Australian Left Review

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Margins: No Pay, No Gain


Robert Clark


After a five-year freeze, pay TV is coming. By the middle of the decade we will be watching a dozen new channels; technically, the system will be able to provide an extra 36 delivered by satellite. The framework approved by Cabinet and Caucus will see a first operator licensed by the end of the year with rights to four satellite transponders (with up to six channels per transponder). The existing network owners will be excluded from this but will be able to bid for the subsequent, single transponder licences, 12 months later.



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