Foxtel will also be offering broadband and telephony services in 2014
Foxtel has announced it will be extending its business outside its pay television product in 2014 to include broadband internet and fixed-line telephony.
This move comes after approval of Telstra and News Australia shareholders along with a wholesale agreement with Telstra.
The agreement means Foxtel can sell fixed-line broadband and telephony services on Telstra’s ADSL network and the NBN (National Broadband Network) as it is deployed.
All of these new services will be enabled the with the upcoming new IP-enabled iQ3 set-top-box which will be released in 2014.
Foxtel will be able to offer customers competitive bundles as well as unmetered access from IP services like Foxtel Go and On Demand when they are used on their home broadband connection.
The move will also offer the simplicity and convenience of a single bill for all products as well as access to customer care and technical support from one source.
The services will be available in late 2014 with pricing and plans expected to be announced well before launch.
“This is a transformative event for the Foxtel business. It will enable us to greatly enhance the breadth, quality and value of the services we offer to customers while opening up significant opportunities for growth,” Richard Freudenstein, Foxtel CEO said.
“International experience demonstrates that triple play and broadband bundles have been hugely popular with consumers and have allowed operators to boost take up of subscription TV services.
“Broadband and telephony will be a tremendous complement to the traditional Foxtel service, soon to be delivered by our world leading broadcast and IP-enabled iQ3 set top box.
“These new services will join our continually expanding offering, which includes highly flexible IP products – Foxtel Play, Foxtel Go, and the brand new online and on-demand movie service Presto.
“These new products will draw on Foxtel’s investment in customer service and billing capability, its strong brand and rich content offerings.”