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Tubi to begin Australian operations

Customers in Australia will be able to access Tubi via Telstra TV, Tubi.TV, or through Samsung TVs, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast and Apple iOS, as well as Android tablets and smartphones. The service will also be available via game consoles, including PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2UhrpPN

Screen Australia, Google fund YouTube creators down under

Skip Ahead helps grow the audiences of Australian online content creators who have successful YouTube channels, through the generation of more ambitious content. With past benefactors including Aunty Donna, Superwog, Skit Box and SketchShe, Skip Ahead-funded videos have now received over 40 million views on YouTube. – Rebecca Hawkes, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2BSNlZD

The streaming war claims a new casualty: Quickflix is going under

In the statement, Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford laid the blame for his company’s collapse on Stan. […] “Despite Quickflix being first to the streaming market and holding a leadership position in 2014, ongoing growth has required capital for continued investment in content and marketing,” Langsford said. “Neither Nine Entertainment nor Stan have ever participated in any capital raisings to assist Quickflix’s growth and its ability to raise capital from any source has been constrained by the redeemable preference shares.” – Ariel Bogle, Mashable

Music streaming players Spotify and Pandora look to turn media buying conversations from radio…

New data from comScore, measured across Australian users’ desktops and mobiles, shows global giant Spotify as the biggest service locally with 2.985m “unique monthly visitors” for December. German audio distribution platform SoundCloud is second with 2.059m and internet radio service Pandora third with at 976,000, while internet radio app TuneIn and iHeartRadio are at 484,000 and 468,000, respectively. – Nic Christensen, mUmBRELLA

Netflix is blocking Australian users who access US content

According to UFlix, a paid service that lets anyone in Australia change their IP address and DNS settings for entertainment purposes, Netflix has started blocking users from viewing its US-only videos. “You seem to be using an unblocker or proxy. Please turn off any of these services and try again,” Netflix reportedly told some Australian customers. The blockade seems to only be affecting a few users currently, uFlix expressed in a blog post, noting that it expects this number to increase in the near future. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

Australian streaming service Stan launches on Xbox One

While the Stan app is completely free, users must sign in with a Stan account to access the media library. Like Netflix, which is also available in Australia, Stan charges a monthly membership fee for all members however they do provide a 30 day free trial of the service for interested parties to sample the service before committing to the paid subscription model. – Brad Stephenson, WinBeta

Streaming negates media ownership laws: NBN chair

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Government regulatory bodies are beginning to recognize the changes within the industry; last week, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) announced the registration of a new Commercial Television Industry Code of Practice, written mainly in response to how streaming services have affected complaints handling, privacy, advertising, content programming, and classification. […] The new code reflects the reality that television is operating in a new, digital era in which content can be viewed from a wide variety of sources and on a wide variety of platforms. The digital era has brought many challenges for broadcasters, and there were aspects of the previous code which made it difficult for them to respond and innovate. – Corinne Reichert, ZDNet

STUDY: Video Piracy Down 25% Since Netflix Entered Australia Market

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[I]t should come as little surprise that when Netflix entered the Australian SVOD market, that piracy would take a hit. There aren’t many easier ways to get access to streaming video than through Netflix. Consumer research firm CHOICE confirmed this, with a study that showed video piracy took a 25% nosedive after several months of Netflix being available in Australia. In other words, more people are now happy paying a few dollars a month for simplified access to streaming video through the service. – Carson Ward, Exstreamist

Telstra Taps Roku for New Streaming TV Service

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Telstra is the latest provider to join Roku Powered, a licensing program announced last fall in which pay TV operators tap Roku hardware and customized interfaces to deliver apps and services to the TV. Sky UK, Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia are the other announced Roku Powered partners. Roku is using the program to enter the pay TV arena and to expand beyond its bread-and-butter retail business that counts competitors such as Apple, Google and Amazon. – Jeff Baumgartner, Multichannel News
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