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Australian subscription TV incumbents Foxtel and Austar are set to offer selected exclusive content to ISPs in a bid to smooth the path to a green light for their $AU1.9 billion merger. The Australian reports that the duo will be offering movie and lifestyle content for IPTV services as a way to placate the qualms of the …

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First Step

As a first step, how about getting Foxtel and Austar to stop forcing people to use their STB to view their channels. Smartcard, yes - STB, no!

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WTF?

Stupid TV policy in Australia

The two companies aren't allowed to compete anyway - foxtel only in the major metro areas and Austar everywhere else, despite having identical channel line ups. The only thing keeping them separated does is ensure the end user is slugged extra for equipment because they don't share satellite decoders.

I don't know who thought up the stupid policy and called it "competition" but it sure never has been

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