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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
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One of the best shows you didn’t watch in the last year was the Amazon Prime Video show Homecoming (starring Julia Roberts). Season 2 of the show has itself a new lead (Julia’s story in season one comes to a satisfying end). Hidden Figures andMoonlight star Janelle Monáe will star as a tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there — or even who she is.
Britbox is a streaming service owned by ITV (90%) and the BBC (10%) that streams UK shows into the US. It is now launching in the UK where the novelty will not be as great and access to the shows has been greater.
Later this morning Foxtel is expected to make an announcement about the launch of its IQ4 set-top box for subscribers to its Australian pay TV service. It is expected that Netflix will also be available on the platform.
Which leaves me with questions:
Will other streaming services, such as Stan, Amazon Prime Video, 10 All Access, and soon Disney+, HBO Max, etc also be available to subscribers?
If Foxtel are opening up the IQ4 to competitors, does that shift its business to now position itself as a hardware company competing against the Apple TV, Telstra TV, and Fire TV in the local market?
The only value I can see for Foxtel to open up its locked-down platform would be for the company to own the HDMI Input 1 on the TV. Otherwise Foxtel is just opening up its platform to low-priced competitors that offer very good value for money (which has been a sticking point for a lot of Australians in subscribing to Foxtel - it’s a bit expensive and feels moreso in a Netflix world).
More details and thoughts to follow tomorrow…
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