The iQ3 will have eight times more memory than the iQ2 and allow viewers to watch one show while recording up to four others.
But it won’t be launching in 2013.
Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein revealed the details at yesterday’s ASTRA Conference in Sydney.
In addition to announcing the new Foxtel Play subscriptions available from June, he remarked on a number of other matters.
Here are some select excerpts from his speech:
We plan to launch Foxtel Go on selected Samsung Android devices in June and on PCs and Macs shortly afterwards.
We are working hard to align technology and services between metropolitan and regional customers. As an example we have recently launched a video on demand service for MyStar customers.
This service went live on March 1st and on that weekend alone over 5,000 movies were downloaded.
As I flagged earlier, there is another fantastic innovation we are soon to launch, the ability to go backwards in the electronic program guide to watch or record programs you have missed.
So if you are at work and hear about that great program you missed last night, you can go home, go back in time and watch it. This is a perfect example of a seamless combination of broadcast and broadband to create a better viewing experience.
Further, in the area of enhancements to Foxtel subscriptions we have done a deal with zeebox, a world leader in this space, to allow our customers to have a multiscreen experience with Foxtel.
Through the zeebox platform viewers will be able to engage with content or discuss it with friends through social media.
As part of this partnership we will refresh our TV Guide app and develop it as a companion viewing experience, so look out for our new app later this year.
ON DEMAND & MOVIES
I’m also pleased to announce that later this year we will launch a stand-alone subscription video on demand movie service that will enable subscribers to pay a monthly fee to watch a wide selection of the best movies from around the world. We will be releasing details of the product in the next few months.
By the end of this year movies will be available in a variety of different forms, in addition to the 13 linear channels of the Foxtel Movies service, we will also offer:
• a massive library of On Demand movies at no extra cost;
• premium moves On Demand for rental;
• linear channels and catch up on Foxtel Go;
• linear channels and catch up streamed through Foxtel Play; and
• a stand-alone subscription video on demand movie service.
We have spoken for some time about iQ3. I can report that the vendors have been selected, specifications finalised and development work is well underway.
iQ3 will be a truly revolutionary box. It won’t be launched for a little while yet, but as we are building one of the most technologically advanced set top boxes in the world, we want to get it right before we launch it.
iQ3 will have 10 times the processing power and eight times more memory than our most advanced current box. There will be eight satellite or cable tuners and, in the satellite version, two terrestrial tuners.
With today’s iQHD you can watch one program while recording two others. The new iQ3 will allow you to watch one show while you record up to four others.
Foxtel’s iQ3 will have capacity for a one terabyte hard drive. It will use the latest generation WiFi technology to enable easy connectivity to the customer’s gateway router. The inclusion of Bluetooth technology will also allow us to support the latest remote control devices.
BROADBAND / TELEPHONY
There has been lots of talk about Foxtel launching broadband and telephony services. Indeed, Telstra’s CEO David Thodey has publicly indicated support for the idea of a Foxtel triple play.
While I’m not in a position to make an announcement today I can confirm that it is under active consideration.
We believe that a triple play offering makes a lot of sense for our business and our customers as can be seen from the success of other subscription broadcasters which have adopted this model around the world. Together with iQ3, it would place Foxtel firmly at the centre of the broadband connected home.