As I’ve said before, broadcast spectrum is a valuable, finite asset that needs to be managed properly - no-one (community, commercial, government broadcasters) should have any more or less right to access to it - before everyone jumps on me, this isn’t a reflection on the quality of their product - but gone are the days of needing to allocate a large chunk of bandwidth for a single channel
I think we can safely say that while Sky News’ political commentary programs rate well by the relatively low standards of Pay TV in Australia, they get comparatively miniscule figures even compared to the individual market ratings of a 6pm news bulletin in Sydney or Melbourne on a bad day.
Do I think programs like “The Bolt Report” and “Paul Murray Live” would be popular if they aired on primetime free to air TV? I’d personally like to say no but realistically, the answer is probably yes knowing how well personalities on conservative-tilting talk radio stations rate in some metro markets.
Personally I agree but despite being a (generally) more professionally operated station than CTS-31 ever was, unfortunately TVS was disadvantaged from the start due to a number of factors which were no fault of their own.
I suspect TV broadcasters are going to have to share multiplexes if/when we transition over to DVB-T2 and HEVC (because of the money that can be made by selling off even more spectrum to the telcos in the process), but that worthy discussion is for another topic.
It’s a good point. It’s like South Melbourne supporters believing they have an inherit right to be in the A-League. They can apply like everyone else and wait for more deserving outfits. Just like Sky should.
Maybe the technicalities of taking it from a international link?
I know the BBC News at 6 replay on SBS at 7am sometimes has captions and that comes off a HD satellite link, so it might be achievable with Sky News UK (who caption at least 80% of their content domestically).
I’ve seen MLB Strike Zone on ESPN with captions, although these had been accidentally turned on by whoever had set up the feed from the Satellite box, so I don’t know how sending those out via a signal would work.