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Streaming fails to end movie piracy

[O]ne of the key findings of [Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation]’s seventh and most recent tranche of research […], while new streaming services and legal efforts to combat piracy appear to have reduced the frequency and incidence of piracy, 40 per cent of persistent pirates are downloading more illegal content than they were 12 months ago. […] IPAF’s survey also reveals that the proportion of consumers using streaming services grew from 26 per cent last year to 32 per cent this year. – Andrew Colley, The Australian

Internet streaming ‘can not’ replace digital

The contention of Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and recommendation by the Lewis efficiency review that radio transmission can be carried by mobile networks rather than DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting) digital radio, particularly in rural areas, is refuted in the report by Reg Coutts. […] Coutts, an emeritus professor of telecommunications at The University of Adelaide and former member of the NBN Expert Panel, said business models for radio carriage over mobile networks “are still being evaluated” but are likely to see: mobile network operators (MNOs) pay to upgrade each of their networks; broadcasters pay the MNOs for using the ­capacity required; and listeners pay to receive radio streamed via mobiles. The report also notes mobile radio streaming, unlike DAB+ listening, is not free; it interrupts other mobile applications; latency (or signal delay) on streaming is significantly worse than digital radio; and without digital radio rollout, regional broadcasters will be handicapped next to their metropolitan counterparts. – Michael Bodey,The Australian

Quickflix lashes out at Netflix

Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford has lashed out US streaming giant Netflix, arguing that it is knowingly condoning VPN use and is enjoying a “free ride” in the country through avoiding local content licensing fees. […] “Stop turning a blind eye to VPN services acting as a gateway to your service. Be honest and face-up to the issue of unauthorised access to your US service.” […] Last year Business Spectator revealed that Australia is second to Canada in the use of VPNs to access Netflix. Aside from anecdotal evidence from VPN providers, it has been difficult to pinpoint the prevalence of the trend. […] The main point in Mr Langsford’s letter revolves around the way in which digital content is licensed and distributed around the globe. Under the current regime, broadcasters are required to pay a fee to the content creator for every region in which they broadcast their content. As Netflix has not launched in Australia, it is currently not paying content licencing fees within the region. Quickflix, however, is. – Harrison Polites,The Australian
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