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###AUSTRALIAN MADE
30TH Anniversary Edition

All day on Australia Day - Every two hours from 6am AEDT

Get a front row seat to AUSTRALIAN MADE, one of the most iconic Aussie rock events of all time, this Australia Day from 6.00am AEDT on MAIN EVENT.

Over the summer of 1986/1987, a series of landmark one-day music festivals called AUSTRALIAN MADE took place in six capital cities across the country.

The first festival of its kind in Australia, a whopping 140,000 fans witnessed stunning performances from some of the country’s hottest talent including INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Divinyls, Models, The Saints, The Triffids and I’m Talking.

In this critically-acclaimed feature film, award-winning director Richard Lowenstein and a 50-strong film crew captured all the live on-stage and behind-the-scenes action of this historical collection of festivals.

Now brilliantly restored in high definition for the 30th Anniversary edition, the updated edition of the film also includes never-before-seen performances and backstage footage.

A rare time capsule of our music history, AUSTRALIAN MADE is both the soundtrack to the lives for those who were there – and a unique way for a new generation to discover the best of Australian music from the 1980s.

AUSTRALIAN MADE: 30th Anniversary Edition
$19.95
On MAIN EVENT Channel 521
Thursday January 26 from 6am AEDT – replaying every 2 hours
Encore screening on Friday, January 27 from 6am – replaying every 2 hours
For more information on how to order MAIN EVENT: www.mainevent.com.au

I got excited for a reboot of a Larry Emdur game show.

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The world needs Teams captained by Agro and Con the Fruiterer’s wife Marika now more than ever

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How good was that show!

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Loved the 4am repeats on Seven in the Late 90s/Early 00s - they should throw it on a multichannel!

###MUNDINE V GREEN 2

You have waited over a decade and now the most anticipated rematch is just two weeks away

The greatest rivalry in Australian sport will be settled once and for all when Anthony “The Man” Mundine and Danny “The Green Machine” Green square off under lights at the Adelaide Oval on February 3.

Last time they fought, more than 34,000 fans packed into the Sydney Football Stadium to see Mundine claim a unanimous points decision over Green.

Now after ten long years, “The Green Machine” has an opportunity to avenge that defeat and affirm his legacy as one of Australia’s all-time greatest fighters.

For Mundine, the bout presents an opportunity to prove once and for all he is “The Man”. Since that night in 2006, Mundine has gone up and down in weight with mixed fortune. A win over Green will not only silence his critics but also ensure he remains Australia’s undisputed king of the ring.

“The Mundine v Green fight back in 2006 still remains our highest selling sports pay-per-view event of all time,” said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s Executive Director Of Television. “The Adelaide re-match is the final showdown and we are thrilled to be able to bring our sporting fans a ringside seat to the highly anticipated rematch with live and exclusive coverage on Foxtel and in selected venues throughout Australia. This is one event not to be missed,” he said.

QLD Reds and Wallabies superstar Quade Cooper will join exciting middleweight prospect Tim Tszyu (son of former boxer Kostya Tszyu) in headlining a blockbuster undercard (opponents to be announced). Cooper will return to the ring for his third professional bout while Tszyu will enter the ring for only the second time in his professional career.

To add further star power to the fight, Jessica Mauboy will perform the national anthem, American ring announcer Michael Buffer who is famous for his catch phrase “Let’s get ready to rumble” will be down under to announce the fights and FOX FOOTY’s Gerard Whateley will be calling the main card fight.

Mundine v Green 2 undercards are simulcast LIVE from 6pm - 7pm AEDT on FOX SPORTS 506 and MAIN EVENT then exclusively on MAIN EVENT from 7pm AEDT.

Mundine v Green 2 will be hosted by Foxtel’s Eddie McGuire and executive produced by Steve Crawley for FOX SPORTS and Foxtel.

Anthony Mundine v Danny Green 2
$59.95
Friday February 3, 7.00pm AEDT
Live and Exclusive
MAIN EVENT Channel 521

Mumbrella and ABC both report Foxtel is threatening to sue subscribers who illegally stream last night’s Mundine v Green fight live on social media. At one stage one stream attracted 150,000 views! I don’t condone the culprit’s behaviour but Foxtel also needs to review the price it charges for PPV events. $59.95 seems too expensive.

The ABC itself rebroadcast the whole fight live and free-to-air on satellite. It seemed like it was a rebroadcast from Mainevent, because there was a ‘Foxtel’ watermark in the top right.

