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Foxtel boss Patrick Delaney has signalled streaming services Binge and Kayo will soon be bundled into a single offering. Foxtel Group staff are said to be working on the launch and branding of the product.

“Yes [they’ll come together]. I think the future of our aggregation is that slowly the market moves towards the aggregation of Kayo and Binge under a new aggregated brand name (sic),” he said. “The more streaming services there are, the more strain there’ll be on wallets.”-SMH.

Delaney has also stated he expects HBO/Warner Bros to launch a streaming service in Australia. This will likely result in the removal of popular premium product from Foxtel’s subscription TV and Binge streaming offerings. Foxtel’s supply agreement with HBO/Warner expires in late 2023. Warner Bros Discovery, operators of HBO Max and Discovery+ in the US, is expected to roll out a single paid service to Asia- Pacific consumers by mid 2024.

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I’d love to have HBO Max out here but if they want it to be successful they need to call it Warner Bros Max or something. The HBO name doesn’t mean much here.

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Disagree. Foxtel uses the HBO brand in marketing, “the home of HBO”, and I’ve associated it with premium drama and comedy specials since before the streaming era dawned. I still sometimes let out a “SHHH-OOOHM” when I see the ident pop up. It’ll be interesting to see what name they come up with when they marry HBO Max and Discovery+ brands.

Having explored the HBO Max offering I found it really disappointing. I’d subscribe for the premium scripted content but not for the really bad slate of Max Originals that were commissioned. There wasn’t one show amongst that lot that I felt compelled to explore.

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Foxtel seems to zig when the rest of the industry zags when it comes to streaming…

Wonder if they’re going to launch here before they untangle the mess they’ve got in the US

As a service it probably doesnt, but as a source of content, its definitely a known entity.

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I’ve just had Binge clarify the commercial situation for me:

We are pleased to let you know that there is no change to your BINGE subscription this year following today’s announcement. From 2023 there will be advertising-supported options on BINGE, and there will also remain ad-free viewing options for all customers. We will keep you informed of any future changes to your subscription. For now, we hope you keep enjoying bingeing on the world’s best shows.

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This has always been known, there was some original confusion because of the way they sold it at their upfronts and subsequent reporting by some media, but there’s no way they would have introduced ads on existing plans.

Doesn’t really clarify anything.

Because ads are coming NEXT year

Hmmm :thinking:

So your current subscription could change … maybe by getting ads put on it … or the price going up to remain ad-free…

Doesn’t seem too much confusion to me now in the way they’ve pitched it as ‘launching to an in-built audience’ and ‘immediate access’, ‘buyers will not have to wait for an audience to accumulate’.
Not sure how else they might achieve that…

Don’t bet on it.

I’m pretty sure Binge are just doing what Netflix are doing and creating a cheaper ad supported version. In other words it will be optional.

Of course it will be optional. You either pay the current price and get ads, or pay more to stay ad-free.
It should be noted Disney+'s new ad tier in the US will be the price of the current ad-free tier. The ad-free price is increasing. This is more likely what Binge will follow - except they won’t just automatically increase your price - you will get the ads first and you can change/increase your plan if you want to get rid of them again.

INDUSTRY

RENEWED FOR THIRD SEASON ON BINGE

BINGE today announced the breakthrough series Industry, from creators Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, has been renewed for a third season.

Industry gives an insider’s view of the blackbox of high finance following a group of young bankers as they forge their identities within the pressure cooker environment and sex and drug fueled blitz of international bank Pierpoint & Co’s London office.

In Season 2, the market is ripping, and Pierpoint’s back to work or else mandate has the trading floor more charged up and paranoid than ever. New U.S. management will be gasoline on the flames - an injection of cross Atlantic energy that lights a fire under each and every employee. Now Harper (Myha’la Herrold), Yasmin (Marisa Abela) and Robert (Harry Lawtey) must drive new business and make new alliances both in and out of the office as Pierpoint and its junior bankers seek to take every advantage in a post-COVID world.

In addition to Herrold, Abela and Lawtey, season two ensemble cast includes David Jonsson, Ken Leung, Conor MacNeill, Alex Alomar Akpobome, Indy Lewis, Katrine de Candole, Jay Duplass, Sonny Poon Tip, Adam Levy, Sarah Parish, Nicholas Bishop, Sagar Radia, Mark Dexter and Caoilfhionni Dunne.

Viewers can catch up on the first and second season of Industry available to stream now on BINGE.

Industry is created, written and executive produced by Mickey Down & Konrad Kay; written and executive produced by Jami O’Brien. The series is a Bad Wolf Production for HBO/BBC and is executive produced by Jane Tranter, David P. Davis, Ryan Rasmussen, and by Ben Irving for BBC; produced by Edo Ferretti. Additional writers include Matthew Barry, Zara Meerza, Joseph Charlton and Charly Evon Simpson. Directors include Birgitte Stærmose, Isabella Eklöf and Caleb Femi.

