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Fetch TV
Company typeIndependent Pay TV Provider
IndustryInternet television
FoundedJuly 2010
Headquarters
North Sydney
,
Australia
Area served
Australia
ProductsIndependent, IPTV, Pay-per-view, Pay television
OwnerTelstra (51.4%)
Astro Malaysia Holdings (48.6%)
Websitewww.fetchtv.com.au

Fetch TV is an Australian IPTV provider that offers a subscription television service over a user's regular internet connection. It is majority owned by Telstra, who acquired a 51.4% stake in the company on the 2nd of August 2022.[1] Fetch TV was initially launched in July 2010 by Malaysian Astro Malaysia Holdings.[2][3]

Fetch TV provides a set-top box with a digital TV tuner, a personal video recorder, and up to 45 subscription channels. It also offers video-on-demand, pay-per-view movies, web applications, and a mobile app.[4]

The service is delivered using HLS adaptive bitrate streaming. The minimum internet sync speed required varies depending on the ISP delivery method. Most of Fetch TV's content is unmetered when delivered over a broadband connection from a Fetch TV ISP partner.[5]

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History

  • On 25 May 2010, Fetch TV announced that they would commence offering their first-generation set-top box PVRs through their partner, iiNet. These boxes featured three digital tuners to receive Australian terrestrial channels, along with fourteen linear subscription channels and six Video on Demand-based channels. On 21 July, they introduced five international news channels to the subscription channel package. On 6 August, they included the SVOD service, WarnerTV.
  • Fox Sports News was added on 27 August 2010. By 14 February 2011, Fetch had added Chelsea TV, Man City TV, Barcelona TV, Man Utd TV, and Real Madrid TV.
  • The Ovation channel and Setanta Sports were added shortly after. Setanta was later made available as a $15/month add-on to the basic subscription package. The Travel Channel joined on 15 September 2011, and Optus started reselling the service.
  • Syfy was introduced in 2014. Starting from 1 February 2015, the subscription channel pack underwent a complete revamp, with nine new channels added, including ESPN and BBC, and six channels removed. When Setanta Sports was acquired by the Al Jazeera Media Network in 2014, the channel was rebranded as beIN Sports (Australia).
  • On 16 February 2015, Fetch TV announced plans to become the first Australian pay-TV provider to integrate the Netflix service into its platform. This allowed users with a separate Netflix subscription to access Netflix content through the Fetch TV set-top box. In March 2016, it was revealed that Optus would add its Optus Sport channels, featuring the English Premier League, to the service. These channels were exclusively available to Optus customers. On 15 June 2016, Fetch TV unveiled their third-generation boxes: the 4k-capable Mighty and the puck-like Mini. This announcement also included the addition of Spike to the channel pack and plans to add the Presto and 9Now apps to the service.[6] Their press release from the event hinted at a future catch-up service for content available on the entertainment pack channels.
  • In 2016, Fetch TV began testing HD broadcasts for channels like ESPN, beIN Sports (Australia), and Optus Sport, with a minimum resolution of 720p. Customers with third-generation boxes reported that they were receiving BBC First and BBC Knowledge in HD.
  • On 27 February 2017, Fetch launched their new channel packs. They divided their available channels into four groups, allowing them to be purchased separately or as a bundle. They also confirmed that several channels would be delivered in HD, with 'more improvements to come in the next 60 days'.[7]
  • In October 2016, Fetch launched the next generation of their mobile app.
  • In July 2017, Fetch became the 'Official Broadcaster of the UFC' in Australia. They offered pay-per-view fights at $54.95 AUD and other content broadcast exclusively through their 'Edge Sport HD' channel.[8]
  • In August 2018, Fetch added the remaining BeIN Sports (Australia) channels 2 & 3.
  • On 10 October 2019, BBC Earth was launched as part of BBC's global rollout. It featured a live channel and on-demand content, replacing BBC Knowledge.

Models and Features

Fetch TV offers two set-top boxes: the Mighty and the Mini. The Mighty allows access to 4K programming, along with serving as a 1 TB DVR media hub with four tuners, while the Mini is limited to 1080p HD with a limited pause buffer and can use the Mighty as its host for a multi-room setup. Both come with over-the-air antenna tuners in addition to Fetch programming.

