AUSTRALIAN television Channel Nine’s broadcast of NRL and State of Origin matches are free-to-air broadcasts.
Everyone who watches Channel Nine-televised matches hear from the commentators that the event is televised exclusively free-to-air.
I believe the only paid-to-view matches are the ones covered by Fox TV, which includes some NRL matches but not the State of Origin.
Therefore, if Channel Nine-televised matches, which include NRL and State of Origin, are free to air, can the ICCC confirm and verify whether Digicel (PNG) is breaching any law in PNG and in Australia by making Papua New Guineans pay for the playbox and units to watch the Channel Nine broadcasts of NRL and State of Origins matches which are televised as free-to-air coverage in the host country?
The free-to-air coverage is only restricted to Digicel (PNG) and not EM TV and NBC in PNG as the latter two do not charge viewers because they promote free-to-air coverage.
If viewers in Australia, New Zealand, England and other overseas countries are watching free-to-air coverage, why has Digicel (PNG)’s broadcast of NRL and State of Origin matches become paid-to-view?
Papua New Guineans love NRL and State of Origin matches and have been enjoying watching the games free until Digicel (PNG) TV started televising Channel Nine’s coverage.
Digicel’s wide infrastructure coverage in PNG allows the company to reach out to the rural population.
Its broadcast of Fox’s coverage of NRL matches are fair to Papua New Guineans as it is a paid-to-view program, but when broadcasting other events that are free in Australia and elsewhere, why aren’t they free here?
Hunters Tok Stret