Foxtel has announced that, from October, there will be scheduling changes to its linear channel line up with Foxtel Arts and Foxtel Smooth channels sharing a broadcast signal and key Lifestyle YOU programming making the move to Lifestyle and Arena.
Effective October 11, both Foxtel Arts and Smooth will share the same broadcast signal, while still occupying two channel numbers (133 and 806). The two channels will be day-parted, with Smooth programming throughout the day and overnight from Midnight to 6.00pm and Foxtel Arts content scheduled from 6.00pm to 12 Midnight, daily.
At the same time, Lifestyle YOU will cease broadcasting with key programming moving to The Lifestyle Channel, Arena and On Demand as Foxtel looks to streamline and improve its world-class service.
“We have taken this decision because it makes a lot of sense both in financial terms and audience optimisation,” said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director of Television. “Foxtel Smooth’s peak audiences are in daytime, whilst for Arts, audiences tune in during the evening, so this is really about combining the best of both worlds for our customers. Yes this is consolidation, however, as our television and video world continues to evolve, it is imperative we review every aspect of the business.
“Foxtel is in the business of curating and acquiring the best content across multi genres and creating strong super channels which serve a wide variety of tastes. The new Smooth / Arts combo and the streamlining of Lifestyle You are examples of that,” he said.
The formats for each signal remain the same. Foxtel Smooth, which is operated under brand license from Smooth FM, will continue to broadcast a rich playlist of contemporary music based on the highly successful Smooth FM playlist.
Foxtel Arts will continue to showcase the best in performing arts from Australia and around the world.
Foxtel Smooth / Foxtel Arts will continue to be broadcast at two channel locations on the Foxtel platform, at both Channel 133 and Channel 806.
This change also means that, for the first time, Foxtel Arts will be available to all Foxtel customers, irrespective of their subscription package.
Arena and The Lifestyle Channel are available from the Entertainment pack on channel 105 and 106 as well as on +2 channels on 151 and 152.