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BEST OF 2017 Pop Up Movie Channel

Media Release: Thursday December 14, 2017


BEST OF 2017 Pop Up Movie Channel

From Saturday, December 30 to Tuesday, January 2

Also available On Demand or stream on Foxtel Now


** Please click here to view promo **

There’s no better way to finish off the year than with a BEST OF 2017 dedicated Foxtel Movies Pop Up channel. Sit back, relax and enjoy your holidays with some of the most memorable, award-winning and popular films from this year airing on the Foxtel Movies Pop Up channel from Saturday December 30 at 6am over New Year and finishing on Tuesday January 2, 2018.

The BEST OF 2017 Pop Up Movie Channel is your chance to see 47 of the greatest films released on Foxtel in 2017 from all genres including comedy, drama, action, thriller, romance, science fiction and crime or re-watch your favourites and brush up on your film knowledge from the past year.

The stand-out collection from the BEST OF 2017 Pop Up includes action films Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryDoctor StrangeJason BourneThe AccountantBatman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice; award-winning dramas La La LandHacksaw RidgeLionManchester By The Sea; suspenseful thrillers The Girl on the TrainSplitPatriots Day; and hilarious comedies Eddie The EagleMike And Dave Need Wedding Dates, and Why Him?

Additional titles shown over the New Year as part of the BEST OF 2017 Pop Up include Arrival, AlliedDirty GrandpaThe BossCaptain America: Civil War, Central IntelligenceThe Huntsman: Winter’s WarFifty Shades DarkerPassengersLondon Has FallenLifeThe Legend Of TarzanLogan, and so many more.

The BEST OF 2017 Pop Up channel will be available in HD to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on channel 400. Channel 400 is home to a series of hugely popular and exclusive Pop Up movie events.


All the BEST OF 2017 Pop Up movies will also be available to watch from Foxtel’s On Demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now. For a full list of films, please visit

About Foxtel

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic media companies and home to award winning local drama plus the widest choice in live sport, hit international TV and movies and a host of complete TV seasons. Foxtel believes in the importance of telling Australian stories, and its ongoing commitment to creating the best in Australian programming has garnered numerous industry awards for its Foxtel Original productions. Foxtel has helped put Australian talent on the world stage with highly acclaimed international exports and it proudly invests in the people who help tell those stories by employing thousands of Australians directly and indirectly across Australia’s creative industry.  It has also pioneered advancements in entertainment technology with the iQ3 set top box; the Foxtel app for mobile devices; streaming service, Foxtel Now and Foxtel broadband, home phone and entertainment bundles. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and News Corporation (50%).

Canberra tuning in to DAB+ digital radio with two new commercial stations launched

Canberra tuning in to DAB+ digital radio with
two new commercial stations launched

Two new commercial digital radio stations, Elf Radio and Coles Radio, have launched in Canberra as new figures show DAB+ digital radio has gained a strong audience in the national capital, with one in four people listening to DAB+ each week.

The new stations have hit the airwaves ahead of trial services being switched to permanent services next year as the commercial radio industry rolls out digital radio to major regional areas.

“Canberra listeners have been enthusiastic adopters of digital radio and we expect more people to make the switch next year as more new stations launch and the industry and retailers start to promote the benefits of upgrading to digital radio,” said Joan Warner, chief executive officer of industry body Commercial Radio Australia.

Canberra listeners have had access to trial DAB+ digital radio services since 2010 and GfK data shows listening has steadily increased to 27% of the population, or 105,000 people each week. The reach of digital radio in Canberra is just behind the average metropolitan penetration of 28% in the five capitals of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

There are now 10 commercial radio services broadcasting in digital in Canberra, including six digital-only stations. The latest is festive pop-up station Elf Radio, playing back to back Christmas songs from a range of artists including Michael Buble, Kylie Minogue, Paul Kelly, Sia, Guy Sebastian and more now on air in time for Christmas.

