Regional pubs and clubs are facing a price hike from Foxtel, some by up to $40,000 a year, according to a media report and bringing them in line with city venues.
Sport on the big screen is a big drawcard in public venues, especially pay per view Main Event screenings.
The Australian Financial Review” reports licensed venue rate cards are based on four metrics: monthly bar sales, venue capacity, licence type and number of gaming machines. The combined metrics place a club in one of six categories, with monthly subscriptions ranging from $1908 to $8137 per venue.
Twin Towns Clubs & Resorts in Tweed Heads, which cancelled its subscription after a lift from $129,000 a year to $201,000 for their three venues.
Mittagong RSL Club also cancelled its subscription after its price jumped to $95,224 for 2019 compared to $54,000 last year.
Another unnamed club, which chose to keep its Foxtel subscription due to competition with other venues saw its yearly fee jump more than $40,000 for 2019.
Foxtel confirmed it had reviewed rates at pubs and clubs “to ensure consistency and transparency of pricing across the industry”.
“In the last few weeks more than 350 regional pubs and clubs customers have received confirmation that their rates for the 12 months from 1 March 2019 will be the same or less than their current rate,” a Foxtel spokeswoman said. “In a small number of cases, this has resulted in a rates increase as we provide uniformity to our pricing model across comparable venues.”