Internet TV

Looking back over the last week or so, I’ve spent more time in front of a computer screen than a TV screen for my TV needs.  It started with keeping track of developments at Parliament with the Privileges Hearing, and of course the now infamous two dead snapper held up by David Shearer.

via TV3 News

via TV3 News

On Saturday I found myself with net access but in a place without Sky TV.  A little nimble Google-Fu had me watching the All Blacks a mere 1 minute 40 seconds delayed over the live broadcast.

Next, I tuned into the Louis Vuitton Cup final races just before taking the kids to school – then rushing back to see Team New Zealand take the cup.

In an increasingly busy life with lots of commitments but improving connectivity, I seem to squeeze my TV watching in when I can, often multi-tasking (ahem, working…).  The days of sitting in front of the TV are coming to an end for me.

I want it when I want it, I want what I want, and I want traditional media channels to make it available to me.  Now.

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German internet mogul Kim Dotcom has been granted bail this morning.

The 38-year-old founder of file-sharing website was arrested in January following a raid on his Coatesville mansion.

It is understood new evidence has come to light, paving the way for bail to be granted.

US authorities are still seeking his extradition.

Source: Stuff

Two New Zealand residents were among those arrested this morning following a raid on the home of’s founder Kim Schmitz, aka Kim Dotcom.

As part of an FBI operation, the $30m home of the German-born New Zealand resident Schmitz was raided as part of a swoop on the world’s largest file-sharing website,

Detective Inspector Grant Wormald from the Organised and Financial Crime Agency NZ (OFCANZ) said $6m worth of vehicles, art and other luxury items were found on the property by the 70 police and armed offenders squad members who carried out the raid.

“We were aware there were a number of people there. We had a range of issues we had to deal with…in getting from the gate to the door. It wasn’t simply a case of going up and knocking on the door,” Wormald said.

Four of the 15 people at the property were arrested – Schmitz; Bram van der Kolk, a Dutch-born New Zealand resident; and German’s Finn Batato and Mathias Ortmann. They will appear in the North Shore District Court this afternoon.

“All the accused have been indicted in the United States. We will continue to work with the US authorities to assist with the extradition proceedings,” Wormald said.

UPDATE: The four men arrested this morning have all been denied bail after appearing in the North Shore District Court this afternoon. They have been remanded in custody until another bail hearing on Monday.

Source: Stuff

Sky TV has shrugged off comments that its new iSky internet TV platform has a clear advantage because Sky has premium content locked up.

A Herald story this morning has First New Zealand Capital analyst Sarndra Urlich commenting on the new platform which launches on November 24.

Urlich says Sky is safe in launching the product as they have no real threats from anyone else, as she believes stand-alone internet TV models would not work and global providers such as Netflix, Google TV and Apple TV would not be interested in NZ due to its small size.

She highlights content as being key to the success of iSky.

“The reality is, and has always been, that unless competitors have premium content their competitive threat is absolutely diluted, regardless of the distribution platform,” Urlich said.

“Sky TV has already locked up premium local and international content, both as it pertains to standard and internet rights.

“It is not a stretch to imagine that Sky has serious leverage with international studios, given its pre-eminent position in New Zealand.

“Given the benign competitive environment in New Zealand, Sky can afford to sit back and observe the [internet TV] model as it plays out,” she said.

Sky’s chief executive John Fellet dismissed calls that Sky was locking up content to dominate the market.

He pointed out that TVNZ and TV3 each have exclusive rights to replay content on their on demand websites.

Source: Herald