Subscriber anger over new Foxtel movie packages

Unhappy Foxtel subscribers have headed to Facebook to vent their rage over the changes to the movie channels.

Unhappy Foxtel subscribers have headed to Facebook to vent their rage over the changes to the movie channels.

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As we've reported before, as of 1 January, Foxtel subscribers will have seen a few changes to their movie packages and channel options.

There is now just one movie package, with 11 channels divided into film genres, two of which are two-hour time shifted channels playing the same content, just later.

Previously, Foxtel had two different movie packages — Showtime and Movie Network — and viewers who only subscribed to one of the packages have been, in Foxtel's words, "moved to an equivalent tier".

People who had Showtime Movies will now be on Movie Basic Showcase, giving access to Premiere, Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama/Romance, Showcase and World Movies.

Subscribers who had Movie Network will now have Movie Basic Family, with Premiere, Family, Action/Adventure, Crime/Thriller, Masterpiece and World Movies as part of the deal.

Subscribers have been vocal about what they see as a reduction in their channels without a reduction to subscription fees. At the time of writing, there were over 850 comments on the Foxtel Facebook post that addressed the movie channels changes, the majority of which were strongly negative, calling the changes "disgusting" and a "rip off", while accusing Foxtel of "outright lies", "spin" and "tripe".

Foxtel's FAQ regarding the changes can be found here.

 

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