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Foxtel Launch – New Melbourne Housewives And Selling Houses Australia Is Now Up To Season 8

Foxtel had their big launch in Sydney last night and it was big. It kicked off with a very amusing Wentworth sneak peek parody, which really should be put up on YouTube but unfortunately it won’t be.

Reality wise the Housewives of Melbourne were there including the two new ones Gamble and Pettifleur. They both looked like they had just walked off the set off the Beverly Hills Housewives. After speaking to Gamble she is really lovely and pretty canny and also a quick chat to Pettifleur made me suspect she was going to bring the drama in season 2. And no that is not a negative thing. The other housewives were there hanging out together and looking fabulous, but what I noticed that Gina was at the other end of the party with her own posse. So not sure the love is there between her and the others even though Andrea is no longer in the series.

Shaynna Blaze was there with her two side kicks Andrew Winter and Charlie Alibone and it is not Season 8 Selling Houses Australia. Quite a feat considering it is still the highest rating show on Foxtel. You have to wonder how Shaynna could possibly top 2014 for her with two seasons of The Block, Selling Houses and Selling Houses Extreme plus all her ambassadorships. I asked her now if she ever gets any time off and she reveal she has only had two weeks off this year and will take two weeks over Christmas. After asking if we would see Selling Houses Extreme again Charlie said he hoped off as “it nearly killed him”.

Linda Evangelista was a big name there as the launch was in sync with her filming of her guest judge role on Australia’s Next Top Model this will be on Fox 8 next year.

In other reality TV news:

  • Gogglebox the new reality TV show where we watch people watching TV in their homes will screen on Lifestyle Channel;
  • The Australian version of Pawn Stars will be on A&E, it will involved people from the chain Happy Hockers;
  • River Cottage Australia with Paul West is back for a third season;
  • Grand Designs will be back for a fifth season.

Foxtel is all over technology and the different way people are and will be watching TV in the very near future. You can watch it on all your devices when you want with Foxtel Go.

But for the traditional folks like myself I was very happy to hear about the new IQ3 coming soon. It will mean I can tape three shows at once and watch a fourth. Also it will be wifi enabled so will be able to access the new box set channel and if I miss a show can go back 24 hours on the guide to watch it. Yes I will be an early adopter.

They also said new packages will be announced this week. Which will be good for people wanting to sign up but will make me realise how much I am overpaying on my package.

 

October 31, 2014   3 Comments

Guy Sebastian Is A Class Act As Well As The Face Of Foxtel Play

Guy Sebastian is a class act. At a Foxtel event last Wednesday he rocked out of stage at the Beresford Hotel as an ambassador for Foxtel Play.

Over the past 20 years I have been to a fair few corporate gigs where sometimes the celebrity looks like he is just ticking the boxes to fulfill their contract, but in Guy’s case it was like he was playing Wembly Stadium. He played nearly a full set. The other surprise how many hits he has had since his win on Australian Idol.

Hopefully he will get the success he deserves in the US.

Obviously the event was not just about Guy but about the product. Foxtel over the past six months has been pushing out a range of products that reflects the change in how we are accessing and watching television. What Foxtel Play is a way of accessing pay TV, if you are person who is on a short term rental, in a share house or just not a person who likes to commit to a long term contract.

You do need an internet and can get it via eligible Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox 360 and PC and Mac computers with no lock-in contract and no installation costs.

Foxtel Play offers customers access to content as soon as they sign up and enables them to subscribe by the month and pay as they go, with prices starting at $25 per month. You can stop and start their subscription from month-to-month, to suit their circumstances or viewing choices. So if you just want it for footy season it is perfect.

OK sounds good but price?

Customers choose from four basic genre-based packages priced at $25 for one, $35 for two, $45 for three and $50 for four. Sport and Premium Drama and Movies can be purchased for a further $25 each.

Foxtel Play packages feature over 40 live channels including Fox Sports 1, 2 and 3, Foxtel Movie channels, Showcase, FOX8, Arena, Lifestyle, History, Discovery, A&E, National Geographic, UKTV, FX, SoHo, MTV, Universal Channel, ESPN, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon and Disney Channel and hundreds of catch up video on-demand titles.

Also a subcriber gets access to the Foxtel Go this is where you get Foxtel on up to two registered devices including iPads/tablets and selected iPhones and smart phones. Actually I need to use GO as sometimes there is a log jam on the television in our house particularly in the last few weeks with all the sport on.

 

September 30, 2013   2 Comments

Foxtel All-Stars Academy With Tim Cahill And It’s Free!

Your child may not be good enough to apply for Football Superstars, however this is a great initiative by Foxtel who are offering free soccer workshops for kids aged between 6 and 11 years of age.

Further details below:

Foxtel has joined forces with Socceroos superstar Tim Cahill for an exciting new initiative – the Foxtel All-Stars Academy.

The 10 two day program will reach children and clubs all over Australia and aims to provide young players with the inspiration to be their best and follow their football ambitions.

