Foxtel buys doc from rebranded Espresso

Australia pay TV service Foxtel has acquired space documentary Is Anybody Out There? from the newly-rebranded Espresso Media International. The doc will debut on Foxtel-operated factual net History HD tomorrow at 8.30pm following the agreement. The 1x52mins programme, which has aired on TVE in Spain, explores the age-old question of whether humans are alone in […]

Foxtel-Ten deal gets regulatory approval

Foxtel’s agreement to buy into Australian free TV channel Ten Network is going ahead after local competition authorities opted against opposing the deal. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Australian Communications and Media Authority have now given their approval to the deal after investigating specific concerns. The proposed agreement will see Australian pay TV […]

Foxtel eyes ratings spike with VIMN shows

Australian pay TV platform Foxtel has acquired a multi-title programming package from Viacom International Media Networks. The shows, which were all commissioned for Viacom’s Spike, will air on Foxtel-operated channel A&E and include the 3x60mins Gym Rescue (pictured), 11x60mins Hungary Investors, 9x30mins Chainsaw Gang and two seasons of Catch a Contractor. This is the first […]

Watchdog throws Foxtel-Ten deal into doubt

Australia’s corporate regulator has thrown a spanner in the works of the proposed deal that would see pay TV market leader Foxtel buy a stake in free TV channel Network Ten. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned Foxtel and Ten would be able to enter joint bids for sports rights “to the exclusion […]

Aussie pay TV content spend nears A$800m

Australian pay TV content investment hit A$796 million (US$560.1 million) in 2014/15, new figures show. The record spend was reflective of “the unprecedented desire of Australian audiences to watch Australian stories”, according to Andrew Maiden, CEO of Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association, which released the data. The figure included a record A$25 million in […]

Viacom reveals global SVOD service

Viacom has unveiled Viacom Play Plex, a suite of mobile TV apps that will offer subscription access to programming from international channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV. Play Plex will comprise a suite of mobile apps for Android and iOS-enabled devices, which Viacom’s distribution partners can offer to their customers. The service is likely to […]

Amazon scores Fear the Walking Dead

Amazon Prime Instant Video Germany has picked up the sought-after SVOD rights for upcoming zombie drama Fear the Walking Dead from distributor Entertainment One Television. The show debuts in the US and internationally on AMC and AMC Global, respectively, on Sunday (August 23) as a companion piece to US cable’s biggest show, The Walking Dead. […]

Price cuts boost Foxtel as Netflix surges

Price cuts introduced ahead of Netflix’s Australian launch earlier this year have helped Foxtel increase its subs base to a record level. The News Corp and Telstra-backed pay TV operator reported strong subscriber numbers as profit decreased on the back of its November price cuts. These were introduced ahead of Netflix’s Australian roll out in […]

FX secures Fear the Walking Dead in Oz

Foxtel-operated pay channel FX has bought the upcoming zombie drama Fear the Walking Dead. The show will debut in Australia on Monday, August 24 at 1.30pm, with Foxtel pay TV subscribers with connected iQ set-top boxes or Foxtel Go ale to watch it via the Foxtel Anytime platform. In 2016, Fear will also launch on […]

Australian pay net opens Saturday Kitchen

Australian pay channel LifeStyle FOOD has acquired British cooking show Saturday Kitchen, which has run on the BBC for nearly a decade. The Foxtel-owned network bought an international version of the programme from Australia-based distributor Flame Media, which has repurposed the 90-minute format in a one-hour after acquiring it from UK indie Cactus TV. LifeStyle […]

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