Fox­tel to fast-track shows af­ter HBO deal

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TV provider Fox­tel has signed a land­mark deal with US TV gi­ant HBO to give sub­scribers ac­cess to prime shows such as Game of Thrones (pic­tured) within hours of them be­ing aired in the US. The out­put agree­ment means free-to-air tele­vi­sion is locked out and Fox­tel sub­scribers will now have ex­clu­sive first-run ac­cess to shows such as the pop­u­lar hit True Blood. HBO boasts some of the most crit­i­cally­ac­claimed dra­mas on tele­vi­sion such as Girls and Veep. The agree­ment be­tween Fox­tel and HBO, re­ported by The Aus­tralian Busi­ness on Tues­day, is also a move by Fox­tel to beef-up a de­clin­ing sub­scriber mar­ket as more con­sumers turn to il­le­gal down­loads be­cause of the lengthy time gap be­tween US and Aus­tralian screening – some­times as long as a year. The news­pa­per also re­ports that in an­other first, the na­tional pay-TV op­er­a­tor plans to launch a new app next month of­fer­ing sub­scribers 21 chan­nels on their iPads, free of charge, af­ter a suc­cess­ful trial of the tech­nol­ogy dur­ing the Lon­don Olympic Games. Fox­tel CEO Richard Freuden­stein said the deal with HBO was a long-term one.

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