Good news for television viewers with confirmation that Optus will launch its new satellite on August 22 by an Ariane-5 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
Optus Satellite Paul Sheridan said, “The Optus D3 Satellite will increase Optus’ total satellite capacity, support existing customers including Foxtel and Sky New Zealand and enable the development of new business opportunities for broadcast television and the direct-to-home market.”
The satellite will enable more channels and features on Foxtel, including the capacity for more free to air channels to be made available to subscribers.
Foxtel has previously touted 20 new channels by the end of the year, but now Foxtel’s Patrick Delany yesterday confirmed 20 SD plus 10 HD channels.
“This is the biggest thing we’ve launched since digital TV and it is a massive overhaul,” he said.
Foxtel will overhaul its on-screen TV guide, and a bigger addition is due for October when Foxtel launches TV and movie downloads from its website for subscribers.
“We will introduce 400 hours of catch-up TV that you can download to your PC,” he said. “It will be included in your package.”