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Media Release: Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Foxtel today announced it has bolstered its exclusive offering of the best in drama by extending its output agreement with HBO. The agreement sees Foxtel offering exclusive access to all first run programs by HBO including films, miniseries, seasons of series, comedy specials and documentaries as well as Anytime (On Demand) access to complete seasons of library drama and complete past seasons of returning drama series.

The deal ensures showcase, the Home of HBO will continue to bring subscribers a host of HBO content including Game of Thrones, True Detective, Girls, The Leftovers, Looking and many others. Furthermore, the new agreement with HBO comes just as Foxtel is preparing to launch its new BoxSets Channel, which will take advantage of the availability of HBO’s catalogue to fill its content library.

Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said, “HBO is one of the world’s most impressive television brands. Together, we have forged a fantastic legacy of entertaining Australians with the best drama available. We’re thrilled to extend our exclusive relationship even further to ensure we are able to deliver our customers the entertainment they love and expect from us across Foxtel and Foxtel Play.”

“Foxtel has been a wonderful partner and we couldn’t be happier that they will remain the home of HBO original programming in Australia,” said Richard Plepler, Chairman & CEO, HBO. “The range and variety of our acclaimed programming combined with Foxtel’s innovative viewing platforms makes for a valuable consumer proposition.”

Foxtel recently announced new pricing, set to take effect on 3 November, designed to make Foxtel more accessible to the broadest number of Australians possible. Existing customers will be offered additional content at no extra cost and for many of them showcase, the home of HBO and BoxSets will be key features