Also now available is Coles Radio, a contemporary music station, featuring past favourites, themed days such as 90’s at 9 and Throwback Thursdays. The Coles Radio playlist is handpicked every day and is one of the top-rating commercial digital radio stations in Australia.

Listeners need to upgrade their AM/FM radios to a DAB+ radio to access the new services, with digital radio receivers available from $29.

In the five state capitals 3.8 million Australians listen to DAB+ digital radio each week. There have been 1.14 million vehicles sold with DAB+, and 41 automotive brands support DAB+.

Digital radio trials in Canberra and Darwin have been a successful collaboration between commercial and public broadcasters and government agencies. Commercial Radio Australia has been the trial licensee for Canberra and Darwin and applied for the licence renewal on behalf of the ABC, SBS and all commercial broadcasters when the trials began in 2010. ABC and SBS now move to a permanent multiplex and listeners will need to rescan their DAB+ radios on January 8 to pick up the new services.

Commercial radio stations will transition from trials to permanent digital radio services in Canberra and Darwin next year, with timing subject to regulatory processes.

Canberra commercial radio stations 2CA, 2CC, Mix 106.3 and 104.7 currently broadcast in digital, along with the digital-only stations My Canberra, KIX Country, Buddha Hits, The Edge, Coles Radio and Elf Radio, all adding to the choice of services available to local audiences.

In Darwin, Hot 100 and Mix 104.9 and digital-only services KIX Country, Classic Rock Digital and Radio TAB are on offer on DAB+.


Sofitel and Ibis hotels choose Sony Pro Bravia 4K panels The latest cutting edge 4K and multimedia viewing experience

ofitel and Ibis hotels choose Sony Pro Bravia 4K panels
The latest cutting edge 4K and multimedia viewing experience

SYDNEY, 14 December 2017 – Recently the newly built Sofitel Darling Harbour and newly refurbished Ibis King Street Wharf hotels undertook a major technology review, assessment and refresh. One part of this incredibly comprehensive process included both hotels purchasing over a thousand of the very latest Sony Pro Bravia 4K flat screen panels.

Sustainability and Projects Manager, Schwartz Family Company Paul Briggs focus for a lot of people was on the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour, because it is the first new build luxury international hotel to open in Sydney this millennium. To launch a ‘new era’ hotel we needed new era technology, and that meant aspects such as being able to Chromecast to the TV. Also with the location next door to the International Convention Centre a lot of our business is meetings and events based, so we need the absolute best screen technology for this audience. With the Ibis King Street Wharf, the hotel is next to Sydney’s newest urban area – Barangaroo – and therefore it hosts lots of corporate travellers who need to use the screens as part of their business. In such locations it is essential to upscale technology. When our research and evaluation was complete it was clear the best panels available on the market were the Sony Pro Bravia 4K.”

The hotels, owned by the Schwartz Family Company as part of a portfolio of 12 hotels in NSW, ACT and Victoria, purchased a combination of Sony Pro Bravia 7000 series 4K panels and 8000 series 4K panels.

Director of the Schwartz Family Company Dr Jerry Schwartz added, “Technology has never been more important for hotels, and given the Sofitel represents the new generation of hotels in Sydney I was determined that we should introduce industry-leading technology throughout the hotel. In terms of the television, it is an essential component of the guest experience and guests want to be able to incorporate it fully into their stay. They demand amazing picture quality, top-class functionality and connectivity with their own devices, and so we needed to find a product that could deliver this and set a new benchmark for the luxury hotel sector. To be one of very few hotels in Australia to offer 4K panels with capabilities to Chromecast, mirrorcast, stream and Google Platform makes a real statement – and the response has been fantastic.”

In choosing the Sony Pro Bravia panels the Schwartz Family Company wanted to create a point of difference with their new technology offering, a point Briggs was keen to expand upon saying, “There is very limited 4K availability within hotels to date, and with our corporate and conference guests needing to use the panels for presentations and other work-oriented projects, and with our leisure guests wanting to broadcast Netflix and other applications to the screen, we needed to ensure that our TV technology could meet these requirements. The Sony TVs have many features that our guests would be used to at home and in a ‘smart’ era, our panels need to mirror the expectations of our guests.”

