Foxtel’s high definition channels get a launch date

Foxtel have announced it will officially launch its much anticipated FOXTEL HD+ service on Sunday, June 22 and confirmed more than 15,000 FOXTEL subscribing homes have already upgraded to Foxtel HD+ and the iQ2 set-top-unit.

To celebrate the official launch of Foxtel HD+, Sunday’s World Cup Qualifier between Australia and China will be broadcast in high definition for the first time on Fox Sports HD (CH 205) from 6.00 pm (AEST).

Initial offering of 5 dedicated HD channels

The widest possible choice of high definition programs with five dedicated 24/7 HD channels BBC HD, Discovery HD, National Geographic Channel HD, FOX SPORTS HD and ESPN HD; Australian television premiere blockbuster movies available immediately when you want them through the FOXTEL Box Office HD On Demand service;
Innovative technology through the new FOXTEL iQ2 disk drive set-top-unit; and An unparalleled level of customer service and support, including a lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects on the FOXTEL iQ2.

FOXTEL Executive Director of Content, Product Development and Delivery, Patrick Delany said: “FOXTEL HD+ is a quality product supported by an exceptional body of content partners who are providing our subscribers with world-class HD programming.”

“The initial offering of FOXTEL HD+ programming includes sport, documentaries and entertainment – a channel line-up which will expand as time progresses reinforcing the FOXTEL proposition of consumer choice. FOXTEL will further grow this initial offering to include packages for full HD+ coverage of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and the 2012 London Summer Olympics.

iQ2 set-top box

“The wide selection of FOXTEL HD+ content is accessed via the reliable functionality and intuitive interface of FOXTEL’s iQ2 set-top-unit. The iQ2 combined with FOXTEL’s great Electronic Program Guide makes time shifting TV to suit the viewer very simple. FOXTEL iQ2 is the ultimate product for personalised entertainment.

“Recording two shows at once, pausing live TV and Series Link are just some of the great features available through the iQ. The iQ2 has all these features plus a 320GB disk drive, the ability to record two shows and watch a third show live, a broadband connection to make it “future proof”, and the capability to show crystal clear, amazingly detailed, high definition pictures.

“Once subscribed to FOXTEL HD+, FOXTEL provides a lifetime warranty on the iQ2, as well as ongoing service and support for subscribers through FOXTEL’s Customer Call Centre.”

Source: FoxtelÂÂÂ