Comedy Channel shuffles to FOX Comedy
Comedy Channel to be removed but most content moves to other channels; new movies channel plus weather app to go.
Foxtel is making several changes to its channels from September 1.
Comedy Channel / FOX H!TS / FOX Comedy
The Comedy channel will be removed but with most content moving to other channels.
FOX H!TS will be rebranded as FOX Comedy on Ch 119., with the Comedy Channel’s “c-fer” logo.
“Foxtel routinely evaluates its channel line up to ensure our content strategy and programming best reflects our customers viewing preferences and habits,” Foxtel said in a statement,
“There has been strong viewer identification with those channels and our viewing data indicates these are increasingly the go-to destination for specific genres and styles. This will see the following moves: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (to FOX8), Tosh.0 (to FOX8), South Park (to FOX8) Curb Your Enthusiasm (to FOX Showcase), Silicon Valley (to FOX Showcase), Broad City (to FOX Showcase) and Saturday Night Live (to FOX8).”
Disappearing are The Daily Show, The President Show and Wrecked.
Comedy content can be found at FOX Comedy, FOX Funny, FOX8 or FOX Showcase.
Available across the channels and On Demand are Friends, Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, The Office, Two and a Half Men, 30 Rock, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Nanny and Parks and Recreation.
Lifetime Movie Network
Meanwhile a new movie channel called LMN – Lifetime Movie Network – will also launch, available in the Movies pack. LMN will showcase movies that are inspired by, fuelled by and created by women. This will include mysteries, thrillers, romance, heroes and heroines.
SKY News Weather Active app
Elsewhere the SKY News Weather Active app will be removed from all boxes.
SKY News said in a statement, “We are always looking for the most relevant ways to engage viewers, with current viewing trends indicating fewer people are using the SKY News Weather Active (Press Red) service on the Foxtel remote. As a result we will be increasing our local weather updates to appear every three minutes as part of the SKY News Weather broadcast and will introduce a new 24-hour on-screen ticker. In addition, viewers can access their live local weather updates via skyweather.com.au simply by entering their postcode.
“We believe these updates continue to provide Foxtel subscribers with comprehensive local weather updates while reflecting the new ways in which subscribers are now accessing their weather information.”