Foxtel opens channels for free during the pandemic

By Mariam Cheik-Hussein | 26 March 2020

Foxtel is unlocking more of its library to subscribers for free as people stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.

Broadcast subscribers will be given free access to Foxtel’s full range of drama, entertainment, lifestyle, documentaries, reality and kids where they do not have them.

Meanwhile, Foxtel Now subscribers will have drama, documentaries, pop, lifestyle and kids added to their existing packs for free if they don’t already have them.

“I want to acknowledge the support we have received from all our content partners to make this happen including Discovery, BBC Studios, ViacomCBS, Turner, NBC Universal and National Geographic,” says Foxtel Group CEO Patrick Delany.

“This is also a time when staying informed is more important than ever. All our customers will have access to Foxtel’s full range of news services including Sky News and the dedicated Sky News COVID-19 news channel along with international news from CNN, FOX News, BBC World News, Sky News UK, CNBC and Bloomberg Television.”

The offer begins today and is set to end May 31. It’s available to Foxtel customers, including those subscribed through Telstra and Optus.

As of December 31, 2019, Foxtel’s total subscriber base was up 3% compared to the year prior at 2.95 million, this is including Kayo users which helped offset lower broadcast subscribers.

A majority of its subscribers, 2.27 million, were broadcast and commercial subscribers, while 343,000 were Foxtel Now subscribers, of which 334,000 were paying subscribers.

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