Fetch to grab Fox­tel shows

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Fetch TV is aim­ing to boost its of­fer­ings by snap­ping up over­seas pro­grams shown on pay TV provider Fox­tel. Dead­line.com re­ports Fox­tel won’t be able to re­new ex­clu­sive deals with more than 60 chan­nels when the cur­rent con­tracts ex­pire over the next few years. ESPN/Dis­ney, Dis­cov­ery, MTV/Nick­elodeon, Na­tional Ge­o­graphic and the BBC are among the chan­nels Fetch is eye­ing, says Dead­line. Fox­tel agreed to not re­new ex­clu­sive deals with those chan­nels in April when it ob­tained the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion’s ap­proval to buy re­gional sat­caster Aus­tar. ‘‘As these con­tracts ex­pire we are able to en­gage in car­riage dis­cus­sions with those providers,’’ Fetch TV CEO Scott Lor­son tells Dead­line. An un­named Fox­tel spokesman says: ‘‘Fox­tel un­der­stands that the me­dia world is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­pet­i­tive. We are con­fi­dent the qual­ity of our con­tent, ex­clu­sive and non-ex­clu­sive, to­gether with the tech­nol­ogy and ser­vices that we can of­fer our cus­tomers, gives us an ad­van­tage as the mar­ket de­vel­ops.’’ Fetch TV be­gan in Aus­tralia in 2010. It whole­sales its ser­vices via ISP providers Op­tus and iiNet.

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