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Foxtel expands On Demand programming in May

Media Release: Friday, 28 April, 2017

Foxtel expands On Demand programming
in May

More than 11,000 hours of hit movies and TV to choose from; also available to stream via Foxtel Play

This May, Foxtel is adding new episodes to the most recent seasons of a host of popular programming along with a great collection of hit movies to stream instantly via Foxtel On Demand. This month will see more than 11,000 hours of TV and movies, including a library of more than 1,200 movie hits and great classics available, On Demand, as part of a Foxtel subscription^.

New episodes from prison drama Wentworth season 5 and political comedy VEEP season 6, plus Foxtel’s incredibly popular lifestyle show, Selling Houses Australia season 10 will continue to arrive along with the sci-fi adventure, Star Trek Beyond, family favourite, The BFG; and the illusion filled thriller, Now You See Me 2.

Foxtel residential customers with an internet connected Foxtel iQ box can instantly stream any of Foxtel’s incredible On Demand programming as well as record and play back a host of movies and TV to watch when they like. Foxtel streaming service, Foxtel Play, also provides access to Foxtel’s world-leading entertainment live and On Demand starting from only $10 per month.

In addition, Foxtel residential and Foxtel Play customers have access to Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s mobile streaming app, at no extra charge. Foxtel Go enables subscribers to stream TV, live and On Demand, to selected smartphones and tablets, where they want, when they want.

Foxtel’s award winning prison drama Wentworth continues season 5 in May bringing the chaos and conflict of the Wentworth Correctional Centre to viewers’ living rooms. Season 5 has already received wide-spread praise from fans of the series and joins the first four seasons already streaming On Demand.

HBO comedy series VEEP, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, takes a sharp, satirical look at the insular world of politics following the day-to-day routine of the former Vice-President, and one time President, Selina Meyer. The award winning show continues to add new episodes from season 6 to seasons 1-5 already available.

Selling Houses Australia takes viewers on a real-estate adventure helping vendors sell unsellable homes. Now in its tenth season, this iconic show has seen hosts Andrew Winter, Shaynna Blaze and Charlie Albone successfully makeover and market more than 100 homes.

Also adding new episodes On Demand in May is the breakout reality show, Real Housewives of Sydney; along with the Comedy Channel’s Adam Devine’s House Party (seasons 1-3) and Another Period (seasons 1-2), plus the supernatural thriller Outcast (seasons 1-2) and the alternative-history drama SS-GB (season 1).

Foxtel On Demand’s key movies in May include the hilarious Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie; period comedy drama Florence Foster Jenkins; the continuation of the sci-fi epic movie series, Star Trek Beyond, and more.

Foxtel is home to a massive selection of many of the world’s most popular shows, from our own locally produced hits to must see programs from around the globe.

Foxtel also features the BoxSets and Binge channels, which allow subscribers to watch and record collections and selected series of some of the world’s greatest programs from HBO, the BBC, Warner Bros. and other Hollywood studios.

New TV shows streaming on Foxtel On Demand in May include:
· Wentworth (seasons 1-5) – 5 continues
· VEEP (seasons 1- 6) – 6 continues
· Real Housewives of Sydney (season 1) – continues
· Real Housewives of Atlanta (season 9) – continues
· Detectorists (seasons 1-2)
· Outcast (seasons 1-2) – continues
· Selling Houses Australia (seasons 1-10) continues
· Adam Devine’s House Party (seasons 1-3)
· Another Period (seasons 1-2)
· Top of the Lake (season 1)
· SS-GB (season 1)

