Regional viewers have been left disappointed after discovering they are unable to get Seven Network’s new channel 7Flix with neither Prime Media nor Southern Cross Austereo currently carrying it.
The new station launched at 6:00am on Sunday as a rival to Nine’s Go channel and will feature a movie at 8:30pm each night as well as new episodes of programs including Once Upon a Time, The Muppets, The Mindy Project and The Amazing Race.
However it is currently only being broadcast in metro areas and parts of regional Queensland where Seven controls its own broadcast, with regional affiliates Prime Media and Southern Cross Austereo yet to carry the feed across the rest of the country.
The channel is also not currently available on Foxtel, with the network “in negotiations” over options to show 7Flix on the pay-TV platform.
Dozens of disappointed viewers took to 7Flix’s Facebook page on Sunday to ask why they could not get the new station, which has been heavily trailed by the network.
Disappointed viewers vented frustrations on the 7Flix Facebook page
Administrators had not responded to questions posed by fans on the social media site over the weekend.
SCA, carries Seven in central Australia and Tasmania, Prime Media which airs it in regional NSW, WA and Victoria have been approached for comment.
Prime said in a statement to Mumbrella it has “no commercial arrangements” in place to carry the new channel saying it is “technically challenging, takes time and requires substantial capital investment” to broadcast a new channel to vast regional areas.
“From a broadcast engineering perspective, regional broadcasters are far more complex businesses than metro operations, covering larger geographic areas with multiple signals that service a large number of local areas across regional Australia. We will certainly update viewers if and when this new service becomes available in regional areas.”
Disclaimer: Network Seven is currently running adverts for 7Flix with Mumbrella