Subscriber Base

Fetch TV Australia faced significant competition in the marketplace from rivals like Foxtel and Telstra TV. In 2014, mainstream technology and financial media sources suggested that the service needed to increase its subscriber base to thrive.[9] In response, the company stated in 2013 that it had strategies in place to achieve success and significantly increase its subscription base.[10][11]

In early 2016, it was revealed that the service had 400,000 active subscribers and aimed to reach 600,000 by the end of the year.[3] This goal was achieved in late 2017, with Fetch citing the growth of Australia's National Broadband Network as a key driver. On the back of the NBN, Fetch added an average of 20,000 customers per month in 2017.[12]

The service operates an industry TV ratings app that provides an indication of which boxes are subscribed at any given time and which channels have what share of their audience.[13]

Subscription channels

This table shows each channel and their channel number as of 2024

Channel Number Channel Name
100 Movie Box
101 Oxygen
102 Universal TV
104 MTV
108 TLC
110 Comedy Central
112 BBC UKTV
114 BBC First
116 Investigation Discovery
118 Discovery Turbo
126 Discovery
127 Curiosity Channel
129 Animal Planet
130 BBC Earth
131 Love Nature
132 BBC Brit
134 HGTV
136 Food Network
138 Travel Channel
150 ESPN
151 ESPN2
157 beIN sports 1
158 beIN sports 2
159 beIN sports 3
160 EDGEsport
171 MSNBC
172 CNBC Australia
173 GB News
174 BBC News
175 Ticker News
176 Movie Store
180 SBS On Demand
184 7plus
188 9Now
192 10 play
196 ABC iview
197 ABC Kids iview
210 MovieSphere
211 Action Hollywood Movies
215 FailArmy
216 People Are Awesome
217 The Pet Collective
218 Gusto TV
221 Nosey
223 Wicked Tuna
224 Outdoor Channel
225 Fuel TV
226 InFast
227 InTrouble
228 InWonder
229 NatureTime
230 HauntTV
233 NOW 70s
234 NOW 80s
235 NOW Rock
236 MTV 80s
237 MTV Hits
238 Club MTV
239 CMT
240 MTV 90s
241 MTV 00s
242 Stingray CMusic
243 FashionTV
250 BBC Kids
251 NickMusic
252 Nickelodeon
253 Nick Jr.
256 CBeebies
257 BabyTV
258 ZooMoo
275 Al Jazeera English
276 Euronews
279 CNA
280 France 24
283 Bloomberg Television
290 TBN Inspire
291 GOOD.
292 Horse & Country
600 Rai Italia
601 Rai World Premium
602 Rai News24
603 Mediaset Italia
719 Times Now
950–955 Optus Sport 1–6
970 UFC/PPV Event
971 DAZN PPV

[14]

World Language Channels

Apps

Fetch boxes receive the following apps:

Note:
1 Appears in 'Catch Up' menu.
2 Appears in 'TV' menu.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Telstra Completes Its Majority Acquisition of Fetch TV". Mediaweek. 3 August 2022. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  2. ^ "New FetchTV Box + Service Review: It's a Game Changer". Delimiter. LeMay & Galt Media. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b Mason, Max (29 May 2016). "Fetch TV Keeps Challenger Mindset While Aiming for 600,000 Subscribers". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  4. ^ Turner, Adam (16 February 2014). "Fetch TV vs. Telstra T-Box: Which Is the Best PVR?". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  5. ^ "FetchTV: An Updated Review for 2012". Delimiter. LeMay & Galt Media. 9 March 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  6. ^ "FetchTV Update 15 June 2016" (PDF).
  7. ^ French, Stephen (24 February 2017). "Fetch TV goes "Skinny" with new and affordable channel packs". Tech Guide. Retrieved 9 November 2019.
  8. ^ Knox, David (25 July 2017). "UFC joins Fetch". TV Tonight. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  9. ^ Ramli, David (25 January 2014). "Optus, iiNet join Fetch in ad campaign". Australian Financial Review. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
  10. ^ Polites, Harrison (22 July 2013). "Poor metrics cast a shadow over Fetch TV's growth plans". Technology Spectator. Business Spectator Pty Ltd.
  11. ^ Hutchinson, James (11 May 2011). "FetchTV eyes top 10 ISPs to take on Telstra". Computerworld. IDG Communications. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  12. ^ Groves, Don (2 October 2017). "Fetch's growth spurt outpaces Foxtel and Stan". if.com.au. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Fetch TV creates a new ratings app but downplays the potential to challenge Oztam". Mumbrella. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2023.
  14. ^ "Fetch TV Channels List with Numbers 2024 - The Channel List". 18 January 2022. Retrieved 28 May 2024.

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