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Foxtel launches new movie channel service

The pay-TV provider has revealed details of its new movie channel package, which will be replacing the Movie Network.

The pay-TV provider has revealed details of its new movie channel package, which will be replacing the Movie Network.

(Credit: Foxtel)

From 1 January 2013, Foxtel will move to a simplified package of movie channels with an increased emphasis on video-on-demand content. The new service, called Foxtel Movies & Premium Drama, comes in the wake of Foxtel's acquisition of Showtime and its decision to discontinue its contract with the Movie Network.

Foxtel Movies & Premium Drama will include seven movie channels, a dedicated channel for HBO drama (Showcase), along with World Movies and two time-shifted channels that will show Movie Premiere and Showcase programs two hours later than the original programming.

Foxtel noted that for the Showcase channel, many of the programs will be broadcast express from the US.

Video-on-demand content will also be expanded and made available to subscribers at no additional cost.

Current subscribers to both movie packages will automatically receive all seven new movie channels, as well as Showcase, World Movies and the time-shift channels. More information on the changes can be found here.