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Post by Steve Farrelly @ 12:08pm 21/05/10 | 15 Comments
This week's big announcement concerning the collaboration between Xbox Live and Foxtel here in Australia has turned many heads and also has plenty of people asking questions.

Thankfully AusGamers is on the case, with our own Mike Bantick going the extra mile to catch up with Australian Xbox Product manager, Andrew Jenkins, to discuss the future of the service, how it came about and what it means exactly for gamers in terms of pricing, options, delivery and more.

Click here for the full interview.



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Hogfather
Posted 12:36pm 21/5/10
I was excited, until..

AG: The statement that this service will be only available in 'Foxtel areas', is that due to regulation and agreements in place to protect satellite Ausstar services?

AJ: It is available where Foxtel has the rights to distribute the content, Foxtel current publicised areas.

This is what is wrong with the world.

FREE THE F*****G MARKETS
rec
Posted 01:53pm 21/5/10
So, basically, it's a steaming pile of s***.

No IQ-like functionality, no AFL or NRL, no HD, no un-metered streaming, likely to still require a contract.

That's about as epic fail as it gets.
Bah
Posted 01:59pm 21/5/10
AJ: No, because this content is 'steaming' no hard drive is required.

A ringing endorsement.
FaceMan
Posted 02:08pm 21/5/10
Its Foxtel Download on your X-Box and I am fairly sure you are going to have to pay a flat rate to gain that access.
Otherwise Subs like me would cancel Foxtel and just get an X-Box.

Also, you will have to Download that steaming pile of Manure the Foxtel Video Player that snoops around your system.
dranged
Posted 02:16pm 21/5/10
FREE THE F*****G MARKETS

Hmm, not sure Hoggy, Carriers generally have a hardon for a SLA and reliable delivery of service, best effort for video doesn't really cut it over DSL or satellite. Maybe iteration 2 as they hint? Cable has the benefit (although maybe that can't do this without a CPE fitout) of already broadcasting these channels anyway from the head end, so from my armchair it's imaginably easier..
ara
Posted 02:21pm 21/5/10

AJ: It is available where Foxtel has the rights to distribute the content, Foxtel current publicised areas.


I think this means "Australia". As in you can't get a sub if your are overseass.

I don't think it means "suburb X and Y but not A, B and C because they have no foxtel cable".
MikeBantick
Posted 03:53pm 21/5/10
'steaming' hahaha Ooops, rushed finger issues, apologies readers.
dranged
Posted 04:00pm 21/5/10
'steaming' and 'foxtel'. no biggie
Hogfather
Posted 04:13pm 21/5/10
FREE THE F*****G MARKETS
Hmm, not sure Hoggy, Carriers generally have a hardon for a SLA and reliable delivery of service, best effort for video doesn't really cut it over DSL or satellite. Maybe iteration 2 as they hint? Cable has the benefit (although maybe that can't do this without a CPE fitout) of already broadcasting these channels anyway from the head end, so from my armchair it's imaginably easier..

Its not high def though - almost any DSL can get SD video faster than it can be played.

Commercial agreements covering satellite-delivered Austar (pay TV) is why its blocked, so obviously satellite delivery is fine for video ;) Its a commercial and regulatory c***block, nothing more.

This sort of s*** is why people pirate video.
Syco
Posted 04:20pm 21/5/10
I think this means "Australia". As in you can't get a sub if your are overseass.


This.

It would be impossible to enforce stopping someone in one suburb get it just because they don't have cable, they'd use their sign up address as their parents/friends etc and stream it over the net.
Hogfather
Posted 04:48pm 21/5/10

I think this means "Australia". As in you can't get a sub if your are overseass.

I don't think it means "suburb X and Y but not A, B and C because they have no foxtel cable".

They're talking about Ausstar protection issues though, which is a regional Australia problem, not international access issues. Maybe the guys can clarify but it definetly reads as metro-only from my chair.

F*****s. I just want uncapped, on-demand video at a reasonable price without a stupid delay from the US release date. I have money to give to someone for this, and have for YEARS now, but nobody will take it.
E.T.
Posted 04:52pm 21/5/10
I think this means "Australia". As in you can't get a sub if your are overseass.


This.

It would be impossible to enforce stopping someone in one suburb get it just because they don't have cable, they'd use their sign up address as their parents/friends etc and stream it over the net.


Syco, you logic would stand up in any normal country, but not here. Ie, technically, you could have Foxtel via satellite anywhere from the cook islands to New Zealand (footprint of the Optus satellite that delivers the service), but you cant. The reason you cant is because the government in all its wisdom decided to protect areas so that only particular companies could sell in that area. This madness goes against consumer protection laws and so I have no idea why they exist. Companies need to compete FFS. I dont know any other sector of business in this country where such laws exist. Imagine if you wanted a carport in Ipswich and you where only allowed to buy it from one particular company. I wonder what effect that would have on prices. Its a joke.
koopz
Posted 06:58pm 22/5/10
I recall having a b**** about this back in 1999 when good old optus failed to show Telstra how to run a cable network properly and give us cable TV live from the Optus site built in to our Optus cable net access.

I think the s***** pings forced my hand there - I was never a huge downloader...
`ViPER`
Posted 08:00pm 22/5/10
We are always going to have regional issues until companys realise that with the internet, there is no borders for media anymore, and if you put artificial limits on who can watch your content on the internet, which is meant to remove these boundaries, people will just come up with ways to get around the protections and end up pirating the content.

Solution with foxtel is just to get a second box at your inlaws place, buy your own dish, and wherever you move, just stick the dish in the ground, find the satelite and off you go.
glynd
Posted 12:27pm 23/5/10
As long as the Super 14 (15 next year) and the EPL will be shown, I'm happy.
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