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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 […]

Australian SVOD take-up sees dramatic growth

Some 12.3 million Australians subscribe to SVOD services, far outnumbering those with pay TV, with 43% of households now taking multiple services, up from 30% last year, according to research by local technology analyst outfit Telsyte. According to Telsyte’s the number of subscription video-on-demand customers has jumped 29% in one year, meaning that 55% of […]

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 […]

Arris signs new customer deals in Asia Pacific

Arris has announced two new customer deals in Asia Pacific, partnering with Australian pay TV operator Foxtel and South Korean internet service provider SK Broadband. Foxtel’s new iQ4 set-top box is made by Arris. The device supports 4K and HDR video, combines broadcast satellite, terrestrial and IP capabilities, and features a 1,000GB hard-drive and Bluetooth remote […]

Foxtel merging Fox Sports in Australia

Australia’s leading pay TV platform, Foxtel, is merging with its News Corp cousin Fox Sports Australia to create a new regional powerhouse. The move will see Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp becoming 65% majority shareholder of the new business, with Australia telecommunications business retaining the other 35%.
Currently News Corp and Telstra each own 50% of Foxtel, […]

Major content firms pact for anti-piracy coalition

The Hollywood studios, leading SVOD services and key networks around the world have formed a global anti-piracy coalition. In total, 30 companies have come together to create the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) to combat illegal video and content downloads. These include Amazon, BBC Worldwide, CBS Corp., NBCUniversal, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth […]

NBCU launches reality SVOD on Foxtel

NBCUniversal has launched its reality TV SVOD service Hayu in Australia. It has rolled out on Foxtel and will be available to the pay TV platform’s subs who have the Entertainment Plus package, which includes the E! channel, part of the NBCUniversal stable. NBC and Foxtel have a longstanding output deal. Hayu launched in the […]

New kids channel and sports deal for beIN

Studio 100 and beIN Sports are launching a new kids channel, beJunior, while beIN Media is also rolling out three HD sports nets on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel. The beJunior service will target viewers in the Middle East and North Africa, with producer and distributor Studio 100 partnering with Qatari-owned beIN. The kids channel […]

Freudenstein exits Foxtel

Rumours that Richard Freudenstein would leave his post as CEO of Australian pay TV giantFoxtel have been confirmed with the news he is exiting “to pursue other interests”. News Corp Australia CEO Peter Tonagh, who was previously Foxtel’s CFO and COO for nine years, will succeed Freudenstein as chief executive. Freudenstein’s departure has been expected […]

Discovery ‘exits Ten takeover talks’

Discovery Communications has pulled out of talks to buy Australian commercial channel Network Ten, according to the Australian Financial Review. Discovery had partnered with Australian pay TV platform Foxtel to buy the for-sale broadcaster, whose financial situation is precarious as things stand. Discovery would have held 85.01%, with Foxtel taking just under 15%. However, the AFR reported that […]