Seven pay-tv chan­nels could be turned off

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - THURSDAY EXTRA -

Hol­ly­wood-owned pay-TV movie chan­nels could dis­ap­pear from the air in Aus­tralia on Jan­uary 1. On­line mag­a­zine Dead­line.com says the con­tract be­tween The Movie Net­works (TMN) and Fox­tel ex­pires at the end of this year. TMN is owned by Warner Bros, Dis­ney, MGM and Aus­tralia’s Vil­lage Road­show. But Dead­line says Fox­tel is try­ing to use its mus­cle to buy films di­rectly from each stu­dio, thereby cut­ting out the mid­dle­man. The TMN stu­dios are re­port­edly pre­sent­ing a united front. Dead­line says it is pos­si­ble Fox­tel will of­fer to ex­tend TMN’s con­tract, for a few months at least, while ne­go­ti­a­tions continue. Al­ter­na­tively, TMN could ex­er­cise an op­tion to ex­tend for one year a sep­a­rate deal with Aus­tar.

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