Speculation today that Foxtel is looking to deal directly with Hollywood studios when its deal with the Movie Network and Premium Movie Partnership expires at the end of the year.
The two supply channels such as Movie One, Movie Extra, Showcase and Showtime.
The Australian reports that Foxtel could abandon The Movie Network, which supplies it with films from Warner Bros, Disney, MGM and Village Roadshow studios, and attempt to deal directly with the studios.
PMP is owned by Universal, Sony Columbia and Twentieth Century Fox.
Foxtel is understood to have begun negotiations in Los Angeles last week, but studios are mindful of IPTV opportunities.
In its takeover of Austar, Foxtel also undertook to the ACCC not to seek exclusivity for movies from more than 50 per cent of the major studios.
Foxtel declined to comment.