Foxtel Express promises a number of new US shows just days after their US shows. Is the tide turning for Australian TV?
TV Tonight reports that Foxtel is getting serious about ensuring that people still pay for its services rather than torrenting popular shows, with a strategy it’s simply labelling “Express from the US”. That’s already seen Sons Of Anarchy airing two hours after its US launch, along with promises that shows such as Dexter will air three days after US airing, The Walking Dead 33 hours after the US and American Idol 12 hours later than in the States. The basic plan should see new US shows appearing on Foxtel within at least seven days of American screening.
There’s an obvious point of comparison here with the ABC’s recent (and excellent) decision to air Doctor Who on a single-hour delay from the UK via iView; given that Foxtel is pay-tv rather than free-to-air it’d be even nicer to see a similar kind of treatment for its shows, and it’s a long way ahead of the other free-to-air broadcasters in any case.
Foxtel “Express” steps up fast-tracking [TV Tonight]