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Posted: 24 February 2018 9:01 am

SBS wants to be considered for government-funded shows like No Activity and a Netflix Mardi Gra partnership is afloat.

In a recent submission to the Environment and Communications References Committee, SBS expressed its wish to "second window" government funded productions that would otherwise be locked behind subscription services like Foxtel, Stan and eventually Netflix.

This "second window" would give SBS broadcasting rights to Australian productions like Stan's No Activity in a "timely manner", according to the submission (Australian content on SBS and related matters).

A "timely manner" would likely give subscription services more than enough time to spruik the content on their own platforms over a few months, before rolling out the government-funded content on a week-by-week basis on SBS.

This was just one part of SBS's quest for a local content quota, which is aiming to fill 30% of its primetime slots with locally produced television. SBS wouldn't be able to foot the bill for the new content itself, so a request for an increase to the broadcaster's current commissioning budget was put forward.

Netflix stars to light up Sydney Mardi Gras

2018's Mardi Gras is so close you can practically hear Cher warming up those magical vocal chords.

Kicking off next Saturday (3 March), this year's Mardi Gras will not only mark the 40th anniversary for the annual celebration but also the first since same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia late last year. Mardi Gras is always an absolute baller way to truly break into the New Year, but 2018's celebration is sure to be a momentous occasion to remember. So big in fact, that the streaming giant Netflix is on board and is bringing its own float to the celebration, packing it with some of the service's biggest celebrities.

Netflix's Mardi Gras parade roll call will include Orange is the New Black's Danielle Brooks (Taystee), Lea DeLaria (Carrie) and Yael Stone (Lorna), Mindhunter's Jonathon Groff (Holden Ford), 13 Reasons Why's Christian Navarro (Tony), and Alisha Boe (Jessica).

The Netflix alum took to social media to announce their attendance.

Seven nabs another Ten expat

When Ten failed to secure the rights to Fox's oldest and hottest properties, like The Simpsons and Modern Family, the future for some of the most repeated shows on Australian television seemed uncertain. With the Fox buyout, would Disney's own streaming service bring The Simpsons back to Australian screens? Would Channel 9 shift some sports coverage to make room for Springfield's finest?

With no hope in sight, Seven stepped up to the plate in late January and took our favourite family by their four-fingered hands and gave them a new home, as well as MASH (classic), How I Met Your Mother, and the recently released The Resident.

Now Australian Modern Family fans can breathe easy too. Today, Seven announced it had made a deal to bring new and existing episodes of Modern Family to the channel, starting when the Commonwealth Games wrap up in April.

This is a big win for Seven and free-to-air diehards in Australia. Now we play the waiting game until a streaming solution for The Simpsons is finally found.

Ahh, the waiting game sucks, let's play Hungry Hungry Hippos.

Trailer park

A look at the week's biggest trailers in the world of streaming.

Lost in Space

Netflix's Lost in Space reboot got its first trailer and while it doesn't show much from the show itself, it does show off its very capable cast, with Molly Parker (House of Cards) and Toby Stephens (Black Sails) playing Mama and Papa Robinson.

Silicon Valley Season 5

Yeah, yeah. Silicon Valley has dipped in quality over the years, but this is the first season without TJ Miller so I'm looking forward to see how they change it up for the fifth season. And let's be honest, Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr are the reasons we keep coming back anyway.

Bonus Goldblum

Ok, so I know this isn't a trailer but it's at the very least an effective promo for Thor Ragnarok's home release and it's been proven you can't have enough Jeff Goldblum in your life.

Looking for something to stream this week? Check out what's new on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and Stan in February.

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