Today is a big day for Foxtel, Optus and Austar (all three use the same platform); as the 1st of November will see the launch of three brand new channels, thanks to a new satellite giving more space for new channels to be part of the service.
Already launched today is the BBC’s fourth Australian channel, Cbeebies – an extention of its UK preschool channel. It competes with Playschool Disney and Nick Jr. It can be found on channel 705. Programming includes most of BBC’s preschool programming, including Teletubbies and Andy Pandy.
Next up to be launched at 5:30PM AEDT will be the fifth BBC channel in Australia, BBC Knowledge. This competes with the range National Geographic (NatGeo, NatGeo Adventure, NatGeo HD) and the Discovery line of channels. Programming includes Dragons’ Den, Top Gear and The Appentice UK. The channel can be found on 619.
Both channels are part of BBC Worldwide, which owns the already established BBC HD, BBC World News and UK.TV.
The third channel is 111 Hits, located on channel 111. Owned by Foxtel, it mostly takes the drama and comedy programming from Arena after it became more culture-orientated. Programming includes Friends, Will and Grace, Lost and the Drew Carey Show. It will launch at 6:30PM AEDT, with a special Countdown episode – hosted by Molly Meldrum.
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