Foxtel Welcomes NRL Rights Deal Huge win for footy-mad Foxtel customers


Media Release: Friday, November 27, 2015

Foxtel Welcomes NRL Rights Deal

Huge win for footy-mad Foxtel customers

Foxtel Chief Executive, Richard Freudenstein, today welcomed the announcement by the NRL, News Corporation and FOX SPORTS of a multi-year deal that will see all games of rugby league live on FOX SPORTS from the 2016 season and ensure that for the next seven years five matches per round will only be broadcast on the Foxtel platform.

“I’d like to congratulate News Corporation, Telstra, FOX SPORTS, Nine and the NRL for having reached an agreement that will ensure the best possible coverage of rugby league for its fans.

“Fox Sports has always strived to create the best viewing experience and, with the certainty of a long-term arrangement, they will continue to invest in brilliant coverage of the code.

“Ensuring that all games are available live from next year is a great outcome, as it will mean that Foxtel customers can watch their team live, ad break free in brilliant HD every week.

“NRL has always been an important part of our sports line up and we are sure that this deal will make Foxtel even more attractive to current and potential customers. At $50 per month the Foxtel sports package will be even better value for money,” said Mr Freudenstein.

In summary the deal will deliver:

· Every game up to the grand final live, in high definition and ad break free during play on FOX SPORTS from 2016;
· The retention of Super Saturday games;
· A new family friendly game time slot on Friday nights from 2017; and
· A dedicated NRL channel from 2017.


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Arena is home to addictive reality TV screening FIRST and Express from the U.S!


Media Release: Thursday November 26, 2015

Arena is home to addictive reality TV
screening FIRST and Express from the U.S!

Foxtel’s Arena is the home of addictive reality and is heating up with sizzling new and returning seasons all screening FIRST and Express from the U.S.

Foxtel’s first run agreement with Bravo ensures Arena has all your must-see favourites two years ahead of any other channel locally. Viewers will not see any new or current series of Arena’s hit shows anywhere else until two years after the Foxtel premiere.

New series on Arena include the highly anticipated sixth season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Atlanta season eight, Vanderpump Rules season four, Top Chef season 13, Untying the Knot season two. Plus, from Maryland’s fabulous best-kept secret to the truly over-the-top Lone Star State, Arena brings you two new elite Housewives franchises, The Real Housewives of Dallas and The Real Housewives of Potomac. Also screening first and Express from the US, is the newest luxury travel series Après Ski, and the sexiest work out series, Work Out New York, that will make you break a sweat.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills S6 premieres Wednesdays from December 2 at 8:30pm

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills returns for season six with jaw-dropping bling, wild fun, shocking drama and a few surprises along the way as Lisa Vanderpump, Kyle Richards, Yolanda Foster, Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson are joined by new housewives Erika Girardi and Kathryn Edwards. This season, Yolanda’s struggle with Lyme disease continues as she goes to extremes in search of a cure, which leads the other women to question her actions. Longtime friends, Lisa Vanderpump and Lisa Rinna, are also in the crossfire as gossip and secrets erupt into a deeply personal conflict between the two. New to the group, Kathryn tries to befriend Erika, but they quickly become embroiled in their own drama and sparks fly when they start speaking the truth. Kyle is just trying to keep her head above water while expanding her store, maintaining friendships with the women and dealing with unexpected personal matters. Reeling from the recent death of her father-in-law, Eileen seeks a much needed apology after questions and details about her marriage arise from another housewife. Whether driving Ferraris in Italy, staying at a glorious house in the Hamptons or receiving VIP treatment at the world’s tallest building in Dubai, nothing will keep the Beverly Hills housewives from shedding tears and hurling accusations while still keeping up impeccable appearances.

Top Chef S13 premieres Fridays from December 4 at 9:30pm

Now in its 13th season, Top Chef returns with an epic gastronomic road trip up the coast of California. With nearly 1000 miles traveled, the unprecedented six-city expedition challenged the cheftestants’ culinary skills like never before as they journey across the Golden State, stopping in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where the series first began, along with San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the Greater Palm Springs area. Returning to the judges table for season 13 are host Padma Lakshmi and head judge Tom Colicchio, alongside judges Gail Simmons, Richard Blais and Emeril Lagasse. From cooking for top food writers under the Hollywood sign to serving MC Hammer on the Oakland waterfront and Chrissy Teigen in Palm Springs, the chefs go knife-to-knife in iconic destinations and agricultural regions across the state to prove they have what it takes to out-cook their competition.

