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When in 1876, via the worlds first telephone, Alexander Graham Bell summoned his assistant with the Alexander Bell & John Baird - History of Televison words "Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you", little did he know that in 1925, a mere half century later, a fellow Scotsman, John Logie Baird, would be transmitting the visual expressions of his office boy, a young and apprehensive William Taynton via the worlds first workable television system.

The synergism of these two inventions is history.

The marriage of these two technologies has revolutionized the world and in many respects has done more for international peace and the global village than any other single factor.

It is hard to hate thy international neighbour when your eldest boy plays cricket with his son and you are stealing his country’s cuisine.

Practical colour TV broadcasts began in 1951. Bell telephone refined networks, Apple delivered the personal computer and Tim Berners-Lee gave us the beginnings of the World Wide Web in1990.

Telstra T-BoxAs Telstra launches the internet driven T-Box and the Australian NBN swings into operation one can only wonder if it’s possible that the Free to Air Terrestrial and Satellite broadcasts of Australian TV programs may disappear altogether in our grandchildren’s world.

It has been suggested that a standard connection fee for the N.B.N will be around today’s equivalent of $40 a month with additional charges for other services. The T-Box and its programming are not free.

One thing is for sure though; the Australian Government needs a sure-fire and popular vehicle with which to communicate to its constituents.

(I say “to” rather than “with” because history has proven that the communication has generally been one way. United States president Herbert Hoover liked to say that the difference between dictatorship and democracy was simple: dictators organize from the top down, democracies from the bottom up.)

Who remembers government synchronized broadcasts which have simultaneously tied up every channel and the endless propaganda delivered at election time.?

The bureaucrats need FTA terrestrial.

The Australian Government cannot, (at least under the current constitution) bully it’s citizenry to subscribe to internet TV, although they have pretty much bullied us to the internet for everything else by either downsizing or removing equivalent services.

Although providers can’t force consumers to change at this point there is no doubt that the internet is going to become a bigger part of television delivery in the future.

Free TV AustraliaStill, the commercial F.T.A. networks I believe, are here to stay for decades and have formed a strong and effective political lobby under their alliance, “Free TV Australia.”

Perhaps there are also national emergency considerations as well. Terrestrial VHF / UHF television delivery and the redundancy that a multiplicity of transmitters offers is a great defence against a single system failure or terrorist attack and that is exactly what is available with a network of independent major T.V. transmitters and their repeater stations. TV over the radio waves also provides reception to travellers with a conventional TV set in many locations.

So, regardless of the march of convenience and the lure of the dollar bill, I suspect that while ever there is an unsettled world; there will be a need for the means of national communications via terrestrial radio delivery, regardless of commercial considerations.

Austar Satellite TelevisionIt’s worth noting that under Austar’s current agreement, the commercial FTA channels can only be received via a conventional terrestrial antenna system.
If this system is inadequate for reception from a normal TV set then it will not work well when incorporated into an Austar set top box.

Vast Television ServicesThough retransmission thru the Austar satellite is, technically feasible, for regional areas, commercial considerations have restricted satellite delivery of the major Australian commercial network channels to V.A.S.T. and land based transmitters.

Foxtel Satellite Television Service
Foxtel carries some major F.T.A. network programs but this service is restricted to the major population centres.

SelectvSelecTV is pretty much defunct except for a few foreign language channels. It never did carry the Australia commercial channels via satellite, and in its closing days offered a combo box for the reception of F.T.A., standard definition only, a decision which left many SelecTV installers bewildered to say the least.

 

   

 

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PINKTRONIX - TV Antenna Service
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PINKTRONIX - TV Antennas
PINKTRONIX - Australian TV Channels
PINKTRONIX - Some TV History
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