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Aussie Broadband announces ultra-fast residential plans
Aussie Broadband has announced its plans for new NBN ultra-fast 1000/50 plans for residential customers.
Aussie plans to launch the new tier this Friday (29 May) to take advantage of NBN’s new wholesale prices, which are also expected to be available from Friday.
“Not surprisingly, we are keen to offer 1Gbps plans as soon as NBN introduces the product,” said Managing Director Phillip Britt.
“The new plan will initially be released for all FTTP premises and some of the HFC network, and we anticipate the footprint will grow with time.”
Under the new wholesale pricing from NBN, Aussie Broadband will offer a 1000/50 residential service with unlimited data for $149 per month, and will drop the prices on its existing 250 plans.
However, Phil warned that because the 1Gbps plan is yet to go to market, peak evening speeds are still to be determined.
“This is a best effort service and peak evening speeds will vary based on network demand at the time,” he said.
“We think that the plan should achieve off-peak speeds of up to 80-90%, depending on the technology type.
“For the moment, we will be advising customers our peak evening speeds for our 250Mbps plans as a baseline until we have collated enough data from our own network testing.”
Aussie will also be strongly recommending that the Google Nest needs to be paired with this plan as more basic routers may not cope.
Phil said that residential customers who are currently on a 250/25 plan will be automatically be migrated onto the cheaper 1000/50 unlimited plan, unless they choose not to change.
Aussie Broadband is also reducing its 250/100 unlimited plan from $219 to $209, and its 250/25 unlimited plan from $169 a month to $129.
“One of the main benefits of having ultra-fast internet is that it supports multiple users on multiple devices — all at once,” Phil said.
“Ultimately we believe that these speeds will give incredibly fast connectivity for customers who want the highest possible speed available,” he said.
Aussie Broadband has also recently announced its Enterprise Business plans will allow connections up to 1000/400 speeds.
MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 27th May, 2020
FOXTEL AND NBCUNIVERSAL INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS
LAUNCH DREAMWORKS POP-UP CHANNEL FOR JUNE
In an Australian first Foxtel, in conjunction with NBCUniversal International Networks (NBCUIN), will launch a DreamWorks pop-up channel for the month of June, offering all Foxtel residential customers exclusive access to the hugely popular content dedicated to kids and family entertainment television. The DreamWorks channel airs in eleven territories across Asia, Europe and the Middle East and now will extend to Australian audiences from Monday, 1st June.
The DreamWorks pop-up channel will offer Foxtel customers extra value to their subscription and provide families with hours of entertainment while isolating at home, with back-to-back television programming featuring the most loved DreamWorks characters.
The channel will be available on Foxtel (Channel 700) for all residential subscribers from Monday, 1st June to Tuesday, 30th June.
Amanda Laing, Commercial Officer, Foxtel Group, said: “This exclusive pop-up channel is a great opportunity for our loyal Foxtel viewers to discover and sample a range of new and exciting family content from the incredible DreamWorks creative team. We’re delighted to work together with our partners at NBCUniversal to provide this additional channel at no extra cost throughout June for our residential customers at a time we know Australians are watching more and more Foxtel at home.”
“We are excited to be able to extend our partnership with Foxtel to offer Australians this pop-up channel with 24-hour access to some of the best-known DreamWorks franchises and characters, bringing the magic of adventure and imagination to our screens,” said Chris Taylor, Managing Director, NBCUniversal International Networks and Television Distribution, ANZ. “We couldn’t think of a more fitting time to be able to give Australians their fix of premium kids and family entertainment while isolating at home.”
For the whole month of June, Foxtel customers will be able to access a leading slate of signature DreamWorks TV shows that take them on a journey from the fantastical and colourful world of Poppy, Branch and all of the Troll Village in Trolls: The Beat Goes On!; to following Po in an epic adventure series, Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny, as he embarks on a journey to teach four mischievous panda cubs who are destined to save the world.
Viewers can join adrenaline-fueled snail, Turbo, and his snail crew in Turbo FAST; and follow Wally and his whip-smart best friend, Wenda, around the globe as they earn their stripes as members of the Worldwide Wanderer Society, taking on a variety of challenges, forming friendships, celebrating cultures and solving problems in Where’s Wally?.
And, in a quest to reach new heights and protect the world, Tales of Arcadia: Trollhunters, will follow an ordinary teenager, Jim Lake Jr., as he plays a crucial role in the ancient battle of good and evil.
