Austar announced today that its Next Generation television product will be launched to customers on November 15th.
In announcing its new MyStar HD PVR, Austar will deliver 15 new standard definition channels: AlJazeera, Lifestyle You, 13th Street, The Style Network, CBeebies, Kids Co, BBC Knowledge, Turbo Max, Nat Geo Wild, FMC (Families Movie Channel), Starpics, Showtime Action, Showtime Comedy, Showtime Drama and Eurosport.
There will be 13 new high definition channels: FOX8, W, ESPN, Fox Sports 1, 2 & 3, UKTV, Showtime Premiere, Showcase, Showtime Action, Movie One, Starpics 1, Starpics 2 and 8 additional timeshift channels (Discovery, 111 Hits, Lifestyle You, Lifestyle FOOD, TurboMax, SciFi, StarPics Two, Showcase 2).
The MyStar HD will entail a subscription increase of $5 per month.
Speaking at a briefing this morning, Mr John Porter, Austar’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “On November 15, television in regional Australia will fundamentally change for the better. After more than 18 months of product development, the new Austar television product will be launched to existing and new customers alike. It will deliver outstanding new content, greater choice and compelling value, and a comprehensive High Definition (HD) offering with 13 of our best subscription channels plus local free-to-air channels available in beautiful HD picture quality.
“MyStar HD will be the ultimate solution for digital television, allowing customers to access not only all of their local channels, but the best that Austar has to offer, with an expanded 320GB hard drive for more recording and a future proof design that allows us to add more services in the future.
“From 15 November, sport and movie lovers in particular will simply have to have Austar: 6 HD movie channels and 4 HD sports channels will revolutionise the way regional Australians watch movies and sports.”
Further new channels and product enhancements would be available early 2010, including:
• Austar On Demand for MyStar customers;
• an Austar catch-up TV service available via broadband;
• further SD and HD channels;
• significant interactive service enhancements;
Mr Porter continued, “We believe that Austar HD is a world class product, not only in terms of the quality of the channels being broadcast in HD, but also in terms of our value for money pricing approach. For only an incremental $5 per month, MyStar HD customers will be able to access whatever HD channels are available in the tiers they already purchase.”