Telstra's IPTV ignorance

Telstra's declaration that over-the-top web-based TV services are not a threat to its media interests is startling in the face of the catastrophic experiences of the music and publishing industries.

Telstra recently stated that it does not see over-the-top IPTV services as a serious threat to the broader media industry. Taking such an approach is, in my view, extremely arrogant and dangerous. In fact, it sounds a lot like the ‘Google schmoogle’ statement of the company’s previous chief executive, Sol Trujillo.

Looking at what these OTT services have done to other industries, such as music and publishing, I would have expected at least a more cautious approach form the telco's present management.

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