Thursday, 16 June 2005

Alarm over slow digital take-up

I read an article today "Alarm over slow digital take-up" reporting on the Goverment committee investigating as to why the take-up of digital TV has been so slow.

I'll tell you why. No need for a committee. The curent content is crap. I am one of those early adopter folks who has a digital tuner and there is nothing compelling about it. The networks are so arrogant they dont do a good job at the basic stuff regarding program information listings. Channel 7 doesn't bother having any information, Channel 9 has it all in UPPERCASE, with only Channel 10 providing any additional information, as do the ABC and SBS (but I guess they HAVE TO since they are government bodies). Each network has multiple channels and apart from ABC and SBS (again) they don't provide anything extra. It is just crap, crap, crap. 

The dumb networks have grabbed special channels - 100 for Channel 10, 77 for Channel 7, 99 for Channel 9 to act as their EPG channel which is a static channel showing what's on that particular channel. There is another channel which shows what's on all the channels. So we have all these channels telling you what's on but in reality there's nothing really on. It's a good thing my digital box has a bunch of games on it too.

The fact that a committee is sitting in Canberra pontificating on this is even more amusing. Ask a consumer not the folks with vested interests.

[listening to: Do What You Want (Bonus) - Black Eyed Peas ]
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Piracy is good?

Have a read of this article by Mark Pesce.

OMG! OMG! OMG! I love this guy!!!

After you have read Part 1, make sure you also read Part 2

Don't know who Mark is? - Mark Pesce is the co-creator of the Virtual Reality Modeling Language (VRML) - the first 3D interface to the internet - and the founder of the Interactive Media Program at USC's School of Cinema-Television. In 2000, Ballantine Books published Pesce's The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming our Imagination, which explored the world of interactivity through a detailed examination of the Furby, LEGO’s Mindstorms and the Playstation 2. In late 2003, Pesce was invited to the Australian Film Television and Radio School, with a mandate to redesign the curriculum to incorporate the new opportunities offered by interactive media.

[listening to: They Don't Want Music - Black Eyed Peas ]
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