Foxtel has more than Sports Channels???
Walter Presents to launch in Australia on Foxtel
World’s best foreign language dramas available on Foxtel VOD from November 1
Acclaimed streaming video on demand service Walter Presents, which has won plaudits and a loyal following for delivering the world’s best foreign-language dramas to UK and US audiences, will be teaming up with Foxtel to bring its award-winning dramas to Australian audiences from November 1.
The video on demand service, backed by UK broadcaster Channel 4, will deliver top rated, exclusive and original first run drama series from around the world to Foxtel and Foxtel Now customers with an appetite for quality TV content, and is the second stage in a planned Walter Presents global roll-out.
Walter Presents is named after its curator and host Walter Iuzzolino, a passionate drama fan who hand picks each show and never uses computer algorithms to select titles.
The collaboration will see Walter Presents series premiere on Foxtel’s On Demand service from November 1 and then from December 15, the drama channel Showcase will have a Friday night Walter Presents slot to feature some series. New release Walter Presents dramas will be added every month.
Capitalising on the growing demand for premium world drama, Foxtel aims to host over 150 hours of premium foreign language drama in its first year and will include a diverse range of dramas which have been blockbuster hits in their native countries. From Nordic thrillers to South American chillers, every series will feature bespoke high-quality customized sub-titling. Each season will be made available in its entirety allowing viewers to binge watch the content.
The three series for the Australian launch of Walter Presents in November are:
Set in a high security women’s prison, this is a rollercoaster Spanish thriller simmering with tension, sex and violence which quickly became a smash hit in the UK.
Dark, visceral crime thriller from Brazil in which a charismatic serial killer infiltrates the police to play a cat-and-mouse game with the forensic psychologist tasked with tracking him down.
Vanished By The Lake:
The disappearance of a local teenager ignites painful memories for a homicide detective who previously lost her two best friends, when they went missing under similar circumstances, fifteen years before - a riveting French Noir murder mystery.
Other series coming up are a selection of multi-award winning productions from HBO Latin America, including Emmy nominated action thriller Fugitives, and Mexican family crime saga Mr Avila, plus the dark brooding psychological Belgian thriller 13 Commandments.
Co-founder and curator of Walter Presents Walter Iuzzolino said: “We’re proud to be partnering with Foxtel, Australia’s most prestigious home of premium scripted series. Australian audiences are some of the most forward thinking and sophisticated in the world. They have a hunger for compelling, quality international drama as demonstrated by the success of Nordic Noir here and we are thrilled to be able to broaden the scope and palette of the international drama offerings further with additions from countries as diverse as Mexico, Holland, Chile, Spain and Belgium.”
Foxtel Director of Content Ross Crowley said: “Walter Presents brings an entirely new element to the Foxtel entertainment experience. Australia has one of the richest and most diverse audiences in the world, with many speaking languages other than English at home. In teaming with master curator Walter Iuzzolino, we’re genuinely excited to bring some of the boldest, most exciting, premium dramas from around the world to our On Demand catalogue.”
Walter Presents launched in the UK on Channel 4’s on-demand service All 4 in January 2016. Since then the service, uniquely curated by Walter, has garnered rave reviews and millions of views to a broad range of high-quality foreign language TV drama.
From November 1 in Australia, Walter Presents will be available On Demand to Foxtel customers who subscribe to the Movies and Drama packs and to Foxtel Now customers via the Movie, Pop and Drama packs.
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.
The Monarchy: A Major Royal Event on Foxtel
Royal programming and A Royal Selection Pop Up movie channel this December
Royal fever takes reign at Foxtel this December with “The Monarchy: A Major Royal Event” across Foxtel’s movie, lifestyle, entertainment and factual channels with A Royal Selection Pop Up movie channel and a range of royal themed programming.
Royal families all over the world have always intrigued the common folk for their lavish lifestyles, strict rules of etiquette, enormous castles, elite sports, gorgeous babies, and outrageous scandals. From December 1 both new and returning Royal programming will feature on many of Foxtel’s channels to celebrate the Monarchy and take a closer look at both historical and modern day British Royal family.
