Ovation has confirmed its earlier online announcement that it would become an add-on channel to Foxtel viewers from June 1st and adds Austar to the list.
It will also be the only general entertainment channel to be available this way, following Setanta Sports as a stand-alone offering.
Gerry Travers, Managing Director of Ovation said, “Our viewers are passionate about the channel and have told us they want Ovation to continue.”
Updated: The fee for Foxtel viewers can be either a one-off payment of $119.00 or monthly deduction of approx. $10 per month, but must be subscribed as a 12 month commitment.
Viewers who take Austar’s Starter Pack will be able to add the channel as an add-on at $6.00 per month.
The arts channel says it received overwhelming support from its viewers following the advice that Foxtel and Austar would not be renewing the channel as part of their platforms after March 31st. Both platforms are offering SBS-managed STVDIO from April 1st on the same packages that offered Ovation.
Ovation has been part of Foxtel for 13 years with a largely 40-plus audience and was pivotal to the success of Andre Rieu in Australia. There has been some speculation Foxtel executives grew increasingly frustrated by his dominance over the channel’s programming.
When it recommences in June, Ovation will offer new and advertisement-free programmes plus special offers, discounts to concerts, events, DVDs and more.
Channel Ambassador Ita Buttrose will return to the channel in June, hosting Ita’s Musical Theatre on Saturday nights.
Existing Foxtel customers will be able to subscribe to Ovation directly, by calling 1300 682 846.
Existing Austar customers can subscribe by calling 132 432.