WAKEY WAKEY UPPER EAST SIDERS

GOSSIP GIRL

RETURNS FOR A SECOND SEASON

PREMIERES 1 DECEMBER ON BINGE

First look images of the popular drama series Gossip Girl , developed by showrunner Joshua Safran, a writer and executive producer on the original series, have today been released with the anticipated second season returning 1 December to BINGE.

It’s the second semester of Junior year, and Gossip Girl is leaving no stone unturned in her effort to control the scandalous lives/spin the scandalous lies of Manhattan’s elite. She’s learned a thing or two from her first go-round - namely what her audience wants, they shall get. It’s time for her to turn the heat up on what’s been simmering (Julien, have you met Monet?) as well as look at her own impact, and how she can make it more catastrophic than it was before. Even if that means lying to do it. Old enemies, new allies, constantly shifting sands - this semester, there can only be one queen, and by the end of the school year, everyone will know where the bodies are buried, and just who was holding the shovel.

Season 2 cast includes Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak, Savannah Lee Smith and Grace Duah. Michelle Trachtenberg guest stars.

Ahead of the Season 2 premiere, viewers can catch up on both the first season and the original Gossip Girl series with every episode available to stream now on BINGE.

Gossip Girl is produced by Fake Empire and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios. The series is written, executive produced and developed by Joshua Safran of Random Acts. Executive producers also include Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire; Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment. Lis Rowinski of Fake Empire serves as co-executive producer.

NEW BINGE AUSTRALIAN ORIGINAL

COLIN FROM ACCOUNTS

PREMIERE DATE AND FIRST LOOK TRAILER

PREMIERES 1 DECEMBER ON BINGE

BINGE today announced its new Australian original created and written by, and starring, Patrick Brammall (No Activity and A Moody Christmas) and Harriet Dyer (Wakefield and The Invisible Man) will premiere 1 December with all eight-episodes dropping at once.

The first look trailer of the classic romantic comedy ‘boy meets girl…. girl flashes boy, love story’ was also released today along with new look images.

Centred on Ashley (Dyer) and Gordon (Brammall), two single(ish), complex humans who are brought together by a car accident and an injured dog, Colin from Accounts is about flawed, funny people choosing each other and being brave enough to show their true self, scars and all, as they navigate life together.

Joining Brammall and Dyer, is Helen Thomson (Rake, Elvis), Emma Harvie (Frayed, Diary of an Uber Driver), Genevieve Hegney (Young Rock, Doctor Doctor), Michael Logo (Love Me, Daryl in Why Are you Like This), and Tai Hara (Hyde and Seek, Home and Away).

The series commissioned by the Foxtel Group is produced by Easy Tiger Productions and CBS Studios, with Rob Gibson and Ian Collie producing for Easy Tiger (Jack Irish, Rake, Doctor Doctor). Directors are Trent O’Donnell (No Activity and The Letdown), Matt Moore (The Great and Diary of an Uber Driver) and Madeleine Dyer. Executive Producers are Brammall, (Harriet) Dyer, O’Donnell, Alison Hurbert-Burns and Brian Walsh. The series is distributed outside Australia and New Zealand by Paramount Global Content Distribution. The series has major production funding from Screen Australia with support from Create NSW.

will flash be part of this new combined app?

PREMIERE DATE RELEASED FOR NEW SERIES

THE LAST OF US

STARRING BELLA RAMSEY AND PEDRO PASCAL

PREMIERES 16 JANUARY ON BINGE

The premiere date of 16 January along with the official teaser art for the upcoming American post-apocalyptic series The Last of Us, starring Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones) and Pedro Pascal (Wonder Woman 1984), has been released today ahead of its debut on BINGE.

The nine-episode series, based on the critically acclaimed video game, features Australian stars Anna Torv (Fringe) as Tess, a smuggler and fellow hardened survivor and Murray Bartlett (The White Lotus) as Frank, a post-pandemic survivalist.

Based on one of the world’s most popular video games, “The Last of Us,” the story takes place twenty years after modern civilization has been destroyed. Joel (Pascal), a hardened survivor, is hired to smuggle Ellie (Ramsey), a 14-year-old girl, out of an oppressive quarantine zone. What starts as a small job soon becomes a brutal, heartbreaking journey, as they both must traverse the U.S. and depend on each other for survival.

Joining Ramsey, Pascal, Torv and Bartlett for the first season is Gabriel Luna as Tommy**, Nico Parker** as Sarah, Nick Offerman as Bill, Melanie Lynskey as Kathleen, Storm Reid as Riley, Merle Dandridge as Marlene, Jeffrey Pierce as Perry, Lamar Johnson as Henry, Keivonn Woodard as Sam, Graham Greene as Marlon, and Elaine Miles as Florence. Ashley Johnson and Troy Baker also star.

The Last of Us , based on the critically acclaimed video game of the same name developed by Naughty Dog exclusively for the PlayStation® platforms, is written and executive produced by Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann. The series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and is executive produced by Carolyn Strauss, Evan Wells, Asad Qizilbash, Carter Swan, and Rose Lam. Production companies: PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and Naughty Dog.

