Subscription television


3 Jan 2019

Viewer Access Satellite Television Service (VAST) provides free-to-air commercial and national television services to around 500,000 Australian viewers in regional Australia. This final report of the 2018 VAST service review includes the key recommendation that the service should continue to be provided through the current...


14 Oct 2018

This report examines the availability and discoverability of Australian film and television content on Netflix and Stan. It builds on findings from a 2017 pilot study, produced for the Department of Communications’ Australian Screen and Children’s Content Review.


11 Jul 2018

Are we seeing the destruction by stealth of the anti-siphoning rules?

Discussion paper

29 May 2018

This review will assess the performance of the Viewer Access Satellite Television (VAST) service and consider options on how best to provide free-to-air broadcasting services to viewers in areas without access to reliable terrestrial TV transmissions.


Submission to the Australian and Children’s Screen Content Review September 2017
15 Sep 2017

Executive summary

SVOD (subscription video-on-demand) portals represent a new and disruptive category of entertainment service. The two leading SVOD portals in Australia are Netflix and Stan. Netflix – which is not an Australian media company and cannot easily be regulated under Australian law...


16 Nov 2015

This snapshot takes a close look at subscription video on demand (SVOD) services in Australia, including the take-up, use and satisfaction with these services. It looks at time spent using these services and provides insights into why SVOD services are seen to be attractive, particularly...


18 May 2015


The Australian commercial free-to-air television industry plays a critical role in the Australian media ecosystem.

The industry generates $3.2bn per annum of economic surplus, due in large part to the fact that it is delivered to viewers for free, but also...


15 Nov 2012

This report discusses the changing consumer and audience preferences that are driving fundamental changes in how content is delivered by communications providers in Australia. The growth in online participation is disruptive, presenting both a challenge and opportunity to industry. This growth confirms that many Australians...

Conference paper

20 Nov 2008

While Pierre-Auguste Renoir's masterpiece 'Luncheon of the Boating Party' is frequently admired as a paradigm of the Impressionist period, it also highlights how technology can change society. In the upper left hand corner of the painting, obscured by the awning, is a subtle rendering of...


7 Sep 2004

Because the law requires reviews of many key features of digital TV before January 2005, many issues are up for reassessment yet again. Will free-to-air broadcasters be allowed to provide subscription (pay) TV? Will the rules for allocating broadcasting spectrum change? Is an indigenous TV...



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