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FOXTEL is the largest subscription television provider in Australia and provides over 200 viewing channels, now with Australia wide coverage, since purchasing AUSTAR back in 2012. Company ownership sees Telstra with a 50% stake in the company, and with News Corporation Ltd the other 50% holding. News secured the Consolidated Media Holdings 25% holding back in late 2012.

The STV industry as a whole in Australia has had to deal with increased digital TV coverage areas and the subsequent increase in the FTA channels as well as increased IPTV services from the increased availability of faster broadband services. More than 2 million homes had a STV service from FOXTEL by late-2013.

The company is preparing to expand its services with a triple-play bundle of STV, broadband and telephony being provided in 2014. FOXTEL has also moved into the IPTV arena in an effort to increase subscriber availability options and it will be an interesting period to see if these strategies increase STV penetration without an ARPU decrease. IPTV options including PPV are available for tablets, some smart TVs, computers and some gaming consoles. FOXTEL also sub-licenses programs to other pay TV companies for cable, satellite and microwave distribution including Optus.

In this report we provide an overview of the FOXTEL company with statistics, trends, estimates and analysis in tabular, text and easy-to-read chart formats covering a wide cross section of the company operations.

Key developments:

Pay TV, ARPU, revenue, subscriber churn, earnings, EBITDA, profit, triple-play, bundling, increased FOXTEL IPTV availability on Macs, PCs, Samsung Smart TVs, Xbox, Android, iPhone and iPad apps.

Companies covered in this report include:

FOXTEL, AUSTAR, Optus, News Corporation, Telstra

1. Synopsis
2. Company information
2.1 Overview
3. Operational results
3.1 2013
3.2 2012
3.3 2011
3.4 Subscriber statistics
3.5 Historic subscriber statistics
4. Financial results
4.1 FY 2013
4.2 FY 2012
4.3 FY 2011
4.4 Statistical financial overview
4.5 Historical statistical financial overview
5. Acquisitions, alliances and subsidiary companies
5.1 Acquisition of AUSTAR
5.1.1 Overview
5.1.2 Undertakings for non-exclusivity of services the basis for AUSTAR approval
5.1.3 Snapshot of AUSTAR before the takeover
5.2 Acquisition of Premium Movie Partnership (Showtime)
6. Products and services
6.1 Digital pay TV
6.2 Apps availability and the move to IPTV
6.3 FOXTEL further expanding IPTV availability
6.4 Optus resells 1Q HD
6.5 Triple-play services
6.6 Satellite services
6.7 Operating centres in Sydney and Melbourne
7. Company history
7.1 Brief timeline 1994 - 2013
8. Related reports
Table 1 Total FOXTEL and wholesale subscribers 2012 - 2014
Table 2 FOXTEL and wholesale subscribers by annual change 2012 - 2014
Table 3 Subscriber annual churn rate 2012 - 2014
Table 4 Historic FOXTEL and wholesale subscribers 2002 - 2011
Table 5 Historic FOXTEL and wholesale subscribers by annual change 2003 - 2011
Table 6 Historic subscriber annual churn rate 2002 - 2011
Table 7 Historic FOXTEL subscribers by type 2008 - 2011
Table 8 Historic FOXTEL subscribers by type 2012
Table 9 FOXTEL key financial performance snapshot H1 2012 - H1 2013
Table 10 FOXTEL key financial performance indicators snapshot 2012 - 2013
Table 11 Historical FOXTEL key financial performance indicators 2008 - 2012
Table 12 Historical FOXTEL yearly and monthly ARPU 2003 - 2012
Table 13 AUSTAR key operating and financial figures 2009 - 2012
Table 14 FOXTEL on-demand pricing 2011 - 2013
Chart 1 Historical overview of FOXTEL iQ DVR subscribers and annual change 2006 - 2012
Chart 2 Historical overview of FOXTEL HD package subscribers and annual change 2008 -2013
Chart 3 Overview of FOXTEL financial performance indicators 2012 - 2013
Chart 4 Historical overview of FOXTEL revenue and annual change 2003 - 2012
Exhibit 1 FOXTEL at a glance 2013
Exhibit 2 AUSTAR brief company history 1994 - 2012

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