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Foxtel sports fans take the action with them with beIN SPORTS CONNECT app

Foxtel sports fans take the action with them with beIN SPORTS CONNECT app

Popular sports app joins Fox Sports app and WatchESPN app as part of a Foxtel sports subscription at no extra charge*

Foxtel today announced that Foxtel subscribers, whose subscription includes the Sports pack, now have access to sports programming via the beIN SPORTS CONNECT app, as part of their existing subscription, at no extra cost.

Today’s news means that Foxtel subscribers have another way to keep up with all of the live sporting action and sports commentary from beIN SPORTS’ popular magazine shows on smartphones, tablets, PC and Mac. The app’s arrival for Foxtel subscribers comes just as the European Football season kicks off with LaLiga, Serie A and Bundesliga starting this weekend. Plus, from this weekend beIN SPORTS will broadcast the Turkish Super Lig in Australia with live coverage of Kasimpasa vs. Besiktas, Osmanlispor vs. Galatsaray and Fenerbahce vs. Trabzonspor, all available live via beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

The beIN SPORTS CONNECT app offers linear streams of beIN SPORTS 1, beIN SPORTS 2 & beIN SPORTS 3 channels, plus access to additional games not available on the beIN SPORTS channels including every game of the UEFA Champions League, every LaLiga game, every UEFA Europa League game, Serie A, Bundesliga and Ligue 1.

Leah O’Gorman, Foxtel’s General Manager, Sport Partnerships, said, “Sport fans are becoming increasingly mobile and take their love of the game with them to enjoy wherever and whenever they want. The addition of beIN SPORTS CONNECT to our existing sports app line up, including the Fox Sports app and WatchESPN, maximises the value of a Foxtel sports subscription and keeps fans in the game regardless of whether they’re in the living room, on vacation, or taking a sneaky look during their lunchbreak.”

beIN SPORTS CONNECT complements Foxtel’s three beIN SPORTS channels and brings subscribers 24/7 access to live streaming of the beIN SPORTS TV channels, plus more catch up games and highlights shows. Subscribers can download it from the Apple app store or Google Play or access online via https://connect-au.beinsports.com/en.

WatchESPN streams the best of international sport on your tablet, smartphone or PC offering access to a range of live international sports, online only events and matches simulcast with ESPN television including NFL, NBA, MLB ESPN Films and more.

The FOX SPORTS app features news, fast scores, live match stats and more, including additional camera feeds of Supercars, Formula 1™ and MotoGP events; NRL, Super Rugby and A-League matches on demand, plus popular magazine shows including AFL 360, Back Page and others.

-Brad

A PLACE TO CALL HOME Season 5

Media Release: Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A PLACE TO CALL HOME
Season 5
on Showcase and Foxtel Now
Starts Sunday, October 8 at 8.30pm.

Honoured at the 2017 TV WEEK Logie Awards as Most Outstanding Drama Series, the Australian period showpiece A Place to Call Home returns for its fifth season, premiering Sunday, October 8 at 8:30pm AEDT on Foxtel’s showcase and streaming on Foxtel Now.

The new season will jump to 1958, where four years have passed since we left Sarah (Marta Dusseldorp) and the Bligh family. Those years have seen ever-increasing changes in Australian society. The world of wealth and privilege is being eroded, moral values are fraying and a new young generation is rising, full of disaffection with the world of their elders. To them the War is a matter of the dead past, bringing conflict with those who suffered its pain and deprivation. Economic change and the devious actions of unseen enemies threaten Ash Park and, in the midst of the turmoil, love becomes the only sure place anyone can call home.

As the 1950s come to a close, Australia – just as the rest of the world – stands on the cusp of great change. While pastoral families like the Blighs have long farewelled the early ‘50s golden era when Australia ‘rode on the sheep’s back’, 1958 brings notable milestones: Qantas Airways introduces a round-the-world air service from Australia to London, Anzac Day (25 April) becomes a national public holiday, Johnny O’Keefe releases his first hit with Wild One, and with it Australian rock and roll is born, the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) opens in Sydney, the first Australian federal election is televised, and a young Brian Henderson hosts the first episode of Bandstand.

