channels revamp - October 2023
logos and name changes come ahead of streaming aggregation
has refreshed a number of channel names, including
dropping the FOX branding from numerous.
Arena, and FOX Showcase are now reverting back to
the original Arena and Showcase channel names, while
there are changes also for Comedy, Docos, SciFi, Comedy,
Classics, mystery channels etc.
One will transform Foxtel One.
remains but with a revamped logo.
changes come ahead of the previously reported streaming
aggregation platform based on Sky Glass -known in-house
as Project Magneto.
Foxtel spokesperson said, As our business evolves,
and as we leverage brands in new ways, we have refreshed
some of our channel names to reflect this. There will
be no impact to customers who will continue to enjoy
all the great content and channels they are familiar
with and love.
mini-deal that shows the Foxtel CEO is on a winning
streak - 23rd July 2023
chief executive Patrick Delany can exhale a little.
The pay TV company struck a deal last week with ESPN
to continue as the local go-to broadcaster for top
sport played in the United States.
announced the deal on Wednesday morning with little
fanfare and scant detail issuing a press release
which said the distribution deal was a new multi-year
agreement to keep broadcasting the NBA, NFL, MLB,
NHL and UFC in Australia. The release also carried
a statement from Kylie Watson Wheeler, the local head
of Disney, the parent company of ESPN.
asked about the length of the deal, Foxtel said that
even disclosing how many years it involved was commercial-in-confidence.
But industry sources suggest the agreement was for
about two years.
a mini coup because the value proposition of Kayo
Foxtels sports streamer hinges
on having all key sport under one roof. The company
signed a long-term deal with the AFL last year and
now with the US sport, the NRL will be up next. As
part of the announcement, Foxtel said Kayo now had
1.3 million subscribers.
was able to secure a deal with Warner Bros Discovery-owned
HBO earlier this year, which made sure Binge remains
the home of Succession, White Lotus and Game of Thrones
spin-off House of the Dragon for now.
Foxtels executives are on a streak, nailing
down the most valuable content they licence, surely
pleasing potential investors if they ever get around
to the often-rumoured and long-delayed
plans to list on the ASX.
apart from the mammoth AFL deal, these agreements
are hardly stable planks on the Foxtel ship. An agreement
of about two years will give the company some breathing
room. There have been fears among Aussie execs for
years that the US media giants such as Disney and
Warner Bros Discovery want to enter the Australian
market with their own services, such as an ESPN-only
streamer or HBO Max.
reason the ESPN deal may have been detail-lite is
because things are clearly shifting at Disney. In
the past few weeks, Disney CEO Bob Iger has effectively
put parts of the Magic Kingdom up for sale.
set a cat among the pigeons at the annual Sun Valley
conference, telling CNBC that he was reviewing parts
of the business that were no longer core
to Disney. That was largely seen as a concession that
the veteran executive was looking to sell ABC, the
legacy linear TV business. The Wall Street Journal
also reported that Iger was looking at its options
for ESPN, which may involve a strategic partner
potentially from a sports league.
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