#FoxteliQ3 Launches!

Foxtel has announced that its hotly anticipated iQ3 set-top box is now available to new and current subscribers. iQ3 is designed to deliver customers an ultimate TV experience with revolutionary new features including the ability to ‘Start Over’^~ from any point in a program’s broadcast at the touch of a button, view intelligent search and recommendations, and easily access on demand ‘Anytime’^ programming. The iQ3 features a cutting edge user interface and WiFi internet connectivity all wrapped up in an elegant hardware design that makes iQ3 the perfect centrepiece for today’s digital living rooms.

Richard Freudenstein, Foxtel CEO, said, “After delighting a nation of TV lovers with our unbeatable pricing and packaging and innovative ways to enjoy TV live and on demand, we’re thrilled to introduce the Foxtel iQ3, our smartest, most powerful set top box, ever. iQ3 represents a revolutionary step forward for Australian TV viewers that brings with it exciting new ways to search, discover and experience the shows they’re passionate about.”

The Foxtel iQ3 is available starting today for $125* plus $25* for a self-installation kit; or $125* plus $75* for installation by a Foxtel technician.  Current customers can upgrade via My Account or call Foxtel on 131 999 and request an upgrade and arrange payment, while new customers can pay for and receive an iQ3 as part of their subscription when they sign up.

The iQ3 incorporates Foxtel, Free-to-air and the latest rentals all in one place. iQ3 has the ability to record up to three TV shows at once while watching a fourth show live and boasts a generous 1 terabyte hard drive offering up to 172 hours of HD recording or up to 345 hours of SD recording allowing an even greater library of recordings for Foxtel’s customers.

iQ3 makes it easier than ever for customers to find their favourite programs or to discover something new through its transformative search and recommendation features. In addition to ample recording space, viewers can also choose from Suggested# programs, recommended based on household viewing patterns; Trending#+ programs, which offers up popular shows that are being viewed by the broader Foxtel community; and Highlights#+, which have been curated by Foxtel’s content experts to bring you a steady stream of hits.

The iQ3 is purpose built for viewers to enjoy the convenience of streamed programming and can be internet connected via WiFi or Ethernet cable, offering quick and easy access to thousands of ‘Anytime’^ on demand TV shows, including the new BoxSets channel, and movies, depending on the channels in your subscription.

iQ3 key features summary:
·         Start Over^~ allows you to go back to the beginning of a show that’s already started so tuning in late is no longer an issue
·         Look Back^ lets you scroll back in time up to 24 hours to watch the shows you have missed
·         Record up to three programs at once while watching a fourth, live
·         Tap into the Foxtel ‘Anytime’^ service to choose from thousands of TV shows and movies to watch any time you like, depending on the channels in your subscription
·         Foxtel Store** offers rentals of the latest blockbusters from the comfort of your home
·         Wi-Fi connectivity so you can wirelessly connect your iQ3 to the internet with ease
·         Much more recording space with up to 172 hours of HD or up to 345 hours of SD recording
·         Pause, and rewind live TV so you can keep up on the action when you’re interrupted
·         Remote record and ‘series link’ programs so you never miss an episode of your favourite show.

Foxtel releases ‘Deadline Gallipoli’ SNEAK PEEK

Foxtel’s powerful new Australian mini-series Deadline Gallipoli will premiere on the showcase channel in April, with its ‘first look’ promo campaign screening from this Australia Day weekend.
Deadline Gallipoli is a fresh look at the Gallipoli legend, from the perspective of four war correspondents, starring Sam Worthington as Phillip Schuler, Hugh Dancy as Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Ewen Leslie as Keith Murdoch and introducing Joel Jackson as Charles Bean.
These were the first truly embedded war correspondents whose defiance ignited a change in the campaign’s course and whose commitment to the stories of the men who turned the war from a strategic failure into a triumph of the human spirit.

The four hour mini-series follows the campaign from its beginnings in Cairo through to the evacuation from the cove nine months later and finally to 2015 where the life long legacy of the journalists finds its most bitter sweet prize – those who died have not been forgotten. 
Following each of the journalists as they travel through months of this bloody battle, we see the men they meet and watch killed, the friendships they make, the woman one falls in love with and the lessons they learn about themselves and what it means to be a witness to such brutality. 
Filmed in South Australia across nine weeks, the Deadline Gallipoli cast also includes Charles Dance as General Hamilton, the Commander of the Gallipoli campaign, Rachel Griffiths as his wife Lady Hamilton, Bryan Brown as General Bridges, Anna Torv as Gwendoline Churchill and Jessica de Gouw as Nurse Vera Grant.
Deadline Gallipoli is produced by Matchbox Pictures and Full Clip for Foxtel’s showcase channel.


The Kettering Incident on SoHo

Foxtel have announced Elizabeth Debicki and Matt Le Nevez are set to star in The Kettering Incident, an eight episode mystery drama for Foxtel’s SoHo channel from Porchlight Films and Sweet Potato Films, which will commence shooting in Tasmania next month.
Debecki won this year’s ACCTA Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby and has three more films in post-production MacbethThe Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Everest. Before starting on The Kettering Incident, she will appear on the New York stage, alongside Cate Blanchett and Isabelle Huppert, in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of The Maids for the Lincoln Centre Festival.

