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Closed captioning boosts accessibility for Foxtel Now

Media Release: Friday December 8, 2017

Closed captioning boosts accessibility for Foxtel Now

Closed Captions arrive for iPads, iPhones and Chrome and Safari browsers

Foxtel today took another step towards making its incredible content more accessible to Australians by expanding Closed Captions to its streamed entertainment service, Foxtel Now.

Closed Captions are now available on selected programming to customers streaming Foxtel Now, live and On Demand, to PCs and Macs using the Chrome and Safari browsers as well as to iPads and iPhones. More devices are set to be up and running with Closed Captions in the coming months as Foxtel continues its drive to broaden accessibility of its streamed content.

Foxtel has a long-standing commitment to Closed Captioning and has grown the amount of broadcast content that is captioned through its broadcast service through the launch of additional captioned channels and increases in the amount of content that is captioned on those channels.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said, “The launch of Foxtel Now made Foxtel available to more Australians than ever, but it’s equally important to make Foxtel more accessible to the thousands of Australians who are hearing impaired. While we’re proud of our history of bringing Closed Captions to our cable and satellite subscribers, we recognise the need to offer captioning across all of our platforms.

“Today’s move is the next step in a much larger journey to offer inclusion and accessibility for as many Australians as possible.”

Foxtel continuously strives to improve its captioning levels above and beyond regulatory requirements and during FY 2017, its broadcast channels captioned 21 percent above their targets offering hundreds of thousands of hours of Closed Captioned programs on more than 72 linear channels.

For more information on Foxtel’s Closed Captioning, visit:
https://www.foxtel.com.au/support/tv/how-to-use/foxtel-remote/closed-caption-channels.html

-Brad

Foxtel Now streams to Apple TV with AirPlay Hotly anticipated AirPlay support and HD arrives for iPhones and iPads just in time for the summer streaming season

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Media Release: Thursday December 7, 2017

Foxtel Now streams to Apple TV with AirPlay

Hotly anticipated AirPlay support and HD arrives for iPhones and iPads just in time for the summer streaming season

Foxtel today announced that its Foxtel Now service is now streaming to Apple TV via the popular AirPlay feature. In addition, Foxtel Now is now available to stream in HD on iPads and iPhones. The addition of the highly anticipated features comes just as the summer streaming season is set to take hold and brings another easy to use way to enjoy Foxtel Now live, On Demand and in HD.

From today, Foxtel Now subscribers with an Apple TV can download the Foxtel Now app onto their iPhone or iPad and AirPlay their favourite shows, movies or sports events to the big screen via their Apple TV.

The news follows the recent launch of Foxtel’s own Foxtel Now box; an affordable and easy to use device designed to stream Foxtel Now, and adds to the growing number of ways Foxtel Now subscribers can enjoy the best choice of the world’s biggest new shows, movies, live sport and complete seasons.

The arrival of AirPlay for Foxtel Now subscribers comes as Foxtel reveals a scorching slate of summer hits set to stream in the upcoming weeks, including a 25 Days of Drama special event featuring all the most-watched local and international drama series from the past year on Foxtel; along with a number of new and exclusive dramas already making waves overseas including UK drama, Loves, Lies & Records, US crime drama S.W.A.T., new historical drama Britannia, and murder-mystery Mosaic.
Foxtel Now is Foxtel’s SVOD service, offering an affordable and flexible way to sign up and stream Foxtel, instantly, in HD^, live and on demand. Foxtel Now features flexible bundles so customers can sign up to Foxtel’s incredible content with the ability to cancel at any time. Foxtel Now streams via the Foxtel Now Box, PlayStation 4, Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, PC/Mac via the Google Chrome browser and from today, Apple TV via AirPlay.

Additional devices will continue to be updated, until then, other devices, including PlayStation 3, Xbox One and select Smart TVs are able to stream Foxtel content in SD via the Foxtel Play app.

Foxtel Now offers five entry level packs to match viewers’ interests including Drama and Pop packs priced at $15 per month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at $10 per month each.

