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Australia: Foxtel, Discovery extend content deal

December 16, 2019

Foxtel and Discovery have completed a new multi-year agreement covering premium factual, lifestyle and entertainment content from flagship brand Discovery Channel as well as TLC, Discovery Turbo and Animal Planet.

The deal also includes the launch of a new channel Investigation Discovery (ID) the #1 US true crime network, which finds a new home in Australia for the first time on Foxtel and launches February 1st 2020.

Foxtel Chief Commercial Officer Amanda Laing said: “This new future-fit agreement reignites a relationship with Discovery that dates back to Foxtel’s launch in 1995. The multi-genre, multi-channel, multi-rights deal has been tailored to meet the huge appetite Australians have for great factual, documentary, reality and true crime content. The launch of Investigation Discovery, together with our existing Crime & Investigation Channel, confirms Foxtel as the home of true crime. Along with a greatly expanded on demand library from Discovery, Foxtel has now the world’s best true crime all in one place, making access to the factual entertainment that Australian’s love easier than ever.”

Rebecca Kent, General Manager, Discovery – Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Islands said: “We are pleased to extend our long-running partnership with Foxtel, bringing Australian viewers the Discovery channels and real-life content they know and love, with additional on-demand access. As a further commitment to Foxtel customers, we are launching a dedicated crime channel, bringing to life the compelling real-life stories behind real crimes.”

Laing added: “This is an exciting time for our customers. The new agreements we have secured during 2019 are part of a strategy to reset our partnerships with the world’s leading content creators to provide customers with the best of TV and on demand all in one place, at the best value.”

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