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HDTV content boosted by Australian Government legislation

It's back to the future for HDTV in Australia
By: Ben Gourlay | Celebrities & Entertainment News | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 12:22 am

As the world slowly moves to embrace 4K content, it's back to the future for High Definition in Australia, as the countries ruling conservative government legislates change which path the way to bring major sporting events such as Australian Rules Football and Rugby League grand finals in higher resolution to terrestrial broadcasting.




Under previously legislated 'anti-siphoning' rules, major sporting events were mandated to be shown on a broadcaster's primary channel, which thanks to late 1990's legislation was also standard definition. But with HD penetration now at 96 percent in the country, this provision no longer makes sense and bandwidth can now be re-allocated to an HD stream. Some broadcasters have previously opted to simulcast big-ticket events on their secondary HD channel, but generally opt not to for commercial reasons.

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