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.
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Foxtel’s Picnic at Hanging Rock sold to Amazon U.S. in landmark deal for Australian drama
Foxtel’s upcoming event drama series, Picnic at Hanging Rock is the latest series to be added to the Amazon Prime Video US line-up following a deal with FremantleMedia International. The epic new series, starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Parts 1 and 2, In Darkness) as English headmistress Mrs Hester Appleyard, is a re-imagining of Joan Lindsay’s timeless Australian novel.
Picnic at Hanging Rock will have its world premiere on Foxtel in Australia in 2018. It is a FremantleMedia Australia production made with key production investment from Screen Australia. The series was shot in Victoria, Australia, with the significant assistance of the Victorian Government through Film Victoria.
“The sale of Picnic At Hanging Rock marks the largest U.S. commercial deal ever for an Australian television series," said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television.
"Negotiations between Foxtel, the distributor, Fremantle, and four major American based networks/streaming services, have been in train for many weeks. The partnership with Amazon marks the most lucrative programme sale ever struck for a locally produced television series and Foxtel is delighted with the outcome. The placement ensures that U.S audiences will see the outstanding craftsmanship of the Australian film and television industry on display, including the performances of an illustrious group of acting newcomers, who will now have their careers launched on the world stage.
“This is a landmark moment for our industry and for Australian storytelling. We are absolutely thrilled for everyone involved," he said.
Picnic At Hanging Rock is Foxtel’s third major Australian drama series to be sold to the U.S market. All five seasons of prison drama Wentworth are seen in North America on Netflix, The Kettering Incident is available on Amazon Prime U.S. and long running rural drama A Place To Call Home is screened on Acorn and American Public Television.
A major sale of TV Week Logie Award-winning political thriller Secret City is expected to be concluded soon.
Picnic at Hanging Rock will plunge viewers into the mysterious disappearances of three schoolgirls and one teacher on Valentine’s Day 1900, taking the audience on a new journey into the revered Australian novel. The complex, interwoven narrative follows the subsequent investigation and the event’s far-reaching impact on the students, families and staff of Appleyard College, and on the nearby township.
The Appleyard College student roles are filled with an exciting contingent of rising stars, including Lily Sullivan (Camp, Jungle) as Miranda Reid, Madeleine Madden (Tomorrow When The War Began, High Life) as Marion Quade, Samara Weaving (Monster Trucks, The Babysitter) as Irma Leopold, Ruby Rees (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) as Edith Horton and introducing Inez Curro as Sara Waybourne.
Picnic at Hanging Rock is a FremantleMedia Australia production for Foxtel. Executive producers are FremantleMedia Australia’s Jo Porter and Anthony Ellis and Foxtel’s Penny Win, script producer and establishing writer is Beatrix Christian, Writer Alice Addison, producer Brett Popplewell, directors are Larysa Kondracki, Michael Rymer and Amanda Brotchie. For Amazon, the series will be overseen by Amazon Studios’ Head of International Series Morgan Wandell.
Foxtel updates channel line up
Foxtel Arts and Foxtel Smooth to share broadcast signal; Lifestyle YOU to cease as key programming moves to Lifestyle and Arena
Foxtel has today announced that, from October, there will be scheduling changes to its linear channel line up with Foxtel Arts and Foxtel Smooth channels sharing a broadcast signal and key Lifestyle YOU programming making the move to Lifestyle and Arena.
Effective October 11, both Foxtel Arts and Smooth will share the same broadcast signal, while still occupying two channel numbers (133 and 806). The two channels will be day-parted, with Smooth programming throughout the day and overnight from Midnight to 6.00pm and Foxtel Arts content scheduled from 6.00pm to 12 Midnight, daily.
At the same time, Lifestyle YOU will cease broadcasting with key programming moving to The Lifestyle Channel, Arena and On Demand as Foxtel looks to streamline and improve its world-class service.
