- FOX ONE to feature contemporary series
- FOX FUNNY & FOX HITS replaces 111 FUNNY
- FOX CRIME replaces TVH!TS
- Binge channel to be removed
- Arena joins Lifestyle suite
- The Real Housewives of Melbourne renewed
Foxtel has announced an overhaul of its entertainment channels from November which sees four FOX-branded channels and a refresh of its Lifestyle franchise.
From 7 November, four new FOX-branded entertainment channels will launch: FOX One, FOX Funny, and FOX Crime in HD, plus FOX Hits in SD.
They join existing channels FOX Showcase, FOX8 and FOX Classics, together with FOX branded sports channels.
Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany said: “FOX is a breakthrough global entertainment brand known for surprising and shaking things up. These new FOX-branded TV channels allow us to take control of our entertainment programming based on bold channel personalities that keep things fresh and aligned to what our customers want from us. They will also deliver great outcomes for our advertisers.
“The channels are unapologetically and unmistakably Foxtel. They are exclusive to us and make it even easier for our customers to access our huge range of television, from the latest international and local drama series to the most popular crime and comedies.
“They add to our existing flagship FOX-branded channels and will be home to thousands of hours of the best live and on demand TV. There is no other collection of channel brands like it on Australian television or streaming platforms.”
FOX One will be a new flagship channel along-side FOX Showcase and FOX8 and home to the latest premium US network and cable series and contemporary hits including Ballers, Chicago Fire and Mayans M.C. and new season premieres including Prodigal Son, legal drama All Rise and the explosive War of the Worlds.
FOX Funny will showcase the latest contemporary comedy including The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Office, 30 Rock and How I Met Your Mother.
FOX Hits is a new comedy channel that will deliver classic comedy favourites from the 80s and 90s such as Friends, Will and Grace, Frasier and Malcolm in the Middle.
FOX Crime is a new channel featuring the best crime series on television including NCIS, Criminal Minds, CSI and Bones.
The Foxtel Lifestyle Group, which recently came under the control of Wendy Moore has undergone a brand revision which now also includes Arena channel.
“Our female audiences are incredibly important and this wholesale revision and revitalisation of the Lifestyle Group doubles-down on delivering more value through relevant and contemporary programming for Australian women and their families,” said Delany.
“We know that seeing your own lives and dreams beam directly to your home is a powerful motivator. Our Lifestyle channels have built a strong emotional connection with women by inspiring them with what’s on-trend and what’s possible.
“We know however that life is about the perfect mixture of sugar and spice. Part of viewer enjoyment and well-being involves indulging their guilty pleasures.
“This is where the repositioning and refresh of the Arena channel fits in as the home of risqué reality, glamour and salacious gossip and drama. This will see the channel air a fresh, new series of Australia’s Real Housewives of Melbourne in 2020.”
From 25 September, a brand refresh for Lifestyle will be accompanied by the arrival of Find Me a Beach House and the return of Love It or List It Australia and The Great Australian Bake Off.
- Lifestyle bringing local and international experts into Australian homes including Selling Houses Australia, Grand Designs Australia, Love It or List It Australia and new series Find Me a Beach House starring Deborah Hutton.
- Lifestyle Food celebrating the variety and cultural beauty of food including The Great Australian Bake Off, Masterchef UK and Hell’s Kitchen.
- Lifestyle Home, the ultimate destination for 24/7 home and property entertainment including Love It or List It, A Place in The Sun and Coast v Country.
- Arena, the home of guilty pleasures, glamour and fame featuring The Real Housewives franchise, Project Runway and Vanderpump Rules.
The channel changes follow yesterday’s announcement that BBC Earth will launch on 10 October.