Foxtel’s newest channel A&E, with factual content aimed at males, will launch on Thursday February 16.
Available on HD Channel 607 and SD Channel 230 it kicks off at 6.30PM AEDT -although the Foxtel owned and operated channel was originally announced as launching on Australia Day.
A&E will feature Australian premiere seasons of Storage Wars, Storage Wars Texas, Dog The Bounty Hunter, Billy The Exterminator, Pawn Stars and American Pickers from US cable giant A+E Networks.
One hour special MegaTruckers (pictured) from Cordell Jigsaw (Bondi Rescue, Go Back to Where You Came From) will screen on launch day, before being developed as a series later in 2012. It follows blue collar hero Jon Kelly, the man who built Heavy Haulage Australia from scratch, and his “hard as nails” drivers hauling some of the world’s largest and heaviest loads across the treacherous Australian terrain.
Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh says, “A&E will be the one stop destination for heart stopping unscripted, authentic and realentertainment series’ combined to create an intense, immediate and inspiring environment that is relevant to its audience.
“This channel further strengthens our relationship with global media company, A+E Networks, producer and distributor of some of the world’s leading television channels and content. Through a commercial partnership, Foxtel operates A+E Networks’ brands in Australia. A&E now joins stable mates, History, Crime & Investigation Network and Bio, on Foxtel. We are delighted to welcome A&E to the Foxtel platform.”
Foxtel’s Head of Factual, Jim Buchan said, “There’s no denying that character driven factual entertainment is now hugely popular the world over. We’re thrilled to be showcasing the best of it all on our new exciting channel brand A&E along with our own ‘home grown’ content.”
Australian exclusive premiere series on A&E include:
Storage Wars: The stakes are high; the rivalries are intense; the drama is explosive. Get set for a wild ride as Storage Wars follow teams of bidders looking to score it big in the high stakes world of storage auctions. Storage unit auctions are the newest and biggest untapped source for hidden treasures, and opportunistic individuals bid on unclaimed properties hoping to strike gold.
Shipping Wars: Dive into the cutthroat world of heavy-duty movers as they battle for the chance to transport the un-shippable. The competition begins with uShip, the world’s largest online auction house for independent truckers. The battle is fierce as the movers have only minutes to bid, and the lowest bidder gets the load. The race is on as they set out to deliver the loads in time, and any setback can cost big bucks.
As well as Storage Hunters, American Hoggers and Big Shrimpin’.
Plus exclusive first run seasons of the hit series:
Pawn Stars, brings viewers inside the doors of the only family-run pawnshop in Las Vegas, where three generations of men from the Harrison family buy and sell collectible, unusual and historically significant items. Their customers, often as colorful as the merchandise, are carrying on a centuries-old practice: pawning or selling their possessions to make a quick buck.
Ice Road Truckers: For two months out of every year, a group of exceptional men and women find their way to the Canadian tundra to undertake one of the most dangerous jobs on earth. In blizzard conditions, these truckers travel over ice roads and frozen lakes with every trucker trained in self survival, from fixing his truck in sub zero conditions in seconds to escaping from a truck if the ice cracks. On the other end of the journey are the miners whose lives depend on the truckers making it to their base.
As well as Swamp People, Axe Men, American Pickers, Dog The Bounty Hunter and IRT: Deadliest Roads.