Subscribers will also enjoy hours of laughs and their daily dose of comedy with The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle as the world-famous talking moose and flying squirrel bring their goofball antics to the screen available first on Foxtel. Meanwhile in Dawn of the Croods, the world’s first family navigate their way through modern-day life. And entertaining families across the country, The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show will see the world’s smartest dog and his boy, Sherman, host their zany late-night comedy program, jam-packed with great musical acts and very special historical guests.
The DreamWorks pop-up channel will be available to all Foxtel residential subscribers on Channel 700 from Monday, 1st June to Tuesday, 30th June.
THE INMATES CANNOT BE KEPT IN ISOLATION FOREVER
LOCKDOWN IS ENDING AND THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT IS COMING
Seasons 1-7 streaming now on Foxtel
Foxtel today announced its critically acclaimed exclusive drama series Wentworth season 8 will premiere on Tuesday July 28 at 8.30pm, available to watch on FOX SHOWCASE or stream on Foxtel Now.
International broadcasters including 5STAR (UK), TVNZ (New Zealand) and Stod 2 (Iceland) are scheduled to roll out the next chapter within days of Foxtel’s unveiling, with many more global territories set to follow.
Wentworth’s season 7 finale had fans on the edge of their seats with a siege that saw inmates murdered by a corrupt guard, new life born amongst the chaos and a much loved inmate take her final breath, all before the final jaw dropping scene revealing Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson is very much alive.
When Wentworth returns in 2020, the prison community is still reeling from the aftermath of the bloody siege with a new leader at the helm and four heritage characters from the original Prisoner series set to enter the compound.
Season 8 cast includes: Leah Purcell (Rita Connors), Pamela Rabe (Joan ‘The Freak’ Ferguson), Kate Atkinson (Vera Bennett), Katrina Milosevic (Sue ‘Boomer’ Jenkins), Robbie Magasiva (Will Jackson), Kate Jenkinson (Allie Novak), Bernard Curry (Jake Stewart), Rarriwuy Hick (Ruby Mitchell) and Susie Porter (Marie Winter) along with new cast members Kate Box (Lou Kelly), Jane Hall (Ann Reynolds), Zoe Terakes (Rebel ‘Reb’ Keane), Vivienne Awosoga (Judy Bryant) and support cast Jacquie Brennan (Linda Miles) and David de Lautour (Dr. Greg Miller).
Teal Tuesday just got better with Wentworth Zoom backgrounds now available to download at www.foxtel.com.au/wentworth. Get your teal on, set up a Zoom chat with your friends and you can be sitting in specially created virtual Wentworth sets including the yard, laundry, gym or the hub.
Wentworth is a Fremantle production for Foxtel with Fremantle Director of Scripted, Jo Porter and Foxtel’s Senior Drama Consultant, Penny Win as executive producers. Pino Amenta is series producer for season eight. The directors are Kevin Carlin, Beck Cole, Fiona Banks, Corrie Chen, Roger Hodgman and Mat King. The writers are John Ridley, Kim Wilson, Pete McTighe, Max Conroy and Marcia Gardner, who is both script producer and writer. Season 8 is supported by funding from Film Victoria.
Wentworth S8 will premiere Tuesday, July 28 at 8.30pm
Watch on FOX SHOWCASE or stream on Foxtel Now
Seasons 1-7 are currently available to stream on demand
Epson manufactures face masks for use and donation using its patented Dry Fibre paper recycling technology
SYDNEY, 25 May 2020 – Epson has announced that it will apply and use its patented Dry Fibre technology, the same technology it uses within its unique PaperLab A-8000 system, to now start producing face masks for its employees
The masks that Epson will now manufacture respond to growing demand for face masks for protection against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Epson’s PaperLab A-8000 in-office dry paper making system, is a dry-process* technology that enables the processing and creation of paper on-site, in the amount you need and when you need it. In the case of the new masks, they will be made not from used paper but from functional fibres and will be manufactured at two of Epson’s production plants. This in turn will eliminate the need for Epson to outsource purchasing masks for its employees
Epson HQ in Nagano, Japan
As well as manufacturing the masks in-house for its employees, Epson will also donate 100,000 masks to local authorities and medical institutions where needs for personal protective equipment (PPE) have been expanding. The company will also donate 5,600 face shields to the same organisations.
Epson does not plan to sell the masks it manufactures commercially.
Epson often makes significant and regular contributions to realising a sustainable society and has made a commitment to ongoing efforts that realise the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
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*A small amount of water is used to maintain a certain level of humidity inside the system.