Foxtel Movies will host A Royal Selection, a Royal themed Pop-Up movie channel from Friday December 8 at 6am and running until the end of the day on Sunday December 10 Elizabeth (1998), Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007), The Queen (2006), Diana (2013), The King’s Speech (2010), The Madness Of King George (1994), The Young Victoria (2009), and The Duchess (2008).
Starring Hollywood superstar Cate Blanchett, Elizabeth and Elizabeth: The Golden Age explores the life of a young and mature Queen Elizabeth I set throughout her reign in the 1500s. Starring Helen Mirren, The Queen shows the Royal Family’s response to the death of Princess Diana in 1997. Diana, portrayed by Naomi Watts, takes a closer look at the Princess of Wales’ final two years before her untimely death.
Academy Award-winning The Kings Speech stars Colin Firth as King George VI who, despite his debilitating speech impediment, must address his country over the radio in 1939 to declare Britain at war with Nazi Germany. The Madness of King George explores the dementia experienced by King George III in the late 1700s, also stars Helen Mirren. The Young Victoria, played by Emily Blunt, was set in the mid-1800s as Queen Victoria rose to accession. Starring Keira Knightley, The Duchess is a portrayal of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire during the late 1700s.
HISTORY channel will exclusively premiere a new three part series, Elizabeth I and Her Enemies from December 12 on Tuesdays at 7.30pm. Actress and supermodel Lily Cole plays Elizabeth I throughout her reign, from young princess to mature queen. Dr Suzannah Lipscomb and Dan Jones, both young, dynamic historians, tell a heady tale of jealousy, treachery, ambition and tragedy alongside the lavish dramatisations that transport audiences back to the key clashes that shaped Elizabeth and England. Starting from the day she was born, until the day she died, Elizabeth was surrounded by enemies who threatened her crown and her life. From her sister Mary Tudor to her thwarted lover, King Philip of Spain, Elizabeth’s struggles, animosities and assassination attempts are analysed in detail.
Starting on Saturday December 2 at 6.30pm and continuing each week throughout the month, Lifestyle will show its highest rating Royal specials starting with 40 Years of the Princes Trust, The Royal Good Guys, two part special The Princes Vision, and Diana: A Quiet Revolution. Lifestyle Food will show two weeks of Royal Recipes at 11.30am weekdays from Monday December 4. Learn all about the real Royal Recipes with presenter Michael Buerk from coronation feasts, to family favourites, to Will and Kate’s wedding menu and their extravagant cake, and everything in between.
The Royal Variety Performance 2017, a gala evening held annually in the United Kingdom and attended by senior members of the British Royal Family, is exclusive to UKTV this December. Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales have alternately attended the performance for the last few years. The evening’s performance is a variety show consisting of family entertainment, including comedy, singing, dancing, magic and other speciality acts, and many of the performers and hosts are celebrities.
Popular BBC First drama Victoria will exclusively premiere a Christmas Special in December Express from the UK. Victoria’s second season came to a dramatic close but fans of the series may be shocked in the one-hour special. Despite the festive family celebrations, this could be the winter when Victoria’s (Jenna Coleman) husband Prince Albert (Tom Hughes) finally succumbs to a deathly illness.
Royal titles on HISTORY channel throughout December include:
· Guarding the Queen – Sundays from December 10 until December 24 at 5.30pm
· The Queen’s Cavalry – Saturdays from December 2 until December 23 at 4.30pm
· Wallis and Edward – Saturday, December 9 at 2.30pm
· Wallis Simpson: Secret Letters – Sunday, December 10 at 2.30pm
· Tales of the Royal Bedchamber – Sunday, December 17th at 2:30pm
· Crowning a Queen – Saturday, December 23 at 12.30pm
· The Secret Photos of the Duke and Duchess – Sunday, December 24 at 2.30pm
· Our Queen at Ninety – Monday, December 25 at 2.30pm
· Inside Buckingham Palace – Monday, December 25 at 4.30pm and 5.30pm
· The Queen’s Mother-in-Law – Saturday, December 30 at 2.30pm
· Royal Britain: An Aerial History – Saturday, December 30 at 4.30pm
· Princess Diana: Conspiracy Theories – Saturday, December 30 at 7.30pm
Foxtel’s 25 Days of Drama
Relive the best of television drama from 2017
Foxtel knows what you really want this Christmas – to binge on the greatest dramas from 2017! Foxtel is screening the most-watched drama series from the past year starting from December 1 and playing every day at 10am on BoxSets and across multiple channels including showcase, BBC First, FX, 13th Street, Universal Channel and Discovery.
