Satellite TV

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 07:32
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Many of you will be as frustrated as I am by the bureaucratic process required to access free-to-air satellite TV. The need for authorisation, and re-authorisation at regular intervals, often leaves you wondering whether it is really worth all the effort.

It seems to me that we Aussies ought to be able to access Australian satellite channels wherever we live, or wherever we travel. Without the nonsense.

I was spurned into action by Imparja's recent decision to no longer authorise access to travellers at all. They will only provide service to permanent residences within their broadcast zone. Their actions may well be reasonable in view of the cost of administering the authorisation process, so I am not going to cast stones at them.

But I have decided to try and do something about it and have launched a petition for "deregulation of free-to-air sateliite TV", and to tackle the legislative environment head on. I am aware of the arguments for restricted broadcast zones, but in an age when it is becoming increasingly common to view TV on the internet from overseas, it makes no sense to restrict Aussies free access to Australian TV.

I am planning to promote the petition to the CMCA, satellite equipment suppliers/installers, manufacturers of RV's and other leisure equipment, the Caravan and Motorhome Magazine, and other web sites to garner support. The aim is to present the petition to the Federal Minister for Communications during 2009.

For more details, and to sign, visit link text

Phil

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Reply By: Flipp'n Lorry - Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 07:34

Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 07:34
For more details, and to sign, visit Aussie Sat TV Petition
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Follow Up By: Pixellator - Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 08:41

Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 08:41
Great idea Phil... I've signed and forwarded it.

If you are looking for extra publicity/exposure, you could contact Westprint - www.westprint.com.au or by email at info@westprint.com.au

No doubt you are familiar with their weekly enewsletter, Friday Five. There is a thread on the newsletter at present regarding Imparja.

There are probably lots of other sites that other members may suggest.

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Follow Up By: Uncle Dodgy - Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 00:21

Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 00:21
Thanks for the heads up Phil

I have signed the petition and made a small donation to support the site as well.

Good luck with this Phil, it affects so many of us.

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Follow Up By: Bushtucker Man - Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008 at 21:19

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008 at 21:19
Hi Phil,

I, like some others don't have sat/tv but have signed the petition, good luck.

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Reply By: Sawtybt - Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 19:58

Sunday, Nov 16, 2008 at 19:58
Hello Phil,

I've also signed and forwarded it.

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Reply By: Rockgoc - Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 00:54

Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 00:54
G'day Phil. I have also signed the petition and subscribed to the Friday Five. Looks like a good read.
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Reply By: Flavs - Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 06:01

Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 06:01
Hi Phil I too have signed, though we don't have satelite, but no doubt will in the future. Free to air should be that: FREE!

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Reply By: Deleted User - Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 18:15

Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 18:15
G'day Phil,

I have also signed the petition. Let us know how you go.

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Reply By: Motley - Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 20:49

Monday, Nov 17, 2008 at 20:49
Thanks Phil for gettingthe petition up and running.

I've signed up.

Fingers crossed that someone take a good dose of common sense pills!!
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Reply By: MEL and TOBY - Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008 at 08:54

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2008 at 08:54
I've signed too Phil,

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Reply By: Flipp'n Lorry - Friday, Nov 21, 2008 at 02:23

Friday, Nov 21, 2008 at 02:23
Thanks to those who have already signed the petition. This was launched last Sat' 15 Nov' and we have just reached the first "hundred".

I have now added a 'Petition Meter' and 'Blog' to my site for those who wish to follow progress.

I reckon that to have any sway at all with the Minister, we need around 5,000 signatures (yes, a REAL BIG challenge). But I believe it can be done and am trying to get publicity through various Associations and, hopefully, the rural community also.

You can help by spreading the word on other forums and blogs, your workplace, or providing a link from your own website. And the more links, the higher the ranking on Google search

Together, we can do it.

Phil

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Follow Up By: NIK `N` OFF - Friday, Nov 21, 2008 at 03:55

Friday, Nov 21, 2008 at 03:55
Petition meter is a good idea, Lets hope we see it go through the roof. I signed it when you 1st got this going, ive just sent the link to my Satellite set up supplier.
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Reply By: Flipp'n Lorry - Saturday, Jan 17, 2009 at 03:01

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We have now passed the 300 signature mark on the petition. Thanks to all those who have supported this.

But my target is 5,000 signatures to have any suasion with the Minister.

For more details, CLICK HERE for info and the opportunity to add your signature.
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Follow Up By: Freewheelers - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 01:08

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 01:08
Gidday Phil,

After a shocking memory lapse, have finally followed through and added our sigs to your petition. Good luck, and hope to cross paths with you later this year

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