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OFFLINE   curious #41

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 06:44 PM

QUOTE (Benno @ Dec 14 2008, 06:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Ads weren't the reason why i started downloading, but now that i've gotten so used to viewing everything ad free (torrents + tv show eps on dvd), i'm not looking back. There is a free piece of software called 'DVD Flick'. All you need is that, a DVD burner, DVD player and a blank DVD+RW disc. You can watch all downloaded files on your normal TV.


That's the old and hard way of doing it....There are much less cumbersome ways of transferring your show onto the TV than that..

OFFLINE   Tickford #42

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 06:53 PM

I know a few people who started downloading because they missed an episode to a show they were watching. In instances like that, there's no other option since Australian networks don't offer much free streaming of shows.

Edited by Tickford, 14 December 2008 - 07:14 PM.


OFFLINE   TGIF #43

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 06:56 PM

It's a pity that our networks aren't doing much at all in the way of video streaming - it seems like a fairly straightforward way to drive traffic to their websites (and gain a new source of revenue) and mitigate the perceived need to download shows. The ABC delivered iView on a shoestring budget (it shows, though), so I doubt that an online VOD facility is out of any network's reach.

Seven and Nine have both offered downloads/streaming of some shows before haven't they?

QUOTE (jimbo @ Dec 14 2008, 06:42 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I agree with TGIF and a few others, cbf downloading shows. If you are really that desperate go and download them, but waiting a couple of months for a single tv show to reach our tv screens is hardly a massive task. Watching tv on the couch from free to air is the good old way and the best way.
I said no such thing...

OFFLINE   Benno #44

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 06:57 PM

QUOTE (curious @ Dec 14 2008, 06:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
That's the old and hard way of doing it....There are much less cumbersome ways of transferring your show onto the TV than that..


Are you going to share the secrets of how you do it? (without a divx dvd player)

OFFLINE   Mike #45

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 06:58 PM

ABC.com, NBC.com and Fox.com all have fairly decent online streaming. No Hulu though. Ten should already be doing that. The whole downloads that expire is a stupid idea. Streaming is a better idea especially with ads.

Also iTunes could be a good opportunity to do actual downloads. Otherwise - streaming.

Edited by Mike 360, 14 December 2008 - 06:58 PM.


OFFLINE   Benno #46

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 06:59 PM

QUOTE (Mike 360 @ Dec 14 2008, 06:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ABC.com, NBC.com and Fox.com all have fairly decent online streaming. No Hulu though. Ten should already be doing that. The whole downloads that expire is a stupid idea. Streaming is a better idea especially with ads.

Also iTunes could be a good opportunity to do actual downloads. Otherwise - streaming.


Wonder why CBS hasn't gotten on board.

OFFLINE   Splashmo #47

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 06:59 PM

It'd be tricky to negotiate that with the US networks though.

OFFLINE   TGIF #48

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 06:59 PM

Nine and a few others already have some of their shows in the iTunes store - only a limited selection, though.

OFFLINE   Mike #49

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE (Splashmo @ Dec 14 2008, 07:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It'd be tricky to negotiate that with the US networks though.


That is true but at least make sure all original programming is up first, the try and negotiate overseas content.

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:00 PM

QUOTE (TGIF @ Dec 14 2008, 07:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Seven and Nine have both offered downloads/streaming of some shows before haven't they?


They both have on some shows I believe. Make Me a Supermodel on Seven and maybe McLeods for Nine, and I believe Underbelly was going to be before all the hoo-hah that got it banned in Victoria.

On that note though, it would be nice to see both Seven and Nine use their HD channels to encore programmes during the breakaway periods. I know Seven have done this with some shows, but I dont think Nine have.
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OFFLINE   Mike #51

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:01 PM

QUOTE (TGIF @ Dec 14 2008, 07:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Nine and a few others already have some of their shows in the iTunes store - only a limited selection, though.


Half assed efforts - no promotion, no continuing effort.

OFFLINE   Tickford #52

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:08 PM

QUOTE (Benno @ Dec 14 2008, 07:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Wonder why CBS hasn't gotten on board.

CBS does it too.

OFFLINE   Tickford #53

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:10 PM

QUOTE (Splashmo @ Dec 14 2008, 07:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It'd be tricky to negotiate that with the US networks though.

It would, but it is possible. Ten did it with Supernatural.

OFFLINE   curious #54

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 07:56 PM

QUOTE (Benno @ Dec 14 2008, 06:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Are you going to share the secrets of how you do it? (without a divx dvd player)


There are many ways, with the right equipment. Network media players, PVRS, xbox, PS3, HTPC, divx dvd player etc. search whirlpool, DBA forums, google.etc

OFFLINE   Benno #55

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 08:03 PM

QUOTE (curious @ Dec 14 2008, 07:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
There are many ways, with the right equipment. Network media players, PVRS, xbox, PS3, HTPC, divx dvd player etc. search whirlpool, DBA forums, google.etc


It takes about a minute for every minute of video footage, so in comparision to the time i would save, DVD flick works fine for me. I just start burning it a few hours earlier.

OFFLINE   Swanny #56

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 10:18 PM

QUOTE (Mike 360 @ Dec 14 2008, 06:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ABC.com, NBC.com and Fox.com all have fairly decent online streaming. No Hulu though. Ten should already be doing that. The whole downloads that expire is a stupid idea. Streaming is a better idea especially with ads.

Also iTunes could be a good opportunity to do actual downloads. Otherwise - streaming.

House and South Park I have seen both on the Aussie iTunes. Plus Ten have their YouTube-style viewing of TV shows (like the segments from Rove, Neighbours, Out of the Blue, Good News Week, etc).

OFFLINE   Prison Slades #57

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 10:20 PM

QUOTE (Swanny16 @ Dec 14 2008, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Plus Ten have their YouTube-style viewing of TV shows (like the segments from Rove, Neighbours, Out of the Blue, Good News Week, etc).

Rush too, I believe. They need some US shows though.

OFFLINE   Mike #58

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 10:21 PM

QUOTE (Swanny16 @ Dec 14 2008, 11:18 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
House and South Park I have seen both on the Aussie iTunes. Plus Ten have their YouTube-style viewing of TV shows (like the segments from Rove, Neighbours, Out of the Blue, Good News Week, etc).


Not full episodes.

OFFLINE   trisreed #59

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 11:34 PM

Another consideration is the financial situation of the networks at the moment - with TEN having its lowest ever share price and Nine bogged down with billions of debt, will we soon see a repeat of the early nineties?
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OFFLINE   Benno #60

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Posted 14 December 2008 - 11:38 PM

QUOTE (trisreed @ Dec 14 2008, 11:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Another consideration is the financial situation of the networks at the moment - with TEN having its lowest ever share price and Nine bogged down with billions of debt, will we soon see a repeat of the early nineties?


What happened in the early nineties?

Even though some of their deceitful actions aren't the sole reasons that they are in the situation they are in right now, I feel little sympathy for them.