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BREAKING NEWS: Channel Ten Announce Voluntary Administration

By Fergus Halliday| 14 Jun 2017

Reports out of the Sydney Morning Herald tipping the announcement earlier this morning claim that "KordaMentha will be appointed as administrator by the company."
Channel Ten posted a loss of $232.19 million for the recent half year period and was savaged by Credit Suise in a note that rated the company "un-investable."
At that time, the company's board of directors warned there was uncertainty about their ability to continue unless it was able to cut costs, renegotiate contracts with US suppliers, and secure licence fee cuts.


Whether or not voluntary administration will give them that opportunity is, at this time, uncertain.
Update: In a statement submitted to the Australian Stock Exchange, it has now been confirmed that "Mr Mark Corda, Ms Jennifer Nettleton and Mr Jarrod Villani of Korda Mentha have been appointed as voluntary administrators of the company and each of its subsidiaries."


"The administrators have advised the company that they will work closely with management, employees, suppliers and content partners while they undertake a financial and operational assessment of the business. During this period, the Administrators intend to continue operations as much as possible on a business as usual basis."
Network Ten said in the statement that this week's correspondence from Illyria and Birketu "left the directors with no choice but to appoint administrators."
"This decision comes despite the Ten Group making significant progress to realise the potential sources of improvements to future earnings identified in the Company's Directors' Report".


Specifically, Ten claims it's making headway when it comes to renegotiating its content contracts with US partners Fox and CBS. They say that "although final terms have not yet been formally agreed" the replacement agreements would reduce the company's future liabilities for US content by approximately 50%.
They say further internal transformation initiatives are expect to see a positive impact on earnings of at least $50 million in the 2018 financial year and that "after the changes to regulations anticipated to be tabled in Parliament tomorrow pass through the Parliamentary process, the reduction in licence costs for TEN in FY17 will be in the order of $22 million and, in FY18, $12 million."

 

PostHeaderIcon Changes to programs on WIN and Southern Cross

Changes to Local Broadcast WIN (Local 9) and Southern Cross (Local 10)

From July the 1st locals on the Sunshine Coast will see program changes on WIN (Channel 8, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85 & 88) and Southern Cross 10 (Channels 5, 50, 54, 55 & 56)

What we know for certain is that after the 1st of July the shows we used to watch on Channel 8 with be now broadcast on Channel 5, and the programs we used to watch on Channel 5 will now be broadcast on Channel 8. It is not clear if this broadcast will be in High Definition or what other program changes or channels will be effected.

In short, we will essentially see content swapped between Channels 5 and 8 in regional Queensland.

We will continue to keep you updated...

 

PostHeaderIcon New Channel 7 HD

CHANGES TO  CHANNEL 7 HD TRANSMISSION.

Channel 7 has introduced a further upgrade to their TV transmissions. This commenced on Tuesday 10th of May 2016.

For the moment this will only affect Televisions and TV systems that are tuned into Brisbane TV stations.

At a later date, yet to be advised, it will affect Local Channel 7 stations as well.

WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS?

The changes will make Channel 70 into a High Definition version of the main Channel 7 programs. (Very important for clearer pictures on the larger TVs)

Also Channel 73 known as ‘7Mate’, which is currently HD, will become Standard Definition (They had to do this to be able to make 70 into HD).

Some TVs will automatically update but a some will not.

WHAT PROBLEMS CAN THIS CAUSE?

You may encounter the following symptoms:

  1. Loss of all Brisbane 7 channels and the TV displays “No Signal” on
  2. Loss of sound or picture on some or all Channel 7 channels
  3. TV picture freezes when you change to 70 or 73

Firstly, please note that this is not a problem with the antenna or the TV distribution system and the TV systems do not need to be changed or upgraded to cope with this change.

WHAT TO DO TO FIX THIS?

Step 1: Carry out a Auto Tune/Auto Scan* done on the affected TVs (sometimes referred to as Re-Scanning or Re-Tuning the channels) and this should fix the problem. **

*  Refer to the link on Auto Tuning on our web page http://sunshineantenna.com.au/news/how-to-auto-tune-tvs 

** At times Auto Tuning may cause problems such as picture breakup on 7 and/or other channels after the Auto Tuning is carried out. If this occurs, follow the steps outlined on our web site http://sunshineantenna.com.au/news/auto-tuning-problems

Step 2: If the problem persists after the Auto Scan / Auto Tuning is done then it means that the TV is not able to handle the changes to the transmission (This can apply to some TVs 4 years old and older).

The solutions in this situation are:

Option 1: Install a new HD Set Top Box onto the TV or

Option 2: Replace the television.

