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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!

 

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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.

 

PostHeaderIcon Article is Courtesy of DeciderTV

Chanel Nine New Channels News – Article is Courtesy of DeciderTV

Last month saw the long-awaited launch of the Nine Network in High Definition plus the arrival of a new multi-channel 9LIFE, but it now appears certain a significant portion of the population will not have access to the new services at launch.

Viewers in regional Australia and those that access Nine via Foxtel's satellite service look certain to miss out on the new services with negotiations between the broadcasters not progressing.

A spokesperson for Foxtel has confirmed to DeciderTV a deal is now in place that will see NineHD, 9LIFE and the revamped 9GEM added to the Foxtel Cable service on November 26th, but an agreement for carriage on the Foxtel satellite service has not progressed.

The addition of new channels on the satellite is an expensive business, particularly because Nine has 5 different versions of each channel to provide for local advertising and time zones. Further complicating the matter is the fact just one High Definition channel would take up to four times the satellite space as the Standard Definition version of the same channel.

A spokesperson for Foxtel telling DeciderTV,
"Carriage of free to air services on the satellite platform is governed by retransmission agreements. Under those agreements the broadcasters can elect which services will be carried on the platform and they take responsibility for paying the transponder costs.

There are two reasons for this arrangement. The first is that carriage benefits the free to air broadcasters who reach more viewers, which in turn helps support advertising revenues. The second reason is that if free to air broadcasters could require Foxtel to pay for any service they wished to have on the satellite platform the cost would be enormous and, in effect, Foxtel customers would end up paying for a service they are entitled to receive for free."

Nine however refute this position and believe that Foxtel should be paying the retransmission fee as the channels are providing a benefit to Foxtel customers. A spokesperson for Nine yesterday stating,
"We don't have anything to say other than we are currently in discussions with Foxtel."


The situation in regional areas of Australia is even more complicated with the WINTV Network currently battling to secure the right to rebroadcast any of Nine's content into the future.

Kevin Perry
Co-Editor of DeciderTV.com - Kevin Perry is an experienced media commentator focused on TV Production, Consumer Tech, SVOD & Sports Broadcasting.
Twitter @KevinPerry


WIN is in negotiations with Nine to extend is current affiliate deal, which is due to expire at the end of this year. The Australian recently reported Nine is seeking an increase in payment to more than 50% of WIN's advertising revenue, a significant increase from the current deal, which is believed to be at 38%. If WIN fails to form an agreement, its likely all of Nine's programming would move across to the Southern Cross Network which is currently considering merger possibilities with Nine.
With the ongoing uncertainty regarding its future, WIN Television is reluctant to invest in converting its primary channels to HD, or the addition of 9Life until the affiliate deal is settled. The negotiations between WIN and Nine have a deadline of December 31.
NBN Television, which services regional viewers in northern NSW, is not expected to launch the new services on Nov 26th due to ongoing negotiations with Nine.
Nine will relaunch its entire TV line-up on November 26th with the move to make its primary channel available in HD. A new multichannel 9LIFE will also launch with a focus on reality and lifestyle programming designed to target a young female audience. The GO channel will be rebranded as 9GO with a mix of comedy, reality and live sport designed to target a male audience. While the GEM channel will be rebranded as 9GEM and switched to SD. 9GEM will provide a mix of drama and movies with a focus on the over 55 audience.
Spokespersons for WIN Television and NBN Television were approached for comment but declined.

- See more at: http://decidertv.com/page/2015/11/16/exclusive-foxtel-and-regional-viewers-set-to-miss-out-on-ninehd-and-9life

 
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