Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Reading the Numbers

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  • Russell Brown, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    A dish plus installation costs plus the decoder (TVs don't come with satellite decoders, terrestrial only) looks expensive compared to signing up, so Sky win by default and if you can't afford Sky you may well have to go without.

    Best way of doing it is to get an installation deal with Sky on the shortest possible contract, then drop Sky and get a $50 Freeview satellite decoder.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 19019 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But when National came in, the minister first leaned on TVNZ to make the digital channels available free to Sky, and then on the Kordia SOE to cut a sweet deal for Prime to get Freeview transmission.

    And people claim these guys are all about free markets? Puhlease.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16838 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    They monetised tv by giving it away, awe. I wonder if the wonderful Mr Joyce intends doing a Fay Richwhite on the spoils, at a respectable distance down the track (cough). Worth a small exile to gain a cheap media empire, or in this case a reverse takeover, because TVNZ is dead now...all we need is for the Sky City convention deal to take the building in Hobson Street...

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to merc,

    Step right up...

    They monetised tv by giving it away, awe

    The inverse devil-in-the-detail shoe drops...

    Freeview pay-per-view may arrive in time for Christmas
    Freeview is now only used to let people watch free digital television. But chief executive Sam Irvine said all FreeviewHD set-top boxes and Freeview-certified TVs with broadband ports sold since mid-2010 could support an "interactive channel" that could play videos on demand.
    These could be either free or charged for by broadcasters. "We are a free platform but there is nothing to say someone couldn't [charge]."

    The large print giveth and
    the small print taketh away...

    (apologies to Tom Waits)

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5092 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Yep, Joyce has a template for those who want to make, erm, do the same for other things of national importance.
    Silence is golden but sometimes it's gilt.
    It really surprises me that no media journalist has noticed the rather large broadcasting elephant in the corner of the room.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to merc,

    It really surprises me that no media journalist has noticed the rather large broadcasting elephant in the corner of the room.

    Then again...

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4403 posts Report Reply

  • merc,

    ...those are not the elephants you're looking for ;-)

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    psychomaths and sociomaths...
    As well as this wonderful Key quote retrieval effort ...
    ...this article also seems to be rubbing people's noses in it:

    Charter schools will have "greater flexibility" to set their own class sizes than those in the state sector, the businesswoman leading the trial says.
    The terms of reference for how the Government's controversial education pilot will operate have been released – as the backlash over moves to increase class sizes grows.
    The document outlines the model for charter schools, which will be publicly funded per child but run by businesses or non-profit organisations. It confirms they will have freedom from some Education Ministry regulations, be able to set their own teaching practice, and will not have to stick to the national curriculum. NZEI president Ian Leckie says this will free them from complying with National Standards.

    Why am I reminded of the concept that free market electricity would lead to cheaper prices...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 5092 posts Report Reply

  • DeepRed, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    It confirms they will have freedom from some Education Ministry regulations, be able to set their own teaching practice, and will not have to stick to the national curriculum.

    Does that mean stuff like Intelligent Design and Scientology could also sneak into the curriculum?

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4403 posts Report Reply

  • merc, in reply to DeepRed,

    Bingo, privatised education, one of the elephants we are not looking for.

    Since Dec 2006 • 2471 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    be able to set their own teaching practice, and will not have to stick to the national curriculum

    Oh, *great*. Profit-turning schools pumping out ignorant fundies at a rate of knots.

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3663 posts Report Reply

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