Over 25 days in the lead up to Christmas, relax and watch full seasons of award-winning dramas including local hits Wentworth S5, A Place to Call Home S5, The Kettering Incident, and Secret City. BoxSets and showcase will also feature HBO’s Big Little Lies, The Night Of, Game of Thrones S7, Westworld, The Leftovers S3, The Deuce, and Quarry.
A stand out for 2017, Big Little Lies starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon should be on the “must watch” list for this year. Big Little Lies took home five Primetime Emmy Awards this year including the coveted Emmy for Outstanding Limited Series. The series is based on the book with the same name by New York Times bestselling Australian author, Liane Moriarty.
Game of Thrones continues to be the most watched drama series in the world and its latest instalment Season 7 was no exception. With an expected wait time of over a year for the eighth and final season, don’t miss your opportunity to experience the scheming and power-plays of Westeros’ most influential families.
BBC First will air its high quality drama series Top of the Lake: China Girl, Doctor Foster S2, Taboo, SS:GB, Victoria S2, Call The Midwife S6, and The Collection.
Top of the Lake: China Girl gained attention from critics and audiences across the globe for all the right reasons. Nicole Kidman joined lead actress Elisabeth Moss and a stellar Australian and international cast to bring to life this thrilling story of emotional and physical exploitation happening right in the centre of Sydney’s leafy streets and famous beaches.
From showcase’s impressive stable of binge-worthy dramas tune in to see Outlander S3, Ray Donovan S5, The Affair S3, Mr Robot S3, Feud: Bette and Joan, Shots Fired, Black Sails S4, Orange is the New Black S5, The Americans S5, American Crime S3, Nashville S5, Bates Motel S5, Into The Badlands S2, and Hap and Leonard S2.
FX will play its smash hit zombie series The Walking Dead S8a, along with its spin-off Fear the Walking Dead S3b, and popular dramas Legion S1, Kingdom S3, and Outcast S2.
Universal Channel will air its cult-favourite Suits S7a, plus Shades of Blue S2, and also Vera S7, and Line of Duty S4 from 13th Street.
Discovery Channel will play Harley and the Davidsons and The Challenger Disaster.
The majority of these first rate drama series will also be available to watch On Demand on both Foxtel and Foxtel Now. For a full schedule visit foxtel.com.au/tvguide.
Foxtel announces scorching summer line-up
With summer about to hit, Foxtel has revealed its upcoming slate of programming with the hottest
new dramas, high-stakes reality and some of the most anticipated returning series leading the way.
Foxtel will also be offering a range of programming stunts to keep viewers entertained over
summer, including 25 Days of Drama featuring all the most-watched local and international drama
series from the past year on Foxtel; and The Monarchy: A Major Royal Event that will showcase a
range of royal themed programming across December.
Foxtel’s Director of Channels, Stephen Baldwin, said: “This summer there’s never been a better
time to have Foxtel. While others take a break, our programming isn’t going on holidays with a wide
range of new and returning series across entertainment, factual and lifestyle. Our movie line-up is
especially designed for summer with pop up channels and blockbusters titles, and viewers will also
be treated to a huge array of live sport, music specials and kids programming.”
Headlining Foxtel’s schedule this summer are a number of new and exclusive dramas already
making waves overseas including UK drama from BAFTA-winning writer Kay Mellor, Loves, Lies &
Records (December 16 on BBC First); US crime drama S.W.A.T. (January 14 on FOX8) starring
Shemar Moore and Australian Alex Russell; the epic new historical drama Britannia (January 22 on
showcase) from award-winning writer Jez Butterworth; and Steven Soderbergh’s murder-mystery,
Mosaic, starring Beau Bridges and Sharon Stone (January 24 on showcase).
Returning drama series include the second season of showcase’s Divorce (January 16) as well as
the seventh seasons of popular BBC First drama Call the Midwife (January) and Universal Channel’s
long running legal drama, Suits (Express in January).
Foxtel’s summer dramas will be complimented with a slate of red-hot reality programming. Kicking
off on December 6, The Real Housewives of Melbourne returns for a fourth season on Arena with
more outrageous accusations, scandalous gossip and jaw-dropping surprises. Arena will also
premiere Vanderpump Rules S6 (December 5); The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills S8
(December 20); and a new series featuring Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel and
Million Dollar Listing’s Frederick Eklund, Bethenny and Frederick Flip Manhattan (January 21).
FOX8 will premiere two new survival reality series: Kicking & Screaming (December 12) teams 10
expert survivalists with pampered partners as they face the toughest challenge of their lives – dropped into a
tropical jungle in Fiji, they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.
Hunted (December 13) follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt. Contestants attempt the
nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world as highly skilled investigators
combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them.
Those after a laugh can tune in to The Slot (December 14 on The Comedy Channel). From the
makers of cutting-edge comedies We Can Be Heroes, Open Slather and Summer Heights High, The
Slot features a stellar line-up of comedy talent who between them have amassed billions of online
views with their captivating, weird and at times absurd style of comedy.
Lifestyle lovers are in for a feast this summer with the premiere of Lifestyle FOOD’s Nigella: At My
Table on December 6, as well as the highly anticipated third season of The Great Australian Bake
Off returning on January 16. Also returning in January is Grand Designs Australia S7, hosted by
Peter Maddison (January 11 on Lifestyle).
On the factual front, Matt Wright is back for a third season of Outback Wrangler (December 6 on
National Geographic) as he sweeps across Australia risking his life in the relocation and conservation of
giant crocs; and acclaimed international archaeologist and historian Neil Oliver returns for another
epic voyage of discovery in the second season of Coast New Zealand (January 8 on HISTORY).
Crime buffs will be captivated by Elizabeth Smart: Autobiography (January 24 on crime +
investigation) – a two-part special about the infamous abduction and ultimate rescue of Elizabeth
Smart. And of course it wouldn’t be summer without Shark Week! Hosted by Andrew ‘ET’
Ettingshausen, this long-running event will air around the clock from December 7 and is loaded with
documentaries from Australia and around the globe.
Those wanting to kick back to some summer beats have plenty to choose from, including highlights
from this summer’s first [V] Island Party in which musical festival favourites PNAU hit the decks
(December 2); and 24K Magic: Live at the Apollo, an electrifying hour-long special featuring
Grammy Award-winning Bruno Mars and his band, the Hooligans, performing atop New York’s
famous Apollo Theatre marquee (December 9 on [V]).
When the heat gets too much, movie lovers can bunker down with a series of exciting pop up
channels on Foxtel Movies. Best of 2017 will kick off from December 30 and feature stand-out films
from the past year; Heath Ledger will remember the work of the Australian acting legend from
January 19 in the lead up to the 10th anniversary of his death; and Aussies in Hollywood will
celebrate 20 of Australia’s most powerful Hollywood heavyweights over the Australia Day long
There’s even plenty for the kids, who won’t complain about being bored these holidays thanks to
Summer Belongs to You – Disney’s Summer of Movies Stunt. Every night in January, Disney will
air a Disney Channel Original Movie, with titles including Cheetah Girls, Camp Rock, Descendants,
Teen Beach and High School Musical.
Of course sport is what defines an Australian summer and this year doesn’t disappoint. The
Hyundai A-League and the Westfield W-League continue on FOX SPORTS throughout December
and January; and the fast and furious HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series launches on December 1
on FOX SPORTS, with the action returning to Sydney over the Australia Day long weekend.
Basketball fans can enjoy some stellar action with five NBA games broadcast live and back to back
on ESPN/ESPN2 on Boxing Day, while the NBL and WNBL continues on FOX SPORTS over summer.
And don’t miss Australia’s WBO World Welterweight Champion, Jeff Horn, as he makes his first title
defence against hard-hitting Englishman Gary Corcoran on December 13 in Brisbane, with all the
action of Horn v Hellraiser on Main Event.
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
Dicks, I only use Foxtel for live sport these days and watching the same F’ing Ads for an entire football game is enough to make you start questing that decision.