The two men who live streamed the fight on social media have apologised to Mundine, Green and Foxtel for their actions.

Foxtel emphasises risks of piracy - accepts illegal streamers’ apologies while stressing the threat to local sport and content production.

Foxtel today announced that, following the illegal Facebook stream of the highly anticipated February 3 MAIN EVENT boxing match featuring Anthony Mundine vs Danny Green, it has made contact with the two individuals responsible for broadcasting a pirated stream of the event.

Foxtel CEO, Peter Tonagh, said, “Foxtel has been in touch with Mr. Sharpe and Mr. Hevers following last weekend’s illegal Facebook live stream of the Mundine vs. Green match and we’ve expressed our great disappointment with their unlawful activities.

Rather than taking legal action, we decided to take the opportunity to educate both of them about the significant harm such actions bring to the production of local Australian content, including live sports.

“We have given the individuals the opportunity to formally apologise via a public social media post, acknowledging the gravity of the situation, in the hopes that more people will learn that copyright theft is not a victimless crime and something that should be taken very seriously.

“We are pleased that both Mr. Sharpe and Mr. Hevers have taken us up on the opportunity and have published an apology and acknowledgment of wrongdoing on their Facebook pages.

“Illegal streaming and file sharing of any kind impacts the viability of the entire content industry, and threatens the livelihoods of the thousands of people employed by it, including athletes, actors, technicians, editors, caterers, set designers and many others.

“In addition, if revenue opportunities are undermined sports fans will suffer as sports presenters and promoters will have difficulty affording the costs of staging these fights and other events.”

###Pacquiao Vs Horn

Battle of Brisbane

MAIN EVENT Sunday 2 July at 11:00am

The biggest fight in Australian history is LIVE and exclusive on Foxtel’s MAIN EVENT when former Queensland school teacher Jeff Horn challenges legendary world champion Manny Pacquiao on Sunday, July 2 in front of an expected sell-out crowd at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

For the 29-year-old Queenslander this decider at Brisbane’s “Cauldron” is a lifetime dream in front of a hometown crowd. The world’s number two ranked welterweight (WBO), and with just 17 professional fights under his belt, winning 16 and drawing one, Jeff “The Hornet” Horn will step into the ring with the chance to become Australia’s first ever World Welterweight Champion.

The countdown is on to July 2 for Jeff Horn. Preparing for his final 12-round sparring session against Filipino light welterweight Czar Amonsot – chosen as Horn’s sparring partner as he has a similar style to Pacquiao – he said: “I’ve been waiting for this moment since I became a boxer. Everything I’ve done has been focussed on becoming world champion.

“To have this opportunity in front of a huge home crowd is everything I could have hoped for. It’s up to me to make the most of it now. I’m here to win and that’s all I’m thinking about.”

Facing the young local in the other corner is the man who currently holds the title – one he has claimed three times (2016, 2014 and 2011) – Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao – widely considered to be one of the greatest boxers of all time.

A sitting senator in the Philippines, Pacquiao is boxing’s first and only eight-division world champion. The now 38-year-old southpaw has amassed 11 titles in all and claimed the lineal championship in an incredible five divisions.

Ahead of the historic Pacquiao-Horn main event, July 2’s impressive card also features:

Bout 1: Shane Mosely Jr (USA) vs David Toussaint (ACT, AUS)
Middleweight | 8 x 3 minute rounds
Bout 2: Michael Conlan (IRELAND) vs Jarrett Owen (QLD, AUS)
Featherweight | 6 x 3 minute rounds

Bout 3 – Sub Main Event: Jerwin Ancajas (PHILIPPINES) vs Teiru Kinoshita (JAPAN)
Junior Bantamweight | 12 x 3 minute rounds
IBF World Junior Bantamweight Title

Bout 4 – Main Event: Manny Pacquiao (PHILIPPINES) vs Jeff Horn (QLD, AUS)
Welterweight | 12 x 3 minute rounds
WBO World Welterweight Title

The man who is synonymous with international boxing, celebrated American ring announcer Michael Buffer, will bring his famed catch phrase “Let’s get ready to rumble” to announce the main four fights.

Calling the card will be “the voice of boxing”, Colonel Bob Sheridan, the world’s leading boxing commentator who has called more than 10,000 fights, including epic bouts like “The Rumble in the Jungle” between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman in Zaire in 1974, “The Thrilla in Manila”, the third and final match between Ali and Joe Frazier in 1975, and the infamous Mike Tyson ear bite fight with Evander Holyfield in 1997.