“We have taken this decision because it makes a lot of sense both in financial terms and audience optimisation,” said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television. "Foxtel Smooth’s peak audiences are in daytime, whilst for Arts, audiences tune in during the evening, so this is really about combining the best of both worlds for our customers. Yes this is consolidation, however, as our television and video world continues to evolve, it is imperative we review every aspect of the business.
“Foxtel is in the business of curating and acquiring the best content across multi genres and creating strong super channels which serve a wide variety of tastes. The new Smooth / Arts combo and the streamlining of Lifestyle You are examples of that," he said.
The formats for each signal remain the same. Foxtel Smooth, which is operated under brand license from Smooth FM, will continue to broadcast a rich playlist of contemporary music based on the highly successful Smooth FM playlist.
Foxtel Arts will continue to showcase the best in performing arts from Australia and around the world.
Foxtel Smooth / Foxtel Arts will continue to be broadcast at two channel locations on the Foxtel platform, at both Channel 133 and Channel 806.
This change also means that, for the first time, Foxtel Arts will be available to all Foxtel customers, irrespective of their subscription package.
Arena and The Lifestyle Channel are available from the Entertainment pack on channel 105 and 106 as well as on +2 channels on 151 and 152.
Foxtel Welcomes Conviction and Sentencing of Subscription TV Pirate
Foxtel has welcomed the sentencing of a Sydney man for his role in the selling of unauthorised access to Foxtel services.
Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi, 33 years old, was convicted of criminal offences relating to charges of operating an illegal network that allowed more than 8000 people across Australia to access Foxtel subscription television broadcasts for free. A Sydney court has sentenced Al Baghdadi to serve an 18 month suspended jail term for carrying out the offenses.
The conviction and sentencing are the result of on-going joint antipiracy investigations involving the Australian Federal Police (AFP), Foxtel investigators, and Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security. The three organisations uncovered an organised criminal network responsible for committing a wide-range of intellectual property theft of Foxtel services.
Foxtel’s CEO, Peter Tonagh, said, “Foxtel welcomes today’s court ruling and hopes it sends a strong signal that this type of activity is illegal. Foxtel takes intellectual property theft very seriously as it severely undermines the creative industry including every business and individual that works so hard to deliver us the movies, sport, drama and entertainment we love.
“Foxtel conducts ongoing investigations into the theft of Foxtel programming and we are proud to work so closely with the AFP and our partners at Irdeto to ensure the full force of the law is applied to protect our content.”
Rory O’Connor, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Services at Irdeto, said, “This conviction is another step forward in the global fight against online piracy. The seriousness of these crimes should not be underestimated and this result is further proof that piracy will not be tolerated. Partnerships like this play a crucial role in not only detecting these pirate networks, but ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to justice.”
Foxtel looks forward to continuing work with the rest of the Australian media industry to address the issue of piracy in Australia.
Foxtel and Tim Cahill announce new school Academy
Today at Ascot Vale Primary School, Foxtel and Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill announced they will be pioneering a new Academy program into Australian schools.
In 2013, Foxtel and Tim Cahill joined forces to create the Foxtel Tim Cahill Academy - a free football program to inspire the next generation of Australian footballers through exclusive coaching clinics. So far, Foxtel and Tim have provided the experience to over 4,000 boys and girls across Australia.
This year, the Academy is expanding, so even more children can have a shot at their football dream.
Kicking off with Victoria, our Foxtel head coaches will be working with local schools to provide young Australians with the Foxtel Tim Cahill Academy experience.
“For me, it is all about inspiring the next generation of Australian footballers and giving them the opportunity to experience the game with the best coaches in the business. I am thrilled to be extending my relationship with Foxtel and giving more kids a chance to follow their dreams.” Tim Cahill said
The new program is open to all schools, regardless of age or ability. Each coaching session includes movement and coordination drills to improve a child’s ability to run, jump and pass, along with an element of fun competition to encourage communication and teamwork. Plus, each school receives a premium Foxtel football equipment pack.
For more information or to express your interest in having the program attend your school, visit https://www.foxtel.com.au/timcahillacademy/index.html
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.
Foxtel welcomes continued court action on piracy site blocking
Additional steps to halt online piracy will see Yes Movies, Vumoo, Los Movies, Cartoon HD, Putlocker and more blocked by Australia’s largest ISPs
Foxtel today welcomed the Federal Court’s latest actions to further address online piracy, with orders in a proceeding instituted by Foxtel to block an additional 127 domain names that allow access to 15 pirate streaming sites and 2 torrent sites, and orders in a separate proceeding instituted by the movie industry to block over 40 pirate sites.
In the proceeding instituted by Foxtel, Australian ISPs TPG/iiNet, Optus, Telstra and Vocus, will be required block the domain names associated with pirate streaming sites: Yes Movies, Vumoo, Los Movies, Cartoon HD, Putlocker, Watch Series 1, Watch Series 2, Project - Free TV, ProjectFreeTV, Watch Episodes, Watch Episode Series, Watch TV Series, The Dare TV, Putlocker9.is, Putlocker9.com, as well as Torrent sites: 1337x and Torlock.
The news follows last year’s blocking of some of the largest online piracy sites and increases the number of domain names blocked by the Federal Court, as a result of Foxtel’s site blocking applications alone, to more than 250. In total, 65 major piracy sites have now been ordered to be blocked by the Federal Court.
Foxtel Chief Executive, Peter Tonagh, said, “Foxtel welcomes today’s judgment as another critical step in combating online piracy, which continues to undermine Australia’s creative industry. The Government’s passage of the site blocking legislation, and the Court’s continued willingness to impose site blocking orders, illustrates the gravity of the threat and the concern we should all have about protecting the hard work of the actors, writers, directors and production teams involved in creating the programming we all love.
“Foxtel believes in the importance of educating people that accessing pirated content is not a victimless crime and we will continue to do our part in shedding light on the seriousness of intellectual property theft, while simultaneously helping to ensure our content is available quickly, easily and at a price that suits their budgets.”
Today’s court action coincides with the launch of Australia’s biggest ever anti-piracy campaign, dubbed ‘The Price of Piracy’. The campaign is led by Creative Content Australia, and emphasises the need to protect intellectual property rights while underscoring the threat of content theft on the creative industries. ‘The Price of Piracy’ also illustrates the dangers of malware, ransomware and identity theft associated with copyright infringing websites.
More information can be found at: www.thepriceofpiracy.org.au
Game of Thrones season 7 finale makes ratings history for Foxtel
The final episode of season 7 of Game of Thrones brought massive audience numbers for Foxtel marking it as the most watched overnight programme in Australian subscription television history.
‘The Dragon and the Wolf’, Game of Thrones season 7, episode 7, achieved a record breaking audience of 887,000 viewers with more viewers to add once the consolidated data becomes available.
The final episode’s overnight figures topped the season’s premiere episode 1 of Game of Thrones, which, at 820,000, was itself a record breaker before being outdone by last night’s broadcast.
The Game of Thrones season 7 audience has been incredibly engaged throughout the season with the show pulling in a cumulative average audience of 1.22 million viewers per episode.
Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said, “Winter may have come to Westeros, but last night’s ratings prove that Game of Thrones on Foxtel is hotter than ever. The incredible success of this worldwide phenomenon is evident not just from its gripping storytelling, unrivalled cinematography and nail-biting action, but from the response of its fans who tuned in to Foxtel in record numbers to watch the outstanding final episode of the season. The overnight performance of the series on Foxtel in Australia has eclipsed many global territories, including the U.K. It’s a phenomenal result for the company,” he said.