Foxtel Now’s Movies pack is available for $20 per month in addition to an entry level pack and the Sports pack is available for an extra $29* per month, meaning Sports lovers can now get access to Foxtel’s incredible sports programming for a little as $39 per month and movies for as little as $30 per month.

Foxtel Now comes with a two-week free trial. For more information visit: www.foxtelnow.com.au

-Brad

Foxtel’s hit programs win at last night’s AACTA Awards

Media Release: Thursday December 7, 2017

Foxtel’s hit programs win at last night’s
AACTA Awards
Encore screenings of the 7th AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel at 10:30pm AEDT Friday December 8 on Foxtel Movies Masterpiece, 8:30pm AEDT Sunday December 10 on Foxtel Arts and available anytime On Demand.

Stars of the big and small screen came together last night to celebrate Australia’s top screen achievements at the 7th AACTA Awards Ceremony, with Foxtel securing a total of 11 awards honouring some of the finest local productions from the past year.

Foxtel’s critically-acclaimed event series, TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL (BBC First) swept the television category with four awards, including Best Television Drama Series, Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for Elisabeth Moss, Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama for Ewen Leslie, and Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama for Nicole Kidman.

Top-rating renovation series SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA (Lifestyle) was also honoured, taking out the highly contested award for Best Lifestyle Television Program.

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh, said: “This year’s AACTA Awards have been a terrific and a fitting celebration honouring outstanding achievements in Australian film and television. At Foxtel we are very proud that our ongoing commitment to producing a broad range of Australian content for our customers is recognised by the vibrant Australian industry.

“I’d like to congratulate all of our nominees and winners, particularly our producing partners at BBC First and See-Saw Films for the extraordinary success of Top of the Lake: China Girl,” he said.

Other programs to enjoy the accolades across Foxtel’s drama, lifestyle, sports and news platforms were:

· Best Production Design in Television – Fiona Donovan, A PLACE TO CALL HOME (showcase)
Best Visual Effects or Animation – GAME OF THRONES (showcase)
Subscription Television Award for Best Female Presenter – Margaret Pomeranz (Foxtel Arts)
Subscription Television Award for Best Male Presenter – David Speers (Sky NEWS)
Subscription Television Award for Best Live Event Production – JEFF HORN V MANNY PACQUIAO (FOX SPORTS)
Subscription Television Award for Best New Talent – Zahra Newman, WENTWORTH (showcase)

For further information on the 7th AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel and to view the full list of winners, go to www.aacta.org

-Brad

THE X-FILES returns for Season 11 Express from the US and exclusive to Foxtel

Media Release: Tuesday December 5, 2017
THE X-FILES returns for Season 11
Express from the US and exclusive to Foxtel

Foxtel announced today it has secured the latest Season 11 of worldwide TV phenomenon The X-Files returning exclusively to Foxtel’s showcase channel Thursdays from January 4 at 8.30pm Express from the US.

The hit drama series once again stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson in their iconic roles as FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully as they investigate unexplained “X-Files” cases involving paranormal activity.
Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Director Walter Skinner. The all-new episodes will also feature guest-star appearances by Haley Joel Osment, Barbara Hershey, Annabeth Gish, Robbie Amell, Lauren Ambrose, Karin Konoval and William B. Davis, who reprises his role as “Cigarette Smoking Man.”

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television, Brian Walsh said, “We are committed to increasing our content slate in 2018 with sought after, first run programs and in the New Year our customers will begin to see more new shows on Foxtel and Foxtel Now than ever before. Season 11 of The X-Files is the first to launch from the new series we’ve acquired for 2018 and we’re thrilled to deliver The X-Files fans new episodes on the same day as the US broadcast.”

“The Truth” is still out there and the highly anticipated Season 11 kicks off in explosive form with Mulder and Scully searching for their long-lost son William. The latest instalment will move on from the 14-year hiatus of the series delivering the twisted and supernatural episodic stories The X-Files is known for.

Originally premiering in 1993, over the course of its nine-season run, the influential series went from breakout sci-fi favourite to become one of the most successful television dramas of all time. In 2016, the The X-Files Season 10 revival was a ratings success and the most talked about event series on Twitter generating a significant amount of social media coverage. The series continues to have a massive pop culture influence with a dedicated and passionate fan base.

