It will initially be available in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Geelong and the NSW Central Coast from September.
Nine, SBS and the ABC are already re-broadcast through Foxtel digital.
Ratings research has previously indicated that viewers who have Foxtel show a higher viewership of Nine product than non-cable households. All eyes will now be on Seven, whose affiliation with TIVO is a competitor to Foxtel’s IQ brand.
The FOXTEL-TEN retransmission agreement was signed today by Grant Blackley, TEN’s chief executive officer, and FOXTEL’s chief executive officer, Kim Williams.
FOXTEL has now reached digital retransmission agreements with the ABC, SBS, Nine Network and TEN. This benefits everyone, in particular consumers who can watch the television they want with maximum convenience.
Under the agreement announced today, consumers will be able to view TEN’s digital signal seamlessly through the FOXTEL platform and access TEN’s schedule and program details via FOXTEL’s electronic program guide (EPG).
For the first time, TEN’s signal will be available to FOXTEL satellite subscribers in Brisbane , Melbourne and Geelong , Sydney and the NSW Central Coast . FOXTEL cable subscribers will also gain access for the first time to TEN’s digital signal in Adelaide , Brisbane and the Gold Coast, Melbourne , Perth , and Sydney . The targeted start date for the new satellite and cable retransmissions is September.
Currently FOXTEL cable subscribers receive an analogue-only retransmission of TEN. There is currently no satellite retransmission of TEN on FOXTEL.
TEN’s High Definition (HD) service will also be retransmitted via cable when FOXTEL launches its own HD offering planned for 2008.
Viewers of TEN on FOXTEL will have access to the full range of FOXTEL digital services including enhancements, EPG and FOXTEL iQ personal digital recorder functionality.