Massive Month Of Rugby Live On Fox Sports
Qantas Wallabies ‘Arvo’ Test Rugby Series
Exclusive coverage of the British & Irish Lions tour of New Zealand, plus South Africa v France
Live, with no ad-breaks during play and in HD
Test Rugby: Kick & Chase moves to a new time on June 13, 20 & 27
Rugby fans will be spoilt for choice throughout June and July, with the Qantas Wallabies’ Test Rugby Series against Fiji, Scotland and Italy, the British & Irish Lions Tour of New Zealand and South Africa’s three Test series against France all LIVE on FOX SPORTS.
The blockbuster five weeks of action will also include a Pacific Islands double-header, plus the World Rugby U20 Championship.
In total, FOX SPORTS, exclusively on Foxtel, will showcase over 20 games of world class Rugby, all LIVE, ad-break free during play and in HD, including three trans-Tasman double-headers on June 10, June 17 and June 24.
It all kicks off tomorrow (June 3), when the Lions return to New Zealand for a tour that has been 12 years in the making. FOX SPORTS will be the only place to watch the action unfold, with LIVE and EXCLUSIVE coverage of all ten games in the series.
The Northern Hemisphere super squad will take on the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians in the opening clash of the series on Saturday, before squaring off against all five Kiwi Super Rugby franchises, the Maori All Blacks, plus the world champion All Blacks.
Then from next Saturday (June 10), Michael Cheika’s new-look Wallabies come together for the first time in 2017, when they face Fiji in the opening clash of the June test series.
The clash will form a LIVE and ad-break free during play double-header with the Crusaders v British & Irish Lions kicking off at 5.30pm.
The double-header action continues on June 17 with the Wallabies against Scotland, followed by the Maori All Blacks v Lions, and again on June 24, when the men in gold take on Italy, and the Lions line up for their first Test against the All Blacks.
FOX SPORTS’ expert commentary team featuring John Eales, George Gregan, Tim Horan, Rod Kafer, Greg Martin, Phil Kearns, Stephen Hoiles, Greg Clark and Nick McArdle will be on hand to guide viewers through Australia’s clashes.
The massive month of rugby will also feature South Africa’s three Test series against France (June 11, 18 and 25), plus a Pacific Islands double-header on June 16, with Tonga v Wales and All Blacks v Samoa.
The next generation of stars will also be on show in June at the World Rugby U20 Championship. FOX SPORTS, exclusively on Foxtel, will showcase every game, including the Semi Finals (June 14) and the Final (June 19).
FOX SPORTS’ dedicated rugby show, Kick & Chase, will be the destination for fans looking for the latest news and reviews throughout both series.
Hosted by McArdle, alongside Andrew Mehrtens, Kearns and Hoiles, the show will temporarily move to a new time of 7.20pm EST on June 13, June 20 and June 27, following the final whistle on the Lions’ clashes with the Highlanders, Chiefs and Hurricanes.
Australia’s leading general sports website, foxsports.com.au will be the online destination for all the news, video highlights and expert analysis throughout the month.
FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.
FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Sat 3 Jun: NZ Provincial Barbarians v British & Irish Lions at 5.30pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Tue 6 Jun: Test Rugby: Kick & Chase at 6.30pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Wed 7 Jun: Blues v British & Irish Lions at 5.00pm on FOX SPORTS 503
Sat 10 Jun: Wallabies v Fiji at 2.30pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Sun 11 Jun: Springboks v France at 1.00am on FOX SPORTS 501
Sat 10 Jun: Crusaders v British & Irish Lions at 5.30pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Tue 13 Jun: Highlanders v British & Irish Lions at 5.00pm on FOX SPORTS 503
Tue 13 Jun: Test Rugby: Kick & Chase at 7:20pm on FOX SPORTS 503
Wed 14 Jun: World Rugby U20 Championship SF1 at 12.00am on FOX SPORTS 503
Wed 14 Jun: World Rugby U20 Championship SF2 at 2.30am on FOX SPORTS 503
Fri 16 Jun: Tonga v Wales at 3.00pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Fri 16 Jun: All Blacks v Samoa at 6.00pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Sat 17 Jun: Wallabies v Scotland at 2.30pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Sun 18 Jun: Springboks v France at 1.00am on FOX SPORTS 503
Sat 17 Jun: Maori All Blacks v British & Irish Lions at 5.30pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Mon 19 Jun: World Rugby U20 Championship Final at 12.00am on FOX SPORTS 503
Tue 20 Jun: Chiefs v British & Irish Lions at 5.00pm on FOX SPORTS 503
Tue 20 Jun: Test Rugby: Kick & Chase at 7:20pm on FOX SPORTS 503
Sat 24 Jun: Wallabies v Italy at 2.30pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Sun 25 Jun: Springboks v France at 1.00am on FOX SPORTS 503
Sat 24 Jun: All Blacks v British & Irish Lions at 5.30pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Tue 27 Jun: Hurricanes v British & Irish Lions at 5.00pm on FOX SPORTS 503
Tue 27 Jun: Test Rugby: Kick & Chase at 7:20pm on FOX SPORTS 503
Sat 2 Jul: All Blacks v British & Irish Lions at 5.00pm on FOX SPORTS 501
Sat 8 Jul: All Blacks v British & Irish Lions at 5.00pm on FOX SPORTS 501
*Times listed as AEST
Socceroos Clash With Saudi Arabia & Brazil Live On Fox Sports
Live, ad-break free during play and in HD
Socceroos v Saudi Arabia: Thursday 8 June
Socceroos v Brazil: Tuesday 13 June
With the Hyundai A-League season done and dusted, attention turns to the Caltex Socceroos, who face Saudi Arabia and Brazil in two massive clashes this week and next.
FOX SPORTS, exclusively on Foxtel, will showcase both games LIVE, with no ad-breaks during play and in HD.
It all kicks off on Thursday (June 8), when Ange Postecoglou’s side travel to Adelaide for a must-win World Cup Qualifier against Saudi Arabia.
Australia will need to come away with a victory if they want to push for a top two spot and secure automatic qualification for the World Cup in Russia next year.
FOX SPORTS’ coverage kicks off at 7.00pm EST, with Mark Bosnich, Robbie Slater, John Aloisi and Adam Peacock combining for a 60-minute preview of the action ahead, LIVE from Adelaide Oval.
The side travel to Melbourne the following week to take on five-time World Champions and current World No. 1 Brazil, in a monumental international friendly on June 13.
Josh Kennedy will join Bosnich, Slater and Peacock to preview the Socceroos’ chances from 7.00pm, before the on-field action kicks off at 8.00pm, with no ad-breaks during play.
The game’s number one commentary duo, Simon Hill & Andy Harper will call the action in both clashes, while Tara Rushton, Daniel Garb and Michael Zappone deliver updates from the sideline.
FOX SPORTS is EXCLUSIVELY available on Foxtel.
FOX SPORTS’ BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Thu 8 Jun: Socceroos v Saudi Arabia, LIVE at 7.00pm on FOX SPORTS 506
Tue 13 Jun: Socceroos v Brazil, LIVE at 7.00pm on FOX SPORTS 506
*Times listed as AEST
Foxtel, Fox Sports Australia To Combine Into New Premium Sports and Entertainment Company
Telstra and News Corp today announced their intention to combine Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia into a new company, one that is well positioned to deliver premium sports as well as homegrown, original and international entertainment in a rapidly evolving and competitive marketplace.
The move to combine the companies will align ownership and management for success at a time when more Australians are consuming premium content across more technologies and platforms than ever before.
