It will be replaced with FOXTEL ARTS HD, will be produced and assembled by the Foxtel Networks management group.
STUDIO replaced the Ovation channel, originally as STVDIO, when Ovation’s contract with Foxtel was not renewed in 2009.
“Since 2010, STUDIO has been committed to presenting Australians with cutting-edge arts and entertainment from around the globe, while fostering and supporting the Australian arts community.
In a statement Chris Keely, General Manager SBS Subscription TV said, “Channel agreements regularly come up for renegotiation and STUDIO’s carriage arrangement with Foxtel will conclude in March 2015.
“STUDIO is pleased to announce that following this time, STUDIO programming will be made available on SBS ONE and SBS ON DEMAND in special STUDIO blocks, cementing SBS’s commitment to the arts by providing STUDIO to all Australians. We look forward to keeping our audiences informed as these plans progress. STUDIO will continue to nurture our successful arts partnerships with a dedicated, ongoing commitment through the SBS Foundation.”
STUDIO has been the home of arts specials on music, theatre, film, dance and cabaret, partnering with Arts organisations and launching its CREATE STUDIO and STUDIO KICKSTART initiatives.
FOXTEL ARTS HD will showcase artistic forms including opera and ballet productions, theatre, dance, cabaret, classical and contemporary performance as well as specials and series from the world of cinema, literature, music, visual art, artists and the history of ideas and techniques from which art is created.
SBS today announced its other subscription channel World Movies would partner with upcoming streaming service, Stan, launching in early 2015.