Foxtel refreshes music channels

By David Knox on November 1, 2013 / Filed Under Pay TV 16

2013-11-01_0919MTV channels will be revamped on Foxtel with two new channels, MTV Dance and MTV Music to replace MTV Classic, MTV Hits and MTV Live while 30 audio music channels (Ch 831-860) will become available to all residential subscribers.

MTV Dance will feature dance, hip hop and RnB while MTV Music will feature pop, rock, urban and alternative music, both on the Kids & Music Package.

MTV (channel 124) remains part of the Foxtel’s Essentials pack.

Katrina Southon, Sr Vice President and Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Australia & New Zealand said: “MTV Music and MTV Dance bring distinct program offerings to the reinvigorated music offering on Foxtel, giving Australian audiences new ways to experience the world’s largest youth brand.”

Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television said, “With our colleagues at MTV, Foxtel’s new music offering will be made up of defined channel brands aimed at different audiences and demographics. The seven dedicated music channels will deliver our customers the best that music television has to offer, in a wide variety of genres, both from Australia and around the world.”

A new adult contemporary music video channel SMOOTH will be offered from the easy-listening dmg Radio radio station.

“smoothfm is the fastest growing radio brand in Australia and Foxtel is delighted to partner with dmg Radio in bringing smooth to television audiences,” said Walsh.

“SMOOTH on Foxtel will feature the highly successful adult contemporary music synonymous with smoothfm, with a range of programming such as countdowns, concert specials and music videos from iconic artists such as Madonna, Michael Bublè, Adele, Whitney Houston, Fleetwood Mac, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.”

Changes take place from December 3rd.


  1. mixman000 November 6, 2013 at 8:53 am -

    @daran Smooth is offered as a digital station in Brisbane, Sydney and Perth.

  2. David Knox November 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm -

    Doesn’t make it untrue. A brand can be in one city and still be the fastest growing in the country?

  3. daran November 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm -

    “smoothfm is the fastest growing radio brand in Australia and Foxtel is delighted to partner with dmg Radio in bringing smooth to television audiences,” said Walsh.

    Interesting statement considering smoothfm is only in Sydney and Melbourne

  4. Hank November 4, 2013 at 5:27 pm -

    MTV Music? What the M in MTV stand for again? What’s next Fox Sports Sport?

  5. fyereagle86 November 3, 2013 at 5:39 am -

    Will these MTV channels be available to Foxtel Play subscribers?

  6. mc November 1, 2013 at 9:45 pm -

    It would be interesting to see a FTA popular music channel with a smartphone app to make it easy to buy the music playing.

  7. MattJ November 1, 2013 at 3:18 pm -

    Can’t believe the only High Definition music channel will be gone. Disappointed!!!! Why??? I enjoyed watching the HD concerts and video clips… mainly the concerts as they were as close to actually being there, in the media pit when I work – photographing about 85% of the artists on the channel!

  8. Armchair Analyst November 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm -

    I agree with ph. Hoever that is not going to happen. Maybe there could be a channel/content sharing agreement if FTA networks give up there AntiSiphoning list, which i dont think will happen. Although FTA could easily put a music channel of there own, TEN had that opportunity when they had TENHD, remember that channel, they could have expanded Video Hits, but chose not to probably because of royalty payments getting out of control, plus music shows in general on tv are a dying form because of YouTube and Vevo.

  9. Muddy November 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm -

    Hmmmm.. I wonder if other radio networks will be approached or offered a seat at the Foxtel table ? I suspect not if Lachlan continues to have his way.

  10. loppy November 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm -

    I love Smooth fm here in Melbourne. Have put my package on hold. These could be reasons to switch it back on.

  11. DansDans November 1, 2013 at 12:25 pm -

    Smooth = MAX?

  12. cnrmlj November 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm -

    Wasn’t really looking for another reason to not have foxtel but here is one.

  13. ph November 1, 2013 at 11:50 am -

    In the UK there is an MTV channel available on Freeview. Would be a great way to reach a bigger audience, if they were allowed. Need something interesting added to the freeview line up instead of data casting infomercial rubbish.

  14. Josh777 November 1, 2013 at 11:19 am -

    @ r2thez – MTV Live and MTV Live HD will close on 3rd December when the new channels launch.

    @ fireit – MTV Hits and MTV Classic will continue to be available on N.Z.’s Sky and IPTV service FetchTV

  15. fireit November 1, 2013 at 10:53 am -

    Any idea how this affects MTV on Fetch TV?

  16. r2thez November 1, 2013 at 9:56 am -

    What’s happening to the HD channel. Is one of the others taking it’s place?

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