will air in prime time and â€˜Oprahâ€™, â€˜Dr. Philâ€™ and â€˜Judge Judyâ€™ will all come to daytime.
I would like to add that WIN, in particular Shirley Brown who took a lot of time out to speak with me about digital television. As mentioned above the rollout of digital in WA will be the fastest of anywhere in the world. Pre 2000, regional WA had access to GWN and the ABC with only some parts receiving SBS. The rollout of digital and HD services in metro areas has been a slow gradual process but regional WA will go from a small handful of channels including only two commercial channels to the full range of channels include all the multi channels and the new ones set to launch this year in a matter of around 18 months. It is a massive task costing tens of millions of dollars which requires close consultation with the government.[/quote56]
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The Digital Rollout begins across Regional WA Soon.
Digital rollout in regional WA is going to cause problems - VERY few people have digital and ABC is currently the only digital channel available. Plus many people I know who have tried digital have found that the signal wasn't strong enough and kept cutting out. This isn't in an extremely isolated area either, I'm talking about the South-West which has quite a high population density.
Here is an Aaron Ryan Exclusive about TEN West
Source: Aaron @ TVAuscast
All i can say is its about time. The logos though could be a bit better but its good regardless.
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