The X-Files, which earned 16 Emmy Awards, five Golden Globes and a Peabody Award, is created and executive-produced by Chris Carter and produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Ten Thirteen Productions.

Following its broadcast on Foxtel’s showcase channel Thursdays from January 4 at 8.30pm Express from the US, The X-Files will be available to watch from Foxtel On Demand, or streamed on Foxtel Now.

-Brad

Foxtel’s festive Christmas programming in December

Media Release: Tuesday November 28, 2017

Deck the halls with Christmas Specials

Foxtel serves up a cracker of a Christmas this December

 

The holiday season is ramping up and while you may not yet have the perfect Christmas tree or bought any presents, Foxtel is here to help with a huge selection of Christmas Specialsto watch in December. Featuring a broad offering of the best Christmas content from LifestyleEntertainmentKidsFoodMovies and Music, Foxtel is a one-stop destination for entertainment and inspiration this Christmas season.

Learn how to make Christmas treats and then give them away! Feast with your eyes, instead of ruining your waistline this Christmas with the best in Christmas food and lifestyleseries and specials. Don’t silence your night, fill your holidays with festive frivolity, hilarious comedy programs and entertaining drama specials. The season just wouldn’t be the same without Christmas music, tune in to Foxtel for the best soundtracks Christmas has to offer. Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, Foxtel has the best in kids programming on their world-famous kids channels.

 

From Friday December 1 all your favourite festive shows are available to watch whenever you want On Demand, with exclusive and new channel premieres titles being added throughout the month. All these Christmas shows and more can be seen via the On Demand menu on the iQ2, iQ3, on the Foxtel App and on Foxtel Now.

LIFESTYLE

INSIDE THE CHRISTMAS FACTORY One Hour Special on Lifestyle Food

Sunday December 3 at 8.30pm, Australian Premiere

This Christmas special sees Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey and Ruth Goodman explore the fascinating factory processes and surprising history behind the UK’s favourite festive treats. Gregg follows 24 hours of production at the world’s largest mince pie factory, Cherry travels to south Wales to meet the workers who make enough tinsel in a year to reach from there to Hawaii, and Ruth Goodman discovers the explosive history of Christmas crackers.

JAMIE’S CHRISTMAS COOKBOOK One Hour Special on Lifestyle Food

Monday December 4 at 8.30pm, STV Premiere

Over the many years Jamie Oliver has experimented with loads of different ways of cooking the Christmas classics. But this year, he’s sharing his ultimate recipes – the epic dishes that he’ll be cooking for his own family on Christmas Day.

KRISTIE’S HANDMADE CHRISTMAS Season 3 (3 episodes) on Lifestyle

Wednesdays from December 6 at 8.30pm, Australian Premiere

It’s Christmas and Kirstie is back with the aim of ensuring your yuletide is sumptuous, seamless and most of all fun-filled. In this season, Kirstie travels the length and breadth of the country on her own festive tour of Britain to celebrate and indulge in everything that makes Christmas great!

A BIG LEGO CHRISTMAS One Hour Special on Lifestyle

Thursday December 7 at 8.30pm, STV Premiere

In this brand new Christmas special that takes us behind the scenes in the lead-up to the opening of the world’s biggest Lego store in London’s Leicester, we follow Duncan – Britain’s only certified Lego professional – who is attempting to build a giant model of Tower Bridge using almost 6 million bricks! We also meet Michael and Sophie, two Lego fans that unashamedly maintain their love for the brick, and also Justin – a Lego designer whose first kit is about to hit shelves in time for Christmas.

 

THE GREAT CHRISTMAS BAKE OFF Two Part Special on Lifestyle Food

Sundays from December 10 at 8.30pm, Australian Premiere

The much-loved format is back for some Christmas cheer with two brand new specials. Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Mel Giedroyc & Sue Perkins get into the festive spirit with two yuletide specials as they decide which of the four will be the winner of The Great Christmas Bake Off.

