Archive for the ‘Subscription TV’ Category

1.63m subscribers: Foxtel continues to grow

August 15, 2009

Foxtel now has 1.63m subscribers and continues to grow. Foxtel CEO Kim Williams said recently: “Our results have been built on a continued commitment to innovation and investment and to providing our customers with a great value entertainment option – which we have developed through extensive customer research and daily customer feedback to our dedicated […]

Nine and FOX Sports team up for Australian Masters

August 11, 2009

Further to the breaking news last night. The Australian Masters announced today a multi-year broadcast partnership with the Nine Network and FOX SPORTS. In 2009, Nine will broadcast live coverage from Kingston Heath Golf Club on each of the four days with FOX SPORTS also providing live coverage on pay television. Nine will also incorporate […]

SKY News Australia relaunches online presence

August 10, 2009

SKY News Australia has relaunched their website today. The site uses deep red and blue and features a video wall of stories that display on screen. Unfortunately those annoying bloody video pop-ups which are invading Australian websites also feature on the site. But Knowfirst thinks its a good improvement on the old site.

MCn to sell ads on BSKYB’s websites

August 10, 2009

Multi Channel Network has signed a deal to sell advertising on British pay-TV company BSkyB’s network of 150 international websites. The sites include, Football 365, Cricket 365, and MCN chief executive Anthony Fitzgerald has told Media the deal, which would see MCN serve advertising to Australian users of those sites, would boost […]

Cloudstreet denied funding

August 10, 2009

The $10 million TV adaptation of Tim Winton’s novel Cloudstreet has been denied funding by Screen Australia, caught in a dispute over the level of licence fees paid by pay-TV channels to Australian drama projects. The board of the federal funding and development agency last week told pay-TV network Showtime it would need to reassess […]

Soccer coverage expands on FOX Sports

August 10, 2009

Soccer coverage will increase significantly on FOX Sports over the coming year, the network has announced. Around 650 outside broadcasts of soccer matches will be arranged by the network. Hyundai, Optus, Schweppes (Solo), Carlsberg, Hungry Jacks, Mitre 10 and TAB Sportsbet have signed up as sponsors or advertisers during the broadcast of English Premier League […]

TVSN grows

August 10, 2009

TVSN appears to have dodged the retail slump that has affected high street stores, hard-selling its way to year-on-year revenue growth of more than 15 per cent. Marketing manager Robyn Ball has told The Australian TVSN first had to overcome negative perceptions about buying direct, but once people began to watch the channel, its success […]

Seven and Nine to team for AFL rights? Surely not…

August 9, 2009

An interesting tidbit in the Sunday Telegraph today from Ros Reines intimating that Seven and Nine will be teaming up for the new AFL rights contract, which is expected to fetch $1b plus. Reines says that Ten will be left out in the cold. Knowfirst would think that hell would freeze over before Seven and […]

Optus D3 satellite readying for launch

July 23, 2009

Optus D3 was delivered to Rochambeau International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne by a chartered cargo jetliner, which carried this Orbital Sciences Corporation-built spacecraft from its manufacturing facility in the United States. It is the third D-series satellite produced by Orbital Sciences for the Australian-based Optus telecommunications provider. The two previous spacecraft were […]