We have been here before, and been disappointed (by ‘Project Kangaroo’), so perhaps don’t get too excited and start cancelling your Foxtel / UKTV subscription, but….
..It is being widely reported that the BBC will lunch a global version of the iPlayer soon, available in Australia. There has been no official statement yet from the BBC Trust, and no launch dates yet, but Luke Bradley-Jones, Managing Director of the Global iPlayer said: “Our research has shown there is an international audience of British TV fans that are frequently watching TV online – and we are excited about rolling out our iPlayer VOD service to meet and grow this demand.” “We strongly believe the Global iPlayer is going to offer an excellent opportunity for the UK’s creative industry to directly reach much sought after digital audiences and revenue streams around the world.”
There no word either on pricing structure. BBC Worldwide makes big money by selling BBC shows to broadcasters around the world, and Australia is a significant market for purchasing BBC programming. They will therefore have to replace that revenue with money from either; advertising, viewers paying to view episodes, or viewers paying a subscription. I suspect they will go subscription model, with possibly the option to buy per show. How much would you be willing to pay? My guess is they will go for something close to AU$10 per month.
The other big question is, will any of the other UK channels be included at launch or in future? This was the plan with the now defunct ‘Project Kangaroo’.
It’s certainly big news for expat Brits in Aus – the only slight disappointment is MOTD doesn’t get feature on iPlayer because of rights restrictions – BOOOOOOOO.
The Inbetweeners is surely the best new comedy to come out of Britan since the Office / Extras. Channel GO have the rights to show season 3 in Australia, but no word yet on when its sheduled to start.
Season 3 started last week in the UK though, and lucky for us someone has uploaded the whole episode to Youtube. Get it while you can below:
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Sky’s, Soccer AM TV show will be shown throughout the 2010/ 2011 season in Australia.
This comes as huge news for Pom sports fans fed up with watching A-League highlights with Les and Craig on the World Game.
At last! and just to confirming – it’s the full, real, English version not a bad Aus remake like Top Gear.
Soccer Am will be shown on Fox Sports 1 every Sunday throughout the year, starting at 9.30am this Sunday. Note to Fox – can you make it Series Link enabled please.
To celebrate here is a classic ’3rd eye’.
More good news – the season kicks off this weekend and every game is on Fox (bless them!):
Sat 14 Aug Tottenham v Manchester City LIVE 9.40pm FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Sat 14 Aug Aston Villa v West Ham LIVE 11.55pm FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Sat 14 Aug Blackburn v Everton LIVE 11.55pm* FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Sat 14 Aug Wigan Athletic v Blackpool LIVE 11.55pm* FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Sat 14 Aug Bolton v Fulham LIVE 11.55pm* FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Sat 14 Aug Sunderland v Birmingham LIVE 11.55pm* FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Sat 14 Aug Wolves v Stoke City LIVE 11.55pm* FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Sun 15 Aug Chelsea v West Brom LIVE 2.25am FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Sun 16 Aug Liverpool v Arsenal LIVE 12.55am FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Mon 17 Aug Manchester United v Newcastle LIVE 4.55am FOX SPORTS 3HD & FOX SPORTS 3
Exited? Watch this and you will be:
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After a very long wait, while the BBC has battled with commercial media companies for the right to launch Apps, they have finally launched a BBC News App.
It’s free, and it has a new cool block format I haven’t seen before, where you can scroll up and down, and left to right. Plus has some live radio and other audio (Newshour, Business Day etc.).
The 60 second video news round up is a nice way to quickly keep up to date with news at home. It’s just a shame there isn’t more video.
POMSTAR Summary: It’s not quite as good as The Guardian App, but its free and its the BBC after all, so well worth downloading. Score: 8/10.
The BBC also has a Sport App, but this hasn’t been updated since the World Cup so dont bother with that for now. Hopefully that will be updated in time for the start of the EPL.
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POMSTAR has created a league in the Deloitte World Cup Fantasy Football Game. It’s quick and easy for you to create a team, its free, and you can win a $200 prize!
1. click here to register and select your team (it takes seconds).
2. Enter this code: 200632 to join the POMSTAR league.
Everyone is welcome in the POMSTAR league so feel free to forward the link and code.