NIGELLA CHRISTMAS SPECIAL One Hour Special on Lifestyle Food

Wednesday December 20 at 8.30pm, Australian Premiere

As beautiful and inspiring as ever, Nigella’s latest series is about the food we remember eating as children, to the dishes that shaped us growing up. Nigella shows us simple ways of infusing the everyday with pleasure and flavour in the way only she can. This is the final episode of her series Nigella At My Table.

HAIRY BIKERS’ HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Season 1 on Lifestyle Food

Weeknights from Monday December 18 at 6.30pm, Australian Premiere

The Hairy Bikers return with a new festive series. Over the course of the series the Hairies show viewers how to make delicious and indulgent recipes for all sorts of Christmas occasions, from the neighbours coming round to the full traditional feast on Christmas Day.

 

FEEDING THE SUPER RICH CHRISTMAS SPECIAL One Hour Special on Lifestyle

Thursday December 21 at 9.30pm, Australian Premiere

For the UK’s millionaires, shopping has become an art form, and nothing gets them spending more than Christmas. But while we seek out bargains, the wealthy use a network of high-end suppliers of luxurious gifts and decorations.

DRAMA

BIRDS OF A FEATHER Christmas Special One Hour Special on UKTV

Wednesday December 13 at 8.30pm, Australian Premiere

The Birds are on the wing again for Christmas. Stars Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson, Lesley Joseph.

A PLACE TO CALL HOME Season 5 Christmas Final Episode on showcase

Sunday December 24 at 7.30pm, Australian Premiere LOCAL PRODUCTION

It’s Christmas at Ash Park and the Bligh family must deal with some deep ethical questions.

 

CALL THE MIDWIFE 90 Minute Christmas Special on BBC First              

December Australian Premiere on EXPRESS FROM THE UK

The Christmas Special opens with Poplar under a thick blanket of snow, as the midwives face the challenge of the coldest winter for 300 years. Battling against snow, ice, power cuts and frozen pipes, the midwives strive to provide the best possible care for their patients. Guest starring Anita Dobson (EastEnders).

VICTORIA 90 Minute Christmas Special on BBC First   

December Australian Premiere on EXPRESS FROM THE UK

Victoria’s second season came to a dramatic close but fans of the series may be shocked in this 90 minute special. Despite the festive family celebrations, this could be the winter when Victoria’s (Jenna Coleman) husband Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) finally succumbs to a deathly illness.

ENTERTAINMENT

THE DAILY SHOW’S THE YEARLY SHOW Season 2 Finale on The Comedy Channel

Tuesday December 19 at 9.00pm, Australian Premiere EXPRESS FROM US

Hosted by Trevor Noah, The Daily Show’s The Yearly Show 2017 year-end special, featuring The Best F#@king News Team, will tape at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City.

THE PRESIDENT SHOW I CAME UP WITH CHRISTMAS Season 2 Finale on The Comedy Channel

Wednesday December 20 at 9.00pm, Australian Premiere

I Came Up with Christmas: A President Show Christmas will feature the 45th and final President of the United States (played by The President Show creator Anthony Atamanuik) alongside the Vice President (Peter Grosz). The duo celebrate the holiday in a night of comedy, music, jingle bells, and dog whistles as they try to make this the whitest Christmas ever.

 

SUPERMANSION: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Season 2 Finale on The Comedy Channel

Sunday December 24 at 6.00pm, Australian Premiere

When an interstellar imp named Mr. Skibumpers unleashes a real-life Santa Claus, the League of Freedom must stop Mr. Skibumpers’ plans and save Christmas.

ALASKAN BUSH PEOPLE: A BROWNTOWN CHRISTMAS One Hour Special on Discovery Channel

Wednesday December 13 at 10.30pm, Australian Premiere

Ever wondered what Christmas would be like off the grid? Meet the Browns; unconventional, unique and a little offbeat, the family live off the grid, deep within the Alaskan bush. Raised wild, they are the epitome of self-sufficient, having built their home, Browntown, from the ground up themselves and live off the land. So removed from civilisation, over the years the family of nine has developed their own customs, laws and even accents and have a deep connection to nature. In the past, Christmas was a time to reconnect with extended family, but this year the family’s staying in Browntown and bringing old traditions to their new home. There’s a lot of work to do and knowing the Browns, the road to the perfect holiday will be anything but smooth!

