Seven’s newest multi-channel 7Flix is now available to Foxtel Cable customers, however Foxtel satellite customers have again been left waiting for access to service.
Foxtel requires all Free To Air (FTA) networks to pay retransmission fees in order to have their channels broadcast by the satellite service. It a negotiation which often causes disputes with the networks claiming they should not have to pay as the channels provide extra value for Foxtel customers, while Foxtel takes the position that they are exposing FTA advertisers to a bigger audience.
A spokesperson for Foxtel telling this website yesterday,
“We’re waiting to hear what they (Seven) want to do regarding satellite.”
It’s an issue that is additionally frustrating for Foxtel users that have IQ3’s. These boxes are capable of receiving the free terrestrial 7Flix signal, but Foxtel is choosing to block access to it while they continue to negotiate with Seven.
7Flix has been slow to find an audience since it launched last month, the channel has been averaging a nightly 1.5% share, and has already abandoned its commitment to air movies every night of the week at 8:30pm.
A spokesperson for Seven defended the delay in getting 7Flix available to Foxtel and regional viewers stating the “channel has just been launched.”
“It’s not just a case of us refusing to pay retransmission fees” “7mate is also not on satellite.”
A spokesperson for PrimeTV was unable to confirm when 7Flix will become available for regional viewers, but a spokesperson for Foxtel added,
“if they (Prime) broadcast it our dual tuner boxes should be able to pick it up.”
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