Both Sofitel Darling Harbour and Ibis King Street Wharf hotels have to switch between mid-week corporate environments to weekend leisure scenarios. So while mid-week, many guests will look at the panel as part of their work environment, they also need to function as a crucial ingredient of their entertainment package in the evenings and on weekends. The Sofitel Darling Harbour, in particular, caters for a considerable amount of meetings related to business and so the panels need to have a capability for Chromecasting as executives work on presentations in their rooms or deliver presentations in the conference rooms.

Briggs continued, “When you open the first new-build international hotel in over 17 years – as is the case with the Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour – you have to offer a quantum-leap in terms of facilities and technology. When the last new-build luxury international hotel opened in Sydney in 1999, people were just getting used to Google, there weren’t smartphones and TVs had a handful of channels. The world has changed dramatically and it was essential for the Sofitel to reflect this. The Sony TV panels offered us a great opportunity to provide a market-leading consumer-focused TV technology that would highlight our position as Sydney’s first new-build luxury international hotel this millennium.”

For Briggs and his team the features of the Sony 4K panels was key but just as important was their quality and functionality as he explained, “The TVs performance has been excellent, with the panels providing enhanced depth, detail and texture, along with the advantage of 4K clarity and its advanced brightness, colour and detail. In many large hotels, TV technology is specifically designed to match the environment, but that often limits their functionality. We wanted to go beyond the obvious TV and wanted a product that would meet the requirements of modern-day travellers, both corporate and leisure. If you are able to Chromecast a programme from your smartphone to the TV screen at home, why shouldn’t you be able to in a hotel? Hotels are all about meeting and exceeding the expectations of guests – that’s what we set out to do and I believe both the Sofitel and Ibis have exceeded these goals. The design of the panels is also an advantage, with the panel being very slimline that maximises its space effectiveness while minimising issues with cables.”

According to Paul Briggs the emphasis for the Sofitel Darling Harbour and Ibis King Street Wharf hotels, now and in the future, for travellers is for TVs to be an integral part of their hotel experience as he concluded, “This could mean editing videos they have produced for social media on the screen or simply watching their preferred streaming service. We wanted a technology that can adapt to what millennials and others want and the Sony Pro Bravia 4K panels are superior to most others in their category.”

For more on Sony Pro Bravia panels click here
Picture credits
The Sony KD43X8000PSDE Pro Bravia 4K panel installed at the Sofitel Darling Harbour
The Sony KD43X8000PSDE Pro Bravia 4K panel
Sofitel Darling Harbour

Epson releases 4 new robots

Epson releases 4 new robots
Includes autonomous dual-arm robot and three new industrial robots

SYDNEY, 14 December 2017 – Epson has commercialised a “seeing, sensing, thinking, working” autonomous dual-arm robot named the WorkSense W-01 that will expand the scope of automated production.

In recent years, manufacturers’ needs have grown more diverse with demand for products fluctuating sharply and a growing necessity to flexibly accommodate small-lot production and just-in-time (JIT) production. Industrial robots are conventionally installed in a fixed location on a line to perform a given task. The WorkSense W-01, however, was developed for easy mobility so that it can be wheeled from place to place to perform assembly, transport, and other tasks. The features described below enable the robot to automate production tasks that previously defied automation.

To watch a video that showcases the features of the WorkSense W-01 video click here:

The robot is equipped with 4 head-unit cameras and 2 arm-mounted cameras that give the robot human-like vision, enabling it to accurately detect an object’s position and orientation in three-dimensional space. And even if the location of objects and obstacles changes, the robot is able to independently “see” and determine their position.