I would watch All the Money in the World for a million dollars after watching the ad every 5 minutes for 2 and a half hours during each of the College football finals.
Eurosport News, FX and Nat Geo People are all to cease broadcasting on 28 February.
If you throught Foxtel was bad, the state of US Pay TV looks worse.
Foxtel expands drama offering
Increased On Demand library and more complete seasons on BoxSets
showcase set to be super drama channel – new home for FX Originals
Foxtel today announced more new content and a large range of popular complete seasons will be added to its On Demand service^ and showcase will become a drama “super channel” filled with a slate of Foxtel original dramas and exclusive, first-run premium drama titles express from the US.
showcase will begin screening a raft of FX Originals making it the lead destination for premium drama titles including the exclusive Australian premiere of Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story and American Horror Story: Cult, both coming soon – premiere dates to be announced.
Foxtel has also secured, from FX, the Australian premiere of new series Snowfall, Pose and Trust, along with Legion and the return of The Americans and Feud. New episodes of fan favourite Lucifer will screen on FOX8.
showcase will also be home to the first-run of hit series, The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead and Talking Dead, all from America’s AMC Network.
Foxtel is working with key suppliers, including FX, 21st Century Fox, Warner Bros., MGM, Sony and Disney to ensure a large range of popular complete seasons will also be added to the Foxtel On Demand service, Foxtel’s BoxSets channel, and the showcase HD channel.
Brian Walsh, Foxtel Executive Director of Television, said, “These exciting new developments further cements Foxtel’s position as the unrivalled home of the best drama series from Australia and around the world. The addition of a large rich and diverse slate of programs from FX is a huge boost for Foxtel subscribers who love drama.
“We are also adding more content to our On Demand library, bolstering the flexibility of watching even more complete seasons, on demand, all year round – all included as part of a residential subscription.
“showcase is our premium drama destination, offering the strongest line up of acclaimed and award winning drama from around the world. Together with our signature local commissions, showcase is, by any measure, the first choice to see the world’s best. Our customers will see an increase in first run content on showcase with even more great new drama from HBO and Foxtel’s own slate of highly acclaimed Australian productions to look forward to in 2018.
American Crime Story: The Assassination Of Gianni Versace, is the second instalment of FX’s award-winning limited series, and American Horror Story: Cult is the seventh series of the critically acclaimed franchise – both from the creative genius of Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody® Award-winning screenwriter, producer and director, Ryan Murphy.
The Assassination Of Gianni Versace is a story of failed ambition, about how the pursuit of an “American Dream” ended in murder and suicide. The series features an all-star cast with Darren Criss (Glee, American Horror Story), Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty, Joy), Academy Award® winner Penelope Cruz (Blow, Vanilla Sky, Vicky Cristina Barcelona), and international pop icon Ricky Martin.
American Horror Story: Cult is a dark, satirical, horror-infused vision of American politics and society set in modern day Michigan. Based on the 2016 US election, the 11-episodes in Cult are more “grounded” meaning there are no supernatural elements as there have been in previous seasons. American Horror Story: Cult is a parody of Trump and Clinton supporters alike but there are also killer clowns who start picking off neighbours leaving behind bloody smiley faces and fear that leads to chaos. Starring series alumni Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Cheyenne Jackson, alongside Billie Lourd, Alison Pill, Billy Eichner, and Leslie Grossman.
showcase has long been Australia’s ‘Home of HBO’ featuring must-see programming including Game of Thrones, Westworld – season 2 premieres on showcase Mondays from April 23 express from the US – The Deuce, Divorce, Veep, Ballers and Big Little Lies, along with new arrivals Here and Now, Barry and Succession.
showcase is also the exclusive home to Foxtel’s own award-winning original dramas, which continue to break new ground and win local and international praise. In 2018, TV Week Logie Award and AACTA Award winning Australian dramas Wentworth and A Place to Call Home will return to showcase along with the highly anticipated Picnic at Hanging Rock from May 6, Nash Edgerton’s Mr Inbetween and from Goalpost Pictures, Fighting Season.
A broad range of local drama success stories continue to be available On Demand including Top of The Lake: China Girl, The Kettering Incident, Secret City and more.