News & Events

Digest - Tuesday the 1st of September 2015

Please accept my apology for not posting a digest for the past two weeks. During this time, I was immersed in preparing for, and participating in Integrate 2015. During this time I bookmarked quite a few news articles I hope you will find interesting.

In addition, our IT Manager Mark Roemermann has written a blog in relation to difficulties many have been having remotely accessing IP cameras.

Have a great week.

Best regards,

John Kimbell

Integrate 2015

David Dargie, Mark Roemermann, David Bowdler and I promoted On Controls and our Novonde G.hn IoC Series products at Integrate in Melbourne last week.  I would like to thank all those who visited our stand and look forward to assisting you to promote both solutions moving forward.

(L to R) John Kimbell, Adam Gold (VP Sales On Controls), David Bowdler, Mark Roemermann, David Dargie.

Bluestream Training

Grant and I would like to thank the 20+ Sunshine Coast Customers who attended our recent Bluestream HDMI distribution training held at our Warana branch.  We would also like to thank Martyn Shirley from Bluestream for flying in from Melbourne for the session.  Nigel Flower was also in attendance and launched our Denon AVR involvement.  Attendee feedback to date regarding the session has been extremely positive.  In addition, those who have used the Bluestream range to date have been very complimentary of its quality, price and support.


Industry News

Mark's Tech Desk

A timely article follows from our IT Manager Mark Roemermann in relation to difficulties many have been having remotely accessing IP cameras.  Opens external link in new windowOver to you Mark.

Dallas Buyers Club Update

Dallas Buyers Club will have to pay bond for details on Australian pirates, court rules

DBC will need to pay a $600,000 bond to obtain a list of Australians accused of illegally uploading the movie in an attempt to prevent speculative invoicing.  The news.com.au article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

NBN Satellite

NBN's 'Sky Muster' satellite gets launch date

The first of the two NBN satellites "Sky Muster" is scheduled for launch on October 1.  Sky Muster is set to progressively deliver broadband to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in rural and remote Australia from next year.  The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

FTA

Seven to Live stream all channels from December 1

A link to the below article was send to me from a long-term customer recently.  His message to me was titled "The beginning of the end of TV aerials".  Whilst I agree aerial demand will be constrained moving forward, installs will be part of the new home fabric for many years to come.  A link to the article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Second Reading: Broadcasting legislation Amendment Bill 2015

"The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015 provides the national and commercial free-to-air broadcasters with the flexibility to deliver programming on their primary television services in either standard definition or high-definition formats. Broadcasters' primary television services include ABC1, SBS ONE, 7, Prime7, Nine, WIN, Ten and Southern Cross. These services are subject to particular obligations regarding Australian content, captioning and antisiphoning.

At present, free-to-air broadcasters are required to provide their primary television service in standard definition. This is a relic of the analog era, introduced at the start of the digital television switchover process to ensure that viewers would have access to at least one digital channel per broadcaster. At the time not all televisions and set-top boxes were capable of receiving high-definition content.

Importantly for Australians who watch television on satellite, this bill makes minor technical amendments to ensure the transmission of primary services by free-to-air satellite broadcasters such as VAST receive the same flexibility to transmit in either standard or high definition."

Reading above (complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere) the amendments only relate to removing the current requirement for broadcasting SD on the primary channel, and leaving it up to the broadcasters to broadcast in either SD or HD.  Broadcasters will now have the choice to broadcast the football grand finals in HD.

NBN

Presto says Australia’s internet speeds too slow for 4K content and blames new NBN

"The country is missing out on the latest television technology because the Federal Government abandoned the original National Broadband Network plan and banished households to inadequate broadband speeds, according to a top Presto executive.

The TV-streaming firm will officially launch new phone and tablet apps, Apple TV streaming, and high-definition content for subscribers on Tuesday, but it will postpone offering 4K content until broadband speeds improve in Australia." The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Fetch TV

Fetch TV will easily survive iiNet loss

Following iiNet's acquisition by TPG last week, Fetch TV was dumped by TPG.  TPG is reportedly developing their own IPTV service in partnership with Foxtel.  In response, Fetch TV CEO Scott Lorson has revealed that the company is "financially profitable and rapidly expanding its operations and customer numbers, in news that signals it will not be substantially adversely affected by the decision by iiNet’s new owner TPG to terminate its long-standing relationship with the Internet television company."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

IoT

Will the elderly rely on the Internet of Things to look after them?

Whilst I often hear that technology adoption is beyond the grasp of many of our mature aged clientele, this article suggests that should adoption barriers be overcome (i.e. use phobias, privacy concerns etc.) the desire to “age in place”, that is to remain in our homes and stay as active and independent for as long as possible, suggests a bright future for IoT.  The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

WiFi

LTE over Wi-Fi spectrum sets up industry-wide fight over interference

An interesting article from the US that reports "a plan to use Wi-Fi airwaves for cellular service has sparked concerns about interference with existing Wi-Fi networks, causing a fight involving wireless carriers, cable companies, a Wi-Fi industry trade group, Microsoft, and network equipment makers."  The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Economy

Should we welcome the end of the mining boom?

It is refreshing to read an article that gazzumps the commonly held premise that we owe our prosperity to the one trick pony the mining boom.  Founding executive director of the Centre for Policy Development, Miriam Lyons, reminds us that we were doing quite well before the mining boom and that in the "10 years prior to 2002, Australia’s GDP, national income and productivity all grew faster in the decade before the mining boom than in the decade after it began." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.