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Fox8 is an Australian cable and satellite channel available on Foxtel, Austar and Optus Television's subscription platforms. It is the most watched subscription television channel in Australia (with or without the timeshift). It has been announced that Fox8HD will go to air on November 15 2009

History

The channel runs many programs produced by Fox and in fact was originally called "Fox" before adding the "8" to the title. The channel was found on channel 8 on Foxtel analogue and Austar standard and channel 108 on Foxtel Digital and Austar Digital. Fox8 is Foxtel's most popular subscription channel and peak channel. It is also News Corporation's peak Australian channel (similar to Sky1 in the UKmarker and FX in the USAmarker). Fox8 is one of the very few channels to have been continuously broadcast since Foxtel's foundation in 1995. During the early 2000s, Fox8 used to show Friday Night NRL matches.

Fox8+2 was introduced with the Foxtel and Austar Digital Services on Channel 150. This allows the viewing of the same programs on Fox8, but two hours later. One of the known advantages of this TimeShift Channel, is that Western Australian viewers can see this channel at the correct time in their state as advertised. Fox8 and Foxtel have a deal with Network Ten to receive their shows bought from the Fox Broadcasting Company (USA) television. Some shows like this include The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Simple Life. During the migration to the digital platform, Foxtel's Fox Kids (similar to the US version) channel was discontinued in 2004 and a selection of its programming was moved to Fox8 in the early mornings.

The channel rebranded significantly at the start of 2006, matching the Americanmarker Fox channel's logo with the addition of the 8 at the end. Fox8's overall graphics also changed in style. Shortly after the rebranding, the station received its first official website. The website was relaunched in October, 2006 as a fuller visual experience showing extracts from the top shows.

During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the channel screened a 17 day, multiple animated show marathon named "Battle of the Animations" involving Family Guy, American Dad, The Simpsons, Futurama and King of the Hill. The event concluded on Sunday August 24 with a smaller marathon involving the winning show, as chosen by the viewing audience over the course of the 17 days. The winning show was Family Guy.

On November 1, 2008, as part of the launch of a new channel named 111 Hits, many shows from Fox8 and other channels moved to 111 Hits a new hit shows channel including programs from the 80s, 90s and today.

On November 15, 2009, Fox 8 HD will be launched on Austar and Foxtel.

Programming

Original Productions



Premiere programming



Other programming

Drama


Reality


Comedy


Science fiction


Sports Entertainment






Other


See also



References

  1. 2008 VIEWING REPORTS - 2008
  2. Fox8


External links




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