Media Wrap: TV bosses race Netflix to rights |Telstra scrapping T-Box

By AdNews | 22 September 2014

Blocking Netflix

TV bosses are rushing to buy up the rights to TV shows, in a bid to hamper Netflix before it arrives on our shores, the Australian Financial Review has reported. TV bosses are hoping to activate "holdback" rights, which could effectively block other players from running new TV shows on subsciption video on demand services for up to 18 months.

ABC jobs on the block

More than 300 jobs at the national broadcaster could be set to go as the ABC negotiates with the federal Government over ongoing funding, the Australian reports. The future of high-profile programs such as Lateline could be on the line as part of a wide-ranging restructure to cut costs.

Nine crows on demo win

The Nine Network has claimed its dominance of the 25-54 year old demographic, saying rival Channel 7 has "no chance" of winning the demographic by years' end, reports The Australian. The effects of shows such as The Block and Big Brother had effectively put Nine in an unassailable lead, with the network enjoying a 32% share of audience, leading Seven on 30.7% and Ten on 21.4%. Seven claims it hadn't tried to win the demographic, instead skewing towards the over-55 market, which it leads with a 30.8% share.

T-Box to go the way of the T-Rex

Telstra is seeking to scrap its T-Box personal video recorder and replace it with a cheaper set-top box, reports the Australian Financial Review. The cheaper box will host Foxtel's Presto subscription service, which is set to be launched in March. Telstra did not comment directly on commercial matters, but sources close to the move said the T-Box would not be continued in its current form.

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