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FOXTEL launches on Samsung Smart TVs via Accedo app

Australian pay-TV provider FOXTEL has partnered with Korean electronic firm Samsung to stream up to 30 premium channels to the latter’s Smart TVs, without using a set-top box.

FOXTEL commissioned Stockholm-headquartered app developer Accedo to develop the ‘FOXTEL on Internet TV’ application for compatible Samsung Smart TVs (2011-2012 models), with varying packages available.

The application offers Australian viewers direct access to a selection of 30 live FOXTEL channels, including: FOX8, Discovery Channel, ESPN, UKTV and Showtime, as well as FOXTEL’s 8 live Olympic channels and the latest results from the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Home menu - FOXTEL on Samsung Smart TVs

Home menu - FOXTEL on Samsung Smart TVs

Packages start at AUD 19.50 (US$ 19.96) per month for the ‘Get Started’ bundle, which includes FOX8, Lifestyle You, MTV, National Geographic, Nickolodeon, TV1, Discovery Channel, Fox Sports News, Channel [V], Cartoon Network and Sky News National.

A range of additional packages are also available, including a AUD 10 sports package, movie and entertainment packages for up to AUD 15 each, and the full Olympics package with all eight dedicated Olympics channels, costing a one-off fee of AUD 50.

FOXTEL on Samsung Smart TVs will carry full Olympics coverage

FOXTEL on Samsung Smart TVs will carry full Olympics coverage

While many users will be excited by the possibility of losing their bulky set-top box, there are some downsides to the service, beyond the limited channel lineup: it only provides standard-definition content, it requires a minimum Internet connection of 2 Mbps, and will count towards service usage caps unless the user is a BigPond customer.

FOXTEL recently completed a merger with fellow pay-TV provider Austar, creating a national pay-TV service under the Foxtel brand that will serve 2.2mn households – more details here.

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