Subject to the conclusion of definitive agreements, regulatory review and satisfaction of certain other conditions, the following key changes will be implemented as part of the new arrangement:
News Corp will have 65 per cent shareholding in the new company and Telstra will have 35 per cent
News Corp will appoint the Chairman, majority of the new company’s board and senior executives and Telstra will appoint the remaining directors
The new company will be positioned to meet the needs of Australian viewers and create greater choice than ever before by:
Investing in Australian written, produced and directed programming
Delivering a wider range of new and innovative products and packages across devices and platforms
Continuing to invest in premium content and technology to meet growing consumer demand
Expanding distribution channels for the sale of Foxtel and Fox Sports products, and developing greater operating efficiencies across the combined businesses, including distribution
The proposed arrangements will better position the new company for an initial public offering in the future, with News Corp having a majority stake.
If the transaction between Telstra and News Corp is concluded on the proposed terms, News Corp expects to consolidate the new company into its financial statements.
Telstra CEO Andy Penn said the transaction would provide the new company with a strong platform to flexibly respond to significant changes in the media, communications and content markets.
“Our strategically significant investment in the new company will be an important part of Telstra’s media strategy,” Mr Penn said.
“Under this arrangement Telstra will continue to support the company with our broadcast reseller arrangements which is a major strategic component for us.
“More people are watching more media on more devices for more hours every day of the week, so the demand for media and for content is only going to grow. With a strong premium content proposition and scale subscriber base, the new company will be well positioned to deliver a compelling customer experience.”
News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson said, “The proposed restructuring of Foxtel and Fox Sports will unlock value for News Corp shareholders and provide a clearer vision into the depth and strength of our Australian assets. The new structure will simplify management control and ensure that the company is best placed to leverage the skills of its talented Australian employees and programme makers.”
“There is no doubt that the world of content is becoming more complicated and competitive, and it is important that Australia has a strong local platform for its great sports and for homegrown creativity, as well as a showcase for international programmes,” Mr Thomson said.
At this stage certain key commercial terms of the proposed transaction have been agreed on a non-binding basis. Telstra and News Corp have signed a binding process agreement under which they will prepare long form agreements to give legal effect to the commercial principles.
Telstra and News Corp will work to finalise the transaction, including obtaining regulatory approval, to be completed in the first half of 2018.
Fox Sports has confirmed they are showing the Australia vs Bangladesh test cricket series.
AUSTRALIA V BANGLADESH LIVE
TWO TEST SERIES BEGINS AUGUST 27, 2017
EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE OF THE AUSTRALIAN TOUR AVAILABLE FOR FOXTEL SUBSCRIBERS OR STREAMED INSTANTLY ON FOXTEL’S NEWLY ANNOUNCED STREAMING SERVICE, FOXTEL NOW
FOX SPORTS today announced they will deliver EXCLUSIVELY LIVE coverage of Australia’s tour of Bangladesh ensuring cricket fans around the country don’t miss a moment of the action.
Beginning August 27 in Dhaka, Steve Smith’s men will take on the locals across two Tests in what will be their last outing before they host the Ashes on home soil.
Following recent maiden Test victories over Sri Lanka and England, it will be a buoyant Bangladesh outfit who take on the Aussies when play gets underway in one week followed by the second test match in Chittagong on September 4.
And with today’s news, fans will be able to watch start-to-finish LIVE and HIGH DEFINITION coverage on FOX SPORTS. Fans can get instant access with Foxtel Now, and be signed up and streaming all the action LIVE within minutes.
FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “This is a great outcome for cricket lovers. There will be plenty of interest around these two Tests and it’s fantastic we have reached an agreement so Foxtel subscribers can watch live on FOX SPORTS. We know there is only a week until the first test but with Foxtel Now, fans can sign up and be streaming the action live within minutes – it’s the perfect excuse to try.”
MD Moinul Haque Chowdury, CEO, TSM said: “Total Sports Marketing is delighted to work with FOX SPORTS to bring the test matches to Australian Spectators”.
