Olivia Wannan at Stuff reports
We’ve funded the shows, but what rights do we have to watch them online?
Government funding agency NZ On Air is arguing that partially and fully funded television content should be permanently and freely available on the web.
But the idea is being opposed by producers and broadcasters, whose on-demand streaming of shows is typically taken down a few weeks after their broadcast dates.
With television viewer numbers dropping, a large number of Kiwis are missing the latest taxpayer-funded shows, a report from NZ On Air says.
Even the most popular programmes are seen by a just fraction of the total available audience. The top-rating New Zealand’s Got Talent, for instance, is being watched by just under a quarter of the population.
But with online audiences growing, the agency is proposing a permanent online home such as NZ On Screen, its own television and film-content website, for all funded television.
“Audiences expect to be able to access content when and where they want,” the report says.
I’m with NZ On Air with this one. Move with the times. We paid for it, we want to see it. And not just when broadcasters put it on air. Read more »