The exceptional cast features AACTA award winner Marta Dusseldorp (Sarah) and Lifetime Achievement TV WEEK Logie Award winner Noni Hazlehurst (Elizabeth) along with Brett Climo (George), Abby Earl (Anna), Craig Hall (Dr Jack), Frankie J Holden (Roy), Sara Wiseman (Carolyn), Jenni Baird (Regina), David Berry (James), Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood (Olivia), Deborah Kennedy (Doris), Tim Draxl (Dr Fox), Mark Lee (Sir Richard), Robert Coleby (Douglas) and with returning guest favourite Martin Sacks (Isaac Gold).

New guest cast will include established and respected actors Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish/Goldstone), Matt Day (Rake/Tangle), Huw Higginson (Secret City/The Bill)

Season five will also feature up and coming new talent including Madeleine Clunies –Ross (Tomorrow When The War Began) and introduce WAAPA graduate George Pullar.

As a prelude to the new season tune in on Sunday, October 1 at 8.30pm to the special A Place To Call Home – The Story So Far and look back at the much-loved drama and take an exclusive look at season 5.

A Place to Call Home Season 5 will screen Sundays from October 8 at 8.30pm on showcase and will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.

=Brad

Yass! New Broad City coming soon to Foxtel

Media Release: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Yass! New Broad City
coming soon to Foxtel
Thursdays from September 14 at 8.30pm
on The Comedy Channel or stream on Foxtel Now

Broad City promises to keep pushing boundaries with its fourth season set to premiere on The Comedy Channel on September 14, Thursdays at 8.30pm AEST, or stream on Foxtel Now.

The hit series revolves around two friends as they navigate their way through life in New York City, making the smallest and mundane events hysterical and disturbing to watch.

Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer are the lead actors and creative geniuses behind this entertaining and outrageous comedy. Broad City began with the pair launching a web series in 2010 inspired by their real life friendship and experiences. The web series evolved into a television show which premiered in 2014, with actress and director Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation) on board as one of the executive producers across the first three seasons.

Broad City has already featured many guest stars including Fred Armisen, Rachel Dratch, Seth Green, Tony Danza, Alan Alda, Cynthia Nixon and Hillary Clinton.

The guest list for season four includes Ru Paul, Steve Buscemi, Wanda Sykes, Jane Curtin and Shania Twain.

Broad City S4 will be express from the US and first on Foxtel for Australian audiences. Episodes will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now, for 28 days after first broadcast.

-Brad

Outlander Season 3 Express from the US, only on Foxtel Starts September 11 on showcase and Foxtel Now

Media Release: Monday, August 14, 2017

Outlander Season 3
Express from the US, only on Foxtel
Starts September 11 on showcase and Foxtel Now

Caitriona Balfe as Claire and Sam Heughan as Jamie. Photo Credit: Outlander © 2017 Sony Pictures Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Starring Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
and introducing A Place to Call Home’s David Berry

Outlander returns to Foxtel next month, with the third season of the much-loved drama airing express from the US from September 11 on showcase, Mondays at 7.30pm AEST, or stream on Foxtel Now.

The third season of 13 episodes is based upon Voyager, the third of eight books in Diana Gabaldon’s international best-selling Outlander series, developed for television by executive producer Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

The new season picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt. Separated by continents and centuries, Claire and Jamie must find their way back to each other. As always, adversity, mystery, and adventure await them on the path to reunion. And the question remains: When they find each other, will they be the same people who parted at the standing stones, all those years ago?

Diana Gabaldon’s eight-book Outlander series has sold more than 28 million copies worldwide and all the books have graced the New York Times best-sellers list. The Outlander series spans the genres of history, science fiction, romance and adventure in one amazing tale. The second season of Outlander won the Critics’ Choice Award for Most Bingeworthy Show, and four People’s Choice Awards, including Favourite TV Show.

Ronald D. Moore, Maril Davis, Matthew B. Roberts, Toni Graphia, Anne Kenney and Andy Harries serve as executive producers of Outlander, which is produced by Tall Ship Productions, Story Mining & Supply Company and Left Bank Pictures in association with Sony Pictures Television.

The marathon third season production filmed across ten months in its home base in Scotland, followed by Cape Town, South Africa, to shoot pivotal sea voyage scenes.

Resuming their roles from season two are Sophie Skelton as Brianna Randall and Richard Rankin as Roger Wakefield, while new cast members to be introduced include David Berry as John William Grey, César Domboy as Fergus, Lauren Lyle as Marsali MacKimmie, and John Bell as Young Ian Murray.