Bangladesh v Australia Test 1:
Begins Sun 27 Aug – Thu 31 Aug. Daily LIVE coverage from 1.50pm EST on FOX SPORTS More (Channel 507)
Bangladesh v Australia Test 2:
Begins Mon 4 Sep – Fri 8 Sep. Daily LIVE coverage from 1.50pm EST on FOX SPORTS More (Channel 507)
FOX SPORTS is available on Foxtel and Foxtel Now and subscribers can take the action with them on the go with the Foxtel App. Fans can sign up to a free 2-week Foxtel Now trial and stream LIVE within minutes. For more information visit: www.foxtelnow.com.au
Fox Sports’ dedicated 24/7 Bathurst 1000 channel on Foxtel will return on October 2.
Fox Sports 506 will become the home of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000, with every session live, continuous and in HD. Fans can also get instant access via Foxtel Now, and be signed up and streaming all the action live.
The pop-up channel will feature several new entertainment programs, a number of old favourites, plus classic races throughout the week.
Jess Yates and Russell Ingall countdown Bathurst’s most unforgettable moments on the all-new Bathurst Top 10 Shootout, at 7.30pm EST on October 2.
Bathurst Legends returns at 8.30pm to delve into the folklore of The Great Race and some of the most memorable stories to have emerged from the mountain.
Fox Sports will pay tribute to some of the biggest names to have conquered the mountain in Bathurst Heroes & Legends, premiering on October 3 at 7.30pm. Neil Crompton will be joined by Allan Moffat, Jim Richards, Fred Gibson, Colin Bond and Mike Raymond for the 60-minute program that will examine some of the finest achievements of these legendary drivers.
Inside Supercars returns at 6.30pm on October 4, with Mark Skaife, Greg Rust, Greg Murphy, Crompton and Yates on hand to preview the action ahead.
Attention turns to the track from October 5, with Skaife and Crompton calling each session, while Ingall and Yates analyse the action and all the big talking points across the weekend.
Fox Sports’ Race Centre promises to be the ultimate companion to the TV broadcast. Available via foxsports.com.au and the Fox Sports App, the Race Centre will offer fans unrivalled access to team radios , live timing and racing stats, car telemetry for all 26 Supercars and an up-to-the minute blog of key events during each race.
Australia’s Best Male And Female Basketballers Live On Fox Sports
Every NBL game LIVE / WNBL back on TV
The upcoming NBL and WNBL seasons launched this morning and FOX SPORTS, available on Foxtel, will be the home of basketball with the most comprehensive coverage available to Australian fans.
For the first time since 2015, the WNBL will be shown on national television with FOX SPORTS broadcasting every Saturday afternoon game, plus every Finals match LIVE, ad break free during play and in HIGH DEFINITION.
Launching October 5, all eight WNBL teams in the revamped competition will be televised LIVE on FOX SPORTS in the first eight weeks, with a special double-header broadcast in Round 8.
FOX SPORTS will continue its ongoing support of the NBL delivering LIVE, ad break free during play and HIGH DEFINITION coverage of every game, beginning October 5.
Today’s launch comes on the back of FOX SPORTS announcing a new partnership to exclusively broadcast the upcoming men’s and women’s FIBA tournaments delivering more basketball coverage to viewers than ever before.
And with Foxtel’s new streaming service, fans will be able to get instant access to all the coverage and be signed up and streaming the action LIVE within minutes via Foxtel Now.
FOX SPORTS CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “The NBL and WNBL are two of the toughest competitions in the world, featuring some of the most talented athletes in the world.
“The NBL has done a great job at innovating and promoting their competition which is helping basketball reach new heights in Australia. And now with our exciting partnership to put the WNBL back on TV, basketball is set to go from strength to strength.
“The WNBL adds to our already strong line-up of women’s coverage. In 2017 we’ll show more hours, across more codes, reinforcing our commitment to women’s sports.
“It’s a great time for basketball in Australia and FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel, will be the place for fans to follow the action,” Mr Delany said.
