News & Events

Digest - Monday the 19th of June 2017

In this, the last Digest of the Financial Year, you will be updated on the outcome of the Sunshine Coast Charity Swim Fundraising and on our Newcastle Showroom re-launch event. In addition, there are many industry news articles for you to read.

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Happy reading.

Best regards,

John Kimbell

NAS Sunshine Coast Branch and Customers Support the Island Charity Swim

The NAS Sunshine Coast Team was proud to support the 2017 Island Charity Swim that was held on the 13th of May.

The Island Charity Swim is a test of endurance for the participants and a major fundraiser for the amazing and inspirational children at the Nambour and Currimundi Special schools.

Maddy Kimbell successfully completed the swim in a little under 3 hours.  In doing so, with the support of NAS, Kingray and Pioneer, we were able to raise $1,200. 

I would like to thank our fantastic Sunshine Coast customers for their support of the event.  A special mention goes out to Ben Muskens from Box Security Sound and Vision for his personal donation and for assisting Maddy with her preparation.  I would also like to acknowledge Tony Shadforth from Shadforth Lythgo for paddling and supporting Maddy on the day. 

Newcastle Showroom re-launch a real success

On behalf of the NAS/Topline Newcastle Team I would like to take this opportunity to thank the 50+ trade customers who attended our Showroom re-launch on Friday the 19th of May.  We were extremely happy with the attendance and received numerous positive comments about the event.  We would like to reinforce to our Newcastle & Central Coast customers that this is just the start of our proactive industry interaction with at least three supplier training sessions slated for the remainder of 2017.  I would also like to remind all customers that our showrooms are available for you to bring in your customers and sell 'off the plan' so to speak.

Industry News

Free To Air TV

End of an era - Melbourne's Community Station FTA Terrestrial Broadcast Switch Off Confirmed June 30 2017

15 June 2017.

"A message from the General Manager of C31 to viewers, producers, sponsors and supporters of community TV":

"Unfortunately after a three-year battle and two extensions of our transmitter licence we have today received a letter from Minister Fifield confirming his intention to switch off our free-to-air signal on June 30 this year."

The facebook message can be viewed by clicking Opens external link in new windowhere.

The Ten Network Drama

In our May digest we reported that Ten Network realised a $232 million loss and said that its survival depended on shareholder funding.  The shareholder funding was not forthcoming and the network is in disarray.  Is FTA TV under siege?  Are Ten's struggles more to do with content?  Will someone swoop in and bail Ten out at a bargain basement price? 

I have listed a few articled below should you be interested to learn more:

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Nine News prepares to launch seven new regional Queensland bulletins

"Nine News is preparing to enter the battle for regional Queensland, with seven new regional bulletins to be launched during the next three months as part of a $500 million agreement with Southern Cross Austereo."

"The new programs will see extra staff sent out to regional locations to gather local news, sport and weather – which will be mixed with state and national news from across the Nine Network." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Streaming Legality (or lack thereof)

For those of you who stream programming, the following articles will be of interest.  I have always maintained the position that Pay TV, is as its name suggests, a service that should be paid for. Whilst delivery methods are evolving and reducing capital cost structures, it is imperative that we do not 'bite the hand that feeds us'.  Technological disruption will continue to decrease the cost of viewership so long as we all pay as we go.

Some articles of interest follow:

Opens external link in new window 'PLUG AND PLAY' PIRACY What are Kodi boxes, are they illegal, what are the penalties and have they been banned on Facebook?

Opens external link in new windowIs Kodi legal in the UK? How authorities are cracking down on 'plug and play' piracy

Opens external link in new windowAre Kodi Boxes Illegal or Legal in Australia, Canada, USA?

Opens external link in new windowKodi: Open source TV app inspires full-blown copyright panic in the UK


Foxtel unveils its new streaming service Foxtel Now from $10 a month

"FOXTEL will take the fight for online audiences up to its TV rivals, announcing bold new plans for a budget streaming service."