The robot arms are outfitted with Epson’s highly sensitive, precision force sensors, which are already available on sale. The robot is thus able to perform delicate assembly, transport, and other tasks that require human-like force control to avoid damaging objects. Multipurpose hands that can grasp, grip, and clamp objects of various shapes and sizes are included as standard end-of-arm tooling. They can manipulate tools and jigs that were designed for humans.
The robot is able to accurately detect the position and orientation of objects in three-dimensional space, so even if the robot is relocated, it can immediately start work—with no programming change required. This gives the robot the ability to flexibly adapt to sudden changes in production. So, for example, it can be wheeled to different locations to perform different tasks every day, if need be. The robot independently decides the path and orientation of its 7-axis arms and is able to avoid obstacles.
The robot’s two 7-axis arms move like human arms. The dual arms move independently from one another to allow the robot to perform tasks that a single-arm robot cannot, such as tightening a screw in a component with one arm while holding the component in place with the other.The WorkSense brand name was coined to represent the concept of a robot that sees, senses, thinks, and works. With its WorkSense robot, Epson is targeting market segments where demand for small-lot production and JIT production are particularly high, such as automotive parts production.

Yoshifumi Yoshida, chief operating officer of Epson’s Robotics Solutions Operations Division, says, “Epson’s Corporate Vision expresses a strong commitment to driving robotics innovation. We are refining our core technologies that combine sensors and smart features, as well as our efficient, compact, and precision technologies, with the aim of realising a future in which robots are widely used to serve and support people. We see the WorkSense W-01, which harnesses the power of Epson’s deep portfolio of technology, as bringing us one step closer to bringing about such a future.”

Epson has also developed prototypes of three new models of industrial robots, the vertically articulated N6 and VT6 robots and the T6 SCARA robot, to meet the wide-ranging needs of manufacturers.

■ N6
Epson’s N series of compact 6-axis robots is capable of performing tasks in tight spaces more efficiently than earlier robots thanks to a uniquely engineered “folding” arm. The N6, which will join the N2 in the N series, was developed to meet the needs of customers who want to transport relatively heavy objects and transport objects over a wide area. Floor-mounted, the N6 has a
6-kg payload capacity and an arm length of 1,000 mm, both considerably larger than the N2. The N6 is ideal for tasks such as loading and unloading electronic components and automotive parts to and from test equipment or shelving and removing medical products. It can reach a wide range of places such as high and low shelves using a smaller installation footprint than earlier 6-axis robots. These features will enable the robot to increase productivity and the efficiency with which factory space is used.

■ VT6
Engineered for maximum usability and a low total cost of ownership (TCO), the 6-axis VT6 is built to automate simple, repetitive material handling tasks that humans find tedious. Manufacturers have been reluctant to automate material handling tasks that add little value because of the expense and trouble involved in building production lines. Epson is bringing down this barrier with the affordably priced and easy to install VT6. Drawing on the miniature controller technology it developed for its T series of SCARA robots, Epson equipped this entry-level robot with a built-in controller. Among the many possible uses for this robot are machine tending applications in which components or workpieces are loaded into and unloaded from test equipment.

■ T6
Equipped with a built-in controller, the T series of SCARA robots are designed for installation simplicity and maximum usability. They are ideal for automating simple material handling tasks. The T6 has doubled the payload capacity (6 kg) of Epson’s T3 robot and thus can transport larger, heavier objects. This robot can be outfitted with heavy end-effectors, such as dual end-effectors that can hold two objects at once, to help manufacturers increase factory productivity.

Follow Epson on social media:
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About Epson and Epson Australia

Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to connecting people, things and information with its original efficient, compact and precision technologies. With a line-up that ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, smart glasses, sensing systems and industrial robots, the company is focused on driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in inkjet, visual communications, wearables and robotics.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 80,000 employees in 86 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental impacts.

Epson Australia offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the commercial, industrial, consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Epson is the market leader in Australia and worldwide in sales of projectors for the home, office and education. Established in 1983 Epson Australia is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.