I trust this information is helpful and prevents the unnecessary cost of Service Calls to check TV systems that are working fine.

Should you require further assistance we have a team of trained Technicians available for on-site service if you simply call 5479 1999.

Our suppliers have provided us with a good quality HD Set Top Box which can be purchased for $89.00 plus $88.00 for installation on most TVs.

As soon as we can obtain confirmation of the changes to the local 7 channels we will send a follow up email.

Assuring you of our best attention at all times.

WHEN YOU THINK OF SERVICE, THINK OF SUNSHINE!

 

PostHeaderIcon NBN Explained

NBN Explained

Will somebody please explain the National Broadband Network (NBN) and what on earth is going on with my internet speed!!!!! And Pleeeaaasse no more jargon!

"OK so at great risk of being shouted down by all the boffins and technical gurus here is the current internet service plan in terms I can understand – I hope this helps.

I am going to describe the system as if it were simply a plumbing problem – and I am talking about the lovely clean waters that arrives at our taps every time we turn the tap on. Have you noticed how the water pressure doesn't seem to fail just because it is tea time and everybody is cooking and washing? And after tea when the whole of Australia turns on the dishwasher somehow miraculously the water still flows at normal pressure. Now how clever are these guys and gals.

What they did is this – they worked out that the main water pipe had to be certain large size and then the sub pipes medium size and then the pipe to the house was just the right size and it works.

Now I am not kidding when I say that the current internet service and the NBN plan work very much like plumbing pipes. I know – too simple – what about all the Megabits and Bytes and Nodes and blah blah blah........ this is just terminology and also generally a subject that we don't know a lot about so it just becomes confusing.

So I am going to do this as an analogy to plumbing and water pressure because internet signal is invisible whereas we have all seen water come out of a tap

What I am saying is that the problem is simple - the main internet pipes are not big enough and the medium pipes aren't either and the ones to the house are tiny in comparison to what is needed.

The current situation in the majority of homes on the Sunshine Coast if the internet connection was a tap and you turn it on you get a trickle ( that is about 3Megabits per second) Then when our share of the new 2,000,000 (that's 2million Aussies) Netflix and Presto and Stan subscribers sit down to watch their movies – guess what... these folk are your neighbours and fellow suburbians and so now your trickle turns into a drip.(less than 1 Megabit per second) and your poor old computer is dying of thirst and stops, or has to take a rest (loading loading loading – little wheel going around for ever).

So that is the system we have unfortunately, and the reason it is so bad is that the upgrade to the system that was required many years ago did not occur.

Yes, the internet has become a basic utility like phone, water and electricity as our business our home office and our leisure are all being affected by this. Sad to say the world would stop without it.

OK, so onto the NBN – the white knight that has become the white elephant.

Plan A – Fibre to the home!
The plan was basically to put this great big pipe (Fibre optic cable) along every main street of Australia! And the a big pipe down the smaller streets and then a large pipe right into your house and turn on the tap and full pressure comes gushing out (fast Internet up to 100 megabits per second) As matter of fact there is so much pressure that you have to put a reducer valve because it is more than you need right now.

This was a great plan, a really truly sensible well designed plan and it would work brilliantly – except..... even before the cost blowouts it was going to cost a fortune – more than "we the people" could afford (despite of all the billions of tax we pay)

Then came Plan B – Fibre to the Node!

So this solution became– let's not put in all the pipes – simple – saved a fortune but sabotaged the workability of the system!!! So now we have people like you and I with a big internet pipe running right passed our door and we can't tap into it (excuse the pun) Instead it goes to the end of the street then it is connected to a tiny corroded cable and then comes back to you via all the other neighbours first and you turn it on and now you have a fast trickle(5-8 megabits per second) as long as not too many others are on at the same time.

I do hope that analogy at least makes it easier to understand, and please don't plug the hose into the computer – it wont help!

Solutions:

Of all the options out there at the moment, wireless internet can be a smart alternative and some cases seems the best way to go because it allows you to bypass the underground cable system and get fast internet direct to your house from an independent internet provider.

The way it works is like TV transmission but it works both ways. For Internet they have a transmitter on a tower like TV transmission and you have an aerial fitted on a mast on your roof and a cable run to your modem and now you turn on the tap and you have internet pressure! (12-25 megabits per second depending on the plan) The internet arrives over an invisible pipe through the air. It is simple and it works in some areas.

Pitfalls:
The cost varies and the integrity of the companies providing the service is a critical part of choosing the right one for you.