Berry’s character Lord John is a steadfast and honourable British subject, torn between a finely-honed sense of familial duty and a strong moral compass of right and wrong. He is boyishly handsome with an upper class rearing — the consummate gentleman. However, a scandal from his past has relegated Lord John to an undesirable position as governor of a desolate prison in Northern Scotland and an unrequited love makes him a prisoner of his own passion.


Sam Heughan as Jamie and David Berry as Lord John
Photo Credit: Outlander © 2017 Sony Pictures Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Outlander S3 will be express from the US and first on Foxtel for Australian audiences. Episodes will be available to watch from Foxtel’s on demand library, or streamed on demand on Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now, for 28 days after first broadcast.

-Brad

Foxtel Welcomes Conviction and Sentencing of Subscription TV Pirate

Media Release: Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Foxtel Welcomes Conviction and Sentencing of Subscription TV Pirate

Foxtel has welcomed the sentencing of a Sydney man for his role in the selling of unauthorised access to Foxtel services.

Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, 33 years old, was convicted of criminal offences relating to charges of operating an illegal network that allowed more than 8000 people across Australia to access Foxtel subscription television broadcasts for free. A Sydney court has sentenced Al Baghdadi to serve an 18 month suspended jail term for carrying out the offenses.

The conviction and sentencing are the result of on-going joint antipiracy investigations involving the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Foxtel investigators, and Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security. The three organisations uncovered an organised criminal network responsible for committing a wide-range of intellectual property theft of Foxtel services.

Foxtel’s CEO, Peter Tonagh, said, “Foxtel welcomes today’s court ruling and hopes it sends a strong signal that this type of activity is illegal. Foxtel takes intellectual property theft very seriously as it severely undermines the creative industry including every business and individual that works so hard to deliver us the movies, sport, drama and entertainment we love.

“Foxtel conducts ongoing investigations into the theft of Foxtel programming and we are proud to work so closely with the AFP and our partners at Irdeto to ensure the full force of the law is applied to protect our content.”

Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services at Irdeto, said, “This conviction is another step forward in the global fight against online piracy. The seriousness of these crimes should not be underestimated and this result is further proof that piracy will not be tolerated. Partnerships like this play a crucial role in not only detecting these pirate networks, but ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”

Foxtel looks forward to continuing work with the rest of the Australian media industry to address the issue of piracy in Australia.

-Brad

Midnight Oil – Kings of the Mountain Premieres this Father’s Day on Foxtel’s MAX Band members to reveal their all-time favourite videos

MEDIA RELASE: Tuesday 8th August

Midnight Oil – Kings of the Mountain
Premieres this Father’s Day on Foxtel’s MAX
Band members to reveal their all-time favourite videos

This Father’s Day, Australia’s own fathers of political rock, Midnight Oil, will exclusively reveal the behind the scenes true stories about their most iconic video clips. The two-hour special, Midnight Oil – Kings of the Mountain, will air exclusively on Foxtel’s MAX channel on Sunday September 3 from 10am.

On the eve of the Australian leg of their Great Circle 2017 world tour – MAX sits down exclusively with Midnight Oil to take a look through their vast music video collection, from Armistice Day to Redneck Wonderful and all the hits in between. Viewers will be treated to never before known facts from the band, including their all-time favourite video and how it was made.

Fraser Stark, Group Channel Manager of Foxtel’s Arts & Music Channels said, “Midnight Oil is one of Australia’s most successful rock bands and rightly enjoys lasting iconic status. The uniquely Australian band is uncompromising in every facet of its career and, after disbanding in 2002 to reform in 2017, carries with it a legion of fans earned by its sustained intelligence, conscientiousness and musicianship. MAX is honoured to enjoy unprecedented access to the band to respectfully and thoroughly profile one of the most important retrospective videographies in Australian music history.”

Midnight Oil released their self-titled album in 1978 and have continued to shape the landscape of Australian music and social consciousness for almost four decades, with chart topping albums including 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; Red Sails in the Sunset; Species Deceases; Diesel and Dust; Blue Sky Mining; Scream in Blue (Live); Earth and Sun and Moon; Breathe and Redneck Wonderland;.

In 2006, the band cemented their place in Australian music history forever when they were inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.

Midnight Oil – Kings of the Mountain, will air exclusively on Foxtel’s MAX channel, Sunday Sept 3 from 10am, with an encore performance at 8pm.

-Brad

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