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FOXTEL is the largest subscription television provider in Australia, offering over 200 viewing channels. National coverage was secured in 2012 following the company's acquisition of AUSTAR. Company ownership is equally divided between Telstra and News Corporation, each with a 50% stake. News Corporation secured the Consolidated Media Holdings 25% holding in late 2012.

The subscription TV (STV) industry as a whole in Australia has had to deal with increased digital TV coverage areas and the subsequent growth in the number of FTA channels, as well as more widespread Internet Protocol TV (IPTV( services from the growing availability of faster broadband services. More than 2.6 million homes had an STV service from FOXTEL in mid-2014, showing a 5.6% growth in subscriber numbers year-on-year.

The company hopes to expand its services with a triple-play bundle of TV, broadband and telephony service during the first quarter of 2015, with the latter two services resulting from a wholesale agreement with Telstra. FOXTEL has also moved into the IPTV arena in an effort to increase subscriber availability options. IPTV options including PPV are available for tablets, some smart TVs, computers and gaming consoles. FOXTEL also sub-licenses programs to other pay TV operators, including Optus, for cable, satellite and microwave distribution.

This report provides an overview of FOXTEL, including financial data for fiscal 2014, market trends, operational overviews and analysis.

Key developments:

FOXTEL launches triple play including phone and broadband on Telstra's copper network; ARPU declining steadily; revenue gains for FY2014 while subscriber churn falls; FOXTEL releases new iQ3 set-top box; IPTV availability on Macs; triple-play service slated for Q1 2015; new BoxSets channel; charge for basic channel line-up halved to $25 per month.

Companies covered in this report include:

FOXTEL, AUSTAR, Optus, News Corporation, Telstra

1. Synopsis
2. Company information
2.1 Overview
3. Company analysis
4. Operational results
4.1 2014
4.2 2013
4.3 2012
4.4 2011
4.5 Subscriber statistics
4.6 Historic subscriber statistics
5. Financial results
5.1 FY 2014
5.2 FY 2013
5.3 FY 2012
5.4 FY 2011
5.5 Statistical financial overview
5.6 Historical statistical financial overview
6. Acquisitions, alliances and subsidiary companies
6.1 Acquisition of AUSTAR
6.1.1 Overview
6.1.2 Undertakings for non-exclusivity of services the basis for AUSTAR approval
6.1.3 Snapshot of AUSTAR before the takeover
6.2 Acquisition of Premium Movie Partnership (Showtime)
7. Products and services
7.1 Digital pay TV
7.2 Apps availability and the move to IPTV
7.3 FOXTEL further expanding IPTV availability
7.4 Presto
7.5 Optus resells 1Q HD
7.6 Triple-play services
7.7 Satellite services
7.8 Operating centres in Sydney and Melbourne
8. Company history
8.1 Brief timeline 1994 - 2014
9. 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 2002 - 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 FOXTEL subscribers by type 2008 - 2011
Table 7 FOXTEL financial indicators (US$) 2012 - 2014
Table 8 FOXTEL key financial indicators 2012 - 2014
Table 9 Historical FOXTEL monthly ARPU 2003 - 2014
Table 10 AUSTAR key operating and financial figures 2009 - 2012
Table 11 FOXTEL on-demand pricing 2011 - 2014
Chart 1 Overview of FOXTEL financial indicators 2012 - 2014
Exhibit 1 FOXTEL at a glance
Exhibit 2 AUSTAR brief company history 1994 - 2012

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