Great idea! I think I’ll be doing the same.


Which reminds me, has that “TV Tower” Youtube user been suspended or removed all his full show content?


I’ve been thinking about the future of SydneyCityTV Videos (in between the usual festive activities, of course) today and have made the difficult decision to close the channel for good.

Although the possibility of things like were considered, I ultimately felt that it would be for the best if I don’t place major copyright concerns on them. Personally I’d be willing to explore new online video opportunities if all networks wish to co-operate with me in the future, but for now feel that it’s time to move on. I’m just fortunate enough to have lasted around seven years online, when similar YouTube channels haven’t lasted half as long.

However despite all of that, I definitely plan to continue taking and interest in and commentating on the Australian media landscape (both here and elsewhere online) in 2019 and for the foreseeable future.


It’s a shame that you have made that decision. :frowning: There wouldn’t be any copyright concerns placed on, because it’s gots millions and millions of archived content on it’s site. Music, movies, tv shows, webpages; everything. I hope you still have the raw recordings of most of your uploads, so that if you do decide to change your mind, you can upload them on one day.


That’s a great shame mate. You hold a hell of a lot of material that shouldn’t just be sitting on a hard drive somewhere. I don’t think you’ll ever have a network on your side, so I understand where you’re coming from, but the worst that will ever happen is a video or channel is removed. I say keep fighting the fight and keep uploading. Don’t let them deter you from doing what you love. Your channel is (was) one of the greatest out there.


That’s a very good idea. When (more like if!) I convert my tapes and upload the content I will consider this, but that will probably be in five years time :laughing:

Nice to see you are doing this, as you have got a valuable range of content (IMO) across your channels.

That’s a real shame. You have to be commended though for your uploading over the past seven years, a major contribution to the media scene. 3000 videos is certainly nothing to be disappointed about. Such a shame that you have had to make this decision, but all good things sadly have to come to an end :disappointed:

As someone from Melbourne I always found the Sydney content interesting.


Haha, hopefully you’ll get a chance to convert your tapes sometime in the future. I know it’s easier said than done though. :stuck_out_tongue: I still haven’t fully converted any of my VHS tapes (I convert just bits and pieces of content) and i’ve been doing this for almost six years! Either way, it would be great to see your recorded TV content one day. :slight_smile:

Thank you, I really appreciate hearing that. :slight_smile: I’ll admit, it’s very tedious (and time consuming) having to re-upload thousands of recordings, but I’ve spent years dedicating myself to recording TV content and I know that I would regret it if I were to just delete all of my YouTube videos. I don’t have the original files for some of my YouTube videos, so if I were to delete them, they would be gone for good.


So far I’ve deleted 310 videos, thankfully I still have the raw files of all videos I’ve uploaded backed up on all three of my external hard drives.


Thanks for the messages of support, I really appreciate them! :slight_smile:

I didn’t really want to close SydneyCityTV Videos at all (let alone on Christmas Day) but figured it would be difficult to continue in the long run knowing that both Seven & Nine have a dim view of their content being uploaded to third party channels. And how long until a CBS-owned Ten decides to follow suit? General interest in the type of YouTube channel I do would probably tank if only public broadcasters & maybe community TV could be covered.

One thing’s for certain: I’ll now be thinking twice before dishing out any online praise for the Nine Network which is a shame, because I’ve often quite liked many elements of their On-Air Presentation & the Sydney news service.


So many times I’ve been looking at old presentation videos on YouTube, only to realise it’s yet another one of your countless uploads. The fact that you’re not making any money from the videos makes this even more ridiculous. Does this mean stuff like Today Show funny bits are at risk too? Channel Nine have made a dumb decision here.

I have genuinely appreciated your effort over the years nonetheless.


I’ve made the decision to privatize all of my uploads until they are uploaded onto With over 2,000 videos on South Coast TV alone, I think it’s just too much of a risk to leave the videos public. I obviously can’t monitor my channels 24/7 and Nine could issue me with a copyright strike while i’m offline.

In the meantime, I’ve already uploaded 70 videos onto my South Coast TV Archive page. Adelaide TV and South Coast TV | International (two of my YT multichannels) have already been completely archived. I still need to archive thousands more uploads across all of my channels. It’s probably going to take me a couple of months to do. :frowning:


I’m in the process of working out compatible video codecs for Archive. Turns out a lot of my earlier wmv and mp4 caps are having audio problems. :frowning:


I’ve created a account, and will be posting more content from there once I figure out the way to upload the existing videos.


It’s been sad reading about and following what’s happened with SydneyCityTV and subsequently, other uploaders needing to take extra precautions to ensure their hard work isn’t lost.

As others have said already, forcing people not to upload videos only harms the networks in the long-run…


I have now archived up to 100 videos on my South Coast TV page:

Only another 2,000 videos to go. :pensive:


The Internet Archive does get served with DCMA takedown notices. But anecdotal evidence is that they ignore them. A writer’s personal experience is at the bottom of this post:


Will you be uploading NYE content from YT from past years


Yep. I’ve already uploaded the one from NYE 2015: :slight_smile:


If you want to embed videos from, right click and copy the link from one of the video files on the right-hand-side of the video details page. Paste the link here and the forum converts it to embedded HTML5 video. :slight_smile:

I doubt it would add to the video’s view count, however.


I didn’t actually know that you could do that, so thanks for letting me know. :slight_smile: