Govt $308m for set top boxes is too much: Kogan
“It isn’t our place to comment on whether the digital set top box scheme will be the next Pink Batts disaster,” Kogan said in his blog.
“We hope that not a single cent of tax payer money is ever wasted. As technology experts, we know that the Government is proposing to spend far too much by allocating $350+ to each installation of a set top box. ”
Kogan sells standalone high definition digital set top boxes for $49.
Other stores offer high definition set top boxes for around $60 while standard definition set top boxes can be purchased for as little as $30.
“Even in the small percentage of cases where a technician may be required to fix an old antenna, the total cost should not be anywhere near the $350+ the Government is proposing to spend,” Kogan added.