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OFFICIAL TRAILER RELEASED FOR ANTICIPATED SECOND SEASON OF

GOSSIP GIRL

PREMIERES 1 DECEMBER ON BINGE

The official trailer for the popular drama series Gossip Girl , developed by showrunner Joshua Safran, a writer and executive producer on the original series, has been released today ahead of its double- episode premiere 1 December on BINGE; new episodes drop every Thursday.

It’s the second semester of Junior year, and Gossip Girl is leaving no stone unturned in her effort to control the scandalous lives/spin the scandalous lies of Manhattan’s elite. She’s learned a thing or two from her first go-round - namely what her audience wants, they shall get. It’s time for her to turn the heat up on what’s been simmering (Julien, have you met Monet?) as well as look at her own impact, and how she can make it more catastrophic than it was before. Even if that means lying to do it. Old enemies, new allies, constantly shifting sands - this semester, there can only be one queen, and by the end of the school year, everyone will know where the bodies are buried, and just who was holding the shovel.

Season 2 cast includes Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak, Savannah Lee Smith and Grace Duah. Michelle Trachtenberg guest stars.

Ahead of the Season 2 premiere, viewers can catch up on both the first season and the original Gossip Girl series with every episode available to stream now on BINGE.

Gossip Girl is produced by Fake Empire and Alloy Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Studios. The series is written, executive produced and developed by Joshua Safran of Random Acts. Executive producers also include Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage of Fake Empire; Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo of Alloy Entertainment. Lis Rowinski of Fake Empire serves as co-executive producer.

OFFICIAL TRAILER RELEASED FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED DOCUMENTARY

LOVE, LIZZO

PREMIERES 25 NOVEMBER ON BINGE

The official trailer for the highly anticipated documentary Love, Lizzo , which follows three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning singer, songwriter, rapper, flutist and actress Lizzo, has been released today ahead of its 25 November debut on BINGE.

Every once in a while, an artist changes not only music, but culture as well. Lizzo has done both. This is the journey of a trailblazing superstar who has become the movement the world desperately needed just by being herself.

The documentary shares the inspirational story behind Lizzo’s humble beginnings to her meteoric rise with an intimate look into the moments that shaped her hard-earned rise to fame, success, love and international stardom.

Directed by Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Doug Pray (The Defiant One’s), and produced by Kevin Beisler, Kevin Weaver, Ryan Kroft and Nicole Rocklin. Lizzo is Executive Producing with her production company Lizzobangers. Pray also serves as a producer with his producing partner Stephanie Meurer. The documentary is presented by Warner Music Entertainment and Live Nation Productions and is an Atlantic Films production in association with Boardwalk Pictures and Diamond Docs. Executive producing for Atlantic Films/Warner Music Entertainment is Len Blavatnik, Julie Greenwald, Craig Kallman, and Charlie Cohen; and executive producing for Live Nation Productions is Michael Rapino, Omar Al-Joulani, Lesley Olenik and Chad Wasser. Executive producing for Diamond Docs is Mark Monroe.

Hulu has taken the second season in the US, while Acorn TV will stream in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Netherlands and India, and Viaplay will stream it in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Netherlands.

Paramount+ has taken seasons one and two of the show in Italy, France and Germany while Paramount Global has picked it up across Latin America, including Brazil, and the Caribbean.

AUSTRALIAN COMEDY SPECIAL

THE LAST YEAR OF TELEVISION

COMES TO BINGE

BINGE today announced the Australian comedy special The Last Year of Television, created and written, and hosted by Mitch McTaggart, will premiere 31 December, 2022 on BINGE, home of the world’s best shows.

In this hilarious end-of-year special, Mitch takes an excoriating look at the good, the bad and the cringe of everything that has happened on Australian television this year. Expect jokes, relatable indignation, and a controversial take on your favourite or maybe your least favourite Aussie shows of the year.

Mitch McTaggart said: “Ask yourself how has the year stacked up compared with others? Has it been just as chaotic? Of course it has - or I would be out of a job otherwise.

“I am absolutely pumped to bring The Last Year of Television to BINGE viewers, prepare your favourite antacid or pillow to involuntarily cringe into, and let the savage world of television wash over you like a sad rock.”

BINGE Executive Director, Alison Hurbert-Burns said: “We are thrilled to have Mitch on board to remind us all about the Aussie TV that graced our screens this year.

“Nothing is off limits in this sharp year-in-review. It will make you think twice and have you laughing out loud as Mitch bids farewell to 2022 in style.”

In addition to The Last Year of Television, Mitch’s six-part comedy series, The Back Side of Television, which explores all the ridiculous, dispiriting and outright shameful moments in the wild history of Australian television, is coming to BINGE in 2023.

The Last Year of Television will premiere on BINGE on 31 December.

(Seen on SBS Viceland in 2020)

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Apparently, Binge will be the new home of WWE???

Yep - it’s part of the new deal Foxtel and the WWE announced in September:

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