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.