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Foxtel to bring the biggest English football clubs to subscribers

 Media release may 6 2016

Foxtel to bring the biggest English football clubs to subscribers

 

New deals with six English Premier League clubs

 

Foxtel revealed today it has signed broadcast partnership agreements with six major English football clubs that will deliver subscribers dedicated new sports channels and programming featuring English Premier League games and exclusive behind the scenes content.

 

From July 1, 2016 – and for the first time in Australia – the official club television channels from top EPL teams Chelsea, Liverpool FC and Manchester United will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Foxtel.

 

Additionally, dedicated programming blocks from high profile teams Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will join the FOX SPORTS line-up each week.

 

Chelsea TV, LFCTV and MUTV are an addition to the Foxtel Sports pack* and will boost that pack’s offering to 15 sports channels at no extra cost.

 

The channels and programming blocks will be available in both high definition* and standard definition.

 

The new channels will give fans unprecedented access and exposure to their favourite clubs including all games from the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

 

This new deal secures all home and away EPL matches from the six teams, and fans of other clubs will see their teams play 12 times, providing subscribers with more than half the games played each EPL season.

 

In addition, there will be exclusive access to each of the major clubs including pre-season games, player and management interviews, manager’s press conferences, and extended in-depth pre-match build up and post-match analysis.

 

Games will be delayed, with games played overnight Saturday night (3pm London) available to our viewers from 1pm AEST on Sundays.
Peter Tonagh, Foxtel Chief Executive said: “The addition of these dedicated new sports channels is a huge win for English football fans who subscribe to Foxtel. These channels, along with the recently announced beIN SPORTS channels, will be compulsory viewing for all fans of international football and will also complement the FOX SPORTS coverage of the local A-League competition.”

 

“Our new EPL Club partners are global brands in their own right and have large groups of dedicated supporters in Australia making up more than 75 per cent of the English football fan base here. Our customers will now have access to commentary, analysis, insight and behind the scenes action they’ve never seen before.

 

“We know how much Australians love sport and these new channels, all available in HD, will make Foxtel an even more compelling proposition and cementing us as the new home of European football.”

 

All of the new sports channels will also be available to stream via Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play^, giving sports subscribers the flexibility to enjoy the service anytime, anywhere.

 

The channels join the recently announced beIN SPORTS 1,2,3 which will be available to Foxtel sports subscribers from Saturday May 14, 2016. beIN SPORTS will be the only place to see all 51 games from UEFA EURO 2016 LIVE and in HD.

 

beIN SPORTS is the home of European Football and Rugby Union, offering some of the world’s best competitions in those sports, including: UEFA EURO 2016, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, La Liga, Serie A, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 Capital One Cup, European Rugby Champions Cup, and the Six Nations tournament. South American football including the South American FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, Brazilian Serie A and Sao Paulo Championship are also featured.

 

Foxtel is the indisputable home of Australian sports with 15 dedicated sports channels offering live and exclusive sports coverage and in HD across FOX SPORTS 1-5, FOX FOOTY, ESPN 1,2, Eurosport; with six new arrivals – Chelsea TV, LFCTV and MUTV to join the recently announced three beIN SPORTS channels.

 

In 2016, Foxtel brings subscribers, for the first time ever, every game, every team, every week from the NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, A-League, NBL as well as every race, practice and qualifying session of Formula 1 and V8s, plus the best sporting news and commentary from the biggest names in the business all on FOX SPORTS.

-brad 

Live and Exclusive to [V] HITS Monday May 23 at 10am only on Foxtel

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Media Release: Wednesday May 4, 2016

Live and Exclusive to [V] HITS

Monday May 23 at 10am only on Foxtel

LIVE from the US and exclusive to Foxtel, the 2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS will be premiering on [V] HITS, celebrating this year’s most successful stars and hottest musical acts on Monday May 23 from 10am.

Returning for the third consecutive year, hip-hop superstar and actor Ludacris will be co-hosting the show with new co-host Ciara, princess of contemporary R&B and music superstar.

Award-winning singer-songwriter P!nk is scheduled to perform during the show, debuting her new single “Just Like Fire”. The original song will appear in Disney’s upcoming film Alice Through the Looking Glass, which hits theatres May 27. This is P!nk’s first single in three years but she has previously had 4 singles at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013.

Nick Jonas, Tove Lo and Demi Lovato will also perform at this year’s Awards. Tove Lo will join Jonas to perform “Close,” the first single off his eagerly anticipated sophomore album due out in June. Demi Lovato will perform her hit song “Cool For The Summer.”

Renowned superstar and Las Vegas resident, Britney Spears will receive this year’s Billboard Millennium Award recognising outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry. Past Billboard Millennium Award recipients include Beyoncé in 2011 and Whitney Houston in 2012. Spears will also join the line-up of musical acts at the show when she performs a medley of her greatest hits.

The three hour long special will recognise this year’s top artists in a variety of genres, including R&B, Rap, Pop, Country, Rock, Latin and Alternative. Major pop culture moments will be featured throughout the night with huge performances and collaborations by music heavyweights. Broadcasting LIVE from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the event will be the first ever broadcast from the new venue.

Finalists for the 2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS top artist include Adele, Justin Bieber, Drake, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd who is leading the finalist pack with nods in 16 categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Song. Justin Bieber comes in second with entries in 11 categories including Top Artist, Top Male Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist.