If you want to solve your internet problem right away then I would suggest you go to the Our Community Broadband website and check out their plans. If they don't have a transmitter in your area then register with them and once there is enough people registered in an area they will put up a transmitter and then you can book to be connected. They are not the cheapest but they are an ethical company and their product is good. (if you do contact them let them know you heard about them from us)

And if you need some cabling or connections done we are licensed master cablers and are very happy to help!" 

 

PostHeaderIcon National Broadband Network (NBN) - Explanation by the "boss"

National Broadband Network (NBN) - Explanation by the "boss"

OK so at great risk of being shouted down by all the boffins and technical gurus here is the current internet service plan in terms I can understand – I hope this helps.

I am going to describe the system as if it were simply a plumbing problem – and I am talking about the lovely clean waters that arrives at our taps every time we turn the tap on. Have you noticed how the water pressure doesn't seem to fail just because it is tea time and everybody is cooking and washing? And after tea when the whole of Australia turns on the dishwasher somehow miraculously the water still flows at normal pressure. Now how clever are these guys and gals?

What they did is this – they worked out that the main water pipe had to be a certain large size and then the sub pipes medium size and then the pipe to the house was just the right size and it works.

Now I am not kidding when I say that the current internet service and the NBN plan work very much like plumbing pipes. I know – too simple – what about all the Megabits and Bytes and Nodes and blah blah blah........ this is just terminology and also generally a subject that we don't know a lot about so it just becomes confusing.

So I am going to do this as an analogy to plumbing and water pressure because internet signal is invisible whereas we have all seen water come out of a tap.

What I am saying is that the problem is simple - the main internet pipes are not big enough and the medium pipes aren't either and the ones to the house are tiny in comparison to what is needed.

The current situation in the majority of homes on the Sunshine Coast if the internet connection was a tap and you turn it on you get a trickle ( that is about 3Megabits per second) Then when our share of the new 2,000,000 (that's 2million Aussies) Netflix and Presto and Stan subscribers sit down to watch their movies – guess what... these folk are your neighbours and fellow suburbians and so now your trickle turns into a drip, (less than 1 Megabit per second) and your poor old computer is dying of thirst and stops, or has to take a rest (loading loading loading – little wheel going around for ever).

So that is the system we have unfortunately, and the reason it is so bad is that the upgrade to the system that was required many years ago did not occur.

Is it as important as clean drinking water? No, but it is important and is becoming more and more important and our business our home office and our leisure are all being affected by this.

OK so onto the NBN – the white knight that has become the white elephant.

Plan A – Fibre to the home!
The plan was basically to put this great big pipe (Fibre optic cable) along every main street of Australia! And the a big pipe down the smaller streets and then a large pipe right into your house and turn on the tap and full pressure comes gushing out (fast Internet up to 100 megabits per second) As matter of fact there is so much pressure that you have to put a reducer valve because it is more than you need right now.

This was a great plan, a really truly sensible well designed plan and it would work brilliantly – except..... even before the cost blowouts it was going to cost a fortune – more than "we the people" could afford (despite all of the billions of tax we pay)

Then came Plan B – Fibre to the Node!

So this solution became– let's not put in all the pipes – simple – saved a fortune but sabotaged the workability of the system!!! So now we have people like you and I with a big internet pipe running right passed our door and we can't tap into it (excuse the pun). Instead it goes to the end of the street then it is connected to a tiny corroded cable and then comes back to you via all the other neighbours first and you turn it on and now you have a fast trickle(5-8 megabits per second) as long as not too many others are on at the same time.

I do hope that analogy at least makes it easier to understand, and please don't plug the hose into the computer – it wont help!

SOLUTIONS:

Of all the options out there at the moment, wireless internet seems the best way to go because it allows you to bypass the underground cable system and get fast internet direct to your house from an independent internet provider.

The way it works is like TV transmission but it works both ways. For Internet they have a transmitter on a tower like TV transmission and you have an aerial fitted on a mast on your roof and a cable run to your modem and now you turn on the tap and you have internet pressure! (12-25 megabits per second depending on the plan) The internet arrives over an invisible pipe through the air. It is simple and it works.

Pitfalls:

The cost varies and the integrity of the companies providing the service is a critical part of choosing the right one for you.

If you want to solve your internet problem right away then I would suggest you go to the Our Community Broadband website and check out their plans. If they don't have a transmitter in your area then register with them and once there is enough people registered in an area they will put up a transmitter and then you can book to be connected. They are not the cheapest but they are an ethical company and their product is good. (If you do contact them let them know you heard about them from us).

A piece of advice on wireless internet companies– be wary of plans that seem "too good to be true" – they usually are!

And if you need some cabling or connections done we are licensed master cablers and are very happy to help!"

Call our office on 54791999 and one of our very capable Technicians can assist in your needs.

 
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