New movies streaming on Foxtel On Demand in May include:
· 10 Years
· Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie
· Amelie
· Apocalypse Now
· Are We Officially Dating?
· The Aviator
· Bad Moms
· Beverly Hills Ninja
· The BFG
· Braveheart
· Brooklyn’s Finest
· Brothers
· Candy
· Cell
· Death At A Funeral
· Dick Tracy
· Don’t Breathe
· Down Under
· Fantastic Mr. Fox
· Flatliners
· Florence Foster Jenkins
· Forces Of Nature
· Free State Of Jones
· Game Change
· Get Squirrely
· Half Past Dead
· The Heat
· Honey, I Blew Up The Kid
· Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
· Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves
· House Of Sand And Fog
· How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
· I Hate Valentine’s Day
· I, Robot
· Imperium
· Into The Storm
· It Runs In The Family
· J. Edgar
· The Laramie Project
· Last Days
· Lights Out
· The Lizzie McGuire Movie
· Lock Up
· A Lot Like Love
· The Man Who Knew Infinity
· Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates
· Monster In Law
· Muppet Treasure Island
· Now You See Me 2
· Planet 51
· Pride And Glory
· The Purge
· Raw Deal
· Red Sonja
· The Rescuers Down Under
· The Rescuers
· Septembers Of Shiraz
· Sing Street
· Sniper: Special Ops
· Spin Out
· Star Trek Beyond
· Surrogates
· Tarzan
· Tarzan & Jane
· Tarzan II
· Tooth Fairy
· Unforgiven
· Waiting…
· Wind Chill
· Wyatt Earp

For more information on Foxtel On Demand, visit: www.foxtel.com.au

-Brad

Get BoxSets ready for TV’s big night with Foxtel’s TV WEEK Logie Award nominated dramas

Media Release: Wednesday, April 19 2017
Get BoxSets ready for TV’s big night
with Foxtel’s TV WEEK Logie Award nominated dramas

Watch four great Foxtel original Australian dramas over three days
on BoxSets or stream instantly on Foxtel Play

A Place To Call Home S4, Secret City, The Kettering Incident and Wentworth S4

Foxtel’s original dramas continue to win acclaim from viewers at home and around the world and have secured 14 nominations for the 59th TV WEEK Logie Awards to be held in Melbourne this Sunday.

BoxSets has programmed a celebration of these great Australian dramas from Friday afternoon right across the weekend.

Secret City (6 episodes) starts Friday, 12.30pm
Secret City is a high stakes political thriller set in a world of secrets, lies, murder and betrayal, based on the best-selling novels “The Marmalade Files” and “The Mandarin Code” by Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis. Beneath the placid facade of Canberra, amidst rising tension between China and America, senior political journalist Harriet Dunkley uncovers a secret city of interlocked conspiracies, putting innocent lives in danger – including her own.
· 59th TV WEEK Logie Award nominations – Most Outstanding Mini-Series or Telemovie, Most Outstanding Actress for Anna Torv and Most Outstanding Supporting Actor for Damon Herriman.

A Place To Call Home Season 4 (12 episodes) starts Friday, 6.00pm
The season focuses on the relationships between the characters as affected by two contrasting social issues in 1954. The first is the conservative wave of fear generated by the “Reds ender the beds” scare surrounding The Petrov Affair. The second, the wave of liberal change that opened up new social and moral choices for Australians at the time. Production on A Place To Call Home’s fifth season is underway and will premiere on showcase later this year.
· 59th TV WEEK Logie Award nominations – Most Outstanding Drama Series, Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for Jenni Baird and Best Actress for Marta Dusseldorp (joint nomination for her performances on APTCH, Jack Irish and Janet King).

The Kettering Incident (8 episodes) starts Saturday, 4.00pm
The Kettering Incident is a gripping mystery thriller with otherworldly overtones, set against the haunting gothic landscape of southern Tasmania. When two girls disappear in the wilds of Tasmania in similar circumstances, 15 years apart, Dr Anna Macy finds herself inextricably linked to both cases. Anna must confront the traumatic events of her troubled past and discover her connection to the truth of what is really happening in the Kettering forest. Created by Victoria Madden and Vincent Sheehan, The Kettering Incident won AACTA Awards for Best Telefeature or Mini-Series and Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for Elizabeth Debicki.
· 59th TV WEEK Logie Award nominations – Most Outstanding Mini-Series or Telemovie, Most Outstanding Actress for Elizabeth Debicki, Most Outstanding Actor for Henry Nixon and Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer for Tilda Cobham-Hervey.

