Foxtel and Discovery close a new multi-year deal

Josh McDonnell
By Josh McDonnell | 12 December 2019
Patrick Delany and Rebecca Kent

Foxtel and Discovery have completed a new multi-year agreement covering premium factual, lifestyle and entertainment content from flagship brand Discovery Channel as well as TLC, Discovery Turbo and Animal Planet.

The deal also includes the launch of a new channel Investigation Discovery (ID) a US true crime network, which finds a new home in Australia for the first time on Foxtel and launches 1 February 2020.

Foxtel will be the home of Discovery’s content including Aussie Gold Hunters, Gold Rush, Deadliest Catch and Fast N’ Loud and annual event Shark Week. 

Investigation Discovery, the number one US cable network for women aged 25-54, will come to Australia for the first-time on Foxtel.

Investigation Discovery uncovers the truth behind real crime stories with programming that explores the dark side of human nature. Launch titles include US hits Serial Killer: Devil Unchained, In Pursuit with John Walsh and the franchise ID Murder Mystery which focuses on high profile iconic cases.

“We are pleased to extend our long-running partnership with Foxtel, bringing Australian viewers the Discovery channels and real-life content they know and love, with additional on-demand access," Discovery ANZ and Pacific Islands GM Rebecca Kent says.

“As a further commitment to Foxtel customers, we are launching a dedicated crime channel, bringing to life the compelling real-life stories behind real crimes.”

Discovery will continue to commission Australian produced content for Foxtel including international series Aussie Gold Hunters and Outback Opal Hunters.

The deal will also include thousands of hours of content from Discovery Channel, Investigation Discovery, TLC, Discovery Turbo and Animal Planet will be available to stream on demand on Foxte including box sets of this popular content.

“This new future-fit agreement reignites a relationship with Discovery that dates back to Foxtel’s launch in 1995. The multi-genre, multi-channel, multi-rights deal has been tailored to meet the huge appetite Australians have for great factual, documentary, reality and true crime content, Foxtel chief commercial officer Amanda Laing says. 

“The launch of Investigation Discovery, together with our existing Crime & Investigation Channel, confirms Foxtel as the home of true crime. Along with a greatly expanded on demand library from Discovery, Foxtel has now the world’s best true crime all in one place, making access to the factual entertainment that Australian’s love easier than ever.”

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