Netflix coming to Fetch TV in AustraliaMonday, February 16th, 2015
Coming Soon to Fetch TV: Netflix
- World’s Largest Subscription-Streaming Service Will Be Available On Fetch TV
SYDNEY — Fetch TV will be the first Australian pay-TV provider to integrate the Netflix subscription streaming service, the two companies announced today.
Netflix will be available on the Fetch TV 2nd Generation box*. From the integrated Netflix app, Fetch TV subscribers will be able to sign up for the Netflix service and easily access and enjoy thousands of hours of popular movies and TV shows including Netflix originals Bloodline, Grace & Frankie and Marco Polo, and Disney films such as Frozen and Maleficent.
“Working with our ISP partners, iiNet, Optus and Dodo, Fetch TV has established itself as a disruptive force in the Australian entertainment market,” Fetch TV CEO Scott Lorson said. “We have done this by offering a differentiated and compelling entertainment experience, at a very attractive price point.’’
Fetch TV provides a 1 TB Personal Video Recorder with 3 digital tuners, a video store in the home with around 4,000 movies, and access to up to 38 subscription channels from major providers. The service is delivered over a broadband connection to the TV via a Fetch TV box.
“As we surveyed the Australian market, Netflix was impressed by the Fetch TV service, unique business model, and the committed coalition of Telco partners,” said Bill Holmes, head of business development at Netflix. “By partnering with Fetch TV, we are making it easy for TV fans and movie lovers to watch Netflix on their televisions.”
Fetch TV subscribers also can watch and record free-to-air channels, access catch-up TV services, and use web based apps like YouTube for TV. Additional access to Fetch TV content is provided through free apps for iOS and Android mobile devices. Netflix subscribers will pay an additional low monthly fee to access an expanding catalogue of movies and shows, all via a simple click of the Fetch TV remote control. See screenshot.
“Today’s announcement represents a significant milestone for Fetch TV and our partners, and a very exciting development for our 170,000 plus customers,” Lorson said. “Netflix is the clear world leader in online entertainment, with a powerful brand, compelling content, and an unparalleled reputation for innovation and disruption. Netflix perfectly complements the Fetch TV service. We are now able to offer Australian consumers a world-class integrated entertainment offering at unprecedented value.”
The partnership between Netflix and Fetch TV also includes the New Zealand market to accommodate planned expansion by Fetch TV.
* The 2nd Generation Fetch TV box was introduced in February 2013, and now represents the vast majority of the 170,000 plus installed base. The Netflix app will not be available via 1st Generation boxes.