Wentworth Season 4 (12 episodes) starts Sunday, 9.00am
As the story begins, Bea and her cell-block mates are returning to Wentworth after the fire and rebuilding of H Block to find a new dynamic in play with a new contender for Top Dog. On the outside, Franky is trying hard to be a productive member of society. As always, no-one should underestimate “the Freak”. Wentworth S4 builds towards a stunning finale which rocked viewers around the world and the show won the AACTA Award for Best Television Drama Series. Wentworth Season 5 now is premiering on showcase.
· 59th TV WEEK Logie Award nominations – Most Outstanding Drama Series, Best Drama Program, Most Outstanding Actress for Danielle Cormack and Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for Nicole da Silva.

Watch these four great Foxtel original dramas this weekend on BoxSets or on Foxtel’s streaming service Foxtel Play.

Customers can also watch the following programs any time via Foxtel On Demand which is available on internet connected iQ boxes, Foxtel Play or enjoyed on the move on Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s mobile app. Foxtel Go and Foxtel On Demand are included with all Foxtel and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.
· All episodes of Wentworth Seasons 1 – 4 and those which have premiered from S5; A Place To Call Home Seasons 1- 3; Secret City; The Kettering Incident.

-Brad

1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time Winner Announced

Media Alert: Tuesday April 18, 2017
1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time Winner Announced

he results are in and MAX fans have spoken! The number one Greatest Song of All Time on MAX is… “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. The ground-breaking 1975 hit from Queen is joined in the Top Ten by iconic artists John Lennon, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones.

Hosted by MAX’s legendary music critic, journalist and record producer, Molly Meldrum over the Easter Long Weekend, the 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time countdown included 11 Johns, four Georges, a King, a Prince and a Queen. The artists who dominated the 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time included INXS, Michael Jackson, George Michael, Queen and David Bowie, however it was U2 who polled the most entries with 14 incredible songs. Music from the 1980s flooded the countdown with 37 percent of the songs, closely followed by the 1990s with 24 percent. Thirty-one artists in the countdown are known only by a mononym including Cher, Madonna, Prince and our very own Sia.

The Max 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time Top 10:

1. “Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen
2. “Sweet Child O’ Mine” Guns N’ Roses
3. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Nirvana
4. “Imagine” John Lennon
5. “You’re The Voice” John Farnham
6. “Stairway To Heaven” Led Zeppelin
7. “Purple Rain” Prince & The Revolution
8. “It’s A Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)” AC/DC
9. “Thriller” Michael Jackson
10. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” The Rolling Stones
The MAX 1000 Greatest Songs Of All Time countdown was determined using viewer votes, feedback from industry experts, chart ratings and song popularity. The full list of all 1000 Greatest Songs of All Time is now live at maxtv.com.au.

-Brad

THE LEFTOVERS Season Three Thursdays from April 20 at 8.30pm stream instantly on Foxtel Play

Media Release: Monday April 10, 2017

THE LEFTOVERS Season Three
Thursdays from April 20 at 8.30pm

stream instantly on Foxtel Play

Foxtel and HBO are proud to present the third and final season of the Peabody Award-winning series The Leftovers, the journey of one family’s desperate efforts to cope with the long-term aftermath of “The Departure” – in which 140 million people vanished from the face of the earth. The cause of that incredible event remains unknown, and there is no indication that those who are gone will ever be seen or heard from again.

From Damon Lindelof, co-creator of the hit series Lost, and based on characters introduced in the bestselling 2011 novel by Tom Perrotta (a co-creator and EP), this one-hour HBO drama series focuses on erstwhile residents of a New York town trying to make sense of a global event dubbed “The Departure,” in which two percent of the world’s population were “taken” (i.e. vanished), while others were left behind.

