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Foxtel commemorates Heath Ledger with dedicated Pop Up Movie channel in January

Media Release: Friday December 15, 2017

Heath Ledger Pop Up Movie Channel

From Friday January 19 to Sunday January 21

Also available On Demand or stream on Foxtel Now

On the eve of the 10th Anniversary of Heath Ledger’s passing, Foxtel Movies announced today it will commemorate the renowned Australian acting legend with a dedicated Heath Ledger Pop Up movie channel in January.

From 6am Friday January 19 to Sunday January 21 the Heath Ledger Pop Up movie channel will showcase Ledger’s collection of work with 17 of his most popular and critically-acclaimed films. Determined to steer clear of the stereotype of being a “young hunk” in Hollywood and nothing more, Ledger played a hugely diverse assortment of roles from Jimmy in Two Hands to Patrick in 10 Things I Hate About You, Ennis in Brokeback Mountain, and his Oscar-winning role as the Joker in The Dark Knight. The Heath Ledger Pop Up channel on Foxtel Movies will also include the 2017 documentary I Am Heath Ledger.

The Heath Ledger Pop Up channel will be available in HD to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers on channel 400 which is home to a series of hugely popular and exclusive Pop Up movie events. All the Heath Ledger Pop Upmovies will be available to watch from Foxtel’s On Demand library, or streamed on demand via Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Now.

The following films will be featured in the three-day Pop Up event:

Two Hands (1999): 19 year old strip club promoter Jimmy (Heath Ledger) gets an offer he can’t refuse from a local crime lord. But, after being robbed of a $10,000 package while out for delivery, all of a sudden he is on the run from the dangerous gang who are now after him.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999): Adapted from William Shakespeare’s play The Taming of the Shrew, Cameron learns that the only way he could ever have the chance to date the beautiful sophomore Bianca Stratford, is if he found someone for her irritable older sister Kat. He chooses to pair her with hunky, bad-boy Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger), but will Patrick ever be able to win Kat’s heart?

 

The Patriot (2000): After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a farmer. But when his son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) enlists in the army to defend America against the British, he reluctantly returns to his old life to protect his son and his family from British autocracy.

 

A Knight’s Tale (2001): After his master dies, a peasant squire (Heath Ledger), fuelled by his desire for food and glory, and creates a new identity for himself as a knight.

 

Monster’s Ball (2001) Hank Grotowski is a prison guard. He works with his son, Sonny (Heath Ledger), and lives at home with his racist father, Buck. Lawrence Musgrove has just been executed and a horrible tragedy has happened at home. Now, Hank has just met Leticia, a young black woman and they quickly fall in love to ease each other’s pains.

 

The Four Feathers (2002): A British officer resigns from the forces right before his regiment ships out to battle the rebels. Perceiving his resignation as cowardice, his friends and fiancée give him four white feathers, the symbol of cowardice, but little do they know he’s actually going undercover and plans to redeem his honour.

 

Ned Kelly (2003): An innocent man becomes one of the most wanted criminals the world has ever known.

 

The Order (2003):  Alex Bernier (Ledger) is a member of a secret order of priests known as Carolingians. When the head of the order dies, Alex is sent to Rome to investigate mysterious circumstances surrounding the death.

 

Brokeback Mountain (2005): Two men meet when they both find work sheep-herding on Brokeback Mountain. One cold night they find themselves sharing a tent, where the root of their relationship develops. As their lives continue, whether they are together or apart, they will never forget where it all started.

 

The Brothers Grimm (2005)Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

 

Lords of Dogtown (2005):  Anti-hero and social outsider “Skip” (Heath Ledger) owns a surf shop in Venice, California or “Dogtown”. Set in the sprawling urban decay of Southern California in the early 1970s, Skip recruits local boys to form a skateboarding team called the “Z-Boys” who turn the sport skateboarding into a worldwide phenomenon.

 

Casanova (2005): Heath Ledger plays the fabled romantic as a man who, after failing to win the affection of a certain Venetian woman, strives to discover the real meaning of love.