Work Out New York premieres Mondays from December 7 at 9:30pm

Arena will have you breaking a sweat Mondays at 9:30pm from December 7, when Work Out New York premieres. The series goes inside the sexy and exclusive world of elite fitness training in New York City. Following the lives of a group of the city’s hottest trainers, Lindsey Clayton, Joe Lazo, Layla Luciano, Lena Marti, Noah Neiman, Courtney Paul and Holly Rilinger, the series sheds light on a group of high-end personal trainers, where competition for landing top clientele tests even the deepest of friendships. From rivalries to romance, these friends and colleagues know they can’t be afraid to break a sweat to make their dreams of success come true. With the landscape of the fitness world changing at lightning speed, the trainers can’t miss a beat or they may find themselves trying to catch up. The battle for who is on top never ends and if they can’t keep their professional jealousies, disagreements and romances in check, the group’s intensity level could go sky high.

The Real Housewives of Potomac premieres Mondays from January 18 at 9:30pm

Just up the river from our nation’s capital lies a hidden gem, Potomac, Maryland. Its rolling hills, gated mansions, sophisticated prep schools, and exclusive country clubs all serve to keep the area invitation-only. Sprinkled throughout this community are a handful of old-line, wealthy African-American families who have historically broken racial barriers to provide the best life possible for their children. The Real Housewives of Potomac follows the upscale lives of six intriguing, well-to-do women: Gizelle Bryant, Katie Rost, Karen Huger, Charrisse Jackson-Jordan, Robyn Dixon, and Ashley Darby, all of whom have fought for their places in this society by way of legacy or marriage. In a town where entry is granted only through class, pedigree, and lineage, how far will these ladies go to secure their spot at the top of this prestigious circle?

The Real Housewives of Dallas premieres 2016

The Real Housewives of Dallas follows a group of sophisticated southern socialites, as they claw their way to the top of the city’s social scene. The series gives an exclusive look into their glamorous galas, scintillating scandals, and enormous egos, to prove exactly why everything is bigger in Texas.


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Presto gives community site a makeover

Media Release: Wednesday, November 25, 2015


New design streamlines connections, chat and discovery for entertainment lovers

Presto today unveiled its new and improved online self-service community website making it easier for subscribers and community members to connect, communicate and discuss their entertainment experiences on Presto.

The announcement follows recent additions to the service including Telstra TV support, a dynamic iOS and Android app update in August delivering a more simplified user interface, crystal-clear high-definition streaming, with even more device developments in the pipeline.

The launch of Presto’s new-look Community further demonstrates the service’s continued efforts to make connecting with, and enjoying, Presto’s premium content easier than ever.

The Presto Community website features a new, sleek user interface including drop down “hover” menus, dedicated film and TV discussion areas for the amateur critic in all of us, featured posts that put the spotlight on active content discussions, easy to follow set up guides to new features and services, as well as click-through access to Presto’s online FAQs.

Community members who frequently post tips, comments and conversation starters will find themselves recognised as ‘Most Applauded Users’ as fellow community members ‘applaud’ (up vote) their posts on the site, delivering social feedback for the community’s most active members. Posts from the most ‘applauded’ members will feature on the front page of the Community, spotlighting their discussion contributions.

In addition, the Presto Community Team has added a ‘Meet the Team’ section to help members more easily identify Presto’s Community Team who can offer the best tips for using Presto, discovering the latest content or simply join in the conversation about the best from the big and small screen on Presto with fellow entertainment aficionados.

Shaun James, Presto TV CEO, said, “More and more we’re seeing audiences seeking conversations with brands that go beyond the promoted post, engaging not only with the brand, but also its ideas and the cultural space it works within. Online pop culture communities are amongst the most passionate of all driving the ‘water-cooler’ effect that ensures the best, new shows are the trending topics of online conversation, both on social and in forum communities.

“Through the Presto community forums, Presto customers now see more than just the newsbytes of new content and product features from social feeds, but also drive deeper and more engaging conversations with fellow entertainment lovers.