Taking place four years after events in Season 2 and nearly seven years since “The Departure”, The Leftovers finds the Garvey and Murphy families – who met, clashed and bonded last season in the “Miracle” town of Jarden, Texas – coming together as they desperately grasp for systems of belief to help better explain that which defies explanation. Their world is crackling with the energy of something big about to happen: a corresponding bookend to the sudden departure that sent them all spinning years earlier, bringing their final journey Down Under for an improbable, and thrilling, series climax.

One of the most inventive, unpredictable drama series on television, The Leftovers Season 3 was filmed on location in Texas and Australia. Creator Damon Lindelof said, “Australia is the end of the world geographically and our show is about the end-of-the-world emotionally. And there’s also something about Australian cinema – it’s primal, ancient and spiritual – that felt like it fit The Leftovers, whether it’s Mad Max movies, Walkabout, Wake in Fright, or Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

Cast regulars include Justin Theroux (Mulholland Drive), Carrie Coon (Critics Choice Award winner for this role), Amy Brenneman (Judging Amy), Kevin Carroll (Paid in Full), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Scott Glenn (The Silence of the Lambs), Regina King (American Crime), Jovan Adepo (Fences), Janel Moloney (The West Wing), Margaret Qualley (The Nice Guys), Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings) and Chris Zylka (The Amazing Spider-Man). Joining the cast is Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) as Grace, an Australian ally of Kevin Sr.

The Leftovers Season 3 begins April 20, Thursdays at 8.30pm AEST, on Foxtel’s showcase or on Foxtel’s streaming service Foxtel Play. Following the broadcast customers can watch The Leftovers any time via Foxtel on Demand which is available on internet connected iQ boxes, Foxtel Play or enjoyed on the move on Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s mobile app. Foxtel Go and Foxtel On Demand are included with all Foxtel and Foxtel Play subscriptions at no extra cost.

-Brad

Silicon Valley returns for a fourth season Mondays from April 24 at 8.30pm on The Comedy Channel


Media Alert: Wednesday April 5, 2017
Silicon Valley returns for a fourth season
Mondays from April 24 at 8.30pm on The Comedy Channel
Express from the US or stream instantly on Foxtel Play

From executive producers Mike Judge and Alec Berg comes a new season of Silicon Valley, the HBO comedy series that satires the big ideas and even bigger egos of U.S. tech mecca Silicon Valley. The HBO series returns to The Comedy Channel Mondays from April 24 at 8.30pm Express from the US only on Foxtel or stream instantly on Foxtel Play.

Richard Hendricks (Thomas Middleditch) and his team of socially awkward underdogs continue to claw their way toward tech fame and fortune, but in season four change is in the air. As the Pied Piper guys pursue their video-chat app, PiperChat, Richard has a hard time letting go of his dream to put his algorithm to better use. Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) flirts with notoriety while Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) looks on in amusement, Erlich (T.J. Miller) searches for his next big break, Jared (Zach Woods) attempts to pivot with the company, and Big Head (Josh Brener) enters the world of academia.

Over at Hooli, Gavin (Matt Ross) finds himself threatened by Jack Barker (Stephen Tobolowsky), while Monica (Amanda Crew) struggles to bounce back at Raviga after her fallout with Laurie (Suzanne Cryer).

Guests this season include Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth) as a student encountered by Big Head; Tim Chiou (iZombie) as Ed Chen, Monica’s nemesis at Raviga; Phoebe Neidhardt (Notorious) as Mia, who takes an interest in Dinesh; Haley Joel Osment (Oscar® nominated for The Sixth Sense) as Silicon Valley’s new “it” kid; and many others.

Sharp, irreverent and hilarious, the 10-episode new season of Silicon Valley continues to lambast the self-important world of tech and finds the Pied Piper guys looking to leave their mark, even as they continue to fumble along the road to success.

Now in its fourth season, Silicon Valley has been lauded as one of the top comedy series on television by a host of critics, including Entertainment Weekly, Slate, Variety and IndieWire. The series has won three Critics’ Choice Television Awards, and has been nominated for two Golden Globe Awards and 22 Emmys®, including Outstanding Comedy Series three years in a row.