Game of Thrones has received an incredible 100 Emmy Award nominations since 2011, and has won a total of 38 Emmys – the most of any fictional series in history. After winning a record-shattering 12 Emmys in 2015, Game of Thrones matched that same total in 2016, repeating for Best Drama Series, Writing and Directing.
With the conclusion of Game of Thrones season 7, Foxtel subscribers with the showcase channel can relive all of the action across the seven kingdoms of Westeros by watching every episode from seasons 1-7 from Foxtel’s On Demand library, or streamed On Demand via Foxtel Now or the Foxtel App.
Foxtel’s must-watch drama also continues with hit new arrivals Ray Donovan season 5 and Top of the Lake: China Girl already airing and The Deuce, A Place to Call Home, Outlander and more taking to the air in the coming weeks.
Foxtel Partners with Dendy on Innovative New Distribution Model
Foxtel and Dendy will be launching a new route to market for Australian and international film content by combining theatrical and premium on demand channels of distribution. This new model will create a more sustainable distribution strategy for niche feature and documentary films.
This innovative route to market provides a national footprint achieved through a theatrical season at Dendy Cinemas and partnering exhibitors, followed by a near simultaneous premium on demand season on Dendy Direct and Foxtel Store that launches one week after the theatrical release.
Following its world premiere at the Sydney Film Festival, AUSTRALIA DAY, a Hoodlum production for Foxtel, will be released under this innovative new model in cinemas on September 21 and then available one week later ‘Express from Cinema’ in Foxtel Store and on Dendy Direct on September 27. Icon Film Distribution is proud to be partnering with Foxtel and Dendy to give audiences access to the latest feature from Red Dog Director, Kriv Stenders.
“Dendy is the only vertically integrated business in Australia offering both exhibition and on demand. It is therefore uniquely positioned to entertain a wider audience by combining the big screen experience of Dendy Cinemas and the national reach of our online movie platform Dendy Direct. This business model which we are branding Dendy Marquee will offer consumers more choice, accessibility, and immediacy in the consumption of quality specialty content,” said Greg Hughes, CEO, Dendy/Icon.
The growth of digital adoption provides a significant opportunity for on demand delivery to add real and sustainable value to the content ecosystem for filmmakers, exhibitors and consumers, whilst maintaining theatrical exhibition as the ‘gold standard’.
“We are always looking to make our cinema program compelling and eclectic. The Marquee initiative allows us to screen films for our patrons that would otherwise not be available,” said Eddie Tamir, Owner - Classic, Lido, Cameo Cinemas.
Foxtel’s Director of Content Ross Crowley said: “Foxtel is excited to be part of this initiative to bring selected movies into Australian homes even sooner. We love going to the movies, and we love when the movies come to us. Australia Day is the perfect title to lead our expanded Foxtel Store offering, making a great Australian feature available to homes around the country one week after cinema. Australia Day joins thousands of movie titles available on Foxtel Store across IQ2+ and HD boxes.”
This innovative distribution model will contribute to the growth and sustainability of the Australian film industry by providing platform agnostic access for consumers to discover great Australian stories and ensuring these voices continue to resonate with the broadest possible audience.
Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said: “It’s exciting that Australia Day will take the lead with Foxtel and Dendy’s new model in bringing films to market. Australia Day, filmed exclusively in Brisbane with Screen Queensland investment, promises to be a popular choice for Australian audiences and should be a successful launchpad for the new Dendy Marquee.”
“Screen Queensland is passionate about embracing new models to reach audiences and is thrilled to see a Queensland film launch this way,” Ms Vieira said.
AUSTRALIA DAY stars Bryan Brown in his third collaboration with Director, Kriv Stenders, alongside a wealth of Australian talent including Matthew Le Nevez (The Kettering Incident- Foxtel and Offspring), Shari Sebbens (The Sapphires, The Gods of Wheat Street), Sean Keenan (Glitch and Puberty Blues), Daniel Webber (The Punisher), Elias Anton (Barracuda), Jenny Wu (Foxtel’s Top Of The Lake: China Girl), Miah Madden (The Sapphires, Redfern Now), Isabelle Cornish (Puberty Blues), Phoenix Raei (Indefinite) and Ernie Dingo.
“It’s a real thrill and honour to be a part of this exciting and hopefully precedent setting distribution platform. I believe the future of niche Australian film distribution has finally arrived, and truly hope that other local filmmakers, distributors, broadcasters and exhibitors will be able to continue to build and expand upon the innovative template that Foxtel, Icon and Dendy have now created,” said Stenders.
Shot entirely in Brisbane, this new Australian film by Brisbane based Hoodlum productions from Stephen M Irwin’s (Secrets & Lies) riveting and unpredictable script also featured at the Melbourne International Film Festival, CinefestOZ and will feature at the Brisbane International Film Festival.
AUSTRALIA DAY takes place over a 12-hour period on our most controversial national holiday, interweaving the stories of three Australians from diverse backgrounds – 14-year-old Indigenous girl, April (Madden); 17-year-old Iranian-Australian boy, Sami (Anton) and 19-year-old Chinese teen, Lan (Wu).
Whilst the nation celebrates with beach/backyard barbeques and Hottest 100 / pool parties, these three individuals find themselves alone and facing issues of racism, oppression and violence – each terrified for their own life. When their respective paths cross with police officer Sonya (Sebbens); Australian teen Jason (Webber) and failed farmer Terry (Brown), all must make choices and sacrifices. All will find there is a heavy price to pay, but heart and hope will help them to create meaningful change.
A fascinating take on the cultural tension that lurks beneath the surface of our country’s modern society, AUSTRALIA DAY has been called “provocative” (The Daily Telegraph) and “energetic” (Screendaily), with Variety likening it to 2006’s Oscar®-winner, Crash.
There is an exciting range of content from all over the world with a new title launching every fortnight. Stay tuned for further announcements.
Foxtel unveils massive spring sport offering
Missing it is not an option
Get set for a super spring of sport with Foxtel’s biggest ever line-up of live and exclusive sport
kicking off this month from Australia and across the globe, including motorsports, rugby, tennis,
cricket, AFL, NRL, football and more.
Across Foxtel’s seven FOX SPORTS channels, dedicated pop up channels, ESPN, EUROSPORT and
beIN SPORTS, fans can experience all the action this spring as it happens LIVE and in HIGH
DEFINITION, ensuring they never miss a single incredible sporting moment.
NRL AND AFL FINALS SERIES
The NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP’s top eight has been decided and the countdown is on to the
2017 finals series. Will minor premiers Melbourne Storm continue their dominance in pursuit of
Premiership glory? The Roosters and Broncos kick off the finals series this Friday night, followed by
the Storm v Eels on Saturday afternoon then Sea Eagles v Panthers Saturday night with Sharks v
Cowboys on Sunday afternoon.
FOX LEAGUE, Foxtel’s dedicated 24/7 rugby league channel, is the only place to watch every match
LIVE in HD and ad-break free across September.
As the TOYOTA AFL PREMIERSHIP reaches the pointy end FOX FOOTY will be the best place to
watch all the Qualifying, Elimination, Semi and Preliminary Finals LIVE in HD, with no ad breaks siren
to siren all on a dedicated 24/7 channel. September on FOX FOOTY is packed with special events
including the Players MVP Award, Longest Kick, and the Grand Final Parade. In addition, FOX
FOOTY’s weekly line-up of entertainment shows will keep fans informed across the week.
FOX FOOTY’s unrivalled commentary team includes the biggest names in the game: Eddie McGuire,
Sandy Roberts, Sarah Jones, Jason Dunstall, Jonathan Brown, Dermott Brereton, Dwayne Russell,
Alastair Lynch, David King, Brad Johnson, Gerard Healy, Mark Ricciuto, Mark Maclure, Cameron
Mooney, Ben Dixon, Nick Dal Santo, Anthony Hudson and Jon Ralph.
THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP continues in September with six huge clashes kicking off with a
Wallabies v Springboks showdown in Perth on September 9. The World Champion All Blacks
continue their charge squaring off against Argentina on September 9 and 30, and South Africa on
On October 21 the Wallabies and All Blacks square off for the last time in 2017 during the third
BLEDISLOE CUP 2017 FINAL CLASH, airing LIVE, ad-break free during play and in HD on FOX
The Wallabies will also take on the Barbarians on October 28 LIVE on FOX SPORTS in their final
game on home soil before kicking off on their Spring Tour.
THE WALLABIES TOUR of Europe will air in full on beIN SPORTS starting with a showdown against
Wales on November 12. Michael Cheika’s team rounds out its season against England on November
19 and Scotland on November 25.
The feast of rugby continues on beIN SPORTS with the EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS CUP where
Parramatta Eels star Semi Radradra laces up for Toulon after his NRL season finishes. Watch the
stars who have become household Wallabies names including: Scott Fardy, Christian Lealiifano,
James Horwill, Joe Tomane, Sitaleki Timani, Dave Dennis, Will Skelton and Matt Toomua – mixing it
with the best players on the continent.
European Champions Cup Rugby will bring the FRENCH TOP 14 to Eurosport, which will see Semi
Radradra joining the Toulon line up after his NRL season finishes; plus former Wallabies players Joe
Tomane, Jesse Mogg, Mike Harris, Liam Gill, Leroy Houston, Sitaleki Timani, Ben Mowen will also
take part in the action.
The Socceroos continue their campaign to qualify for their fourth consecutive World Cup on
September 5 with their WORLD CUP QUALIFIER: SOCCEROOS V THAILAND match. The clash is a
must win for Ange Postecoglou’s side as they look to push for a top two spot and secure automatic
qualification at the World Cup in Russia next year. FOX SPORTS will showcase the action LIVE, with
no ad-breaks during play and in HD.
Meanwhile, the HYUNDAI A-LEAGUE returns for its 13th instalment on October 6 with a
blockbuster-opening three weeks set to keep fans on the edge of their seats. FOX SPORTS will
once again deliver LIVE, ad-break free during play and HD coverage of every game from Australia’s
premier domestic football competition. The season kicks off with Melbourne City playing host to
Brisbane Roar, with the defending champion Sky Blues in action against Melbourne Victory in a
Grand Final rematch the following day.
2017 also marks the 10th anniversary season of the WESTFIELD W-LEAGUE, and FOX SPORTS will
be proudly airing two matches a week.
Football fans can also catch up on the best in world Football as the action heats up on beIN
SPORTS, which brings LALIGA, SERIE A & BUNDESLIGA and LIGUE 1 plus the upcoming EL
CLASSICO between Barcelona FC and Real Madrid slated for December.
ESPN continues its live coverage of the US OPEN from New York in September. While last year’s
final had Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka beating Serbian star Novak Djokovic to take his third major
title, this year may feature a different cast of characters. Swiss talent Roger Federer, Spanish star
Rafael Nadal and Great Britain’s Andy Murray can be expected to make noise in New York. The
absence of Serena Williams and a surprise Roland Garros win by Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko makes
the women’s side unpredictable and unmissable.
Fans can also tune in to US OPEN PRIMETIME with Stephanie Brantz, 8pm each and every day
during the tournament to keep across the latest and best of the day’s action, including highlights,
reviews and previews. ESPN is the only place to get every game of the US Open LIVE along with
beIN SPORTS also brings a host of incredible on court action with its LIVE coverage of the WTA.