FOXTEL: HOME TO EVERY FORMULA 1® RACE LIVE
ALL SIX REMAINING RACES OF THE 2017 FORMULA 1® SEASON EXCLUSIVELY LIVE FOR FOXTEL CUSTOMERS
FOX SPORTS WILL DELIVER EVERY FORMULA 1® RACE LIVE, AD BREAK FREE DURING RACING AND IN HIGH DEFINITION FROM 2018
FANS CAN STREAM ALL THE ACTION INSTANTLY VIA FOXTEL NOW
Foxtel today announced that the six remaining Formula 1® races for 2017 will be broadcast EXCLUSIVELY LIVE on FOX SPORTS 506, only on Foxtel, starting today with the 2017 Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix. Only on FOX SPORTS, will fans be able to see who will be crowned the 2017 Formula 1® Drivers’ World Champions LIVE.
And from next season, Foxtel will be the only place to watch every Formula 1® race LIVE or streamed on Foxtel Now. Viewers wanting to watch this weekend’s Malaysia Grand Prix can access it immediately on Foxtel Now with a two-week free trial for new subscribers.
FOX SPORTS, the home of Formula 1® in Australia, will broadcast every practice, qualifying and race from 2018 LIVE, ad break free during racing and in HIGH DEFINITION. So for the first time, fans can see the 2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix, ad-break free from lights out to chequered flag.
FOX SPORTS CEO Patrick Delany said: “FOX SPORTS will ensure Formula 1 fans in Australia can continue to watch every practice, qualifying and race live.
“And from next season, we will be able to deliver even better coverage with no ad-breaks during racing for every race on the F1 calendar including the Australian Grand Prix.
“The Malaysia Grand Prix is underway and with Foxtel Now, fans can sign up and be streaming the action live within minutes and with a free two-week trial, it’s the perfect time to try. FOX SPORTS will be the only place to see the Malaysia Grand Prix live.”
FOX SPORTS will continue to bring Sky Sports UK’s world-class production to Australian viewers, providing unparalleled Formula 1® coverage. With former F1® drivers, Martin Brundle, Damon Hill and Johnny Herbert, and commentators Ted Kravitz and David Croft as part of the line-up, fans receive all the news and analysis from the track at every race.
FOX SPORTS is available on Foxtel and Foxtel Now. Fans can sign up to a free 2-week Foxtel Now trial and stream LIVE within minutes. To try two weeks for free, go to www.getfoxsports.com.au.
FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.
FOX SPORTS’ 2017 FORMULA 1® BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Sept 29 – Oct 1: Malaysian GP
Saturday (September 30), LIVE coverage from 3.30pm EST on FOX SPORTS 506
Sunday (October 1), LIVE coverage from 4.30pm EST on FOX SPORTS 506
October 6-8: Japanese GP
October 20-22: USA GP Austin
October 27-29: Mexican GP
November 10-12: Brazilian GP
November 24-26: Abu Dhabi GP
ACCC has launched a formal inquiry into the proposed merger between Foxtel and Fox Sports which will give News Corp a 65 per cent stake in Foxtel.
The inquiry will consider the impact of the merger on the acquisition of sports content, the supply of telecommunications services and the supply of broadband services on fixed and mobile lines.
RUGBY: HSBC WORLD RUGBY SEVENS SERIES 2017/18 From December 1 on FOX SPORTS
The fast and furious Sevens World Series launches in December, with the world’s best set to square off across two huge events throughout the month. It all kicks off across two action-packed days as the Aussie men, led by Captain Sam Myers, and the Olympic gold-medal winning Aussie women, launch their campaigns. FOX SPORTS will showcase the men’s and women’s competitions LIVE, with no ad-breaks during play and in HD.
2017/18 WESTFIELD W-LEAGUE Continues in December on FOX SPORTS
A jam-packed three weeks of football action kicks off from December 21, with 25 games in 25 days. Highlights include a Melbourne derby on December 23 and a massive double header featuring Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC v Perth Glory on December 30. Hosted by Mark Bosnich and Robbie Slater, FOX SPORTS will deliver LIVE, ad-break free during play and HD coverage throughout December.
