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Free-to-air on Foxtel in Canberra?

By Splendiferous - 25 October 2011 26

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?

What’s Your opinion?


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Free-to-air on Foxtel in Canberra?
alaninoz 7:30 am 26 Oct 11

Who cares – “The revolution will not be televised.”

crackerpants 5:49 pm 25 Oct 11

Treat it as a golden opportunity. I no longer kn.ow nor care what is on 7, 9 or 10

Spectra 5:22 pm 25 Oct 11

Tooks said :

As opposed to kick, kick, kick, scrum, kick, lineout, penalty goal, drop goal, kick.

Man, that was quite a game, wasn’t it? Good times.

shirty_bear 4:44 pm 25 Oct 11

First world problems indeed. Which I share, since I choose to live in the first world.

I’d been running under the assumption that Foxtel will pick up FTA once the analogue signal goes away … maybe not so simple here given the difference with the big cities. Meh. Very little on FTA worth watching, and most of that is on ABC/SBS. The commercial stations are *just*awful*. Cricket may be the only reason to go the set-top-box. And the one week a year Ch7 has the hayburners.

Tooks 4:31 pm 25 Oct 11

Eppo said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Also, if ainsliebraddon only knew the horror of being forced to subscribe to Foxtel so that one can get a decent AFL coverage in this town then they might not be so churlish, haha.

At least you get some coverage. A foxtel subscription is needed to view ANY rugby! (I’m talking proper rugby, none of this 5 tackles and kick rubbish)

As opposed to kick, kick, kick, scrum, kick, lineout, penalty goal, drop goal, kick.

Holden Caulfield 4:26 pm 25 Oct 11

Eppo said :

At least you get some coverage. A foxtel subscription is needed to view ANY rugby! (I’m talking proper rugby, none of this 5 tackles and kick rubbish)

Yes, but after the way Nine/WIN handled the RWC would you want FTA to have the rights anyway?

That Nicole Livingston ad about keeping sport on FTA drives me barmy. I certainly agree with the basic premise of keeping some sports/events on FTA, but when those protected channels choose not to exercise their precious rights and show stuff live, well, I wish Livingston was around to hear my rant. #firstworldproblems

p1 4:25 pm 25 Oct 11

I don’t actually have foxtel, so don’t really care, but I am curious – is foxtel only available in Canberra by satellite? If so, is the issue that FTA channels are not rebroadcast via satellite at all, anywhere?

Or is this a case where your “box” knows what state you are in, and only shows you the appropriate channels? Cause if it is a software thing….

Waiting For Godot 3:17 pm 25 Oct 11

When I complained to Foxtel about this I was told it was due to advertising. WIN, Prime and Southern Cross wouldn’t allow it because Foxtel viewers would be watching the Sydney FTAs and see the Sydney ads rather than the local ads. Apparently Austar in Queanbeyan relays the Sydney free-to-airs but Foxtel here does not.

I told Foxtel that the TVs at the Foxtel kiosk at Woden Plaza were showing the cricket with the Nine logo in the corner so why couldn’t I see that as well and I was blithely told that I could watch the cricket on WIN. She seemed oblivious to the fact that we had to pay extra for a satellite service with fewer channels, wheras in Sydney and elsewhere they had a cheaper cable service with more channels.

I cancelled my subscription shortly after.

thatsnotme 2:51 pm 25 Oct 11

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.

Eppo 2:50 pm 25 Oct 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Also, if ainsliebraddon only knew the horror of being forced to subscribe to Foxtel so that one can get a decent AFL coverage in this town then they might not be so churlish, haha.

At least you get some coverage. A foxtel subscription is needed to view ANY rugby! (I’m talking proper rugby, none of this 5 tackles and kick rubbish)

Holden Caulfield 2:33 pm 25 Oct 11

Eyeball In A Quart Jar Of Snot said :

Despite the common misconception, Canberra does not broadcast Channels 7, 9 and 10.

Instead, Canberra is subjected to regional broadcasters such as Prime, WIN, and Southern Cross Media.

This is my understanding too and I agree with chewy that it is a little annoying. On the plus side it does tend to shield you from the absolute s*** they serve up as programming these days.

Also, if ainsliebraddon only knew the horror of being forced to subscribe to Foxtel so that one can get a decent AFL coverage in this town then they might not be so churlish, haha.

(Before you get your panties in an even bigger bunch, I’m taking the piss.)

steveu 2:28 pm 25 Oct 11

in canberra we have win network, prime and southern cross 10…and they hold the broadcasting licence outside the major capital cities. We dont count as a major capital city…

chewy14 1:41 pm 25 Oct 11

You don’t get them on satellite in Canberra.
Annoying – Yes.

ainsliebraddon 1:40 pm 25 Oct 11

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

Eyeball In A Quart J 1:28 pm 25 Oct 11

Despite the common misconception, Canberra does not broadcast Channels 7, 9 and 10.

Instead, Canberra is subjected to regional broadcasters such as Prime, WIN, and Southern Cross Media.

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