Foxtel Movies

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Foxtel Movies
Foxtel Movies Logo.png
Launched 1 January 2013
Owned by Foxtel Networks
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Country Australia
Language English
Replaced Movie Network
Showtime
Sister channel(s) Foxtel On Demand
Showcase
Timeshift service Premiere +2
Family +2
Action +2
Website foxtelmovies.com.au
Availability
Satellite
Foxtel Premiere (HD/SD): 401
Premiere +2 (SD): 402
Disney (HD/SD): 404
Family (HD/SD): 405
Action (HD/SD): 406
Comedy (HD/SD): 407
Romance (HD/SD): 408
Thriller (HD/SD): 409
Masterpiece (HD/SD): 410
Family +2 (SD): 411
Action +2 (SD): 412
Premiere (SD): 1401
Disney (SD): 1404
Family (SD): 1405
Action (SD): 1406
Comedy (SD): 1407
Romance (SD): 1408
Thriller (SD): 1409
Masterpiece (SD): 1410
Cable
Foxtel Premiere (HD/SD): 401
Premiere +2 (SD): 402
Disney (HD/SD): 404
Family (HD/SD): 405
Action (HD/SD): 406
Comedy (HD/SD): 407
Romance (HD/SD): 408
Thriller (HD/SD): 409
Masterpiece (HD/SD): 410
Family +2 (SD): 411
Action +2 (SD): 412
Premiere (SD): 1401
Disney (SD): 1404
Family (SD): 1405
Action (SD): 1406
Comedy (SD): 1407
Romance (SD): 1408
Thriller (SD): 1409
Masterpiece (SD): 1410

Foxtel Movies is a suite of eight pay television film channels in Australia which began broadcasting on 1 January 2013. Owned by Foxtel, the channels replace the now-defunct Movie Network and Showtime suites.

History[edit]

In June 2012, speculation arose that Foxtel would be looking at taking movies in-house at the end of 2012 when their contracts with Showtime and Movie Network expired.[1] This would allow Foxtel to make cost savings of a predicted 40% by making movie deals directly with the Hollywood studios.[2]

On 11 October 2012, it was announced that Foxtel had acquired "certain assets" from the Premium Movie Partnership (PMP) shareholders, taking over managing and producing the Showtime channels from 31 October 2012.[3]

Foxtel were in negotiations with Movie Network to acquire it, but it was believed that two of the Movie Network shareholders (Warner Bros. & Village Roadshow) broke ranks and began negotiations with Foxtel for their movie rights.[4] On 6 December 2012, it was announced that Movie Network would fold on 1 January 2013, being not permitted to sell the company to Foxtel or renew their contract.[5]

On 9 December 2012, Foxtel announced they would launch a new line up of channels branded Foxtel Movies.[6] The channels would offer films from four major film companies - 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, & NBCUniversal (rights acquired from Foxtel's acquisition of Showtime).

On 20 December 2012, Foxtel announced a movie deal with Village Roadshow.[7] On 21 December 2012, Foxtel announced a movie deal with Warner Bros..[8]

Over 600 posts were made on Foxtel's Facebook page within 3 days after Foxtel Movies' launch, all criticising Foxtel's changes in that the total amount of channels was reduced from 15 to 11 yet the price remained the same.[9] On 17 January 2013, in response to the outrage by subscribers, Foxtel launched an additional 2 timeshift channels (Family + 2 and Action/Adventure + 2).[10]

On 21 February 2013, Foxtel announced they had finalised agreements with The Walt Disney Company and MGM, resulting in Foxtel having agreements with all the major studios and distributors.[11]

On 15 October 2013, it was announced that Foxtel had reached distribution agreements with StudioCanal, Hopscotch Entertainment One, Icon, and Transmission Films - four of Australia's key independent movie distributors.[12]

On 1 January 2014, Action/Adventure, Drama/Romance and Thriller/Crime were renamed Action, Romance and Thriller respectively.[13] Despite these changes, the programming of each channel remained constant.[14] In addition to the name change of three channels, all channels launched new logos and themes.

In February 2014 it was announced Foxtel would launch an additional family movie channel, Foxtel Movies Disney, on 10 April 2014.[15]

Channels[edit]

Foxtel Movies consists of 8 channels, all with a HD simulcast, and 3 channels with a 2 hour SD timeshift channel:[6]

  • Premiere: Main channel of the suite, featuring mainly newer Hollywood films and some domestic content.
  • Action: Channel consists mainly of action-adventure, science fiction and horror films.
  • Comedy: Channel consists mainly of comedy films.
  • Romance: Channel consists of drama and romantic films, and romantic comedies.
  • Thriller: Channel consists of thriller, crime and horror films.
  • Family: The suite's 'all-ages' channel, mainly featuring family and children's films.
  • Masterpiece: Channel consists of acclaimed independent films, Australian films or films featuring known Australian actors, and older commercial movies with award acclaim.
  • Disney: The channel will feature a range of classic titles and contemporary movies including recent releases, its timeless live-action and animated library films, as well as Disney-Pixar box office hits.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knox, David (June 4, 2012). "Foxtel to renegotiate movie deals TV Tonight". TV Tonight. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Groves, Don (October 24, 2012). "Foxtel Seeking To Cut License Fees With Majors And Indies By 40%". Deadline. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  3. ^ Knox, David (October 11, 2012). "Foxtel to acquire Showtime channels TV Tonight". TV Tonight. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  4. ^ Groves, Don (December 5, 2012). "Warner Bros, Disney, Roadshow & MGM Dissolve Aussie Pay TV Movie Partnership - Deadline.com". Deadline. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ Knox, David (December 7, 2012). "Movie Networks channels to fold TV Tonight". TV Tonight. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Knox, David (December 9, 2012). "New movie channels for Foxtel TV Tonight". TV Tonight. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ Mark@ (December 20, 2012). "Roadshow Films Joins Foxtel Movies - Knowfirst". Knowfirst. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ Mark@ (December 21, 2012). "Blockbuster lineup of movies on Foxtel - Knowfirst". Knowfirst. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Foxtel movie madness". The Age. January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  10. ^ Foxtel (January 14, 2013). "Hi Everyone! Thanks...". Facebook. Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Foxtel Completes Hollywood Studio Line Up - Foxtel Insider - What's On - FOXTEL". Foxtel. February 21, 2013. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ Knox, David (October 15, 2013). "Foxtel signs new movie deal with Studiocanal". TV Tonight. Retrieved October 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Summer Channel Changes". Foxtel. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Twitter / FOXTEL_Help". Twitter. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  15. ^ http://www.foxtel.com.au/whats-on/foxtel-insider/new-disney-channels-227159.htm

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