 

Candy (2006): When Candy falls in love with young aspiring poet Dan (Heath Ledger), and gets wrapped up in his fast-paced, drug filled lifestyle, harmless fun turns into painful misery. As the two continue to spiral downwards, life gets harder and drugs seem to be the only relief.

 

I’m Not There (2007): Reflections on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters personify a different aspect of the musician’s life and work.

 

The Dark Knight (2008): When the menace known as the Joker emerges from his mysterious past, he wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, the Dark Knight must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice in the two time Oscar-winning movie.

 

The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (2009): In London, the sideshow troupe of Doctor Parnassus promises the audience a journey to the “Imaginarium”, an imaginary world commanded by the mind of Doctor Parnassus, where dreams come true.

I Am Heath Ledger (2017): Feature length documentary celebrating the life of Heath Ledger: actor, artist and icon. The documentary provides an intimate look at Heath Ledger through the lens of his own camera as he films and often performs in his own personal journey.

For more information, please visit foxtelmovies.com.au.

About Foxtel

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic media companies and home to award winning local drama plus the widest choice in live sport, hit international TV and movies and a host of complete TV seasons. Foxtel believes in the importance of telling Australian stories, and its ongoing commitment to creating the best in Australian programming has garnered numerous industry awards for its Foxtel Original productions. Foxtel has helped put Australian talent on the world stage with highly acclaimed international exports and it proudly invests in the people who help tell those stories by employing thousands of Australians directly and indirectly across Australia’s creative industry.  It has also pioneered advancements in entertainment technology with the iQ3 set top box; the Foxtel app for mobile devices; streaming service, Foxtel Now and Foxtel broadband, home phone and entertainment bundles. Foxtel is owned by Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (50%) and News Corporation (50%).

Foxtel lifts the lid on the Foxtel Now box

Media Release: Wednesday November 8, 2017

Foxtel lifts the lid on the

Foxtel Now box

The highly anticipated new streaming box is the simple way

to watch Foxtel Now on your TV

 

Foxtel today unveiled its new Foxtel Now box, an affordable and easy to use device designed to stream the best choice of the world’s biggest new shows, live sport and complete seasons to consumers’ TVs.

The Foxtel Now box features a compact and sleek design and delivers seamless access to an incredible line-up of programming, streamed instantly, live or on demand. Foxtel favourites available to stream on the Foxtel Now box, with a Foxtel Now subscription, include Love It or List It AustraliaA Place to Call HomeGogglebox Australia, plus international hits Game of Thrones, The Walking DeadOutlanderShameless and all the most  popular titles from powerhouses HBO, Disney, the BBC and more.

The Foxtel Now box, is a simple plug-and-play device that provides access to Foxtel Now in HD^ along with free-to-air channels via a built-in free-to-air tuner#. It also includes access to SVOD app Stan** as well as free-to-air streaming apps, ABC iview, PLUS7 and tenplay.

The box features built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to ‘cast’ movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV. The Foxtel Now box offers customers access to a world of content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said, “After the success of Foxtel Now, we’re delighted to lift the lid on our incredible new Foxtel Now box. The sneak peek we shared at the Foxtel Now launch a few months ago created a huge amount of buzz and we are excited to announce the box’s arrival so quickly. Foxtel Now has already proven to be a hit with customers, offering the most flexible and affordable way to experience the best choice in live sport, new movies, TV and complete seasons. With today’s launch, that experience gets even better.

“For the first time, Australians can watch Foxtel on their TV with a Foxtel designed set top box that is completely powered by the internet offering a no lock-in contract, affordable and flexible way to see Foxtel’s exclusive content both locally produced and from the world’s best entertainment brands. Self-installation is easy removing the need for a technician. Simply bring the box home and sign up to Foxtel Now to start watching.”

You can purchase the Foxtel Now box for $99 starting Friday November 10. It can be ordered directly from Foxtel at www.foxtelnow.com.au or via Foxtel’s eBay store, and will be available from other outlets in the near future.

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 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

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The Foxtel Now box requires internet and Foxtel Now subscription to access Foxtel programming. Data charges may apply. Australia only.

