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Wednesday, 2/9/2015


'Netflix for pirates' in Hollywood's sights

Popcorn Time, the software dubbed "Netflix for pirates" and "Hollywood's worst nightmare", is now in the sights of movie studios as it continues to gain traction among those who find its simple once-click user interface too hard to resist.

Source: SMH


DBC opts against appeal in iiNet piracy ruling

The owner of the Dallas Buyers Club film has decided not to appeal a recent ruling in its ongoing piracy fight with a number of Australian ISPs, and will instead rework how it plans to calculate damages from alleged infringers.

Source: iTnews Australia


​Optus, Exetel sign two-year NBN aggregation deal

Exetel will have access to all of Optus' National Broadband Network points of interconnect and technologies under a new agreement.

Source: ZDNet Australia


Telcos riled by ACCC broadband monitoring plan

The competition regulator is on a collision course with the telecommunications industry over its plan to measure the performance of fixed broadband services.

Source: iTnews Australia


Optus to provide Exetel with nbn aggregation services

Optus Wholesale has announced it will deliver nbn aggregation services exclusively to Australian ISP provider Exetel, extending its 10-year relationship.

Source: ARN


Tuesday, 1/9/2015


Australian anti-piracy notice scheme delayed

September 1, 2015, was supposed to be the start date of a new anti-piracy scheme that would see Australians receive "copyright infringement" notices from their ISP if they were caught downloading music, TV shows or films illicitly online.

Source: SMH


Telstra rolls over and offers data/call credit roll over on pre-paid

Telstra’s Pre-Paid Freedom Plus plans now come with data and call credit roll over, matching some competitors at long last with much better value.

Source: iTWire


Presto's HD Content Library Goes Live Today, So How Much Bandwidth Will It Need?

After a few months in testing, Presto’s HD offering goes out to the public today. Users will be able to experience 1080p content as well as 5.1 channel surround sound. We know just how much it takes to run a HD stream from Netflix, but what does it take from Presto? What sort of speed do you need?

Source: Gizmodo


NBN under fire for affordability, accessibility

NBN's satellite service is reportedly too expensive for lower socio-economic groups to afford, with critics saying the 'fair use' download restrictions constrain access and availability to those with limited choices.

Source: ZDNet Australia


ACCC defends approval of TPG/iiNet merger

ACCC chairman Rod Sims has defended his decision to approve TPG’s takeover of iiNet, but admitted it was not a “black and white” issue.

Source: iTnews Australia


NBN should be prepared for disaggregation: ACCC chair

The chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Rod Sims, has repeated his belief that NBN should be prepared for a potential future breakup of the company into separate entities.

Source: Computerworld


Monday, 31/8/2015


Battle of the blowouts: How real can Labor make its Real NBN?

If Labor wants to bring more fibre to the premises into the NBN mix, then it must decide how much extra money it will allow NBN to spend.

Source: ZDNet Australia


More data, longer expires says Optus

Optus has upped data allowances with a new mobile broadband plan, now giving its mobile customers 50GB with a one year expiry.

Source: iTWire


Aussie telcos push for severe restructure of ACMA

Australia's telcos have put forward their proposals for the future of communications regulator ACMA, with the country's two largest carriers recommending the regulator be severely wound back or scrapped altogether.

Source: iTnews Australia


iiNet CEO David Buckingham leaves company

CEO of Perth-based internet service provider iiNet, David Buckingham, has left the company, according to multiple sources.

Source: SMH