I missed this while we were away but TVNZ has removed all the TVNZ7 content from ondemand. Their reasoning?
“We’re more sensitive than we used to be about leaving material online indefinitely because we do have to pay for data storage
This is both hilarious and appalling all at the same time. It would seem that no one has checked the cost of data storage recently.
As these shows were funded and paid for by the taxpayer, shouldn’t they either be released, uploaded to YouTube or at least handed over to NZOnScreen so that those who do want to enjoy them as part of the long tail will be able to?
The NBR’s Chris Keall asks a great question:
this mini-controversy highlights an interesting issue: what happens to digital content (which is forever) as channels come and go in the fast-moving new media environment?
While it maybe difficult to answer that question for a commercial operator, if the taxpayer has funded the content, surely it should be made available through other means.
Here’s hoping all that investment isn’t lost forever.