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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 

Foxtel Announces Airdate for SECRET CITY

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Media Release: Tuesday April 26, 2016

Foxtel Announces Airdate for SECRET CITY
New Australian political thriller premieres Sunday June 5 at 8.30pm on showcase

‘Set in a world of secrets, lies, murder and betrayal… beneath the placid facade of Canberra’

**CLICK THIS LINK TO VIEW PROMO**

Foxtel today announced its highly anticipated political thriller series Secret City – starring Jacki Weaver, Anna Torv, Alan Dale and Dan Wyllie – will premiere Sunday June 5 at 8.30pm on the showcase channel.

Filmed in Parliament House and locations across Canberra and Sydney, Secret City is inspired by the best-selling novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code, written by Canberra political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis.

Amidst rising tension between China and America, Canberra press gallery journalist Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv) forces her way closer to the truth, uncovering a secret city of interlocked conspiracies which will threaten her career, her life and endangers the freedom of every Australian.

Joining Torv is two-time Academy Award nominee Jacki Weaver, who makes a stunning return to Australian television in the role of Labor powerbroker Senator Catriona Bailey.

The top Australian and international cast includes:

Dan Wyllie as Minister of Defence Mal Paxton
Damon Herriman as ASD senior analyst Kim Gordon
Alex Dimitriades as ASIO officer Charles Dancer
Alan Dale as Australian Prime Minister Martin Toohey
Mekhi Phifer as US Ambassador Moreton
Sacha Horler as the PM’s Chief of Staff, Ludie Sypek
Marcus Graham as Daily Nation political correspondent Andrew “Griff” Griffiths
Miranda Tapsell as Daily Nation Canberra journalist Sasha Rose
Eugenia Yuan as Weng Meigui, wife of the Chinese ambassador
Benedict Samuel as Canberra University tutor Felix Crawford
Brenna Harding as Canberra University student Cassie Page
Matt Zeremes as Senior Constable Sean Brimmer
Sean Taylor as ASIO Director General Paul Wheeler
Justin Smith as ASD Director William Vaughn
Huw Higginson as Daily Nation Bureau Chief

Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said: “This captivating new series is another huge moment for Foxtel’s commitment to Australian drama. There is no doubt of the level of interest in national affairs at the moment, and this series will immerse viewers into the un-tapped world of Australian politics and intrigue – not to mention power play, blackmail and murder. Canberra features as its own character, and the standout performances of Jacki Weaver and Anna Torv are world class”.

Ms Weaver said of returning to Australia to star in Secret City: “I loved the story and I loved the character,” she said. “It’s very authentic because the books were written by two insiders, Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis. Secret City tells behind-the-scenes of the machinations and the treachery and the interesting things that occur in politics.

“Catriona is a very powerful and ambitious woman. I’ve drawn inspiration, not from any one female politician in particular, but part of my character is based on an amalgam of female politicians I’ve seen, not just in Australia, but all over the world. I find politics fascinating, and I follow it closely, both in America where I now live most of the time, and here at home in Australia.”

Secret City is a Matchbox Pictures production for Foxtel, in association with Werner Film Productions, supported by Screen Australia, Screen ACT and Screen NSW, directed by Emma Freeman (Glitch, Tangle, Hawke, Puberty Blues) and produced by Joanna Werner (Dance Academy, Ready For This). Executive Producers are Foxtel’s Head of Drama Penny Win, and Penny Chapman, from Matchbox Pictures.

Matchbox Pictures’ Penny Chapman said: “Chris and Steve brought Matchbox this idea when their first book was in manuscript stage. It has been a wild and wonderful ride and I am enormously proud of the creative team that brought it to the screen. It’s exciting to be partnering yet again on a drama production with Foxtel who are doing such great things for television fiction in Australia.”

Producer Joanna Werner said: “We have been extremely lucky to have such a talented cast and crew working on Secret City. Our director Emma Freeman has done a superb job in bringing this intense political thriller to life and our cast, led by Jacki, Anna and Dan, who are all incredibly impressive.”

Secret City has been written by Matt Cameron (Jack Irish, Old School), Belinda Chayko (The Gods of Wheat Street, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Old School) and Greg Waters (Janet King, Devil’s Dust), who is also Script Producer.

Secret City airs Sunday nights at 8.30pm from June 5 on Foxtel’s showcase channel.

-Brad

Foxtel Music Channels

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here some info about the foxtel Music channels

“We are making some changes to our music channels on Foxtel. Starting from this Saturday, February 27 you will begin to see some changes to Channel [V]. Following on from that, from March 25 we will no longer use the Channel [V] brand, which will change to [V] Hits and [V] Hits +2. [V] Hits features a line-up of music videos and countdowns, including the latest hits from Australia and around the world. There are no changes to MAX, CMC or Smooth.”

thanks to foxtel for sending me the info. 🙂

good to see Music channels are staying .

-Brad

FOXTEL WELCOMES AFL RIGHTS AGREEMENT Fox Footy to Remain the Home of AFL until 2022

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Media Release: Tuesday, August 18, 2015

FOXTEL WELCOMES AFL RIGHTS AGREEMENT
Fox Footy to Remain the Home of AFL until 2022

Foxtel CEO, Richard Freudenstein today welcomed the agreement between the AFL and News Corp Australia that will see Fox Footy remain the home of AFL until at least the end of 2022.

