FOXTEL is the largest subscription television provider in Australia and provides more than 200 channels with Australia wide coverage since purchasing AUSTAR back in 2012. Company ownership has Telstra with a 50% stake in the company, with News Corporation Ltd the other 50% holding. News secured the Consolidated Media Holdings 25% holding back in late 2012. FOXTEL sub-licenses programs to other pay TV companies for cable, satellite and microwave distribution including Optus.
The STV industry as a whole in Australia has to deal with increased digital TV coverage areas and the subsequent increase in the FTA channels as well as increased IPTV services from fast broadband services. More than 2 million homes have a STV service from FOXTEL in late-2013. FOXTEL is moving into the IPTV arena in an effort to increase subscriber availability options and it will be an interesting period to see if the strategy increases STV penetration without seeing ARPU decrease. IPTV options including PPV are available for tablets, some smart TVs, computers and some gaming consoles.
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