Australia


Foxtel renews licensing deal with TiVo

Australian pay TV outfit Foxtel has renewed its licence with TV technology provider TiVo Corporation for TiVo’s search and recommendation services. Foxtel will have access to TiVo’s personalised content discovery platform as part of the licensing agreement. TiVo said that as a long-term search and recommendation customer, Foxtel would be able to provide its subscribers […]

AMC lines up new launches for Shudder and Sundance Now

AMC Networks is due to launch its direct-to-consumer streaming services, Shudder and Sundance Now, in Australia and New Zealand later this year. The new launches were announced today at MIPCOM and will build on the existing international footprint of the services, which are available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. “Our […]

ABC Australia confirms investigation following MD exit

The board of Australian public broadcaster ABC has confirmed that an independent advisor is investigating claims made by ousted managing director Melissa Guthrie.  In an official statement released by the ABC board, it has clarified the timeline of events that led to Guthrie’s exit from the broadcaster in late September. It has said it received […]

Broadcast Australia taps Rohde & Schwarz for DVB-T2 trial

Transmission services provider Broadcast Australia, in partnership with free-to-air industry body Free TV and broadcasters ABC and SBS, has conducted trials of DVB-T2 broadcast technology in the Sydney area using technology provided by Rohde & Schwarz. Rohde & Schwarz supplied transmitters, retransmitters and test equipment for the testing phase, including an R&S TLU9 50 W […]

Australia’s NBN begins enabling DOCSIS 3.1 with Arris

Australian national broadband network provider NBN has started enabling DOCSIS 3.1 on its hybrid fibre coax network. NBN said the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 would double the downstream capacity on the HFC network, which will serve around three million premises across the country by 2020. The company said that adding to capacity through the user […]

Australia’s Nine to merge with Fairfax Media

Commercial TV network Nine Entertainment this morning confirmed it had agreed a merger deal with one of Australia’s most venerable legacy media companies, Fairfax Media. The deal will see Nine take a controlling 51.1% stake in Fairfax, and will create a company with a combined market value of $4.2bn. The company will take the Nine […]

Former Sky chief Sam Chisholm dies aged 78

Former Sky chief executive Sam Chisholm has died after a short illness. Chisholm, who was 78, helmed Sky from 1989 until 1997, overseeing its merger with rival British Satellite Broadcasting to form BSkyB. Chisholm, known for his ruthlessness as an executive as well as discreet personal generosity, played a major role in ensuring Sky’s survival […]

SVOD service Stan secures Lionsgate and Starz programming

Australian streamer Stan and Lionsgate have a new licensing agreement that will bring a robust slate of upcoming Starz original series and hundreds of hours of additional Lionsgate and Starz premium programming to the service. With the move, Stan becomes the Australian home of Starz Originals. The agreement marks the latest step in the continued […]

Discovery appoints Australia and New Zealand boss

Discovery has appointed Rebecca Kent as general manager, Australia and New Zealand, following a nine-month stint doing the job as acting general manager. Kent will focus on growing Discovery’s existing business in the region, which consists of eight channels in Australia and six channels in New Zealand.  She will report to James Gibbons, executive vice president, general manager UK, Australia and […]

CBS completes acquisition of Australia’s Network Ten

CBS Networks has completed its acquisition of Australian commercial broadcaster Network Ten. The deal puts the US media giant in control of core linear channel Ten, as well as digital terrestrial television (DT) channel Eleven, which CBS already had a stake in. Other Network Ten assets covered by the transaction are the DTT channel One […]

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