Foxtel shuts FX channel, moves key content to Showcase

Foxtel will close its FX channel from the end of the month with key programs moving to Showcase, the company has revealed.

In a note to subscribers, Foxtel said due to evolving “consumer viewing habits” it was reviewing a number of channels to assess whether they meet performance criteria.

As a result, FX will shut from February 28.

From March 1, key shows including The Walking Dead will move to Showcase on 114.

“Already known as Australia’s ‘Home of HBO’, the addition of all the FX content will see showcase transformed as a drama ‘super channel’, filled with Foxtel original dramas and exclusive, first-run hits, express from the US all in one easy to find channel location,” the letter said.

“What’s more, many FX shows and complete seasons will also join the rich library of content available through On Demand^, meaning you’ll be able to stream them anytime, anywhere and on any compatible device – all at no extra cost.”

The axing of FX is the second time it has been removed from Australia airwaves. It first aired in Australia from 1995 to 2003, before rebranding to W. It then returned in 2012.

Other channels closing on the same day are Eurosportnews and Nat Geo People. It was announced Nat Geo People would stop broadcasting locally last week.

Breaking sports news will now run on the Fox Sports News channel and documentaries will remain available on National Geographic and National Geographic on Demand.

Beyond programming, Foxtel has experienced major changes in the last six months. The merger between Foxtel and Fox Sports was confirmed six months ago with it being cleared by the Australian Consumer and Competition Commission late last year.

Since then Foxtel, has seen the departure of executive director of channel aggregation and sales Deanne Weir in September as well as managing director of customer and retail Mark Buckman.

Last week it was also announced Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh would step down, with Fox Sports CEO Patrick Delany to take the helm.


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