Australia - Pay TV - Major Operators


The first major initiatives dates back to 1994 fuelled by the cable and pay TV activities of those days. Regional cable TV operators showed significant eagerness to get their cable systems in the ground in regional Australia. Austar, Neighbourhood and Northgate all rolled out cable. However, failure to obtain affordable access to entertainment access made it impossible for most to get off the ground. The collapse of pay TV operator Australis in May 1998 left only three major operators: Foxtel, Optus and Austar. A major industry restructuring was launched in late 2002.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Overview
  • 3. The three national operators
    • 3.1 Early pioneers 1994 - 1996
    • 3.2 Austar
    • 3.3 Foxtel
    • 3.4 Optus Television
  • 4. Other players
    • 4.1 Television and Radio Broadcasting Service (TARBS) –in receivership
    • 4.2 Neighbourhood Cable
    • 4.3 TransACT Communications
    • 4.4 Broadcast Engineering Services Australia (WA)
  • 5. Unsuccessful hopefuls
    • 5.1 ABC tried to get into the action
    • 5.2 Access Cable Television
    • 5.3 Central Coast Cablevision (CCC)
    • 5.4 ITN
    • 5.5 Private Cable Network Pty Ltd
    • 5.6 Prime Media Developments (PMD)
    • 5.7 Oberon Broadcasting
    • 5.8 Cox Media
  • 6. Analysis
    • 6.1 Industry trends
      • 6.1.1 The move towards broadband
  • 7. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 – Major players in pay TV
  • Exhibit 2 – New media activities from pay TV operators – 2003

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Last updated 26 Jul 2007
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Analyst: Paul Budde

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