^HD is only available on the Foxtel Now Box, PC/Mac via Google Chrome browser, Telstra TV and Chromecast. Not all services/programs available in HD. HD not available on mobile/tablet.

*A 1c per service per year charge applies for Chelsea TV, MUTV and LFCTV.

** Stan subscription required.

#Requires free-to-air aerial connected to the Foxtel Now box.

Foxtel for Everyone set to revolutionise subscription TV New brand and reenergised streaming service, Foxtel Now, heralds tranformative new era for Foxtel


Media Release: Tuesday June 6, 2017
Foxtel for Everyone set to revolutionise subscription TV
New brand and reenergised streaming service, Foxtel Now, heralds tranformative new era for Foxtel

Today, at a special celebration event, Foxtel launched a new look and new strategy designed to pronounce that Foxtel is for everyone. Regardless of genre, budget or personal circumstance, Foxtel has something for every Australian taste.

The event opened with a surprise visit from Lily Sullivan, Madeleine Madden and Ruby Rees, the stars of Foxtel’s upcoming drama Picnic at Hanging Rock, which has just finished shooting, followed by the unveiling of a dramatically different new brand and logo symbolising a major turning point in Foxtel’s delivery of content across multiple touch points.

Foxtel partnered with design business Maud on the creation of its new visual identity, designed to better reflect Foxtel’s more open and inclusive service offering.

As a major part of its new strategy, Foxtel also announced the arrival of a revamped internet delivered TV service, Foxtel Now. Foxtel Now is a new evolution of the Foxtel Play service and features low-priced, flexible bundles coupled with the addition of HD streaming on select devices^, a new user interface and the ability to watch on the big screen via Google Chromecast.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said, “We believe everyone deserves to experience the world’s best entertainment.

“Foxtel offers award winning home-grown drama, plus the best choice in live sport, new movies, new shows and complete seasons than anyone else in Australia. Unfortunately, not enough Australians are able to enjoy this incredible programming.

“We think it’s time to change that, so we’ve taken some big steps to diversify our service to offer the biggest, most affordable, range of options for everyone.

“From tomorrow, all Australians can watch what they want, when they want and where they want at a price that suits them best, from low-price, no-commitment, HD streaming up to a state-of the art viewing experience via our cable and satellite iQ3 set top box.”

Subscribers to Foxtel Now will be able to sign up and enjoy the highly anticipated seventh season of Game of Thrones, in HD, for only $15 per month.

Foxtel also reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to bring the best in local and international programing. Foxtel invests more than $100m each year on original Australian programs, outside news and sport, and its Foxtel Original productions have garnered numerous industry awards in recent years.

Foxtel’s exclusive deal as the Home of HBO guarantees the ongoing broadcast of some of the most highly acclaimed programming ever, including, Westworld, VEEP, Big Little Lies, Girls and Silicon Valley, in addition to Game of Thrones.

Recognising the popularity of on demand viewing, Foxtel has also been continually broadening its Foxtel On Demand library and now hosts a selection of more than 16,000 titles of on demand TV and movie programming with over 1,200 of the hottest movies available, including, in 2017, 98 of the top 100 Box Office movies of 2016. Foxtel’s 20th Century Fox recent-release titles arrive 12 months before Netflix and Stan, including blockbuster movies Eddie The Eagle, X-Men: Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence and Ice Age: Collision Course.

Foxtel Now will initially be available on PC/Mac via the Google Chrome browser, Telstra TV, iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, and Chromecast with additional devices updated in the coming months. Foxtel will also be launching a ‘puck’ device as another streaming option later in the year.

Foxtel Now’s launch features a national marketing campaign conceived with TBWA and co-produced with Foxtel’s in-house team, Felix, and includes a new TVC directed by Joel Kefali from Good Oil.

Foxtel cable and satellite subscribers can sign up for as little as $26* per month on a 12 month plan and will continue to enjoy flexible and mobile access via innovative services like Foxtel Go, Start Over and Look Back.

-Brad

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