Foxtel to launch advanced STB next week

Australian pay TV operator Foxtel is set to launch its advanced iQ3 set-top box for new and existing customers on March 23.  The box include ‘start over’ and ‘look back’ functionality, letting users click to go back to the beginning of a show or scroll back by 24 hours to watch shows that have already […]

Discovery/Foxtel bid among Ten offers

Network Ten in Australia has confirmed it has received “non-binding, conditional proposals” relating to a company takeover – likely including one from Discovery Communications and Foxtel. One of these could result in “change of control of Ten or a refinancing of its existing debt facilities”, the firm said in a note to the Australian Stock […]

BBC Worldwide confirms international channel changes

The BBC’s commercial arm has confirmed its new premium content channel brand will be known as BBC First, ahead of the net’s first launch on Australian pay TV platform Foxtel next year, and outlined plans for major investment in new programming. BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said the service would be launched on linear and […]

Pace signs deals with Astro, Foxtel

UK-headquartered broadcast technologies firm Pace has signed deals with pay TV providers Astro in Malaysia and Foxtel in Australia, it announced at IBC. Pace will supply its next generation wireless HD PVR to Astro, which is due to start installing the the device next month. The PVR will include a dual-band Wi-Fi solution, enabling video […]

Foxtel cites ‘worldwide lack of content’ for 3D channel closure

A “worldwide lack” of content is behind the closure of Australian pay TV platform Foxtel’s dedicated 3D channel. Foxtel announced the channel would cease broadcasting and be removed from its EPG slot 201 on both onscreen and online TV guides on Tuesday 27 August, 2013. This was “due to a worldwide lack of 3D content […]

BBC-Foxtel channel deal ‘upsets ABC’

Australian pay TV provider Foxtel is to launch a premium BBC content channel on its platform. The move has reportedly upset BBC Worldwide’s long-term partner in the territory, the ABC. Yesterday, Foxtel unveiled what it described as a “significant multi-platform deal” with the BBC’s commercial arm BBC WW to create an ad-free subscription channel offering […]