Foxtel to fast-track shows after HBO deal
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.