National Indigenous Television and FOXTEL Sign Retransmission Agreement
Australian Subscription TV viewers will soon have access to National Indigenous Television's signal via retransmission on FOXTEL.
NITV and FOXTEL have signed an agreement to commence satellite retransmission from 1 November 2007. Cable retransmission will commence soon afterwards.
NITV is currently available via Imparja Television's second channel to remote communities across Australia and via direct to home satellite receivers.
The agreement was announced today by Ms Pat Turner, NITV's Chief Executive Officer and FOXTEL's Chief Executive Kim Williams AM.
For the first time National Indigenous Television's signal will beam to subscription TV subscribers in Brisbane, Sydney and the NSW Central Coast, Melbourne, Adelaide and all of Western Australia.
Viewers will have access to NITV's program schedule and program details via FOXTEL's electronic program guide (EPG), with a range of digital services including one touch recording on the FOXTEL iQ personal digital recorder.
The NITV channel will be included in FOXTEL's entry level package – Get Started. The service offers the best of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programming from all over Australia and showcases a mix of genres, as well as programs in traditional languages.
Ms Patricia Turner welcomed the opportunity to share Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content with more of Australia: "We are very excited to be a part of FOXTEL's platform, and proud to be taking NITV to the next stage of transmission. Together we are making history and sharing Indigenous stories and culture with more of Australia".
"With this agreement we are taking another step forward in the process of achieving reconciliation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and all Australian's" she said.
FOXTEL Chief Executive Kim Williams AM said,"FOXTEL are proud to be the first national carrier to offer the NITV service. FOXTEL is all about offering diversity of content and we are committed to showcasing Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander content on the FOXTEL platform. It is a most exciting development and we have high hopes for it."
For Media enquiries please contact:
Krystal Perkins - NITV
T: (02) 9959 3888
M: 0448 448 572
Rebecca Melkman - FOXTEL
T: (02) 9813 7602
M: 0419 229 878
About National Indigenous Television
National Indigenous Television is Australia's first 24 hour national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander channel. With the very best of Australian content in our programs, we will inform, entertain and educate, preserve Indigenous languages and showcase the rich diversity of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander cultures nationwide. NITV brings you arts, music & dance, cultural programming, history, deadly dramas, comedy, children's programs and films. NITV programs include The Marngrook Footy Show, a first for footy hungry Aussies, Shows for the little one's including Yamba's Storytime, and stories of another kind on YAARNZ TV. Whether it's arts, culture, language or sport National Indigenous TV, will expand horizons to be part of a new era of television.
FOXTEL is Australia's leading subscription television provider. It commenced distributing its services on cable with 20 channels in 1995, expanding to 31 channels and satellite distribution in 1999 and increased its offering to 45 channels in 2002 following the completion of the FOXTEL-Optus Content Supply Agreement. FOXTEL is now available to more than 70% of Australian homes, with more than 1.443 million homes currently connected to the FOXTEL service directly or by receipt of services provided on a wholesale basis to other providers such as Optus TV.
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