Foxtel has lashed out, surprise surprise, against the commercial free to air broadcasters for their lack of detail on their proposed second digital channels.
Since yesterday the networks could have been airing the new channels.
Adam Suckling, Foxtel’s director of policy and corporate affairs, told The Australian “Seven, Nine and Ten have had more than two years to plan and launch one new digital channel each on January 1, 2009 — which they are now allowed to provide under government rules.
“But they have chosen not to do so … If the free-to-air networks were serious about driving digital take-up, they would have launched their new channels from the day they’re allowed to.”
So far only TEN has indicated its plans to launch a 24hr sports channel, One HD, by April.
Foxtel plans to introduce more digital channels as it gains further satellite capacity.
“Foxtel launched nine channels in 2008 — including Sky News Business and five new HD channels — and will launch another 20 digital channels in 2009,” he said.
“The free-to-air advertising says they’re providing 15 channels. But in fact…. they will only provide three new channels to what is already available.”
Source: The Australian