Taylor Swift is trying to beat her own all-time record for the record number of BBMA wins. She currently holds 20 wins which is the most wins in history for any artist and this year Swift is a finalist in eight categories which could see her collect even more.

Justin Bieber and Adele are also vying to surpass Swift’s record. Justin Bieber is the second highest winning male, second to Garth Brooks who has 19 wins under his belt. If he takes home more than eight wins from his 11 nominated categories, Brooks has the chance of beating Swift’s current all-time leading record.

The 2016 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS Australian Premiere is exclusive to Foxtel and will be LIVE on [V] HITS from 10am on Monday May 23. Encore screenings will begin on Monday May 23 at 4pm and 7pm on [V] HITS.

Fun finalist facts to know before the show include:

· Adele, a 13-time Billboard Music Award winner, stormed Billboard’s charts in late 2015 with her blockbuster third studio album, 25, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The new album’s lead single, “Hello,” spent 10 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and became the first song to sell more than 1 million downloads in a week.
· Drake not only earned his fifth consecutive No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with What a Time to Be Alive (with Future), but also claimed two chart-toppers in less than a year’s time.
· No one has won Top Male Artist more than once. If Justin Bieber wins in this category, he will be the first artist to take home the award twice. He previously won the category in 2013.
· Fetty Wap blasted onto Billboard’s charts in 2015 with three consecutive career-opening top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 (“Trap Queen,” “My Way” and “679”), making him just the third hip-hop act to earn that triple honor since 1990 (joining Chingy and M.C. Hammer).
· Eighteen-year-old rapper Silentó broke through in 2015 with his viral sensation “Watch Me,” which ruled the Hot Rap Songs chart for nine weeks and the Streaming Songs chart for 10 weeks, selling more than 2.3 million downloads.
· 50 Cent, Garth Brooks, Destiny’s Child, Taylor Swift and Usher are tied for the most wins in the Top Artist category with 2 wins. Swift is a 2016 finalist in this category and if she wins, she will become the artist with the most TROPHIES in this category
· WALK THE MOON rocketed to a record with its crossover smash “Shut Up and Dance,” leading the Hot Rock Songs chart for 27 weeks.

For updates, exclusive content and information on competitions check out vhits.com.au and follow us on Twitter @V_Hits and facebook.com/ChannelVHits as well as on Instagram @v_hits.

-Brad

A Foxtel Original Series starring Elizabeth Debicki World Television Premiere Season starts Monday July 4 on showcase

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Media Release: Tuesday, May 3, 2016

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Foxtel’s showcase channel will launch the highly anticipated world premiere of The Kettering Incident, a gripping mystery with otherworldly overtones, on Monday, July 4.

Australian and international expectations for the series continue to build with The Kettering Incident awarded the Special Jury Prize at the prestigious Series Mania Festival in Paris last week.

The eight episode series stars The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Debicki with Matthew Le Nevez.

The Kettering Incident was shot entirely in Tasmania with the stunning gothic land and seascapes fundamental to the storytelling.

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “The Kettering Incident is a fascinating drama which is rich with mysteries evoked by the wild and remote Tasmanian locations and bursting with an amazing cast led by Elizabeth Debicki.

“Elizabeth has well and truly emerged as one of Australia’s hottest talents internationally and audiences will be further intrigued as her remarkable performance in The Kettering Incident premieres on Foxtel’s showcase channel this winter,” he said.

Tasmanian writer Victoria Madden (Lynda La Plante’s Trial and Retribution, The Bill, Halifax FP) is co-creator of The Kettering Incident with Vincent Sheehan (Animal Kingdom, The Hunter, The Rover).

Anna Macy (Debicki) left Kettering when she was just 14, shortly after her best friend disappeared when they were playing in the forest. When Anna returns 15 years later the town is struggling to survive. The community is being torn apart by clashes between environmentalists and loggers. Anna’s reappearance causes a stir. Theories and rumours persist about what really happened to the girls that night – from Anna killing her best friend to alien abduction. Then another girl disappears. Anna is drawn to discover what really happened, uncovering secrets buried deep in her mind and the heart of Kettering and its people.

The series boasts an impressive cast including Henry Nixon, Anthony Phelan, Damon Gameau, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Suzi Dougherty, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Dylan Young and Neil Pigot. Many Tasmanian actors feature in the series including Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade, Brad Kannegiesser, Katie Robertson, Marcus Hensley, Nathan Spencer and Matt Burton.

The Kettering Incident is produced by Porchlight Films in association with Sweet Potato Films – producers are Sheehan, Madden and Andy Walker. Madden is also showrunner and her fellow writers are Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland and Louise Fox. Directors: Rowan Woods and Tony Krawitz. Executive producers: Foxtel Head of Drama Penny Win, Liz Watts and Anita Sheehan.

The Kettering Incident was commissioned by Foxtel with investment partners Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania. Foxtel holds UK and New Zealand distribution rights and BBC Worldwide holds global distribution rights.

The Kettering Incident will air Mondays at 8.30pm AEST from July 4 on Foxtel’s showcase channel.

Following the premiere broadcast each week, The Kettering Incident will be available to watch when you want, on demand, via Foxtel Anytime on internet connected iQ boxes. You can also stream the series on demand on Foxtel Play or Foxtel Go. Foxtel Go is included with all Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.

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-Brad

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