Fetch TV losing CNN, Cartoon Network, Boomerang.
Subscription service isn't happy over exclusivity deal and is pushing customers to complain to the ACCC.
Fetch viewers are set to lose CNN, Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels from April 22nd, due to an exclusivity deal between Foxtel and Warner Media.
And it isn’t happy about the change, pushing its subscribers to complain to the ACCC.
In a statement on Facebook Fetch said, “We wish to let you know about some changes happening in our Kids, Knowledge, and Ultimate channel packs from April 22nd.
“We regret to advise that CNN will be removed from the Knowledge and Ultimate packs, and Cartoon Network and Boomerang will be removed from the Kids and Ultimate packs. The changes are the result of a recent exclusive carriage agreement entered into between Foxtel and the channel’s owner, Warner Media. We are disappointed that we are no longer able to offer them on the Fetch platform.”
We are particularly disappointed at the loss of CNN.
“International News provides an important public benefit, and Fetch is proud to provide access to such a diverse suite of news channels as part of the Knowledge Pack (for only $6 pm). The exclusivity arrangement for CNN in Australia is inconsistent with global norms, and will result in reduced access and affordability. If you share our concerns, you may wish to lodge a complaint with the ACCC.”
But a Foxtel spokesperson told TV Tonight, ““Foxtel is entitled to enter into agreements with channels on an exclusive basis, and of course, for internet users, CNN content continues to be widely available at CNN.com.
“We appreciate that Fetch is concerned about losing content from their service. However, there continue to be many alternative options open to them to source international news channels for their customers.”
Fetch indicated it would be adding 2 additions to the Kids pack from April 22nd, to be announced next week.
“We recently added MSBNC to the Knowledge Pack. MSNBC is now the #1 rated news channel in the US during prime time, ahead of CNN and Fox News. The Knowledge Pack also includes BBC World News and 8 other international news and business news channels.”