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The NBN and TV

Date: Thursday, 22 October 2009
Venue: Clayton Utz, Level 30, 1 O'Connell Street, Sydney

What form will television and audiovisual services take in the NBN era?  Who will use and fund them, and what policy changes will be needed? 

This seminar was about the time when a functioning NBN will extend across the country.

Seminar program

SESSION 1 (2:00-3:30):  TV via the NBN: how will it look and how will it work?
Geof Heydon, Director, Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent Asia Pacific (slides)
Professor Gerard Goggin, Deputy Director, Journalism and Media Research Centre, UNSW (speaking notes)
Bob Peters, Director, Global Media Analysis (slides)
- Comparative technical efficiency of radiated vs fibre for audiovisual services
- Future audience/consumer preferences and needs
- What mix of storage-based and communications-based channel?
- Will different kinds of programs trend towards different delivery; e.g. sport, movies, music?
- Consumer prices for the competing services
- Funding for the channels and their program content
- What will be happening in the rest of the world?

SESSION 2 (4:00-5:30): Policy and legal issues
Kate Jordan
, Partner, Clayton Utz (slides) and John Fairbairn, Partner, Clayton Utz (slides)
Rob Nicholls, Consultant, Gilbert + Tobin (speaking notes)
Patrick Fair, Partner, Baker & McKenzie (slides)
- Australian content 
- Control and ownership of media, nationally and locally
- Impact of the Australia-US FTA
- Treatment of user-generated content
- Copyright
- Censorship
- Advertising, including: children, political matter, food and alcohol
- Must-carry obligations

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