Fetch TV has announced a new set top box, the Gen 3 (Mighty), which will see the arrival of Spike as a new channel plus Presto added to its platform.
Ditch the remote! From July 1 there will be no need for channel surfing as Spike launches down-under on Fetch TV, channel 112, with everything you need. The brand new premium entertainment channel offers viewers adrenalin-fuelled sports and a range of factual, reality and lifestyle series.
Spike is an entertainment brand designed to engage, inspire and push the boundaries of the unexpected. Anchored by hit franchises such as the multiplatform Lip Sync Battle hosted by music icon LL COOL J and Bellator MMA, Spike targets creative, unconventional and adventurous ‘Spike’ minded adults, with a catalogue of exclusive Australian television premiere content, direct from the US and the UK.
Spike programming that fans can sink their teeth into include:
Spike will become the new Aussie home of Bellator MMA, a leading mixed martial arts organisation based in Santa Monica, California, which creates, promotes and produces the most exciting, competitive and entertaining mixed martial arts competition in the world. The tournaments feature some of the world’s top athletes who put it all on the line each day, leaving every ounce of themselves inside the cage. Owned by Viacom and under the direction of veteran fight promoter Scott Coker, Bellator MMA is a leader in sports entertainment, available to nearly 500 million homes worldwide in over 140 countries.
Lip Synch Battle
Spike will air both Lip Sync Battle US and the Australian premiere series of Lip Sync Battle UK, hosted by London rapper Professor Green and former ‘Scary Spice’ Mel B. The critically-acclaimed and award-nominated Lip Sync Battle features celebrities going head to head lip-syncing the song of their choice, battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet. The series is a ratings and multiplatform superstar for Spike internationally and is the most-watched original series in network history.
Police Interceptors is a British documentary series which follows the work of police ANPR Intercept teams (now known as the Territorial Support Team) through high-speed, dangerous car chases – often following car thieves and reckless, speeding or drunken drivers. Each series follows police units from different locations across England.
Other programming highlights include the Australian premiere series:
· Coaching Bad, featuring nine competitive parents with serious anger management issues, who coach their children’s sports teams.
· Sweat Inc. featuring aspiring fitness entrepreneurs as they compete to create the most ground-breaking exercise program, for an opportunity to launch their own fitness empire.
· Life or Debt, which showcases renowned financial strategist Victor Antonio, who leads families out of economic adversity with expert advice and tough love, and
· Framework, which is a furniture design and construction competition series hosted by hip-hop superstar Common.
Professional mixed martial arts fighter and Bellator MMA lead commentator, Jimmy Smith, said “We’re super excited to be bringing our latest Bellator tournaments to Australia on Spike. We’ve had some fierce Aussie fighters in the mix over the years – hopefully the launch of the new Spike channel down under can motivate a few more Aussies to jump into the Bellator cage!”
Globally, Spike is one of Viacom’s most successful cable networks which is owned by Viacom International Media Networks, a unit of Viacom (NASFAQ: VIA, VIAB) one of the world’s leading creators of programming and content across all media platforms.
Presto today announced its arrival on Fetch TV, reinforcing its commitment to big-screen viewing with this exciting new roll-out. The news comes following the announcement of Fetch TV’s newest generation of set top boxes at a media event in Sydney overnight.
From today, Presto will commence streaming on the Gen 3 (Mighty) Fetch TV PVR, and will be introduced on Gen 2 PVRs in early July along with new Fetch TV Mini when it launches next month.
From the integrated Presto app, customers can easily access and enjoy the world’s best TV shows and movies on their TV, including recent arrivals Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, Empire, The Mindy Project and Scandal; as well as the newest seasons of the critically acclaimed Aquarius starring David Duchovny and Golden Globe® award-winning drama series Mr Robot, express from the U.S.
“The addition of Fetch TV continues Presto’s drive to bring Presto’s premium SVOD entertainment offering to living rooms around the country, providing customers yet another way to enjoy over 8500+ hours of the world’s most bingeworthy TV shows and movies,” said Shaun James, Presto TV CEO.
“Through this partnership with Fetch TV, we are making it easy for all Australians to access Presto’s extensive entertainment library on the biggest screen in the house, with a simple click of their Fetch TV remote control.”
Fetch TV provides access to free-to-air TV, a 1TB Personal Video Recorder, a video store in the home with over 5,000 movies to rent or buy, and access to up to 38 subscription channels from major providers. The service is delivered over a broadband connection to the TV via a Fetch TV box.
Fetch TV subscribers can record up to 585 hours of TV, buy seasons and episodes of the latest shows, access catch-up TV services, and use web based apps like YouTube for TV. Additional access to Fetch TV content is provided through free apps for iOS and Android mobile devices.
“The addition of Presto is another great milestone for Fetch TV and our partners, as we continue to add to our market leading one stop entertainment experience,” said Fetch TV CEO Scott Lorson.
New arrivals to Presto in June also include hit TV programs Inside Amy Schumer, Broad City, Parks and Recreation, Silicon Valley, Workaholics; and movies Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Ted 2, Trainwreck, Amy, The Walk and Jurassic World.
For new subscribers, Presto is currently offering a one month free trial of the Presto Entertainment bundle subscription, providing access to Presto’s full TV and movie libraries.