News & Events

Digest - Thursday the 29th of October 2015

Please accept my apologies for the delay in writing another digest. As reported earlier this month, UEC appointed NAS Australia as their Exclusive Australian Master Distributor on the 1st of October. Since that time, we have been flat out taking the reigns. The appointment felt a little like "back to the Future" as the NAS/UEC association dates back to the pre-RABS days in the late 90's. We are very proud to once again represent the brand in Australia.

In addition to the UEC news, links to some interesting and topical industry articles have been included for your consideration.

All the best,

John Kimbell

UEC Appoints NAS Australia as Master Distributor

The team at NAS Australia is proud to announce that Altech Multimedia have appointed NAS Australia as their Australian Master Distributor for their VAST and Terrestrial DSTB range. The NAS/UEC association is long-standing and dates back to the RABS roll-out in 1998.

UEC is coming home to where it all started

Effective immediately, all Altech UEC trade sales can be facilitated through NAS Australia or through our regional sub-distribution network.

The UEC support/sales office will close with hardware and software development staff remaining in Australia to facilitate the continued progression of the range.

NAS has purchased the existing UEC Australia stock holding. Unfortunately stock of the market-leading 4121 has been exhausted. NAS has placed a large order on the factory and expect to receive stock in early to mid-December. New bulk price deals will be negotiated once the stock has landed.

In the interim, please contact your NAS Australia sales representative for stock availability and pricing information. Should you wish to discuss bulk-price discounts, please contact our sales team on 07 3015 8700 or email uecsales@remove-this.nasaustralia.com.au

FTA TV

A new generation discovers the good old TV antenna

In the Land of the Brave and the Home of the Free, Cable TV has been King for many years.  Miles Bryan reports that the number of homes that receive TV via TV antennas has increased by 17% in the last 5 years.  One American antenna supplier shipped 70,000 antennas last month.  Post switchover, the US FTA industry appears to be in good health.  The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Nine announces new viewing platforms and 2016 line-up

Channel 9 will replace their on-line catch-up site Jump In with 9Now next year. 

“It delivers Nine’s premium programs from sport and news to drama and big event shows to audiences when they want it and where they want it,” Nine chief executive officer David Gyngell said in a statement.

9 also announced a new channel for 2016, Nine Life which will offer “the best in lifestyle and reality content”.

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

Nine goes HD

In a separate article on TV Tonight, 9 announced that it will switch it's primary channel to HD on Thursday November the 26th.

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

Nine moves to digital strategy with major changes to brand, channels, HD and streaming

In this mUmBRELLA article, it was reported that "Nine has acknowledged consumer frustration over its lack of premium content in high definition, announcing it will now simulcast its primary channel shows on a new channel 9HD, with Gem rebranded as 9Gem and moving to standard definition."

Viewers without an HD television will still be able to watch Channel Nine in standard definition, but to accommodate the HD upgrade there will be a realignment of Nine Network channel numbers on Freeview.

9HD will be on Channel 90, 9Gem will move to Channel 92 and 9GO! will now be seen on Channel 93 and 99.

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

Foxtel gets green light to buy 15% stake in network ten

On the 22nd of October, Foxtel was cleared by the ACCC to buy a 15% stake in network ten. 

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

The Smart Home Market

If you are a smart home market incumbent or looking to transition into the market, the following two articles paint a very positive growth picture.

The first report from markets and markets states "The growth of the smart homes market in the coming years is expected to be high with the market size estimated to reach $58.68 billion by 2020, at an estimated CAGR of 17% from 2015 to 2020." 

Of particular interest to NAS customers is the projected growth in our region. " The Asia-Pacific smart homes market is estimated to grow at the highest growth rate amongst all regions, backed by its resilient GDP growth and the growing real estate market."

The report can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Smart Home Sector Could Be Worth Hundreds Of Billions In Next Five Years

Freddie Dawson of Forbes recently reported that the 100 million households will be 'smart' by the end of the year, increasing to 300 million homes over the next 10 years.  The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Realtors, OTA Publish Provisioning Checklist for Smart Homes

Internally at NAS we have often debated the pros and cons of owning smart home equipment when it comes time to sell your home.  How do you safely exit, retaining sensitive data whilst ensuring the new owners get the full benefit of the smart home installation?  The smart home market is more mature in the US and the National Association of Realtors and the Online Trust Association have released a checklist to make sure they "stay on top of the smart home provisioning and de-provisioning challenge."  The article and checklist can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.