“This is great news for Foxtel subscribers,” he said. “AFL fans know that Fox Footy provides superlative coverage of their game, with both great match coverage and informative and entertaining magazine shows that cover every aspect of the competition.

“This deal builds on the strong set of rights Fox Footy has today and ensures that the channel will be the only place where you can see every game of every round, including the final series (excluding the Grand Final), live for many years to come.

“If you love AFL you need to be a Foxtel subscriber, and with our recently reduced pricing there’s really no reason not to sign up.

“Under this deal, for the first time, Fox Footy will be able to be broadcast on all devices, which means that if you subscribe to Foxtel Play or use Foxtel Go, you’ll now be able to watch all games on PCs and Macs as well as tablets, phones and games consoles.

“Foxtel is very proud of its association with the AFL and we look forward to providing an even better service to the League and its millions of fans.”

-Brad

DAYS OF OUR LIVES Search for a Star






Media release March 1 2015

Australia’s most popular daytime series DAYS OF OUR LIVES celebrates its 50th year anniversary on television this year and to mark the occasion in a WORLD EXCLUSIVE, Foxtel’s Arena channel and the producers of Days of our Lives, Corday Productions Inc. and distributor, Sony Pictures Television, will scour the country in search of an Australian actor to join the cast of this iconic series.

Arena and Corday Productions Inc. are offering the chance of a lifetime to an established or aspiring young actor to play the role of Finn, a handsome, rugged Australian doctor who arrives in Salem to do his residency, specifically to gain skills as a surgeon, working under the supervision of Doctor Jonas (Shawn Christian).

The role offered to our new found Aussie hunk will hit our screens for the first time, in a 13 week role which will culminate during the show’s 50th anniversary celebrations in November. Days of our Lives is set in the fictitious Midwestern town of Salem. The core families are the Brady’s, the Horton’s, and the DiMeras, and the multi-layered storylines involve elements of romance, adventure, mystery, comedy and drama. In true Days of Our Lives style, our Australian actor’s character will find things are shaken up the first day he arrives.

Brendon Moo, General Manager of Foxtel’s General Entertainment Channels, said today: “Days of our Lives has been an incredible addition to Arena and we are thrilled Corday and Sony has offered us this amazing opportunity and to partner with them to give an Australian actor the chance to star in this iconic series.”

Delighted about this opportunity, Co-Executive Producer Greg Meng said, “As a new member of Arena’s family, we are excited to be able to present this once in a lifetime opportunity to the amazing talent available in Australia.”

Entries open Monday March 2 via Arena’s website arenatv.com.au, where actors are able to:

· Complete an online entry form which requires biography, acting history, experience
· Provide a recent head shot, reel, examples of past work
· Additional documents/images
· Applicants must be aged 20-35 years old.
· All terms and conditions available on website.

Entries close Sunday March 22 and finalists will be announced via the Arena website. Corday Productions Inc. will cast their new actor from the finalists chosen and the winner will be announced in April. Our actor will then fly to LA to film his episodes airing late 2015 in time with the show’s 50th year anniversary.

Days of our Lives airs Express from the US at 12.50pm weekdays on Arena. Arena provides weekly DOOL omnibus catch up on Sunday mornings from 7-11.30am EST.
-brad

VILLAGE VETS AUSTRALIA RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON

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MEDIA RELEASE: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Foxtel today announced the commissioning of a second season of local production, Village Vets Australia, for The LifeStyle Channel, with production commencing immediately.

Filmed across the picturesque Shoalhaven region of NSW’s South Coast, Village Vets Australia is an observational documentary series that follows country vets and long-time best mates Dr. James Carroll and Dr. Anthony Bennett as they work with animals big and small.

The 8-part 1-hour series will highlight the bonds between people and their pets, farmers and their animals, between the members of a tight-knit community and at the heart of them all – the friendship of two great mates.

General Manager of The LifeStyle Channels, Hannah Barnes, said: “Village Vets Australia is a broad heartland lifestyle show that has connected with our viewers both on-air and among our social community, in a really emotional way.

“We’re pleased to welcome James and Anthony – along with a host of wonderful animals and their owners – back to LifeStyle, for more fun and heart-warming stories from beautiful Berry and its surrounds.”

James and Anthony said: “We’re thrilled to be filming season 2 of Village Vets Australia. We love having the opportunity to show off the natural beauty of the area in which we live and bring into people’s lounge rooms the work we do with a variety of animals and the humans that love and care for them.”

Screentime Head of Factual and Executive Producer, Simon Steel, said: “We’re incredibly proud of Village Vets Australia and how well it’s been received by the LifeStyle audience. The boys are a natural talent and we’re grateful to the community of Berry for welcoming us in to their lives again for a second season.”

Village Vets Australia is an original concept by Rodney Richmond and is produced by Screentime, a Banijay Group company, exclusively for Foxtel’s The LifeStyle Channel.

-Brad

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