TV Hits channel to join Foxtel

By David Knox on October 16, 2013 / Filed Under Pay TV 11

2013-10-16_1720Foxtel viewers lamenting the exit of TV1 will be pleased to hear TV Hits is joining the Foxtel platform.

It launches on January 1st along with the previously-announced Syfy channel.

TV Hits will feature classic titles such as NCIS, the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation franchise, Everybody Loves Raymond, Friends and How I Met Your Mother (although Seinfeld doesn’t appear to get a mention).

NBCUniversal-owned Syfy channel will be available in High Definition early in 2014 with science fiction and fantasy programming.

In the US Syfy original programming has included Warehouse 13, Haven, Being Human, Defiance, Battlestar Galactica and Sharknado.


  1. snooksy December 20, 2013 at 9:27 am -

    FetchTV is getting this new channel the same time that Foxtel does, on the first of January 2013.

    FetchTV is also getting Nick Jr, Nickelodeon and MTV Dance on the same date.

  2. Craig October 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm -

    Good news, just hope all my TV1 shows turn up somewhere on Foxtel.

  3. reubot October 17, 2013 at 4:23 pm -

    Andyt30 – they will be playing musical chairs with the line ups (again).

  4. Regional Viewer October 17, 2013 at 2:17 pm -

    what about the old shows like get smart,i dream of Jeannie and the brady bunch just name of few

  5. shelltvfan October 17, 2013 at 10:09 am -

    I hope they still do the Sunday morning 5 eps of Friends and now maybe also with HIMYM. Will they still have a similar format like TV1 with regards to the Comedy with Bite block every night, hope so.

  6. Pertinax October 17, 2013 at 9:22 am -

    I guess on cable you can never own too many channels repeating Friends.

    These shows are all non-exclusive rights, anyone can buy them.

  7. Josh777 October 17, 2013 at 8:49 am -

    I just read on KnowFirst that it won’t be available in HD. What a joke! TV1 has deserved a HD feed for years and these days it is expected that new channels are given a HD feed yet Foxtel continue to show how cheap they are.

  8. Josh777 October 17, 2013 at 8:17 am -

    Given HIMYM and Friends are on Foxtel channels (Arena and 111Hits respectively) it is safe to say Foxtel are going to own yet another channel, reducing competition. But I agree with other comments that this sounds just like 111 Hits so will 111 close?

  9. Guy October 16, 2013 at 11:14 pm -

    111 Hits and TV Hits? This is going to be a bit confusing i think. Glad we will still have the sci-fi channel, just rebranded yet again.

  10. CraigW October 16, 2013 at 10:31 pm -

    Won’t that represent some brand recognition issues with 111 Hits? Is TV Hits the name Foxtel gave it or is it a brand name carried over from a distributor channel? And I wonder what the revamped Universal channel will develop?

  11. Andyt30 October 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm -

    isnt Everybody loves Raymond on 111 Hits and How I Met your mother on Arena?

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