Foxtel and A+E Networks expand partnership

Australia’s Foxtel Group has expanded its partnership with US multinational A+E Networks, inking a multi-year deal to bring documentary and reality programming and films to its platforms. The agreement includes exclusive premieres of content from Crime & Investigation, The History Channel, A&E and Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) for Foxtel, Foxtel Now and streaming service Binge, […]

Optus Sport picks up rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia

Optus Sport has acquired the rights to the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 in Australia. The broadcaster described the event, which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, as “one of the biggest sporting events in Australia since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games”. The 32-nation tournament will kick off on July 20, 2023. Optus […]

ViacomCBS acquires A-League rights for Paramount+ in AUS$200 million deal

ViacomCBS has acquired rights to Australia’s top football league ahead of the rollout of Paramount+ in the country. As previously reported, the broadcaster has beaten out competition from Stan Sport and previous rights holder Foxtel to pick up the rights to A-League and Westfield W-League. Announcing a five-year deal with Australian Professional Leagues, the ‘ground-breaking’ […]

Australian government to mandate local content quota for streaming services

The Australian government is mulling introducing rules that would require international streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ to house a minimum amount of local programming. In a move which would create a significantly more levelled playing field with free-to-air broadcasters, the Sidney Morning Herald reports that this quota could be introduced as part of broader […]

Fetch TV taps Metrological to expand offering

Australian online TV service provider Fetch TV has teamed up with TV app store specialist Metrological to integrate the Metrological Application Platform integrated onto the Fetch service. Fetch will also use the Metrological Lightning Framework to enhance its user interface, the company said. The cloud-based Metrological Application Platform allows Fetch to integrate premium OTT services, […]

BritBox partners to invest A$35m in Australian venture

UK commercial broadcaster ITV and BBC Studios (BBCS) are to inject more than A$35m (€21 million) into BritBox’s soon-to-launch Australian operation. BBCS and ITV, which revealed in March plans to launch an Aussie version of the British content-focused streamer, will both invest A$17.7m ($12.7m) in the streamer over the next three years. The SVOD service, which […]

Australian pay TV sector to see accelerated decline as a result of coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic is set to accelerate the decline of the pay TV sector in Australia, claims a new report. According to analytics firm Global Data, the total pay TV services revenue in Australia is set to decline at a CAGR of 3.2% from US$2.6 billion in 2019 to US$2.2 billion in 2024 due to […]

Foxtel to launch ‘home of HBO’ streaming offering next Monday

Australian pay TV group Foxtel has confirmed it is to launch its new streaming service on May 25 following its signing of a new multi-year contract with WarnerMedia that will see it become the exclusive Australian home of HBO. The streamer, which will offer over 10,000 hours of local and international drama and movies, according […]

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