Customers of Australian telco Telstra’s IPTV service will soon be able to enjoy Foxtel channels via their Telstra T-Box following the signing of an agreement between the two companies.
The agreement will see 30 of some of Foxtel’s best channels – including FOX8, Discovery, FOX Sports Play, Movie One and Showtime Premiere – streamed directly to the T-Box and unmetered via either a BigPond ADSL or cable broadband service. The service will be available in metropolitan areas where Foxtel subscription services are already available.
In addition to the 2,000 plus films already available for download through BigPond Movies, Foxtel on T-Box will soon include on-demand television from Foxtel. Featuring more than 300 titles, this also includes a wide range of catch-up movies and TV programmes.
Telstra CEO David Thodey noted that with T-Boxes in close to 120,000 Australian homes, Telstra was helping to usher in a new era of Internet-delivered home entertainment across Australia.
Foxtel chief executive and managing director, Kim Williams, said that the service extended Foxtel’s move into the broadband space, “a space where consumers are heading at increasing speed, and where we are eager to develop relevant, compelling product propositions.”
Telstra BigPond will also become Foxtel’s preferred Internet service provider and extend unmetered Foxtel via broadband content for BigPond ADSL and cable customers to other Telstra supported devices. More Telstra supported devices, including IPTV-enabled televisions, will be announced in the months ahead.
Packages and pricing, as well as the full channel line-up will be announced closer to the planned May 2011 launch.