Australia’s tour of India begins on September 17, and FOX SPORTS will be the only place to watch
the AUSTRALIA V INDIA One Day International and T20 series EXCLUSIVELY LIVE and in HD
across September and October. Skipper Steve Smith will lead the Aussies across five ODIs and
three T20s with big hitter Dave Warner returning to the side. FOX SPORTS is also the exclusive
broadcast host of the ENGLAND V WEST INDIES (September); SOUTH AFRICA V BANGLADESH
(October); and NEW ZEALAND V WEST INDIES (November).
The SUPERCHEAP AUTO BATHURST 1000 cranks into gear from October 5, and FOX SPORTS will
once again deliver unparalleled coverage on a dedicated 24/7 pop up channel. In addition to LIVE,
HD and continuous coverage of every session, the pop up channel, which switches on October 2,
will feature classic races and a number of entertainment programs to keep fans informed across the
week, including Pit Lane LIVE, Bathurst Legends and Inside Supercars. FOX SPORTS’ Supercars
commentary team is spearheaded by six-time Bathurst winner, Mark Skaife, alongside ‘The Enforcer’
Russell Ingall and Jessica Yates.
Then on October 20 the MotoGPTM gets underway as the best two-wheel riders in the world head to
Australia for the MICHELIN AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX. Championship leader Marc
Marquez will look to repeat last year’s success, while Aussie Jack Miller will be gunning to improve
on his season best sixth place finish. FOX SPORTS will showcase every MotoGP, practice, qualifying
session and race LIVE in HD with no ad-breaks from lights out to the chequered flag.
FOX SPORTS is also the only place you’ll see all eight FORMULA 1 races, which will see Australia’s
own Daniel Riccardo and Finland’s Kimi Räikkönen battle it out for supremacy.
There will be more basketball this spring with coverage of the NBL and WNBL LIVE on FOX
The 2017/18 NATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE season explodes into action on October 5, when
the Adelaide 36ers host Melbourne United in the opening clash. Fans will get to see two Grand Final
rematches in the first month of the competition, with defending champions, Perth Wildcats and
Illawarra Hawks squaring off on October 13 and 26. FOX SPORTS will show every game LIVE, with
no ad breaks during play in HIGH DEFINITION with the country’s best commentary team
spearheading the coverage.
The WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBAL LEAGUE returns to television on October 5, with FOX
SPORTS set to broadcast a minimum of one game per week, plus every Finals match LIVE and in
The Boomers begin their road to the FIBA BASKETBALL WORLD CUP on November 24, when they
clash with the Philippines, Japan and Chinese Taipei in the first stage of the Asian Qualifiers. FOX
SPORTS will be the only place to watch every Boomers game LIVE, with no ad-breaks during play
and in HD.
The NFL kicks off on September 8 for what is always a short and intense season, with only 16 games
for a team to earn a spot in the playoffs. Coverage of the NFL airs all season on ESPN/ESPN2, LIVE
and on short-turnaround. ESPN is the home of NFL in Australia with Thursday Night Football,
Sunday Night Football, Monday Night Football and NFL RedZone.
September is also a big month in MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL (MLB), and ESPN/ESPN2 will feature
LIVE coverage of final regular season games, promising some truly tantalizing confrontations.
October brings the long-awaited season finale with the arrival of the MLB PLAYOFFS (from October
4) and the MLB WORLD SERIES (from October 25), shown LIVE and on short-turnaround on
ESPN/ESPN2, plus fans can catch EVERY game of the MLB Post season LIVE across ESPN and
And the 72nd season of the NBA tips off with coverage of top games airing LIVE and on short-
turnaround throughout the season on ESPN/ESPN2. While the Warriors and Cavaliers clearly open
as favourites, the new season promises to dish up some tasty action and compelling rivalries.
October and November will see all of the action of the US MLS CUP PLAYOFFS covered live on
Finally, fans can be sure to enjoy the SPRING CARNIVAL coverage in Sydney and Melbourne as
well as THE EVEREST IN SYDNEY, boasting the richest turf race in the world, which takes place on
October 14 all on Sky Racing.