Foxtel and Austar have now completed their merger transaction, with Austar regional subscribers soon to see an automatic transition to the Foxtel platform.
From July 1st Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and MTV Live will be available to Austar subscribers in high definition (HD) for the first time. Eurosportnews is moving into Starter Pack and MTV Hits and MTV Live will be added to the Fun Option. Austar’s sports subscribers will join all other Foxtel sports packages at no additional charge, including eight dedicated channels covering the Olympic Games.
Foxtel customers will receive two new 24 hour English language news channels, Al Jazeera and CCTV News.
W and TCM will also move to the Foxtel Get Started package.
The new Foxtel will directly employ approximately 2,500 people and service 2.2 million subscriber households.
Richard Freudenstein, Foxtel Chief Executive said: “This is a great day for Foxtel and Austar customers, and for all consumers wanting world-leading home entertainment. The new national Foxtel will offer the widest range of high quality channels, the most innovative technology and best customer service of any television provider in Australia.
“We will physically bring the Foxtel and Austar platforms together over the coming months. Soon consumers will receive the same great Foxtel content whether you live in regional Australia or the cities. Austar customers will not need to do anything; they will transition seamlessly to Foxtel.
“The scale of our new business means that we have the resources to keep innovating and improving our services. We are particularly pleased to be able to offer existing Foxtel content to our new customers in regional Australia and we will take some of the extra content that Austar offers and bring it to Foxtel’s existing customers.”
iQ will not be available to all customers this year but Foxtel indicates it is working towards integrating both companies’ products, and rolling out new services to regional areas.
Billing, equipment and pricing will stay the same. There are no changes planned to current residential pricing for either Foxtel and Austar this year.
All Austar customers and new regional subscribers should contact 132 432.
Foxtel subscribers continue to call 131 999.