Optus customers get Foxtel HD channels

Non-exclusive satellite agreement signed

Optus and Foxtel have signed new agreements that grant Optus customers access to Foxtel’s high-definition (HD) services.

This includes the iQ HD boxes, which can be used to record programs and 20 HD channels.

Optus is also able to offer Foxtel outside its cable area under a non-exclusive satellite agency agreement.

The agreements replace the Content Supply Agreement that Optus and Foxtel signed in 2002, which was amended in 2005.

The non-exclusive agreement means Optus can bundle Foxtel channels with its telecommunications services.

Foxtel CEO and managing director, Kim Williams, said in a statement that the audio visual entertainment market is increasingly competitive with the arrival of terrestrial multi-channels and new IPTV providers.

“We welcome these agreements as they provide solid incentives for Optus to offer the full suite of FOXTEL subscription services into the future,” he said.

Optus will begin selling the new Foxtel services from February 2011.

The deal follows an announcement in 2009 that Foxtel would offer streaming video to customers on the Telstra NextG network.

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