Not getting the NBN

My last blog post was preparing for the NBN. To recap, NBN is short for the National Broadband Network which is the name for the broadband network that exists in Australia. The NBN is a wholesaler providing the infrastructures which exists in a lot of homes in Australia. To get an NBN order, you must ring a telecommunications company providing the NBN technology for an order. For several years, I have been a customer of the Optus cable technology. Before the NBN was ready, I had high hopes with the availability of this technology in the inner-west suburbs of Sydney which is the area of my residence. Not long after my last blog post, the NBN was ready around my residence. I got letters from telecommunications companies where I am not a customer. Not long after it was Optus. Their letter had a disconnection date with the current technology as early as September 2017. If not making an NBN order by that date. For personal reasons, I was not ready to make an NBN order considering trying to make for September but given June or July connection dates which were not to all right for me. I made two orders for Optus NBN but cancelled them both for personal reasons. I decided not to make another order for the NBN with Optus or other companies because I was very dissatisfied big time with customer service of a very low standard.

I did manage to buy a 4G wireless broadband product with a subsidiary brand of a big telecommunications business & got connected with no hassle after going to an electrical business to buy a modem. The current strange scenario is I have a 4G wireless broadband account with this other telecommunications business & as well, still have an Optus home account with their technology. The disconnection date of the Optus letter never happened & the date of disconnection is not till the end of 2018 according to the NBN. It is a shame that I have spent hundreds of dollars no thanks to Optus that I could have saved. I could have connected with the 4G wireless broadband with the telecommunications business I recently signed up with later for my liking. If I want to proceed with future disconnection, I must ring Optus personally to switch it off. Not at all using this so called old equipment for free either. I am totally not all interested in getting the NBN now. Sticking with this 4G wireless broadband product that I have signed up with for quite a while.

Not NBN Ready Yet

foxteliqhdThe Australian NBN is coming to my neighbourhood. The NBN is short for the National Broadband Network which is an Australian Government Business Enterprise. I have looked the at the NBN website & the rollout in my neighbourhood is in May to June 2017. It could be in time or it might be delayed. This NBN is about the having the latest technology related to the landline telephone, broadband internet & pay TV. There are a number of technologies involved depending where you live in Australia. I currently have a landline telephone, broadband internet & pay TV. I use the older cable technology in the meantime. I am happy using it. I live in the inner western suburbs of Sydney in Australia.

I have got good news with Optus TV featuring Foxtel. The sports pack stayed at $25. It did not go up in price at all. Good on you Optus. This deal however will only last to the NBN switchover. If I really want Foxtel in the future. Have to contact Foxtel. With their cable service, the base entertainment, sports & high definition version of these channels. I am proven right of hitting well over the 60 Australian dollar mark for a month. Not including a set top box tax & installation fee. Only a $50 discount. Dreadfully overpriced I afraid. Not worth the trouble & not worth the money. Getting Foxtel Play is a better bet if really want Foxtel in the future with live & catch up TV application for online viewing. The prices are more reasonable as well. Can view this application via a number of devices. Can put the application on the laptop & connect a cable to the TV set.

I am an Optus customer. With the NBN ready offer, they don’t offer Foxtel. They have joined forces with budget pay TV outfit Fetch like number of other Australian telecommunication businesses. Their brand name is “Yes TV by Fetch”. Their NBN ready offer is a new modem for NBN broadband, a phone with choice of pay for phone use or a phone pack & of course, their Fetch TV pack. No point buying a Fetch box at JB Hi-Fi when Optus will give it away for me if I really want it. For the time with TV, enjoying watching Foxtel provided by Optus with this old relic of set top box which will be an antique piece very soon. This photo above will be handy for any memories down the track of the way I used to watch TV.

Pay TV without the Sports pack

Welcome back everyone. I have not being able to do a post for personal reasons & health reasons. I do thank everyone for their interest in the past blog posts.

