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Free-to-air on Foxtel in Canberra?

By Splendiferous 25 October 2011 27

I have just returned to Canberra after living and working at various other Australian cities. Every other city I have been in where I’ve had satellite / cable television has included the free-to-air channels as well (GO!, GEM, etc).

Having just hooked up my Foxtel in Canberra I notice (and have spoken to Foxtel to confirm) that the Free-to-air channels are not available here, except for ABC & SBS.

Is there a reason for this in this day and age or have I missed the point somewhere along the way?

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Rowan Cairns 4:56 pm 05 Nov 17

The reason for this is Canberra is considered as a regional area not a metropolitan which is crazy as we are the capital of the country.

We do not have 7, 9, ten. We have prime, win and southern cross which pay the majors.

Dragon 3:44 pm 27 Nov 11

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot said :

Bails, true HD is a myth.

None of the networks, including Fox Sports produce anything in HD.

It’s all produced using standard definition technology.

Fox Sports then up convert it for broadcast.

No network will upgrade to full HD as it is not financially, or practically viable.

You’re absolutely dead wrong! Fox Sports HD is 1080i (which is the best HD format you’ll get outside of Blu-ray). Anything which is originally shot in High Definition, will be broadcast in 1080i if it’s going out on either the Foxtel or FTA HD Channels.

Foxtel has the lowest compression rate however, and looks superb.

Typsy McStaggers 3:22 pm 28 Oct 11

Waiting For Godot said :

When I complained to Foxtel about this I was told it was due to advertising.

Tick

jenny123 7:24 pm 26 Oct 11

thatsnotme said :

ainsliebraddon said :

How simply awful for you to have that situation. It must be such a chore to have to press the TV/AV button to get free to air channels. #firstworldproblems

*rollseyes* I didn’t see a whole lot of hand wringing angst in the OP’s question, or threats to hit the streets over this vital matter…just someone asking a question, on a forum that – oh look, people use to ask questions. Do you think that they should really be putting their Foxtel subscription towards schools and hospitals too??

I find this a bit annoying too – mainly because I’d love to use the recording feature with the iQ box to schedule recording of free to air tv. It’s great being able to set up series links on ABC programs, I’d love to get that ability on the commercial channels without having to go and buy a separate PVR.

+1

Why must there always be a smart ass

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot 11:18 am 26 Oct 11

Bails, true HD is a myth.

None of the networks, including Fox Sports produce anything in HD.

It’s all produced using standard definition technology.

Fox Sports then up convert it for broadcast.

No network will upgrade to full HD as it is not financially, or practically viable.

Bails 10:57 am 26 Oct 11

If the Rugby League sign a deal similar to the AFL TV rights deal that was signed this year, Free to air will become obsolete to me. The AFL will broadcast EVERY game on Foxtel next year, and half the games on free to air.

This is absolutely perfect! The free to air channels continually abuse their broadcast rights when covering sport.
* OneHD constantly miss crucial plays at the end of Basketball and NFL and AFL games so they can squeeze in ad breaks.
* The AFL and League grand finals were not broadcast in HD, despite a plethora of HD channels.
* The obvious delaying of live sport so as not to have to re-arrange regular programming.
(I could go on forever)

If they can’t handle sport in a professional manner, then bad luck, they should lose it. I’m happy to pay the insignificant amount of money to watch live, uninterrupted sport in HD on Foxtel.

Off the track though, I agree with OP, despite an aerial on the roof, and boosters in the house, I barely get reception free to air reception in our rented apartment. It’d be so much easier to get the F-T-A channels via satellite like every other city.

Tooks 10:30 am 26 Oct 11

Arrgh. Sorry about the italics.

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