2017/18 HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE Continues in January on FOX SPORTS
The 2017/18 Hyundai A-League reaches its halfway mark in January, with a number of big time battles set to sort the pretenders from the contenders. It all kicks off on News Year’s Day, when Western Sydney Wanderers host the defending champions, Melbourne City. Other January highlights include Wanderers v Melbourne Victory on January 19, and a ‘big blue’ battle between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC on Australia Day. Hosted by Mark Bosnich and Robbie Slater, FOX SPORTS will air every game of Australia’s premier domestic football competition LIVE, ad-break free during play and in HD.
ACCC won’t oppose the proposed merger of Fox Sports and Foxtel
The ACCC has decided to not oppose the proposed merger of Fox Sports and Foxtel after finding the transaction would not substantially lessen competition.
Currently, News Corporation (News) (ASX:NWS) owns 100 per cent of Fox Sports and owns Foxtel jointly with Telstra (ASX:TLS). Under the merger, Foxtel and Fox Sports will be brought together under common ownership, with News holding 65 per cent of the merged entity. Telstra will hold the remaining 35 per cent interest. The merged entity will also enter a number of agreements with Telstra.
“The ACCC won’t oppose this merger after finding that the commercial incentives of Foxtel, Fox Sports, News, and Telstra will not be substantially altered. Therefore, the change in ownership structure is unlikely to substantially lessen competition,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
“Foxtel and Fox Sports have a close and long-standing relationship, operating within the ownership of News and Telstra. Given News’ current interests in both Foxtel and Fox Sports, it would be unlikely that Fox Sports would be made available to competitors of Foxtel in the absence of the merger.”
The ACCC considered how the merger would affect a number of different markets and took into account feedback from a range of market participants in reaching this decision.
“We focussed on the acquisition of sporting content and concluded that the proposed merger was unlikely to substantially lessen competition in this market,” Mr Sims said.
The ACCC also considered the effect of the merger and related agreements on the supply of triple play bundles of voice, broadband, and audio visual content by broadband and mobile providers. As part of the merger transaction, Telstra is appointed the exclusive telecommunications agent for Foxtel’s digital products.
“An important consideration was that consumers will still be able to access Foxtel’s digital products even if they acquire broadband or mobile services from Telstra’s competitors. Also, generally, where triple play bundles are offered consumers still have to pay to acquire premium packages and there are alternative sources of content for other telecommunications suppliers wanting to offer triple play bundles,” Mr Sims said.
Further information is available on the ACCC’s public register: Merger of Foxtel and Fox Sports1
Fox Sports Secures Exclusive Rights To Tie Break Tens
Every event in 2018 and 2019 LIVE and only on FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel
Hewitt, Kyrgios, Nadal, Djokovic, Warinka headline inaugural event in Melbourne on January 10
Tennis fans will be able to watch some of the game’s biggest stars LIVE in action in an exciting new format after FOX SPORTS, on Foxtel, secured EXCLUSIVE rights to the Tie Break Tens series for the next two years.
The action packed series sees world-class tennis stars go head-to-head in one-night-only, knockout tennis tournaments around the world, with players vying for a $250,000 prize pool.
Melbourne will host this year’s inaugural event on January 10, before the competition moves to New York on March 5 and Madrid on May 3.
FOX SPORTS will be the only place to watch all three events, plus every tournament in 2018 and 2019, LIVE and in HD.
Some of the biggest names in tennis will headline next week’s competition, including Australians Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, 12-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic and World No. 9 Stan Wawrinka.
Viewers will be in for a night of fast paced and exhilarating action as the players square off in matches comprising solely of tie breaks – no games, no sets, just 10-point tie breaks where every point counts.
FOX SPORTS’ LIVE and EXCLUSIVE coverage kicks off at 7.00pm EDT next Wednesday (January 10) on FOX SPORTS More (Channel 507).
With Foxtel’s new streaming service, Foxtel Now, fans can get instant access and be signed up and streaming all the action LIVE within minutes. To try two weeks for free, go to www.getfoxsports.com.au.
FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.
TIE BREAK TENS BROADCAST SCHEDULE
Wednesday 10 January, LIVE at 7.00pm EDT
FOX SPORT More (Channel 507)