Fetch TV to add Discovery Turbo & Investigation Discovery

Fetch TV and Discovery have announced the addition of Discovery Turbo and Investigation Discovery from March 1st.

Both will be available in the Fetch Entertainment, Variety & Ultimate Packages.

Scott Lorson, Fetch TV CEO, said, “We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Discovery and deliver more great news for Fetch subscribers. As part of today’s agreement, Discovery Turbo and Investigation Discovery will be joining Discovery’s other hugely popular channels on the Fetch platform, and subscribers will also have access to hundreds of additional hours of on demand content.”

Rebecca Kent, Discovery’s General Manager of Australia, New Zealand & The Pacific Islands said, “We are delighted to extend our strategic partnership with Fetch, bringing Fetch subscribers their favourite Discovery channels with the additional launches of Discovery Turbo and Investigation Discovery. Now Fetch subscribers can access the best in real-life entertainment wherever and whenever they want, with access to seven premium Discovery channels.”

Discovery will operate a portfolio of seven factual, lifestyle and entertainment channels on Fetch TV from 1 March. The deal includes the launch of Discovery Turbo and Investigation Discovery (ID), as well as the renewal of Discovery Channel, TLC, HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel. There will also be a significant expansion in video-on-demand rights.

Discovery Turbo, Australia’s only 24/7 motoring channel, will launch with a broad line-up of programmes for motoring enthusiasts. Key titles include the Street Outlaws franchise, Bad Chad, Iron Resurrection, Dirty Mudder Truckers and Goblin Works Garage. Annual programming events will include Motor Month and Restomania.

Dedicated crime channel Investigation Discovery will launch with high-quality programming that uncovers the truth behind incredible real crime stories. It is the #1 US cable network for women, featuring popular titles Serial Killer: Devil Unchained, In Pursuit With John Walsh and the franchise An ID Murder Mystery.

8 Comments:

  1. So to replacing two channels that showed dramas with a sports channel and a channel that has almost identical content to oxygen.

    So two channels I won’t be watching. I get why they might add these too other packages, but to the variety pack?

    • It’s hard to replace Syfy, given that Foxtel has signed up most/all available relevant rights to Comcast’s science fiction and fantasy programming. They could talk to Bell Media though, which I think run the only non-Comcast science fiction English language channel in the world (but only because Comcast are effectively banned from doing so in Canada). Given that Syfy is in no small part a Star Trek TNG channel, if Fetch could get CBS Viacom to play ball (and outdo a Ten All-Access alternative), they would come out okay too.

      Replacing a channel about fictional murder drama with one about non-fiction murder drama is a relatively short stretch.

      Note that if 13th Street and Syfy weren’t leaving, Fetch wouldn’t have MSNBC either. It seems that’s what was available from Comcast.

      Also, Discovery Turbo is not a “sports channel”, but is rather an automotive channel.

      • Yes… a channel dedicated to cars… that’ actually seems sooo much worse… Totally makes sense on other packages, most not the variety package.

        The variety package already has a channel dedicated to real life murders… that’s the oxygen channel. That’s now two channels dedicated to the same type of content.

        It would have made much more sense to replace two drama based channels with other drama based channels. I like drama and comedy shows which 13th street brought. It’s a big difference to watching real life murder stories… which is not really my thing and already available in the package.

        It’s sucky. I would have loved a channel that showed old school dramas (think original dynasty, Dallas

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