MUSIC

CMA COUNTRY CHRISTMAS 90 Minute Special on CMC

Monday December 11 at 7pm, Australian Premiere

Reba McEntire hosts some of the most powerful and emotionally moving voices in music, as they come together to celebrate. Enjoy the magic of the holidays with your favourite stars as they perform classic Christmas songs and share treasured memories.

 

IOLANTA: THE NUTCRACKER on FOXTEL ARTS

Monday December 18 at 9.30pmAustralian Premiere

This “fairy-tale ballet” recounts the adventures of young Clara one Christmas night, during which the nutcracker she has been given leads her into a magical world.

J.S BACH: CHRISTMAS ORATORIO BALLET BY JOHN NEUMEIER on FOXTEL ARTS

Sunday December 24 at 11.00pmAustralian Premiere

The Christmas Oratorio BWV 248 by Johann Sebastian Bach was written for the Christmas season of 1734 in Leipzig. Christian Thielemann leads the Staatskapelle Dresden along with a roster of top soloists.

 

A SMOOTH CHRISTMAS WITH CAMERON AND MARCIA Two Hour Special on Foxtel Smooth

Christmas Day Monday December 25 at 8am, encores at 12noon & 4pm, Australian Premiere

Spend this Christmas with your Smooth family. Join Cameron Daddo and Marcia Hines as they play some of their favourite Christmas songs, while sharing stories, memories and laughs. There’s also very special performance by Marcia. Share in the festive cheer!

CHRIS ISAAK – A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, Two Hour Special on MAX

Christmas Day Monday December 25 at 8am, encores at 1pm & 6pmAustralian Premiere

Join international Superstar Chris Isaak and his band mate Kenny for A Very Merry Christmas! So much Christmas cheer, you’ll be grinning from ear to ear! Chris will be singing a few of his favourite Christmas songs and playing you the greatest Christmas music videos we could find.

A [V]ERY MERRY XMAS TOP 30, Two Hour Countdown Special on [V]

Christmas Day Monday December 25 from 7.00am

Have yourself a [v]ery merry Xmas, ‘cause it’s the “most wonderful day of the year”! Get right into the spirit of Christmas and have a jolly sing-along to 30 of the biggest modern Christmas crackers courtesy of [V]. All we want for Christmas is the ultimate holiday playlist, so prepare for a total carol-coma!

KIDS

CHRISTMAS ON CBEEBIES

Every day on CBeebies from December 1 to 25

It’s going to be a magical Christmas season on CBeebies, with all your favourite CBeebies friends joining in the festivities! Celebrate all the fun of the Christmas season with Hey DuggeeSarah & DuckGo JettersCharlie & Lola and more, for lots of Christmas-time fun and adventures.

SANTA’S ROCKIN’ WORKSHOP on Cartoon Network

From December 1 to 25

From December 1 all the way to Christmas, kids will have a chance to enjoy back-to-back brand new episodes from Mighty MagiswordsThe Powerpuff GirlsWe Bare Bears, andRegular Show, including Christmas specials from your favourite Cartoon Network shows. The festive Christmas Special also includes two very special movie screenings: Tom and Jerry: Santa’s Little Helpers and Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas.

LIV AND MADDIE – CALI-CHRISTMAS-A-ROONEY on Disney Channel

Thursday December 7 at 5.30pm, Australian Premiere 

Maddie is upset that she can’t be in Wisconsin for Christmas and to cheer her up, Liv plans an incredible surprise.

BIZAARDVARK ‘A KILLER ROBOT CHRISTMAS’ on Disney Channel

Wednesday December 14 at 5.30pm, Australian Premiere

In Bizaardvark ‘A Killer Robot Christmas’ Paige invites a bunch of deserving kids to Vuugle to celebrate the holidays with Bizaardvark.

TINY CHRISTMAS on Nickelodeon

Friday December 15 at 6.30pm, Australian Premiere

Enjoy a Nickelodeon original movie this December to celebrate the holidays! It’s Christmas Eve and a clumsy elf accidentally shrinks down two kids into miniature sizes. The kids are scooped up into Santa’s sack and dropped off across the street at their neighbour’s house. In order to make it home for Christmas (just one house away!), the tiny kids have to work together to navigate holiday hazards.

THE LION GUARDS TIMON AND PUMBAA’S CHRISTMAS on Disney Junior

Saturday December 16 at 5.15pm, Australian Premiere

Get into the festive spirit with The Lion Guards Timon and Pumbaa’s Christmas, as Bunga and the guard help give Timon and Pumbaa a ‘real’ Christmas.

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: ‘STUCK AT CHRISTMAS – THE MOVIE’ on Disney Channel

Thursday December 21 at 5.30pm, Australian Premiere

In Stuck in the Middle: ‘Stuck at Christmas – The Movie’, Harley rallies her siblings and parents to take a trip to Florida to celebrate Christmas with their Abuela (grandmother), but in true Diaz fashion, things go awry.

BRAND NEW CHRISTMAS SPECIALS on Boomerang

Sunday December 24 and Monday December 25

The brand new holiday special rounds up all of our favourite Christmas themed episodes across all shows in a two day extravaganza. Watch as the Wacky Races travel to the North Pole and accidentally run over Santa Claus leaving it to the Racers to take his place and save Christmas. The Scooby Doo gang enter Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” as they try and get to the bottom of the mysterious ghost tormenting Scrooge in 1843 England. Finally, in the festive episode of Chowder, Chowder hatches a plan to save Mung’s dignity in order to ensure everyone has a Merry Knishmas.

MOVIES

In addition to the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS Pop Up Movie Channel starting December 14, Fox Classics will air two weeks of family favourite films in the lead up to Christmas. From Monday December 11 to Friday December 15 at 8.35pm watch FOX CLASSICS MERRY MUSICALS FOR CHRISTMAS with musical favourites bound to get the entire family singing. The following week from Monday December 18 to Monday December 25 at 8.35pm watch FOX CLASSICS ‘TIS THE SEASON – PRESENTED BY GRAEME BLUNDELL and enjoy classic Christmas themed movies including It’s a Wonderful LifeMeet Me In St. Louis and more in the week leading up to Christmas Day.

The full line-up of Christmas programming includes popular returning series and specials such as Andre RieuKylie and Michael Buble specials on Foxtel Arts and the hilarious A MOODY CHRISTMAS complete season and A GERT LUSH CHRISTMAS special on The Comedy Channel.

For more information on Christmas listings visit foxtel.com.au/tvguide.

Foxtel announces scorching summer line-up

Media Release: Monday November 27, 2017

Foxtel announces scorching summer line-up

With summer about to hit, Foxtel has revealed its upcoming slate of programming with the hottest new dramas, high-stakes reality and some of the most anticipated returning series leading the way.

Foxtel will also be offering a range of programming stunts to keep viewers entertained over summer, including 25 Days of Drama featuring all the most-watched local and international drama series from the past year on Foxtel; and The Monarchy: A Major Royal Event that will showcase a range of royal themed programming across December.

Foxtel’s Director of Channels, Stephen Baldwin, said: “This summer there’s never been a better time to have Foxtel. While others take a break, our programming isn’t going on holidays with a wide range of new and returning series across entertainment, factual and lifestyle. Our movie line-up is especially designed for summer with pop up channels and blockbusters titles, and viewers will also be treated to a huge array of live sport, music specials and kids programming.”

Headlining Foxtel’s schedule this summer are a number of new and exclusive dramas already making waves overseas including UK drama from BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor, Loves, Lies & Records (December 16 on BBC First); US crime drama S.W.A.T. (January 14 on FOX8) starring Shemar Moore and Australian Alex Russell; the epic new historical drama Britannia (January 22 on showcase) from award-winning writer Jez Butterworth; and Steven Soderbergh’s murder-mystery, Mosaic, starring Beau Bridges and Sharon Stone (January 24 on showcase).

