Should broadcasters rule Smart TVs? When will anti-Siphoning sports rules change? Vertical Hold Ep 423

What will the federal government’s proposed changes mean for smart tv owners? Should the anti-siphoning rules for sports in Australia be changed in the streaming age? Will Foxtel losen its iron grip on HBO content? Special Guest TV Blackbox’s Steve Molk!


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There are big moves afoot in the streaming space, with the Federal government proposing that the Australian free-to-air networks be given prominence on smart TV screens – but is that a good deal for consumers, or just for the FTA broadcasters?

Speaking of good deals, the rules around sports rights siphoning… didn’t change much at all recently. But given those rules were put in place more than a decade ago, and we live in a streaming world, was that the right call?

We’re joined by Steve Molk from TV Blackbox to talk through all the streaming news of the week.

Also… this makes an appearance. We’re as shocked as you are.

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Award-winning Australian technology news podcast Vertical Hold: Behind The Tech News dives into the big stories of the week. Joined by Australia’s leading tech journalists every Friday, co-hosts @adam_turner and @alexkidman channel-surf through the headlines in search of the big picture. About/Contact us