News from Derek Fung

  • HULU AND FREMANTLEMEDIA ENTERPRISES HAVE SIGNED AN AGREEMENT REGARDING THE INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION OF HULU-COMMISSIONED TV SERIES.

    Hulu teams up with FremantleMedia

    Despite our initial hopes, this doesn't mean that the free Hulu or subscription Hulu Plus online TV services will be unblocked in Australia anytime soon.

  • AT THE LAUNCH FOR ITS 2012 OLYMPICS COVERAGE YESTERDAY, THE NINE NETWORK ANNOUNCED THAT IT WILL BE SIMULCASTING ITS OLYMPICS COVERAGE ON HIGH-DEFINITION DIGITAL CHANNEL GEM.

    Nine to broadcast Olympics in HD on GEM

    According to Nine, the network will broadcast over 300 hours of Olympics coverage from London during the two-week event, beginning with the opening ceremony at 6am (AEST) on 28 July and finishing with the closing ceremony on 13 August. Live…

  • ACCORDING TO A REPORT IN THE AUSTRALIAN, THE ACQUISITION OF AUSTAR BY FOXTEL IS SET TO BE APPROVED TODAY BY THE ACCC.

    Foxtel-Austar merge to be approved by ACCC: report

    This is one of the last major hurdles to the long courtship between the two pay-TV operators. After the ACCC's initial go ahead has been given, the details of the merger will enter a phase of industry consultation before final approval is given.

  • BY THE END OF THIS WEEK, SUBSCRIBERS TO FOXTEL ON XBOX 360 WILL HAVE THREE EXTRA CHANNELS TO CHOOSE FROM.

    Cartoon Network, ESPN2, Footy Play join Foxtel on Xbox 360

    Two channels are being added today: Cartoon Network and ESPN2. Cartoon Network is part of the basic AU$19.50 per month subscription package that everyone using the service must have. ESPN2 is part of the sport package that adds AU$10 to every monthly bill.

  • SUBSCRIBERS TO QUICKFLIX'S STREAMING SERVICES WILL SOON GAIN ACCESS TO CONTENT FROM AMERICAN PAY-TV NETWORK HBO.

    HBO Content Coming to Quickflix

    Subscribers to Quickflix's internet movie- and TV-streaming service can shortly enjoy the thrill of the network's series, mini-series, documentaries, films, and stand-up comedy hurtling down the internet to their TVs, PS3s and PCs.

  • TELSTRA AND NETWORK TEN HAVE SIGNED A DEAL FOR THE US DRAMA HOMELAND TO DEBUT ON THE TELSTRA T-BOX BEFORE AIRING ON FREE-TO-AIR TELEVISION.

    Homeland to debut on T-Box before Ten

    The 200,000 T-Box subscribers will be allowed to stream the premiere episode of the series, starring Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, for free, and in advance of its first showing on Ten. How far in advance T-Box viewers will…

  • FOXTEL HAS ADDED TO ITS SUITE OF CHANNELS WITH A NUMBER OF NEW AND UPDATED RADIO STATIONS, AS WELL AS AN ADDITIONAL FREE-TO-AIR STATION FOR SATELLITE CUSTOMERS.

    Foxtel Gets New Music Channels

    From November 2011, Foxtel is adding four new replacement channels for its digital music service: So Fresh, Divas, Kids Zone and Fasterlouder.

  • CHANNEL NINE AND SBS HAVE BEEN GRANTED LICENCES FOR 3D TV TRIAL BROADCASTS FOR THE PERIOD OF THE FIFA WORLD CUP AND THE RUGBY LEAGUE STATE OF ORIGIN.

    World Cup in 3D for Australians

    The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has granted the two television networks and its affiliates "scientific" trial licences for broadcasting in high definition 3D.

  • OPTUS WILL OFFER LIVE STREAMING OF ALL 64 MATCHES FROM THE FIFA WORLD CUP 2010 SOUTH AFRICA FREE TO ALL ITS 3G CUSTOMERS WITH HANDSETS CAPABLE OF HANDLING VIDEO STREAMING, INCLUDING THE IPHONE.

    Free World Cup streaming for Optus users

    As mobile rights holder, Optus will be using FIFA's dedicated mobile stream of matches.

  • AT THE RECENT LAUNCH FOR THE SONY PSP GO AND GRAN TURISMO FOR PSP, WE CAUGHT UP WITH GRANT DENYER.

    Grant Denyer talks tech, cars and TV

    The Seven Network regular talks to TV.com in a wide ranging interview covering all things tech, cars and TV.

  • THE JAY LENO SHOW HAS REVEALED THE CAR IT WILL BE USING FOR ITS CELEBRITY DRIVING CHALLENGE SEGMENT, AN ELECTRIC FORD FOCUS.

    Jay Leno's guests do battle in electric Ford Focus

    Dubbed the Green Car Challenge, the concept is based on Top Gear's Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment, where a celeb, after a few professional pointers and practice laps, does a timed lap around a test track, with the…

  • THE INTERNET HAS CLAIMED ANOTHER VICTIM, CHANNEL SEVEN'S AUSTEXT INFORMATION SERVICES, WHICH WILL CEASE OPERATION ON 30 SEPTEMBER 2009; CLOSED CAPTIONING WILL CONTINUE OPERATION, HOWEVER.

    RIP Austext: Will you shed a tear?

    Come 30 September, Austext's teletext weather, lottery, finance and news pages will shuffle quietly off into the ether.

  • WITH CHARLIE COX REPLACED BY JAMES MORRISON, WE THOUGHT WE'D GIVE TOP GEAR AUSTRALIA'S SECOND SEASON A CHANCE.

    Is Top Gear Australia season two any better?

    While it is much improved, it still lacks that certain spark that will transform it from a pool of amino acid into a bubbling cauldron of life.

  • IF YOU'VE BEEN HANKERING FOR A GUEST PROGRAMMING GIG AT ABC1'S RAGE BUT SOMEHOW HAVEN'T MANAGED TO BE PART OF A WORLD FAMOUS ACT NOR NABBED YOUR OWN ABC SHOW, VIDZONE FOR PLAYSTATION 3 MIGHT BE THE GO FOR YOU. JUST DON'T ASK US WHEN IT'S COMING OUT.

    VidZone: Program your own MTV

    Yesterday, Sony Computer Entertainment Australia revealed its new VidZone service, which will allow PS3 users to stream music videos to their TVs for free.

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