Foxtel is set to charge an additional subscription fee for access to live Olympic coverage.
“Foxtel are confident that there are enough die hard skiers and boarders who will pay for live coverage as opposed to having to watch delayed coverage,” said an insider told tech website SmartHouse.
For the Vancouver games, Foxtel shares the broadcast with the Nine Network. It plans to screen events across four Foxtel channels including a new HD sporting channel.
The joint broadcast deal with the Olympic Federation includes live rights for free-to-air, HD Channel programming and subscription television, as well as internet and mobile rights.
When Foxtel announced its plans for 2010 there was no mention that subscribers would have to pay an additional fee to access events.
Foxtel declined to comment further on its plans for the Vancouver games at this early juncture.