Suspense builds over demo version of Labor DTV

Australia's digital future will remain undecided at least until next week, when the Democrats are expected to finalise their position on Labor's proposed amendments to the datacasting bill.

The digital television debate, which commenced in parliament on Wednesday night, has seen the Labor Party offering two amendments to the Howard government's bill: a "hard" amendment, whereby the bill is effectively rewritten, and a "soft" amendment, whereby Labor adjusts existing coalition datacasting guidelines in favour of Australia's incensed datacasting industry.

The Democrats' decision on which, if either, Labor option to support is expected to be finalised at a teleconference held by the Democrats today.

Industry pressure mounted on the Democrats' to scrap and rewrite all existing datacasting legislation recently, when key datacasting players News Ltd, Fairfax and Telstra withdrew from trials for the service due to financially restrictive conditions. Australia's digital future will remain undecided at least until next week, when the Democrats are expected to finalise their position on Labor's proposed amendments to the datacasting bill.

The digital television debate, which commenced in parliament on Wednesday night, has seen the Labor Party offering two amendments to the Howard government's bill: a "hard" amendment, whereby the bill is effectively rewritten, and a "soft" amendment, whereby Labor adjusts existing coalition datacasting guidelines in favour of Australia's incensed datacasting industry.

The Democrats' decision on which, if either, Labor option to support is expected to be finalised at a teleconference held by the Democrats today.

Industry pressure mounted on the Democrats' to scrap and rewrite all existing datacasting legislation recently, when key datacasting players News Ltd, Fairfax and Telstra withdrew from trials for the service due to financially restrictive conditions.

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