[LINK] Datacasting in doubt
Sat, 17 Jun 2000 10:27:42 +1000
They're jumping off the Alston Titanic .....
And add this to the reports about no receivers until at least 2nd quarter
2001 for digsets, looks like the Link members called it right and Alston
screwed up again. are we surprised? ...not
Uncertain Telstra dumps datacast
16:45 Friday 16 June 2000
By BARRY PARK
TELSTRA has withdrawn from upcoming datacasting trials,
"serious questions" about the long-term viability of
Australia's largest telecommunications carrier said
today it not be taking
part in the July trials and would be considering its
participation in a trial of the service later in the year.
"Telstra is disappointed with the outcome of the digital
Datacasting Bill as it raises serious questions about
the viability of
datacasting," the company said in a statement issued
"The opportunity to provide new and innovative services
consumers may not be realised unless changes are made to
the Bill," it
Telstra said the significant outlay needed to support
the datacasting trial
needed to be assessed "due to the high level of
uncertainty for datacasters contained in the Bill".
"In addition to this, uncertainty surrounding the
timing and process for allocation of the spectrum
licence for datacasting
is also a key factor in whether participation in the
trial is viable."
Last week, print and online publisher John Fairfax
it had suspended its datacasting trial, citing
"substantial deficiencies" in
the federal government's digital television legislation.
Making the announcement, Fairfax said it would assess
proceed with datacasting trials in Canberra, scheduled
for October and
November this year, depending on subsequent legislative
Fairfax chief executive officer Fred Hilmer said this
datacasting bill "will not permit us to proceed with a
service on a commercially sustainable basis".
Telstra also announced last week its $67.5 million
online content deal
with national media group ABC had fallen through after
Fairfax is the publisher of IT Breaking News.