Broadcasting Services Amendment (Digital Television and Datacasting) Bill 2000

Broadcasting Services Amendment (Digital Television and Datacasting) Bill 2000

8 June 2000

© Commonwealth of Australia 2000
ISSN 1441-9920

View the report as a single document - (PDF 368KB)


View the report as separate downloadable parts:

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Membership of the Committee - 39th Parliament (PDF 14KB)
 
List of Recommendations (PDF 9KB)
 
Chapter 1 - Overview (PDF 46KB)

Introduction
The Bill
The Committee’s Inquiry
Overview of major issues
Mandating HDTV
Access to spectrum

 
Chapter 2 - Datacasting (PDF 70KB)

Definition of datacasting
Unfair competition from FTAs
Electronic Program Guides (EPGs)
Powers of the ABA as regulator
Datacasting charges for national broadcasters
Length of datacasting transmitter licences

 
Chapter 3 - Multichannelling and enhancements (PDF 70KB)

Digital Program-enhancement content
Underserved regional licence areas

 
Chapter 4 - Captioning and other important issues (PDF 45KB)

Captioning standards
Reviews required under the Bill
Australian content
Interoperability

 
Minority report by Labor Senators (PDF 126KB)

Executive Summary
Introduction
  Inquiry process
  Development of commercial free-to-air television broadcasting regulation
  1998 legislative policy framework
  Criticisms of framework
Datacasting
  Definition – criticisms
  Alternative definitions
  ABA regulatory power
  The national broadcasters and datacasting
  Datacasting transmission licences after the broadcasting moratorium
Multi-channelling by the National Broadcasters
Spectrum loan to commercial television stations and HDTV
Enhanced programming
  Category A enhancements
  Category B enhancements
  Overlap multi-channelling
Reviews
  ABA review – video/audio streaming
  HDTV review
  Simulcast review
  Review of datacasting arrangements
  Review of regulatory and revenue arrangements for datacasting licences
Community broadcasting
Captioning arrangement
Conclusions and recommendations
  Datacasting
  Multi-channelling by the national broadcasters
  Spectrum loan to commercial television stations and HDTV
  Enhanced programming
  Reviews
  Community broadcasting
  Captioning arrangements

 
Australian Democrats' report (PDF 33KB)
 
Appendix 1 - List of submissions (PDF 10KB)
 
Appendix 2 - Individuals who appeared before the Committee at public hearings (PDF 16KB)
 
Appendix 3 - Tabled documents (PDF 9KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment, Communications and the Arts
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Australia

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
Email: ecita.sen@aph.gov.au

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