After years of fighting after the C7 Sports channel that collapsed after Optus and Austar dropped it after the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City; Seven and Foxtel have now signed a brand new agreement that will allow Foxtel rebroadcast the Seven Digital feed and not the old analouge system.
The new deal also sees Seven HD, the new HD multichannel, being a channel on the new Foxtel HD platform. The electronic program guide on Foxtel and Austar will have Seven’s programming listed as well, so you won’t have to suffer the useless “Channel Seven” on the EPG.
It should be noted that the agreement does not say Seven HD will be on the platform, but it is speculated that it will as the new HD platform will be introducted.
The press release is included below.
MEDIA RELEASE: FEBRUARY 14, 2008FOXTEL AND SEVEN SIGN DIGITAL RETRANSMISSION DEAL
Sydney, Australia, February 14, 2008 – In a win for Australian Television viewers, FOXTEL and the Seven Network have signed a retransmission deal which will see FOXTEL retransmit the Seven Network’s signal on FOXTEL’s digital platform.
The Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of FOXTEL, Kim Williams AM, and the Chief Executive Officer of Seven Media Group, David Leckie, signed the agreement in Sydney today.
The retransmission deal will provide cable retransmission of Seven’s digital signal on FOXTEL’s platform, ensuring a clearer digital experience, in addition to Electronic Programming Guide information, for FOXTEL subscribers watching Seven. It will be available to FOXTEL’s cable subscribers in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, and the Gold Coast in a matter of weeks. FOXTEL’s satellite subscribers in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane will receive digital retransmission in early 2009 – as soon as the new Optus D3 satellite is operational.
FOXTEL’s CEO, Kim Williams said: ““Today’s retransmission deal with FOXTEL and the Seven Network has been a long time coming and means that FOXTEL now has retransmission agreements with all networks. Consumers will enjoy unequalled access to FOXTEL’s comprehensive range of digital services including the Electronic Program Guide and iQ recording functionalities. FOXTEL will continue to work towards the Government’s digital switchover plans.”
Commenting, Mr Leckie said: “This is great news for our viewers and we are excited about this new positive phase in our relationship with FOXTEL. Seven’s objective is to deliver our programming to all Australians, and we look forward to making our programming content and information available to more viewers than ever before.”
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