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Monday, 20 September 2010 14:26

Foxtel speeds up in 3D


Pay TV operator Foxtel today announced some fresh additions to its lineup of channels including four new HD channels and Australia's first dedicated 3D channel, launching November 1.


The new channels include Speed (channel 505), Speed HD (channel 206), MTV Hits (channel 808), MTVN Live (channel 812), MTVN Live HD (channel 252), BBC Knowledge HD (channel 242), Nat Geo Wild HD (channel 238) and FOXTEL 3D (channel 201).

Foxtel 3D will be a mix of sport programs and live events from Fox Sports and ESPN. The 3D Channel will be available to Foxtel's HD subscribers who also subscribe to the Sports Package. ESPN 3D sports programming will be simulcast from ESPN HD channel and includes NBA, College Football and XGames. Fox Sports will be broadcasting popular sports events including Wimbledon Tennis.

Kim Williams, Chief Executive and Managing Director of FOXTEL said, 'With these superb new channels we expand even further the range of choice we offer our customers over their television viewing.


'With the five new HD channels we add even greater depth to what is already Australia's most comprehensive HD offering - with our customers now able to choose from 20 HD channels including a 3D channel. Our new dedicated 3D channel is another ground-breaking first and will allow our customers to experience movies, sports and documentaries in stunningly clear and immersive 3D pictures.

'These channel additions further FOXTEL's commitment to continue to innovate and invest in our television service and expand our channel offering for subscribers. We now have over 200 channels on the FOXTEL platform providing premium programming across all genres, both in standard and an ever expanding High Definition range.'

Speed will be a dedicated motorsports channel from Premier Media Group with extensive racing coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including live coverage of every Superbike World Championship race, NASCAR Sprint, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, the GT1 World Championship, Monster Energy Super X plus prime time racing from the V8 Supercars, Dakar Rally, Formula 2 and World Series Sprintcars.

MTVN Live is a mix of new and classic concerts and music festivals from around the world bringing viewers the best of MTV's live music, music videos, and music documentaries in high-end visual quality. The channel will also be available in stunning 1080i High Definition and immersive Dolby Surround 5.1 surround sound on MTVN Live HD.

MTV Hits is round-the-clock music featuring access tommusic videos from the likes of Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Usher, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.

All HD channels - SPEED HD, MTVN Live HD, BBC Knowledge HD, and Nat Geo Wild HD - will be a simulcast of the standard definition channel.

Foxtel is an Australian pay television company, operating both cable and direct broadcast satellite television services. It was formed in 1995 through a joint venture established between Telstra and News Corporation.

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