19 channels will be removed from the Foxtel Play streaming platform next month.
On its Community Board Foxtel told subscribers:
“Sadly, we’ll be saying goodbye to some services from Foxtel Play but the good news is, they’ll still be available through our broadcast service.
“So, BoxSets, 13th Street, Binge, Syfy, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, Lifestyle You, Style, World Movies, CNN, Smooth, BBC World News, CNBC, Max, CMC, Eurosport News, Foxtel Arts, MTV Music and MTV Dance will bid us farewell from Monday 5 June.”
It’s not clear why the channels are going. Entry point pricing, which has been $10 a month for select packages, is not changing.
Foxtel Play allows viewers to stream select channels without having to fork out for a full in-home installation.
For some time there has been speculation of an overhauling of Foxtel branding, expected to be renamed Foxtel Now.
In February TV Tonight asked Executive Director of TV Brian Walsh if the company had too many confusing products.
“It’s on our agenda to clean up all the branding. I think it’s very intuitive of you to pick that. There are far too many sub-brands,” he said.
“People don’t know the difference between Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play, Anytime, On Demand. Even from a technology perspective our remote controls have different things on them.
“So we need to do a complete product clean-up, if you will.”
Foxtel says programs on BoxSets and Binge will remain available via its on demand service in various packs on Foxtel Play.
A Foxtel spokesperson told TV Tonight the move reflects more people watching on demand.
“Periodically we make changes to our proposition in our push to give customers more of the content they want, delivered how they want to watch it.
“Most of the content from the broadcast channels is still available on demand, which is how people are increasingly using Foxtel Play. In December, we lowered the entry point for Foxtel Play to $10 per month, making Foxtel more accessible than ever. Foxtel Play customers will continue to enjoy access to the best choice of blockbuster movies, new shows and complete seasons, including every new HBO drama and Foxtel originals, as well as live sport.”
New pricing June 5:
Previous pricing December 2016: