Seven signs with Foxtel

And about time too!

The Seven Network has finally signed a deal with Foxtel which will allow for the retransmission of its signal to subscribers.

It will be available to Foxtel cable subscribers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and the Gold Coast within weeks.

Seven boss David Leckie said “This is great news for our viewers and we are excited about this new positive phase in our relationship with Foxtel. Seven’s objective is to deliver our programming to all Australians, and we look forward to making our programming content and information available to more viewers than ever before.”

Retransmission of 7HD will occur on Foxtel’s cable platform only, not satellite.

No word if the network was inspired by the impact of Sorry Day!

Press Release:

In a win for Australian Television viewers, FOXTEL and the Seven Network have signed a retransmission deal which will see FOXTEL retransmit the Seven Network’s signal on FOXTEL’s digital platform.

The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of FOXTEL, Kim Williams AM, and the Chief Executive Officer of Seven Media Group, David Leckie, signed the agreement in Sydney today.

The retransmission deal will provide cable retransmission of Seven’s digital signal on FOXTEL’s platform, ensuring a clearer digital experience, in addition to Electronic Programming Guide information, for FOXTEL subscribers watching Seven. It will be available to FOXTEL’s cable subscribers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and the Gold Coast in a matter of weeks. FOXTEL’s satellite subscribers in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will receive digital retransmission in early 2009 – as soon as the new Optus D3 satellite is operational.

FOXTEL’s CEO, Kim Williams said: ““Today’s retransmission deal with FOXTEL and the Seven Network has been a long time coming and means that FOXTEL now has retransmission agreements with all networks. Consumers will enjoy unequalled access to FOXTEL’s comprehensive range of digital services including the Electronic Program Guide and iQ recording functionalities. FOXTEL will continue to work towards the Government’s digital switchover plans.”

Commenting, Mr Leckie said: “This is great news for our viewers and we are excited about this new positive phase in our relationship with FOXTEL. Seven’s objective is to deliver our programming to all Australians, and we look forward to making our programming content and information available to more viewers than ever before.”

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13 Comments:

  1. I got a surprise when channel surfing my Foxtel satellite box in Sydney on April 1. Started at channel 100 went through to 106 by pressing the channel up button.

    I expected my next channel up button press to skip channel 107… but surprise, surprise, channel 107 appeared as channel 7 and had good ole Andrew O’Keefe hamming it up as usual on Deal or No Deal… 🙂

    Hmmm… I was under the impression that Foxtel satellite viewers had to wait until next year (when the new Optus satellite went up) for channel 7 to appear.

  2. If the Foxtel Satellite users car to read the press release they would notice that they can’t get 7 until the Optus satellite is ready. It looks to me that their current satellite is running out of bandwidth, which probably explains for poor channel quality they’re getting from overseas.

  3. lipgloss-lauren

    That still doesn’t help me since I have Foxtel on satellite. Would it really be that hard for them to put it on satellite as well? But I suppose it’s still good news for when we do eventually get FTA channels on ours too.

  4. Long have I waited for this day! Thank you Seven. I can now finally use the EPG to program Channel Seven programs. I only have one question, why on earth did they wait this long??

  5. Now, can we convince Foxtel to group the the FTA channels together away from the PAY Tv channels?

    Maybe they can simplify our lives by giving them the same channel numbers as our digital TVs 002, 003, 007, 009, 010, 021, 022, 033 etc…

  6. David, it looks like pigs are flying! But it is a stupid decision as well that some areas of South East Queensland (including some of this country’s fastest growing suburbs like where I live on Brisbane’s northern outskirts where only satellite is avaliable) have to wait till early 2009 (less than twelve months before digital switchover.)

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