TV in Australia.
I look at the various articles and forum threads on TV and listen to the guys on the Vergecast, and I find the American web of television to be unintelligibly complicated. Cable of vast complications, Hulu and Netflix, and barely a mention of an Antenna of a Roof. It's an alien planet. And I am sure it flows over most of your foreign readers that way too.
So it got me thinking, well, what is the story for here in Australia?
I know my usage is pretty simple even for here, but I'll describe what I see and invite other Aussies to contradict and correct and expand...
TV here comes in two parts. Free to Air (Freeview to use the PR term) and Foxtel.
In cities Freeview comes as 3 commercial stations. 7, 9 and 10. And 2 government stations, ABC and SBS.
Each of these stations has a primary channel, and a collection of cheaply run secondary channels (lots of repeats of Simpsons and Big Bang Theory) to fill up their allotted bandwidth.
On the cable side of things we have Foxtel, which is owned by our main telecom carrier Telstra. We once had competing cable companies, but in the cities now only Foxtel survives. It has your HBO and sports and movies. If you are a TV addict it does the job. Foxel recently set a target of getting their service into 50% of households. Most people do not have cable. Many people openly say that they do not need it.
And as a side note, I know that a lot of ethnic families will have a huge satellite dish in their backyards to pick up native Chinese, for example, channels.
Netflix, Hulu? We don't have them, and we don't have any online services that get that kind of open loyalty and dependence. No one would seriously base their viewing on Quickflix, for example.
So, where do we go, digitally? Lets be blunt. The wonderful world of Bittorrent, either done by yourself or your nerdy friend/relative. And the world of some guy selling burnt DVDs at the market. Smarter kids might know websites to play stuff through their browser. A few people might actually buy programs from iTunes or Google Play, but really it's not that common.
The bottom line is that there isn't a popular coherent digital source.
Is this a fair assessment, fellow Australians?