Foxtel to fast-track Days of our Lives

By David Knox on February 24, 2014 / Filed Under Pay TV, Top Stories 21

2013-04-14_1738Twelve months after it was axed on Nine, iconic US soap Days of Our Lives is set to return to Australian screens.

This time it will air on Foxtel’s Arena channel, just hours after the episodes have aired in the U.S.

Nine axed the series last April after 45 years on Australian television before finally returning online via

Days will return from 12:50pm Tuesday April 15 AEST  for the first time ever, “day and date” with the United States.

But viewers also need to be brought up to date with 6 months worth of episodes, which reflect the historic gap that existed in its former life on Australian television.


Arena will screen 10 specially selected episodes introduced by Days cast members, designed to bring them up to speed.

The will air weekdays from Tuesday April 1 to Monday April 14 at 12.50pm.


  1. deadlois9 February 25, 2014 at 5:44 pm -

    I was thinking if Nine were still running it they could put it on between 6:30 and 7:30pm cutting 30 minutes out of the news and dropping ACA in the process.It would give the home grown soaps a good run for their money amongst the older generation.

  2. andy pandy February 25, 2014 at 4:06 pm -

    Don’t have Foxtel, still try to watch on Crackle when it doesn’t keep freezing that is!
    Its more than six months to catch up on, Crackle is only up to Christmas 2012, they used to put up 7 episodes per week, and now its only 5, any idea why?
    I still want to watch all the episodes, we already lost 4 years of eps when they caught up before, but due to the cricket we were soon behind again.
    if it finishes on Crackle david, will the older eps be available again on U Tube?

  3. David Knox February 25, 2014 at 3:04 pm -

    Hit repeat.

  4. jmanwf February 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm -

    Wonder what Foxtel will do when DOOL gets Pre Empted in the USA i take it they wont show it when it doesn’t air in the USA

  5. robertrhenry February 25, 2014 at 7:52 am -

    I don’t agree with all my friends that say this ” fast tracking ” is a load of tosh. The programmers are right , the picture colors are much less faded , the actors seem just that bit younger looking and not one of them has a five o’clock shadow.

  6. deadlois9 February 24, 2014 at 9:38 pm -

    And not a Minute too soon.The Money Nine wasted on that Silly Schapelle series recently should have been used to have kept DOOL from the scrap heap this time a year ago.

  7. stevie g February 24, 2014 at 6:11 pm -

    Well it’ll be a bit of a shock to the system having Days be day and date with the US, after being so far behind for so long. It’s good that it is back with its long time stablemate Y&R. I’ll have to try and be sure and see those first 10 episodes. Now if only I could afford Foxtell.

  8. DOGES33 February 24, 2014 at 5:04 pm -

    Don’t get me wrong I’m happy young and the restless days of our lives are on foxtel but I just throat eleven would have it bold and beautiful days of our lives and the young and restless because my nanna pop don’t have money for foxtel

  9. nancy February 24, 2014 at 4:42 pm -

    This would be the perfect lineup
    On @Arena
    11.30am the bold and the beautiful
    12 pm. The young and the restless
    12.50pm. Days of our lives
    1.40 pm. General Hosptial

  10. David Knox February 24, 2014 at 2:08 pm -

    Not sure. Expect it will probably cease on Crackle at some point.

  11. The Moops February 24, 2014 at 2:04 pm -

    Yay, my elderly Mum will be thrilled and I’ll finally get my tablet back!! She’s been hogging it watching DOOL on Crackle, but thrilled now that we will be able to watch it on Arena

  12. Shelley February 24, 2014 at 1:59 pm -

    David, any idea what these means for those who have been watching via Crackle?

  13. Pertinax February 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm -

    The price Sony was asking for DOOL was too much for it to be profitable on a secondary FTA channel or a Foxtel channel. Which is why they couldn’t sell it and Sony posted it on Crackle.

    Either Sony or Arena budged.

  14. mistaken February 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm -

    Pleased to hear Days return to Australian screens. However, I feel for the faithful who don’t have Foxtel, especially the elderly.

    Now if Foxtel would just return General Hospital to our screens.

  15. Natalie February 24, 2014 at 12:32 pm -

    I’m thrilled with this decision. Finally being able to watch Days same day as the US is a huge step forward. And it will be great to see Days on a network that treats it decently for a change (no more breaks for the cricket!). Very happy Foxtel subscriber today!

  16. BarrieT February 24, 2014 at 10:31 am -

    Not a fan but good on them for fast tracking it. Clearly a decision made based on the Top 20 performance of Y & R which airs at 12

  17. nancy February 24, 2014 at 9:57 am -

    I didn’t even bother with crackle .. Yay. For foxtel.

  18. JennyW February 24, 2014 at 9:39 am -

    Finally! I gave up on Crackle. So happy it’s back on TV. :)

  19. nancy February 24, 2014 at 7:49 am -

    Can’t wait. Now all we need Is arena to pick up General Hospital and the bold (so we can see it not being censored ). Yay It’s Back

  20. aussie February 24, 2014 at 7:39 am -

    Arena need to get The Bold and the Beautiful too. Network Ten do too much editing.

  21. aspietruthseeker February 24, 2014 at 7:22 am -

    And I though Seven was going to pick up Days of Our Lives, which would’ve made a great addition for 7TWO.

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