Over the next year, the Foxtel All-Stars Tim Cahill Academy will give 1000 children aged between 6 – 11 years (100 attend each academy) the opportunity to participate in a free 2 day school holiday program.  Academies are being held in:

    • 22 – 23 June – Sydney
    • 1 – 2 October – Newcastle
    • 5 – 6 October – Townsville
    • 7 – 8 December – Melbourne
    • 14 – 15 December – Adelaide
    • 18 – 19 December – Brisbane

(4 Academy dates and locations still to be announced)

Tim Cahill said: “I’m thrilled to partner with Foxtel for this exciting new initiative as my passion is to increase the footprint of football in Australia. This new grassroots program will help encourage and inspire the next generation of Australian soccer players.

“Growing up I was not the strongest or fastest kid playing but followed my dream to play at an elite level. This program will help kids follow their dreams too.” 

Applications are now open for the Sydney Academy at www.foxtelallstars.com.au (further details regarding other cities will be available soon).

I presume spaces will go fast so get in fast.

May 31, 2013   1 Comment

New Australian Series: Outback Coroner

Foxtel has announced a new series called Outback Coroner which will show on their Crime and Investitgation Channel.

It looks interesting as it will follow various Coroners from all over Australia examining and trying to solve mysterious and unexplained deaths in outback and rural areas of Australia.

They will investigate the forensic evidence, conduct autopsies and counsel the bereaved in search of answers.

Jim Buchan, General Manager of Factual Channels, Foxtel said “The role of Coroner is one of the most intensely interesting professions, especially in regards to the investigation of crime. The unique challenges represented by the Australian outback, combined with the unprecedented access that Screentime/Evershine has secured in this series, will be of tremendous interest to our CI audience.”

There will be eight, one hour episodes.  

 

Outback Coroner is currently in production and will go to air on Crime & Investigation Network on FOXTEL in the second half of 2013.

December 17, 2012   6 Comments

Foxtel Go App – Means You Can Watch Foxtel On IPad Anywhere, Anytime

All the Networks appear to be release apps and Foxtel is no exception and the Foxtel Go app is a handy tool for Foxtel or Austar subscribers.

The great thing about it is that means the viewer is able to watch Foxtel anywhere in Australia and not having to be tied at home to their TV. So when you are on holidays or away for business you can still watch your favourite shows. Please note it is geo blocked overseas so you won’t be able to watch the Real Housewives whilst sipping a cocktail beside a pool in Bali.

However if a big new story is breaking and you are out and about you can click on Sky News and find out what is going on or if your partner is watching sport on your tv at home you can be watching something else on your Ipad.

Or your out to dinner and your kids are getting restless it could come in very handy indeed. It also now fits with our instant gratification lifestyle –  I want to watch the show when I want it, where I want it now, as it also has a catch up service.

Here is the essential information about the app:

Foxtel customers* can watch Foxtel Go on their iPad simply by downloading the Foxtel Go App from the App Store – it’s a new way to experience television, anytime, on the go.

Available to residential customers* included as part of their subscription, Foxtel Go offers 21 live channels including lifestyle, kids, music, live English Premier League, and dedicated 24-hour news channels, plus catch up episodes from hundreds of titles with award-winning drama, documentaries, as well as the edgiest shows from around the world express from the US.

The Foxtel Go live channels available now include The LifeStyle Channel, A&E, Sky News, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Disney, Cartoon Network, Channel [V], Cbeebies and dedicated sports channels such as SPORTS PLAY Powered by FOX SPORTS (live sport highlights are Rugby Union, Cricket, A-League and Tennis), FOX SPORTS PLUS 1, 2 3 and 4 which are four Barclays Premier League specially programmed football channels, and Eurosport.

Catch up titles include ROVE LA (FOX8), The Walking Dead (FX), Magic City (SoHo), Territory Cops (CI Network), The Only Way is Essex (LifeStyle YOU), Project Runway Australia (Arena), Grand Designs Australia (The LifeStyle Channel), Aqua Teen Hunger Force (The Comedy Channel), Haven (13th Street), Duck Dynasty (A&E), MegaTruckers (A&E), Gossip Girl (FOX8), Vampire Diaries (FOX8), Wicked Tuna (National Geographic Channel), Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel), Copper (FX), Married to Jonas (E!), The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network), Gravity Falls (Disney), Harry Connick Jnr. Live on Broadway (Studio) and Spooks (UKTV).

Jim Rudder, Foxtel Executive Director of Product said, “Foxtel has always been about giving our customers more value for their subscription. The new Foxtel Go App does just that. It’s easy to download on iPad and the user interface is simple and intuitive.

“Today’s launch, however, is just the beginning of our mission to give our customers the content they love anytime whether they’re home or out and about. Over the coming months we’ll be announcing a number of initiatives which will extend our customers’ ability to take their Foxtel with them.”

*Foxtel Go is only available on iPads with iOS 5 and higher. A Foxtel residential cable or satellite subscription with a STU and a Foxtel online account linked to a subscription account are required. Customers will see channels and content from the channels they subscribe to only. Two iPad devices can be running Foxtel Go at the same time linked to the one account. The Foxtel Go App includes Remote Record directly to the iQ or MyStar. Foxtel Go will be available over 3G/4G networks as well as WiFi. Recommended Internet speeds apply. Internet connection required. ISP and data charges may apply. Video quality may vary according to 3G/4G and WiFi service. Not available to Optus TV featuring Foxtel, Foxtel on Xbox 360, Foxtel on Internet TV or Foxtel on T-Box customers. Only available for use in Australia.

November 15, 2012   21 Comments