Returning drama series include the second season of showcase’s Divorce (January 16) as well as the seventh seasons of popular BBC First drama Call the Midwife (January) and Universal Channel’s long running legal drama, Suits (Express in January).

Foxtel’s summer dramas will be complimented with a slate of red-hot reality programming. Kicking off on December 6, The Real Housewives of Melbourne returns for a fourth season on Arena with more outrageous accusations, scandalous gossip and jaw-dropping surprises. Arena will also premiere Vanderpump Rules S6 (December 5); The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills S8 (December 20); and a new series featuring Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel and Million Dollar Listing’s Frederick Eklund, Bethenny and Frederick Flip Manhattan (January 21).

FOX8 will premiere two new survival reality series: Kicking & Screaming (December 12) teams 10 expert survivalists with nature-phobic partners as they face the toughest challenge of their lives – dropped into a tropical jungle in Fiji, they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. Hunted (December 13) follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt. Contestants attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them.

Those after a laugh can tune in to The Slot (December 14 on The Comedy Channel). From the makers of cutting-edge comedies We Can Be Heroes, Open Slather and Summer Heights High, The Slot features a stellar line-up of comedy talent who between them have amassed billions of online views with their captivating, weird and at times absurd style of comedy.

Lifestyle lovers are in for a feast this summer with the premiere of Lifestyle FOOD’s Nigella: At My Table on December 6, as well as the highly anticipated third season of The Great Australian Bake Off returning on January 16. Also returning in January is Grand Designs Australia S7, hosted by Peter Maddison (January 11 on Lifestyle).

On the factual front, Matt Wright is back for a third season of Outback Wrangler (December 6 on National Geographic) as he sweeps across Australia risking his life in the relocation and conservation of giant crocs; and acclaimed international archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver returns for another epic voyage of discovery in the second season of Coast New Zealand (January 8 on HISTORY).

Crime buffs will be captivated by Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography (January 24 on crime + investigation) – a two-part special about the infamous abduction and ultimate rescue of Elizabeth Smart. And of course it wouldn’t be summer without Shark Week! Hosted by Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen, this long-running event will air around the clock from December 7 and is loaded with documentaries from Australia and around the globe.

Those wanting to kick back to some summer beats have plenty to choose from, including highlights from this summer’s first [V] Island Party in which musical festival favourites PNAU hit the decks (December 2); and 24K Magic: Live at the Apollo, an electrifying hour-long special featuring Grammy Award-winning Bruno Mars and his band, the Hooligans, performing atop New York’s famous Apollo Theatre marquee (December 9 on [V]).

When the heat gets too much, movie lovers can bunker down with a series of exciting pop up channels on Foxtel Movies. Best of 2017 will kick off from December 30 and feature stand-out films from the past year; Heath Ledger will remember the work of the Australian acting legend from January 19 in the lead up to the 10th anniversary of his death; and Aussies in Hollywood will celebrate 20 of Australia’s most powerful Hollywood heavyweights over the Australia Day long weekend.

There’s even plenty for the kids, who won’t complain about being bored these holidays thanks to Summer Belongs to You – Disney’s Summer of Movies Stunt. Every night in January, Disney will air a Disney Channel Original Movie, with titles including Cheetah Girls, Camp Rock, Descendants, Teen Beach and High School Musical.

Of course sport is what defines an Australian summer and this year doesn’t disappoint. The Hyundai A-League and the Westfield W-League continue on FOX SPORTS throughout December and January; and the fast and furious HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series launches on December 1 on FOX SPORTS, with the action returning to Sydney over the Australia Day long weekend.

Basketball fans can enjoy some stellar action with five NBA games broadcast live and back to back on ESPN/ESPN2 on Boxing Day, while the NBL and WNBL continues on FOX SPORTS over summer. And don’t miss Australia’s WBO World Welterweight Champion, Jeff Horn, as he makes his first title defence against hard-hitting Englishman Gary Corcoran on December 13 in Brisbane, with all the action of Horn v Hellraiser on Main Event.

A full list of Foxtel’s summer programming can be found in the attached document.

-Brad

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