“Feedback and insights from the Presto Community are increasingly helping to drive product developments and content selection decisions, with the recent fast-tracking of Wentworth Season 3 a prime example of community-powered content delivery – The passionate discussion on both forums and social spaces requesting the show showed there was an audience for this content, and we answered the call.

“Following recent device additions and updates to Presto’s tablet and mobile apps, this is the perfect time to give our community a makeover to make it easier than ever to engage with our great programming and find solutions to technical or account queries. It’s a fantastic complement to our customer communications that helps our customers share opinions and ideas and helps us develop stronger customer insights and a deeper relationship with our most passionate customers.”

Access to the Presto community is available at:

For new subscribers, Presto is currently offering a free one month trial^ of the Presto Entertainment bundle subscription.




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Presto in December Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye and The Big Bang Theory stream exclusively on Presto while Fifty Shades of Grey continues to heat up the screen


Media Release: Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Presto in December

Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye and The Big Bang Theory stream exclusively on Presto while Fifty Shades of Grey continues to heat up the screen

Presto today announced key programming set to light up the screen in December, kicking off with the highly anticipated exclusive TV special event, Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye. The special event centres on the Braxton family and will see the special guest return of Home and Away favourites, Heath (Dan Ewing) and Bianca (Lisa Gormley). Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye will begin streaming from 9 December from 8:30pm (AEDT).

Also streaming exclusively on Presto, starting from 1 December, is The Big Bang Theory seasons 1-7 featuring the comedy capers of physicist roommates Leonard Hofstadter (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons), whose introverted lives are turned upside down when Penny (Kaley Cuoco), an attractive waitress and aspiring actress, moves in across the hall.

The steamy romance Fifty Shades of Grey has only just arrived, but is already causing a stir with subscribers and will continue to heat up the screen only on Presto.

The highly charged CIA thriller Homeland adds season 4 in December and sees Carrie Mathison’s (Claire Danes) career at the CIA take off when she becomes an overseas station chief in a highly volatile region, but every drone strike and tactical raid comes at a cost and she quickly learns the true price of power. Watch seasons 1-4 with Presto TV and Presto Entertainment.

TV programming arriving on Presto in December includes:

· The Big Bang Theory – seasons 1-7
· Home and Away: An Eye for an Eye
· Transformers Robots in Disguise – seasons 1-2
· Homeland – seasons 1-4
· Bates Motel – season 1
· Parks and Recreation – seasons 1-6
· Rookie Blue – seasons 1-5
· Black Comedy – season 1

New movies joining Presto in December:

· Banksy Does New York
· Belle and Sebastian
· Laggies
· Cold in July
· Devil’s Knot
· Unbroken
· Infini
· Elsa and Fred
· Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
· Citizenfour
· High School Musical 1/2
· Latana
· Brave
· The Usual Suspects
· Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
· Armageddon
· Basic Instinct
· The Social Network
· Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
· Austin Powers in Goldmember

Presto’s curated special collections for December highlight:

‘Christmas Movies’
· Santa Claus
· What We Did On Our Holiday
· Fred Claus
· I’ll Be Home For Christmas
· Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas
· The Munster’s Scary Little Christmas
· Mickey’s Twice Upon A Christmas
· A Christmas Star
· Scrooged
· Recess Christmas: Miracle On Third Street
· Jingle All The Way
· The Muppet Christmas Carol

‘AACTA Award Winning TV’
· Tim Winton’s Cloud Street
· Devil’s Playground
· Love My Way
· All Saints
· Always Greener
· Packed To The Rafters
· The Slap
· The Moodys
· Summer Heights High
· The Librarians
· Rake
· Redfern Now

‘Movies Directed By Movie Stars’
· Unbroken (Angelina Jolie)
· Gone Baby Gone (Ben Affleck)
· Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (George Clooney)
· Dances With Wolves (Kevin Costner)
· Lions For Lambs (Robert Redford)
· Dead Man Walking (Tim Robbins)
· Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)
‘Sitcom Central’
· Big Bang Theory
· Frasier
· Everybody Loves Raymond
· Modern Family
· Cheers
· Mrs. Brown’s Boys
· The Librarians
· Frontline


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