"At an all-star gala party in Sydney, the pioneering pay-TV company unveiled a new look logo and on-demand platform, Foxtel Now, which will give viewers low-priced and flexible subscriptions to their favourite lifestyle, drama, sport and movie programming." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Foxtel Now Is The Shake-Up That Foxtel Has Needed For Years

Foxtel Now is, at its core, a re-branding of the company's existing products, but it's also so much more — it's the first sign we've seen of a serious commitment to the way Australia watches its TV shows and movies in 2017 and beyond. The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Foxtel Now: everything you need to know about the new streaming service

"This week, Foxtel officially unveiled the Foxtel Now app, proving that the oldest streaming service on the block is capable of learning new tricks. With Chromecast support, HD content (finally!) and a promise of more original content to come, Foxtel's online packages are starting to look a lot more compelling. Here's everything you need to know about the revamped service." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Netflix to reach 128 million subs by 2022

"Digital TV Research forecasts that Netflix will have 128 million subscribers by 2022, up by 44% from 89 million at end-2016. The Netflix Forecasts report estimates that the number of international subscribers will exceed US ones by early 2018." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.


When I read the following two articles all I could hear was the Gold Lotto jingle "Wouldn't it be nice to.......". I am all for proactivity in business, but accountability must go hand-in-hand.

NBN Co spent $12 million on airfares in 2016

"NBN staff are living the high life."

"The public servants responsible for the rollout of Australia’s high-speed National Broadband Network billed taxpayers for $12 million worth of international and domestic flights last year."  The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

NBN Co splashes out $437,000 on coffee

"THE company in charge of building Australia’s high-speed National Broadband Network has splashed out $437,000 in taxpayers’ money on fancy coffees for its 5000 staff."

"NBN Co has confirmed it has spent $210,000 on high-end espresso machines — averaging around $5000 each — $145,000 on coffee and $82,000 on machine maintenance." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Technology Corner

Real world test of 5G network showed speeds 60 times faster than those offered by the NBN

"AN EXPLOSION in mobile data traffic and connected devices means demand for a new generation of wireless infrastructure has never been higher."

"Thankfully, the telecommunications industry is starting to test “5G” networks — the next generation of wireless technology that will replace 4G."

"Although the metrics that define the global standard for the 5G network are yet to be set, it promises to beat its predecessor by offering faster speeds and lower latency — a shorter time interval between sending and receiving data." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Smart Home Synthetic Sensors Easily Connect All The Devices In Your Room

"If you are searching for a way to transform your home into a smart home you may be interested in a new sensor called the Synthetic, which has been unveiled and is currently under development. It can be plugged into your electrical outlet and connects to everything in the room to the Internet of Things." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Apple loosens the HomeKit reins

"HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with. […] They can even develop prototypes on top of popular developer boards like Raspberry Pi and Arduino."

"More importantly, Apple also updated the HomeKit specification so that developers no longer have to go through the trouble of integrating an authentication chip into their products." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Infosec guru Schneier: Govts WILL intervene to regulate Internet of Sh!t

"Governments are poised to intervene over the security of IoT devices, as the industry has so far failed to self-regulate, infosec guru Bruce Schneier has said."

"In his keynote speech at Infosecurity Europe 2017, Schneier told delegates that the correct way to think about IoT is as if we are building a world-sized distributed robot with no centralised control." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Australians need to ‘wake up’ to the robot threat, with five million jobs at risk: Futurist Shara Evans

"MILLIONS of Australians are destined for the unemployment queue if they don’t “wake up” to the robot revolution, warns futurist Shara Evans."

"Creeping automation is set to transform how we work, shop and socialise — and the changes are a lot closer than most people realise."

"New research by recruitment agency Randstad reveals that 84 per cent of Australians surveyed are not concerned that automation will affect their future job prospects, while 77 per cent believe that they won’t need to change careers in the next 10 years."

"But the reality was the opposite, said Ms Evans, who suggested Australians “take their heads out of the sand” and wise up to the dramatic transformation that had already begun." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

How to survive the jobs wipe-out of the fourth industrial revolution

"WE’VE all seen the headlines: millions of jobs at risk as robots take over."

"But Nicholas Davis is here to tell you it’s not all bad news, and you can safeguard your future — although it won’t be straightforward or easy."

"The Australian-born head of the World Economic Forum’s society and innovation department is in Sydney this week for the CeBIT conference on business and technology."

"He says we are in the midst of a fourth industrial revolution in which physical, digital and biological worlds are coming together in ways that could have “scary” consequences." The article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.