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 2.7 million homes had an STV service from FOXTEL by the end of 2014, showing a 5% growth in subscriber numbers year-on-year.
The company hopes to expand its services, launching 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. The Presto SVoD TV service was launched in early 2015. Competition from a number of other players has kept basic access pricing at $10 per month.
This report provides an overview of FOXTEL, including financial data to the first half of fiscal 2015, market trends, operational overviews and analysis.
FOXTEL launches triple play including phone and broadband on Telstra's copper network; ARPU declining steadily; revenue gains for HY2015 while subscriber base grows 5% year-on-year; FOXTEL to release new iQ3 set-top box; IPTV availability on Macs; triple-play service launched in early 2015; new BoxSets channel; charge for basic channel line-up halved to $25 per month.