Posts by Myles Thomas

  • Hard News: Over the paywall?, in reply to Kirk Alexander,

    How not workable? Levies exist throughout most industries without problem. Yes Netflix would be one of a small minority of websites who successfully operate paywalls, most of which sell exclusive video content. I'm referring to everything else.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Over the paywall?,

    What continues to bother me is that while the content creators struggle to monetise their work the distributors are rolling in it, just for connecting a few wires and superior marketing. I strongly believe govt should levy the ISPs and distribute that to content creators - stuff and nzherald included.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Radio New Zealand: changing…,

    By chasing another 500,000 listeners (content consumers?) Radio NZ may be entering its own little ratings race. Meeting that target they might be tempted to shorten all reports, keep it snappy, run competitions and stick to more positive themes. Hard to believe but look at the rest of NZ media.

    Anyone concerned about this might want to visit www.betterbroadcasting.co.nz (shameless plug sorry Russell)

    TVNZ problems started when it went into competition with TV3 and the marketing department now makes all programme decisions. Radio NZ are not at that point yet.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Sportsball Special!,

    Gp a - Brazil and Croatia
    Gp b - Nederland and Spain
    Cp c - Columbia and Côte d'Ivoire
    Gp d - Uruguay and England
    Gp e - France and equador
    Gp f - Argentina and Bosnia
    Gp g - Portugal and Germany
    Gp h - Belgium and Korea
    Brazil beat Spain
    England beat Columbia
    Nederlands beat Croatia
    Uruguay beat Côte d'Ivoire
    France beat Bosnia
    Portugal beat Korea
    Argentina beat equador
    Belgium knock out Germany!
    France beat Portugal
    Brazil beat England
    Argentina beat Belgium
    Nederlands beat Uruguay
    Brazil beat France
    Nederlands beat Argentina
    Argentina beat France for third
    Brazil beat Nederlands and win.

    Ok so I'm following form and favourites but it's pretty much preordained.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Ides of Epsom,

    Polling has revealed National's chances of winning Epsom have risen sharply after viewers watching Q+A assumed the Bag of Flour WAS National's candidate. Many Epsom voters noted that the Bag of Flour made more sense, looked more confident and understood the issues better than ACT's David Seymour.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Circumstance and coincidence, in reply to nzlemming,

    Yeah yeah. 30 odd years is a trend of non-military GGs. Strange to change back but not conclusive of anything, just unusual.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Circumstance and coincidence,

    Much is made of the appointment of a non-military person to head GCSB. Equally it is worth considering the appointment of a military person to GG.

    I remember some uncertainty and intrigue in the news around who would replace Sir Anand prior to Key appointing Mataparae.

    With the many able candidates to GG why appoint someone who's just been appointed to a very important role? And why the military man? That's unusual for GG who has been usually an ex-legal or politician.

    This wouldn't be the only instance of the PM kowtowing to US bigwigs who just flew in. To town.

    Another coincidence.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Weirder yet,

    I can imagine being in that jokey blokey setting with everyone being more outrageous than the next and it all being harmless fun. And if you sat back and DIDN'T join in you'd be the egg who no one trusts. Context is important obviously but possibly many people don't get the context because they've never mixed in those edgy circles.

    People need to stop making uninformed unilateral judgements about each other.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Access: I Can’t See You, But You Should…,

    Roll on public service broadcasting.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Poll Day 2: Queasy,

    Suzanne's right. Channels take a surprising amount of notice of the telephone logs.

    Auckland • Since Apr 2011 • 83 posts Report Reply

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