Australian pay-TV operators Foxtel and Austar have completed their merger transaction, creating a national pay-TV service under the Foxtel brand that will serve 2.2mn households.
Richard Freudenstein, CEO of Foxtel, enthused: “This is a great day for Foxtel and Austar customers, and for all consumers wanting world-leading home entertainment […] We will physically bring the Foxtel and Austar platforms together over the coming months.”
The Foxtel chief exec added that the newly-combined company will deliver existing Foxtel content to the ex-Austar customers located across Australia, and will also deliver some of the extra content that Austar offered to Foxtel’s existing customer base.
Austar’s sports subscribers will join all other Foxtel sports package subscribers in receiving Foxtel’s exclusive coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games at no additional charge, spread across eight dedicated channels
An improved channel line-up will be launched for all subscribers on July 1st, with Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild and MTV Live to become available to Austar subscribers in high definition for the first time. Eurosportnews is moving into Starter Pack and MTV Hits and MTV Live will be added to the Fun Option.
In separate news, Foxtel recently added gesture and voice control to its Foxtel on Xbox 360 offering – more details here.