Australia - Pay TV - Analysis of Rationalisation Process


In late 2002 Optus was given the go-ahead to hand over its content arrangements to Foxtel. This is now creating a monopoly in some of the most critical content areas. Optus will concentrate on the delivery of various services over its network. However, immediately following the deal its iTV plans and other new developments were cancelled. Telstra has since started to bundle pay TV into its telecommunications services. By early 2003, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) started to investigate the wider impact of the deal on the Australian media landscape.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Media dictatorship in Australia
  • 3. Pay TV barons divide the market
    • 3.1 Enough is enough
    • 3.2 Cable TV by default
    • 3.3 Content Co
    • 3.4 More to come
    • 3.5 Telstra consolidates its content monopoly
    • 3.6 Don’t rock the pay TV boat (too much)
  • 4. The 800-pound content gorilla
    • 4.1 Sixth attempt to dominate the content market
    • 4.2 Vertical integration kills competition
    • 4.3 The ABC of Triple Play
    • 4.4 L’histoire se répéte
    • 4.5 The broadband content monopoly
    • 4.6 No regulatory support
  • 5. Regional broadband under threat
    • 5.1 No competition between platforms
    • 5.2 Bullying and blackmail
  • 6. Possible solution
  • 7. Related reports

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Number of pages 8

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Last updated 10 May 2004
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Analyst: Kylie Wansink

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