Fetch to grab Foxtel shows
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.