Silicon Valley is executively produced by Mike Judge (King of the Hill, Beavis and Butthead), Alec Berg (Curb Your Enthusiasm, HBO’s upcoming series Barry), Michael Rotenberg (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Tom Lassally (Stan Against Evil).

Silicon Valley airs on Monday April 24 at 8.30pm on The Comedy Channel and is available to watch on Foxtel or Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Play. Following each broadcast, customers can watch Silicon Valley any time via Foxtel On Demand, which is available on internet connected iQ boxes, Foxtel Play or enjoyed on the move via Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s mobile app. Foxtel Go and Foxtel On Demand are included with all Foxtel and Foxtel play subscriptions at no extra cost.

thecomedychannel.com.au

-Brad

THE ULTIMATE X-MEN MARATHON COMES TO FOXTEL THIS EASTER


MEDIA RELEASE: Friday, March 31, 2017

THE ULTIMATE X-MEN MARATHON COMES TO FOXTEL THIS EASTER

X-MEN POP-UP CHANNEL
For the first time in Australia and only on Foxtel
Featuring 9 movies in the X-Men franchise
Friday, April 14 from 6.00am AEST – Monday, April 17
Also available On Demand or stream on Foxtel Play
Click here to view promo

In an Australian television first, Foxtel Movies presents an action-packed lineup of nine movies in the X-Men franchise on a dedicated pop-up channel, available to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers, from 6.00am on Friday, April 14 through to Monday, April 17.

The non-stop movie marathon will feature an incredible lineup of films in the smash-hit mutant adventure series, launching with the original X-Men movie, through to X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Deadpool.

The X-Men franchise, about a group of heroic mutants born with special powers who’ve sworn to use their gifts to protect mankind, is one of the highest-grossing film series of all time.

The franchise features a stellar lineup of Hollywood’s best actors across the nine films, including Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, James Marsden, Ian McKellan, Jennifer Lawrence, Ryan Reynolds, Patrick Stewart and Australia’s own Hugh Jackman in his iconic role as ‘Wolverine’.

The X-Men pop-up channel follows on from Foxtel Movies’ hugely successful series of pop-up channels, including the Star Wars, Harry Potter, Fast and Furious and Arnie pop-ups.

The nine movies featured on the X-Men pop-up, running back-to-back, are as follows:

X-Men (2000)
Born into a world of prejudice are children who possess extraordinary powers under the tutelage of Professor X, the outcasts learn to harness their powers to protect mankind from the evil Magneto.
X-Men 2 (2003)
Following a shocking attack on the President, the X-Men must stand united with their deadliest enemies to combat a menace that threatens every mutant on the planet – and possibly all of mankind.
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
In this 3rd instalment of the X-Men Trilogy a cure is found for mutancy, threatening to alter the course of history. Opposing viewpoints of the mutant leaders trigger the war to end all wars.
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Two young men discover their superhuman powers for the first time, working together in a desperate attempt to stop the Hellfire Club and a global nuclear war.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
When Sentinels created to hunt and kill mutants begin to target humans too, Wolverine is sent into the past to stop a war that will end with no victor.
X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
The X-Men must battle the original and most powerful mutant – Apocalypse, when he is set free after being entombed for several millennia.
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
The story of Wolverine’s violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program.
The Wolverine (2013)
Out of his depth in an unknown world Wolverine faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle, confronting not only lethal samurai steel, but also his struggle against his own immortality.
Deadpool (2016)
A former Special Forces operative turned mercenary is subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopting the alter ego Deadpool.

The X-Men pop-up channel will be available in HD* to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on channel 400. Channel 400 is now home to a series of hugely popular and exclusive pop-up movie events and is also available to stream on Foxtel Play.

Subscribers can also watch the X-Men pop-up movies when and where they want On Demand with an internet-connected iQ box – and viewers can also stream the movies On Demand on Foxtel Play.

-Brad

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