I saw a really good Artsville Doco about Alun Bollinger: locally made, high quality television.
Wasn't it great? I found it enjoyable and illuminating.
How do we get more of it?
Public funding. If National keeps to its policy, the Charter money will be removed from TVNZ control and dished out on a contestable via NZ On Air. Then it's up to the broadcasters to want to make quality television.
Although, there is some scope for commercial exploitation. Nick Dwyer's NZ On Air-funded Making Tracks has been picked up for a National Geographic channel music strand.
TVNZ 6 and 7 won't have the audience reach to qualify for NZ On Air funding for a while yet, so that original $80 million will have to go a long way. Part of their problem in acquiring gold-standard programming is that BBC Worldwide, the Beeb's commercial licensing arm, is very difficult and expensive to deal with. As a result, most of those brilliant BBC4 docos go unsenn by anyone here, ever -- even on pay TV, which can license them on a different basis. Tell me why I should not download them.
Re comments on Sony's Play TV not having HD capability - see the post from another forum. Can't comment on the accuracy, but a different story to what you report:
Don't get me started. It is by far the worst example of R4 being screwed over, but there are numerous others.
Long Live the Rialto Channel, but is there really somebody who still subscribes to Sky Movies? In the age of cheap DVD rentals it's got to be one of the great ripoffs on the market - shockingly bad choice and always so late at releasing stuff. That Sky Box Office is pay per view is just shocking.
We only picked up Sky Movies when we got Sky HDi, and it unquestionably improves the experience. A good HD transfer is better than DVD. And a lot better than those grody pictures they send out on Telstra.
I've even sat through Bones simply because of the picture quality...
I've been entranced all over again by the bright new pictures on TV. Although I'm not sure if "entranced" is quite the right word for a Bones autopsy in HD ...
But a note of caution for those in apartment buildings - there are apparently lots of issues with building distribution systems.
As you've discovered, the indoor aerials generally work rather well.
And Russell, you and Wallace need to pitch for much improved picture quality on Backbenches and Media7. I'm not sure if it's a capture issue, broadcast quality issue or what but Backbenches is almost painful to watch with it's artifacts and "crawling"...
We're not being broadcast at HD bandwidth, so we're never going to look like the main channels do. And little low-budget shows don't get to pick the nicest gear ...
Freeview is like watching TV only better, whereas SKY is TV only better plus poor mans' versions of watching a sports match in person or going to the movies. The products aren't equivalent (Yet - with some decent investment, I'm sure Freeview can build viable movie and sport channels).
Fair enough. Pay TV will always have the premium content. But for basic sports and movies (ie, not Rialto, Rugby Channel, etc) you're looking at nearly $90 per month, and more than $100 a month for HD. That's quite a lot.
Just noticed that someone from Freeview answered a lot of questions for Geekzone readers this month.
It's a useful read.
No eating babies, yet? :)
Quite the contrary.
Paula Bennett just came off very well in a 3 News report.
Rodney Hide has now told journalists that bulk funding of schools will be investigated by the Leadership Council.
Anne Tolley's first act as Education minister has been to have to deny emphatically that a return to bulk funding is an option.
Hide seems to be somewhat out of control.