New pictures show Foxtel’s new channels, new features for iQ

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New photos have showcased some of the new things that Foxtel will be bringing out soon (the date is unknown), after it asked several users to gain their opinion on several of Foxtel’s new features. This includes an updated program guide for iQ and iQ2 users, along with legal downloads of several of Foxtel’s programming in 20 selected channels.

The pictures, leaked on a Blogspot blog, also show an enhanced Foxtel Box Office navigation system, and a new pricing tier, which could see the Platinum HD package worth $135, which is apparently a 25 percent discount from the “worth” price mentioned in the images of $179.50.

What’s big is that Foxtel has also unveiled several of its new channels, other than the ones soon to be added from the Freeview platform. This will include the addition of three new Showtime-branded channels: Showtime Action, Showtime Drama and Showtime Comedy – showing movies from the 70s, 80s, 90s and now in their specific genres.

Two more movie channels, not from Movie Networks, are set to join Foxtel: Family Movie Channel (FMC) – movies that the whole family can watch, and will only show G and PG rated movies (M rated movies after 9:30PM). Starpics – all the Hollywood hits and Hollywood stars including bios and news. Both FMC and Starpics will be in the “My Movie Network Package”.

National Geographic and Discovery will both add an additional channel for the “My World” package. Nat Geo Wild will showcase the wildlife and natural history documentaries produced by them, while Discovery Turbo is dedicated for all things motored.

The “My Escape” package will also expand by two more channels, with the NBC Universal-owned 13th Street, a channel dedicated for action and suspense in mysteries, joins the other NBC Universal-owned Hallmark. Comcast is set to add its Style television channel to the line up, joining sister channel E! Entertainment Channel.

As well, the basic package is soon to expand by two new channels, with Sky News adding Sky News Local, a channel focusing on local news in key cities across Australia, joining the main Sky News channel, Sky Business Channel and A-PAC.

Lifestyle will also add another channel, complementing the main channel and Lifestyle Food. Called Lifestyle You, the channel is to feature healthy living, makeover, parenting and relationship helping programs.

The expansion also including adding several HD channels. Movie One HD, Movie Extra HD, Starpics HD, Showtme HD, Showcase HD, Showtime Action HD, FOX8 HD and W HD join the current line-up of HD channels consisting of ESPN HD, National Geographic HD, BBC HD, Discovery HD and Fox Sports HD. Fox Sports HD, however, is set to be split into three channels – meaning that the 3 standard definition Fox Sports channels will have a HD simulcast.

But when can we see the channels? Have your guess.