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Apr 18, 2013

The BBC-Foxtel deal is dud for Aussie viewers

The real losers in the new Foxtel-BBC deal will be the ABC -- and by extension, the Australian TV-watching public.

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Don’t you just love the British taxpayer-financed BBC Worldwide signing an exclusive deal with pay TV monopoly Foxtel (50% owned by News Ltd and 50% owned by Telstra) that will whip all the BBC’s best shows off the ABC and other free-to-air channels in this country into a premium channel on Foxtel from 2014?

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7 thoughts on “The BBC-Foxtel deal is dud for Aussie viewers

  1. paddy

    Stand by for the Bittorrent traffic to soar.

  2. klewso

    Compensation – for Cameron’s “media laws”?

  3. krissd6

    I haven’t used Bit torrent up until now but I will be seeking instructions on how to do it before next year or alternatively getting a UK IP address to use the BBC equivalent of Iview

  4. Joel

    krissd6: The easiest way would be to sign up for a “VPN” account. I like boxvpn personally. For a reasonable charge you get a good connection to a connection in a number of countries, including the UK. And the US, if you’re interested in Comedy Central and Hulu.

  5. mikeb

    Looks like even more watching of channel BT. No ads and almost immediate access.
    Even now about 75% of TV watched by me is courtesy of a favourable review from places like Crikey (“Kevin” being the latest example for me). One of the downsides of channel BT is not knowing what might interest you so there will be more reliance on the online media to get info on new shows.

  6. Gavin Moodie

    Shame on the BBC for ignoring its broader responsibilities as a public broadcaster, which it apparently believes don’t extend beyond the UK’s borders.

  7. a1304

    why would the BBC’s responsibilities as a public broadcaster extend beyond the UK border? Do we in Aus pay the british licence fee? personally I’d love to see an AUSTRALIAN Broadcast Corporation start to show more AUSTRALIAN programmes, much like the BRITISH Broadcast Corp show BRITISH stuff! Maybe then it’d provide a much needed boost to the Aus production industry!

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