Media Release: Wednesday December 13, 2017

Sunday January 7 at 8.30pm

Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts announces Nominees for the 7th AACTA International Awards

Foxtel Arts, Foxtel’s High Definition dedicated arts channel is proud to exclusively broadcast the 7th AACTA International Awards on Sunday January 7 at 8.30pm followed by encores on Monday January 8 at 6pm and Wednesday January 10 at 7.30pm.

Foxtel Arts is the home to awards shows including Broadway’s coveted Tony Awards and Screen Actors Guild Awards® broadcast live and in HD. Foxtel Arts continues to support and participate in Australia’s creative industries and arts organisations and as part of this role the channel is proud to add the 7th AACTA International Awards to the prestigious list of awards broadcast, with winners being announced in Los Angeles on Friday 5 January at an exclusive ceremony held at The Avalon Hollywood.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), has today announced the nominees for the 7th AACTA International Awards. A total of 15 films have received nominations this year, with CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, LADY BIRD and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI leading the way with five nominations each.

Best Film nominations follow American Film Institute Movie of the Year acknowledgements for all five nominees: CALL ME BY YOUR NAME, DUNKIRK, LADY BIRD, THE SHAPE OF WATER and THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI.

Fresh from receiving two Awards at the Sydney-hosted AACTA Awards last week, Nicole Kidman continues an incredible year with her second consecutive AACTA International Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER. Nicole is chasing her second consecutive win, having won the Award earlier this year for LION.

This year also sees over three quarters of nominees receive their first AACTA nominations, including: Greta Gerwig (LADY BIRD), Christopher Nolan (DUNKIRK), Allison Janney (I, TONYA), Gary Oldman (DARKEST HOUR), Frances McDormand (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI), Willem Dafoe (THE FLORIDA PROJECT) and Australian actress Margot Robbie, who follows her first Golden Globe nomination with her first AACTA International Award nomination for Best Lead Actress for I, TONYA.
Fellow Australians also receiving nominations are: Hugh Jackman (LOGAN), Ben Mendelsohn (DARKEST HOUR), Abbie Cornish (THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI) and Australian director Craig Gillespie (I, TONYA).

“Now in our seventh year, we are delighted to continue celebrating international excellence within the film industry, honouring the world’s best performers, practitioners and productions,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella. “It’s great to see our International Chapter members adding their uniquely Australian perspective to the conversations, with a number of nominations for Australians who have excelled on the world stage. We are very proud to count these Australian filmmakers among our nominees and I congratulate all the nominees and wish them every success during the upcoming Awards season.”

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said, “We are proud to partner with AACTA and bring our subscribers the official broadcast of the AACTA International Awards from Los Angeles on Foxtel Arts. This special event outlines our ongoing commitment to supporting the Australian film and television industry on a global scale.”


AACTA International Award for Best Film

AACTA International Award for Best Direction
· CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – Luca Guadagnino
· DUNKIRK – Christopher Nolan
· I, TONYA – Craig Gillespie
· LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig
· THE SHAPE OF WATER – Guillermo del Toro

AACTA International Award for Best Screenplay
· CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – James Ivory
· DUNKIRK – Christopher Nolan
· GET OUT – Jordan Peele
· LADY BIRD – Greta Gerwig

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actress
· Judi Dench – VICTORIA & ABDUL
· Sally Hawkins – THE SHAPE OF WATER
· Margot Robbie – I, TONYA
· Saoirse Ronan – LADY BIRD

AACTA International Award for Best Lead Actor
· Timothée Chalamet – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
· Daniel Day-Lewis – PHANTOM THREAD
· Hugh Jackman – LOGAN
· Daniel Kaluuya – GET OUT
· Gary Oldman – DARKEST HOUR

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actress
· Mary J. Blige – MUDBOUND
· Allison Janney – I, TONYA
· Laurie Metcalf – LADY BIRD

AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
· Armie Hammer – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
· Tom Hardy – DUNKIRK
· Ben Mendelsohn – DARKEST HOUR

Following its broadcast on Foxtel Arts, the 7th AACTA International Awards, will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library on internet enabled iQ set top boxes.


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