Foxtel and NBCU strike new deal

New movies, library comedies, reality favourites and two new News channels for Foxtel Group.

The Foxtel Group and NBCUniversal have announced a new, multi-year partnership spanning movies, drama, comedy, reality, news, and more.

The agreements include:

  • Premiere Australian rights for Universal Pictures and Peacock original movies, and a significantly expanded range of titles from the NBCU’s rich library of blockbusters and evergreen classics. This strengthens Foxtel and Binge’s extensive movie catalogue of hit films and includes Fast and Furious, Jurassic Park, and Despicable Me; current films like Minions: The Rise of Gru; and a strong line-up of forthcoming theatrical releases including Fast X, Ticket to Paradise, and Oppenheimer.
  • Critically acclaimed premiere TV, with Foxtel Group becoming the exclusive rights holder for premium, first-run scripted series from Sky Studios; Universal International Studios, a division of Universal Studio Group (USG); and USG produced series for Peacock, NBCU’s streaming service.
  • NBCU’s extensive library of iconic network television including Universal Television’s fan favourite comedies The Office, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 30 Rock, and Parks and Recreation.
  • Retaining popular NBCU channel brands, which deliver international business and finance news on CNBC; mega-hit network TV dramas like the Law & Order and Chicago brands on the Universal TV channel; and beloved kids and family content on the DreamWorks channel.
  • Two additional news channels: MSNBC, which will be available on Foxtel and on the Foxtel Group’s news streaming service, Flash, and NBC News NOW which will also be available on Flash.

The pre-existing Bravo unscripted content rights agreement includes the continuation of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, and Below Deck Mediterranean.

Foxtel Group’s Chief Content and Commercial Officer Amanda Laing said: “We have a long shared history with NBCU of bringing iconic entertainment to millions of Australians.

“We are pleased to extend our strong relationship with NBCU, securing their amazing range of acclaimed films and television, and much-loved channels. This partnership guarantees that Foxtel retains the content that our subscribers love, and BINGE can continue to deliver strong growth, with yet more premium television from Sky Studios, Universal International Studios and Peacock. The deal confirms that while major content suppliers have a growing number of partnership options in Australia, the Foxtel Group remains a key partner of choice.”

“We are thrilled to continue bringing Foxtel Group subscribers an amazing breadth of NBCUniversal’s top content and much-loved channel brands via our ongoing, successful relationship,” said Chris Taylor, MD, NBCUniversal International Networks & Direct-to-Consumer and Distribution, Australia & New Zealand.

The Foxtel Group’s relationships with major studios provides subscribers unrivalled access to the world’s best content. The Foxtel Group’s financial strength, subscriber reach, and commitment to quality have been recognised by global sport and entertainment partners as providing the best possible platform on which to showcase their content.

10 Responses

  1. Hopefully less repeats and more variety but as a Foxtel customer since they started in Australia I’ve seen a lot of changes over the year, channels come and go, channels renamed, you name it they’ve done most of it and I have to say they are absolute masters at rearranging the deck chairs around on each channel though, they have that nugget down pat for sure.

  2. Obviously Seven (who also just announced they’re back in a deal with them for FTA) will get most things down the track, except for any exclusives Foxtel have, probably after Foxtel have their first run window. Movies for example are still about 18 months – 2 years for a FTA premiere anyway, Pay TV only about 6 months now.

    But in terms of TV shows, especially new or hit ones, wonder what’ll happen to first runs and the oft used “fasttracked” and whether Seven can access any or if Foxtel have paid more to stop them being able to, shows that Nine would’ve been airing in recent years, guessing the output will be almost identical if not deeper to theirs, with the addition of the Bravo multi-channel.

    And wonder when both deals officially kick in, back-end of this year? Early 2023?

    1. Seven were mostly after contests and observational docos for launching Bravo. Foxtel wanted sitcoms, Peacock content Stan had, and movies to replace Time Warner’s shows if they launch in competition. NBCU were negotiating with both Foxtel and Seven at the same time, so presumably they have sorted things out together, they have common enemy in Nine/Stan who lose out. Foxtel seems to have lost streaming rights for Chicago Fire already. Just have the current first run episode of S11 with short-term catch-up (but not available on Go). Which is what they bought from Seven way back.

  3. Because of this deal can foxtel/binge show classic seasons of nbc/peacocks long running popular USA soap Days Of Our Lives that would be fun to rewatch all the shootings and action is Salem

  4. So, Stan’s losing more content? Unless they can sign some agreements, Stan’s going on the path of extinction. Pretty sure NBCUniversal will launch Peacock here and eventually HBO will launch HBO Max here as well – individual streaming apps are the future and aggregators (like Stan and Foxtel) will struggle.
    Anyways, for now, it’s a good deal for Foxtel and insurance if HBO doesn’t renew (even though HBO’s and NBCUniversal’s quality is vastly different)

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