Independently-owned channel Ovation has vanished from the Foxtel platform for a second time after struggling to sustain its subscriber base.
The specialist Arts channel had been part of Foxtel packages for 13 years before it was replaced by STVDIO in April 2010. It then installed its own customer service system to oversee its subscriber base and returned via Foxtel and Austar as an add-on channel.
But now the channel advises it has been unable to meet enough subscribers to meet the costs involved in broadcasting via Foxtel.
“We had hoped by now that our subscriber numbers would be enough to keep the channel on Foxtel. Unfortunately we have not reached sustainable subscriber numbers and, due to the hefty access costs involved in getting the channel broadcast to Foxtel homes, it is no longer feasible to continue to bear these costs. As a result Foxtel has removed Ovation from its platform.”
TV Tonight understands that behind the scenes some Ovation staff have recently been let go.
Ovation’s content consists of concerts, dramas, musicals, dance, classical music, cabaret, literature, jazz, rock music, art documentaries and is widely recognised for making Andre Rieu a household name in Australia.
Comment is being sought from Foxtel.