I have being a subscriber of Optus TV featuring Foxtel in Australia for quite a while now. I used to be a Foxtel subscriber in Australia as well. I still have pay TV but with a reduced plan these days. I used to have the Sports pack but had to drop the plan for financial reasons. Till this month, the Sports pack was $25 but has being increased to $29. Foxtel have being claiming they had to increase the price of the Sports pack due to the price of production costs. My current plan is the lowest plan which is called the Entertainment plan which is the $25 plan plus the high definition viewing tax of $10. It is handy there for free to air reception & watching the news channels that are available on this pack. I feel it is best available option for me at the present time since I have very horrible free to air television reception via the indoor antenna that I have. All prices in this article are all in Australian dollars. Bye for now & have a good day.

Should I keep pay TV?

This is my first post of 2016. Sorry it has being a long time. I have being busy doing other projects like studying an information technology course at an adult community college in Sydney, Australia. Being watching a lot of Fox Sports via the Sports Pack during my spare time. I am an Optus TV featuring Foxtel customer. As much I would like to cut cable, I prefer to watch sport at home than going to the venue paying the admission & the snacks. I feel paying 60 Australian dollars a month for the Entertainment plus Sports is not a bad deal. It is so cold here in Sydney, Australia for now. Here are some Australian pay TV available options above in the menu worth checking out.

 

    Optus TV, Foxtel & Foxtel from Telstra Sports Pack channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1
  2. Fox Sports 2
  3. Fox Sports 3
  4. Fox Footy
  5. Fox Sports 4
  6. Fox Sports 5
  7. ESPN
  8. ESPN 2
  9. Eurosport
  10. BeIN Sports 1
  11. BeIN Sports 2
  12. BeIN Sports 3
  13. LFCTV
  14. MUFC TV
  15. Chelsea TV

I hope all this information has being of use to you. All the best & bye for now.

All the prices were correct at the time of publishing.

The Beatles have made it to streaming.

The biggest news in music from a number of sources is all The Beatles’ music is on available on all streaming services from Christmas Eve 2015. It is already available in Australia and major markets like the UK and the USA. This includes all the music catalogue. This is a chance for the current generation to listen to the sounds of The Beatles.

So far the main players in the streaming market are Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play Music, Tidal and Microsoft’s Groove.

Thank you for the graphic which is from the official Beatles website. For more details, go to the official Beatles website which is thebeatles.com

I have no commercial interest myself which is related to The Beatles. It is happy holidays from myself Peter from Sydney, Australia.

Not a fan of the Windows 10 upgrade

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This image is courtesy of the Microsoft Australia website

The latest operating system that you can upgrade to is the Windows 10 operating system if you bought a personal computer (PC) with Windows 7 or Windows 8. I bought a PC with Windows 7 a few years back. I did upgrade my PC to Windows 8. My main issue that it made the PC more complicated. The speed of the PC surprising didn’t slow down. Windows 8 saw the introduction of the App Store for the PC which didn’t exist in Windows 7. Had to navigate to go to websites to retrieve the applications. The intention of Windows 10 was to simplify from Windows 8 and the navigate with less time. One unique feature is the introduction of Microsoft Edge, a new browser only available for Windows 10 users which is intended to replaced Internet Explorer which served Microsoft well for a couple of decades.

I have tried the Windows 10 upgrade to feel the simplicity but feel too many teething problems. One problem was the performance of the PC was too slow. Finding Microsoft Edge could not handle using reading the newspaper replica of The Sydney Morning Herald because The Sydney Morning Herald was using the older Adobe Flash software. I was finding so many performance issues with Microsoft Edge that I returned to Windows 8 where speed was lesser a problem. With my current PC, I want to stay with Windows 8 still support from Microsoft remains. I will only use Windows 10 if I get a new computer one day pre-installed with Windows 10.

P.S.: The Sydney Morning Herald is a daily newspaper from Sydney, Australia.