POMSTAR is very excited to announce that the ‘manager’ who selects the winning team in the POMSTAR league will win a prize courtesy of Pacdon Park. The prize is a meat tray, but not just any meat tray, it’s a gourmet English version. The lucky winner can choose $200 worth of the finest meat pies, sausages and black pudding from Pacdon Park, yum!
Pacdon Park is a cool business, started by three guys from Lancashire, who use local Australian ingredients to make the best English pork pies, black puddings and big fat pork sausages. Check out http://www.pacdon.com.au/.
Terms and Conditions
- The game rules for the POMSTAR league are the same as those at http://www.deloitte.fantasyleague.com (the key one being that if there is a draw – most goals will win)
- Prize can not be exchanged for cash, must be redeemed in 2010 and can only be sent to an Australian address.
- POMSTAR also takes the view that it’s unpatriotic not to select Rooney!
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It’s all about Banksy at the moment. Time Out have an exclusive interview with him and managed to get him to create a cover image for them. The Sydney edition is on sale now.
He has also made a film, which launches here at the Sydney Film Festival. Cant wait!
Blackpool have won one of footballs richest games to earn promotion to the Premier League.
The manager is ‘flamboyant’, the teams total wages are less than Rooney’s annual salary, and the grounds capacity is just 16,000.
Welcome to the premier league!
Below is a video of manager, Ian Holloway explaining his sides performance by comparing it to a night out and pulling ‘not the best looking birds’. He should liven up MOTD next year!
The amazing exchange rate and sales at many of the top UK retail websites mean that there has never been a better time to shop online from Australia.
Delivery fees to Australia vary but they tend to be about $15. Even with this additional cost there are still some significant savings to be had.
POMSTAR had a quick scout about the interweb and found some amazing deals: 20% off dresses at M&S, leather jackets from Topshop for $120, and a stack of dresses from Urban Outfitters are half price, just $50.
Go on treat yourself… (click image to go to website)
Urban Outfitters – Half Price Dresses
Kimchi Blue Polkadot Peplum Dress
Was $58.00 now$29.99 = AU$51
Marks and Spencer – 20% Off Dresses
V-Neck 3/4 Sleeve Frill Front Tunic
Now £29.50 = AU$50
TOPSHOP – Sale
Leather Boxy Jacket
Was £135.00 now £70.00 = AU$120
T.M. Lewin – Sale
Black 2 Fold Poplin Button Cuff Rovereto Shirt
Was £85 now £22.50 = AU$38
More Brits Than Ever Before Looking To Leave Broken Britain Nearly 75 per cent of Brits have considered leaving the UK in the past year mainly due to the state of the economy, lack of job opportunities and uncertainty surrounding the future government. Of those surveyed, 31 per cent cite Britain’s poor economy as a reason to leave, 23 per cent feel there is a lack of job prospects in the UK and greater opportunities abroad while 19 per cent are worried about the outcome of this week’s election.
Reasons making Brits want to up sticks and leave the UK include the poor economy, access to jobs and the government . Perhaps surprisingly, just 4 per cent of those surveyed claimed they had enough of Britain’s damp climate.
Top destinations for British Expats in 2010:
Australia – 33%
Canada – 26%
United States of America – 15%
New Zealand – 11%
Spain – 7%
France – 6%
Thailand – 2%
Top 10 reasons why Brits will move away in 2010:
Poor Economy – 31%
Access to jobs – 23%
Poor Government – 19%
Change to Pace of Life – 12%
Tax relief – 9% Weather – 4%
Seeking place to retire -2%
Over 1,029 people were randomly surveyed, conducted by Currency UK
There are three time slots when games will be played throughout the World Cup. Unfortunately these are all during the night in Australia. The first two England games are early starts, and the third group game is a shocker – 1am on a Thursday.
WORLD CUP GROUP FIXTURES (AUS TIME):
ENGLAND V USA – Sun 12 June 5.30am
ENGLAND V ALGERIA – Sat 18 June 5.30am
ENGLAND V SLOVENIA – Thurs 24th June 1am (shocker)
If England win the group they will meet the second place team from Group D. That is likely to be either Serbia or…. Australia! OMG that match would be out of control here. If they slip up and finish second, its likely they will meet Germany.
Staying super positive the ideal scenario is: Success against Serbia (or Australia) which could ensure games with France in the quarters, Brazil in the semis and Spain in the final. Some dream. England’s road to glory is blocked by Vidic, Nicolas Anelka, Kaka and Torres. Some challenge.
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