Le Nevez has won an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor in Television Drama for Marking Time, a TV WEEK Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor for The Society Murders and been acclaimed and adored as Offspring’s Dr Patrick Reid.
Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “Elizabeth Debicki and Matt Le Nevez are two outstanding Australian talents and to have secured them both is a great indication of the calibre and intriguing mystery of The Kettering Incident, another compelling addition to Foxtel’s Australian drama slate.
“The Tasmanian setting is also an integral part of the storytelling and it is very exciting to be the first television drama series to explore the creative opportunities of the state’s captivating landscapes and dark wilderness.”
The story begins when Doctor Anna Macy (Debicki) finds herself inexplicably linked to the cases of two girls who have mysteriously disappeared in identical circumstances in the wilds of Tasmania 15 years apart. Anna must delve into her troubled past and face some truths about herself and the otherworldly nature of this gothic land.
Le Nevez will play a police detective, a manipulative and dangerous antagonist to Anna Macy.
The Kettering Incident is being produced by Vincent Sheehan of Porchlight Films (Animal KingdomThe Hunter and The Rover) in association with Sweet Potato Films’ Victoria Madden as co-creator and producer and Foxtel’s Commissioning Editor of Drama Penny Win is executive producer.
Vincent Sheehan said “We are very excited to have Elizabeth Debicki and Matt Le Nevez sign on and sign up for the unique creative adventures of our series.  They join an impressive ensemble of talent both in front and behind the camera.”
The full cast for The Kettering Incident will be announced as the shoot gets underway in August.
The series will be directed by Rowan Woods and Tony Krawitz with writers Victoria Madden, Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland and Louise Fox. Andy Walker is the series producer.
The Kettering Incident will be filmed entirely on location in Tasmania, around Kettering, Bruny Island and south eastern Tasmania, and has secured funding from Screen Australia and Screen Tasmania. BBC Worldwide has the international distribution rights.

50th MAX Sessions Coldplay Broadcast!

Foxtel’s iconic concert series, MAX Sessions celebrates its 50th event by recording chart-topping international superstars Coldplay. Renowned for their breathtaking stage presence, Coldplay performed exclusively for Foxtel viewers to present 50th MAX Sessions: Coldplay, which will broadcast first on MAX Saturday, August 9 at 7.30pm. 

The one hour television special perfectly captures the intimate atmosphere of ‘Midnight’, ‘Oceans’ and ‘Always in my head’ plus the energy of ‘Sky Full of Stars’ – which caused 700 audience members to fall in ‘True Love’ with the ‘Magic’ that is Coldplay’s latest album, “Ghost Stories”. Their greatest hits were not forgotten when the band played “Mylo Xyloto” album favourites ‘Paradise’ and ‘Charlie Brown’, plus highlight performances of ‘Viva la Vida’, ‘Clocks’ and ‘Fix You’ all showcasing the pitch perfect talent of lead singer, Chris Martin. 

The captivating performance was the second time Coldplay graced the MAX Sessions stage, having launched the series eleven years ago in 2003. Never before seen footage of Coldplay from their first performance in 2003 is included in the commemorative 50th MAX Sessions 2014 broadcast. 

Rebecca Batties, Foxtel General Manager for Music and Head of Digital, said “We are absolutely thrilled to welcome back Coldplay to our MAX Sessions series to celebrate the milestone 50th episode. The award-winning MAX Sessions is Australia’s original and longest-running concert series made for television filmed in an intimate setting delivering world-class live performances from iconic Australian and global acts. 

“Forty-nine timeless shows have so far been recorded and MAX Sessions has continued to raise the bar in Australian music television. Those lucky enough to be in the room for the 50th anniversary special Coldplay performance at The Star Event Centre know the MAX audience are in for an extraordinary and mesmerising music experience.” 

From its inception over a decade ago, the MAX Sessions has been host to countless artists of the highest calibre from the international music scene featuring Slash, Blondie, k.d. lang, Moby, James Blunt, Michael Buble, Ben Harper, Neil Finn and Seal. Prominent Australian artists have also taken to the stage including INXS, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Marcia Hines, Delta Goodrem, Keith Urban, John Butler and Darren Hayes. 

50th MAX Sessions: Coldplay premieres exclusively on MAX Saturday August 9 at 7.30pm. Encore screenings on MAX will premiere Saturday, August 9 at 10pm, and Sunday, August 10 at 10am, 5pm and 11pm.

66th PrimeTime Emmy Awards Live & Exclusive to FOX8

Subscription television continues to dominate the Emmy award nominations, with many of Foxtel’s exclusive shows up for multiple awards at this year’s ceremony, announced overnight.

The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast LIVE and exclusively on FOX8 on Tuesday August 26  from 10.00am.

This year’s Drama and Comedy Series nominees include three breakout series in their freshman year: Orange Is The New Black(showcase) and Silicon Valley (The Comedy Channel) in the Outstanding Comedy Series category and True Detective (showcase) in the Outstanding Drama Series category.

Worldwide hit Game of Thrones (showcase) was the most nominated program with 19 nominations, followed by Fargo and American Horror Story: Coven with 18 nominations and 17 nominations respectively.  Other programs receiving ten or more nominations include Breaking Bad (showcase), The Normal Heart, premiering soon on Foxtel Movies Masterpiece, Saturday Night Live (The Comedy Channel), House of Cards (showcase), Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Downton Abbey, Orange Is The New Black, Sherlock: His Last VowTrue Detective, Modern Family and The Voice.

This year’s Outstanding Drama Series performer categories (lead and supporting) feature several new yet familiar names who gave critically-acclaimed performances including: Lizzy Caplan in Masters of Sex, Woody Harrelson in True Detective, Lena Headey inGame of Thrones, Matthew McConaughey in True Detective and Jon Voight in Ray Donovan (showcase).   

The complete list of Emmy nominations and other Academy news and information is available at www.Emmys.com