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New Media: Broadband & Digital Convergence

Digital convergence is the merging of audio, video, and data into a single source that can be delivered by one device to another. With the developing capacity to transfer digital information more rapidly through broadband networks, convergence will increasingly place media, communications and information at the centre of most people's lives. While there are benefits to sourcing greater volumes of international content through such digital networks, Australians also need to share local experiences and stories through digital cultural expression. The AFC takes an active interest in examining the ramifications of convergent trends in Australian new media and emerging broadband environments for Australian content.

2005 House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation Inquiry into pathways to technological innovation

May 2005

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation Inquiry into pathways to technological innovation: Joint AFC, AFTRS and Australia Council Submission (274 Kb)

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation Inquiry into pathways to technological innovation: Joint AFC, AFTRS and Australia Council Submission, Appendix 3 (132 Kb)

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House of Representatives Standing Committee on Science and Innovation Inquiry into pathways to technological innovation: Joint AFC, AFTRS and Australia Council Submission, Appendix 4 (121 Kb)

2004 DCITA Review of the regulation of content delivered over mobile communications devices

November 2004

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2004 DCITA Review of the regulation of content delivered over mobile communications devices: AFC submission, November 2004 (307 Kb)

Flexible Vision: A snapshot of emerging audiovisual technologies and services, and options for supporting Australian content, AFC Report
This AFC report is based upon a compendium of new and forthcoming audiovisual services as at November 2003. Its principal contention is that decisions about future regulatory options need to be a part of a broad communications review rather than settled pre-emptively in the haste of trade negotiations.
November 2003

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Flexible Vision: A snapshot of emerging audiovisual technologies and services, and options for supporting Australian content, November 2003 (437 Kb)

Broadband Media in Australia: Tales from the Frontier, AFC Report
Marion Jacka
October 2001
This report by Marion Jacka explores the threats and opportunities posed by digital convergence for Australian audiovisual content providers. This study demonstrated that a number of overseas trends are becoming apparent here including the trend to cross-media content, the uncertainty of revenue streams and the cost of developing and repurposing content for different and often competing platforms.

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Broadband Media in Australia: Tales from the Frontier, AFC Report, October 2001 (921 Kb)

1999 DCITA Review of Digital Television Format Standards (High Definition Television)

August 1999

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Review of Digital Television Format Standards (High Definition Television), AFC Submission, August 1999 (153 Kb)

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Related Speeches

21 April 2006
Speaker: Drew MacRae, AFC Policy Manager - Acting
Event: dArt 2006, Sydney
Session: Policy Issues and Direction
Download speech2 (pdf 130 Kb)

07 April 2005
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: OzeCulture: Magic, Money and Myth – Financing Creativity
Session: Financing Broadband Production: Public and Private Partnerships
Download speech2 (pdf 159 Kb)

30 July 2003
Speaker: Catherine Griff, AFC Policy Advisor
Event: OzeCulture: Culture with Byte - Brisbane
Session: The Chicken and the Egg – Broadband Content and Infrastructure
Download speech2 (pdf 58 Kb)

30 May 2002
Speaker: Kim Dalton, AFC Chief Executive
Event: OzeCulture: Taking the Next Step- Sydney
Session: Paying Your Way - digital content and industry development
Download speech2 (pdf 84 Kb)

15 October 2001
Speaker: Maureen Barron, AFC Chair
Event: Australian Content in New Media and Launch of Broadband Media in Australia
Session: The Challenges
Download speech2 (pdf 80 Kb)

18 November 1998
Speaker: Cathy Robinson, AFC Chief Executive
Event: Convergence: Culture and Policy in the Digital Age
Session: Australia and Convergence - Highway or Byway
Download speech2 (pdf 97 Kb)


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Related Media Releases

22 Jan 2003
AFC Announces Development Funding For First Broadband Production Initiative Programs

05 Jun 2002
AFC and ABC New Media announce Broadband Production Initiative

15 Oct 2001
Broadband Media in Australia - Tales from the Frontier

31 Aug 2001
AFC welcomes new funding for broadband content

Broadband Media in Australia: Tales from the Frontier