This massive day of exceptional boxing on Foxtel’s MAIN EVENT will be hosted by FOX FOOTY’s Gerard Whateley who will be joined by panellists FOX LEAGUE’s Paul Kent and former World Champion boxer Barry Michael, with Danny “The Green Machine” Green providing special commentary. Plus MAIN EVENT’s Ben Damon and Cody Kaye will take you behind-the-scenes and deep into the dressing rooms of Pacquiao and Horn respectively. FOX SPORTS’ Steve Crawley is executive producer.

Australia’s national anthem will be performed by Isaiah Firebrace, who recently represented Australia at Eurovision 2017, with the Philippines’ sung by musical theatre star Christine Allado.

Pacquiao vs Horn
$59.95
Sunday 2 July at 11:00am
LIVE and exclusive on Foxtel’s MAIN EVENT Channel 521

I’m not a fan of the sport but I note with interest that ESPN in the U.S has picked up the rights to screen this fight and it won’t be pay per view.

Remember the controversy and legal action threatened when Foxtel went to great efforts to shut down live streams of the last big Main Event fight? I wonder how they plan on preventing people accessing services like Sling TV and Directv Now to view this event? You have to think there will be very few young people paying Foxtel’s exhorbitant price.

Blame the boxing promoters. It was reported in The Courier-Mail yesterday that Pacquiao is guaranteed $20 million in prizemoney, so the promoters have to recoup the cost from somewhere. In Pacquiao’s home country of Philippines, the fight will also be shown on pay TV.

Cormier vs Jones 2 UFC® on Foxtel

LIVE on MAIN EVENT Sunday 30 July from 12pm Midday AEST

Foxtel is pleased to announce its pay-per-view service Main Event has re-signed its UFC® agreement to continue to air LIVE and encore broadcasts of UFC Pay-Per-View events. The agreement marks a continuation of Foxtel’s 10-year relationship with UFC bringing Australians PPV fights and additional UFC programming on its Main Event channel.

The deal kicks off with the long-awaited UFC 214 fight between UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier and former title holder Jon Jones on Sunday July 30 from 12pm (AEST) LIVE and encored throughout the day on Foxtel’s Main Event.

Taking place at the Honda Centre in Anaheim, California, UFC 214 will see current champion Cormier seek to avenge his 2015 loss as he defends his title against former titleholder Jones. More than a year after their last fight was cancelled, their feud outside of the ring continues to boil with both fighters using press opportunities to sling insults at each other.

The UFC 214 main card will also feature a title fight between current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and top ranked contender Demian Maia for the welterweight crown, along with Cris Cyborg facing Tonya Evinger for the women’s featherweight belt. Click here for Full Fight Card.

On Sunday, September 10 from 12 pm LIVE on Foxtel’s Main Event, UFC will host its first-ever event in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with UFC 215, live from Rogers Place. The event is headlined my UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, who will look to make UFC history by defending title for the 11th time. UFC 215 will also include a women’s bantamweight showdown between Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko. Click here for Full Fight Card.

In addition to the five hour UFC Fight Night events including the Post Fight Show on Main Event, Fox Sports continues to broadcast a range of weekly UFC programming such as UFC Countdown pre-shows, The Ultimate Fighter, weigh-ins and more. See foxtel.com.au/tvguide for more information.

UFC 214 Cormier vs Jones 2
Sunday July 20 from 12pm LIVE on Foxtel’s MAIN EVENT Channel 521
$49.95

Mayweather v McGregor

LIVE on MAIN EVENT Sunday, August 27 from 11am or stream from mainevent.com.au

The two biggest stars from the world of boxing and MMA, Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor, will enter the ring on August 27 to go head-to-head in a hotly anticipated boxing bout LIVE on Foxtel’s MAIN EVENT or available to stream from mainevent.com.au.

The fight will take place on the world famous Las Vegas Strip in front of a sold out T-Mobile Arena crowd in what is set to be the highest grossing and most talked-about fight of all time. Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be looking to cement his position as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer in history as he comes out of retirement to take on UFC’s most recognised talent and reigning UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor.

Despite being out of the ring since 2015, Mayweather’s reputation remains untouched, boasting an incredible 49-0 professional boxing record. McGregor, known as one of the most dangerous strikers in MMA, will utilise his fierce and competitive nature in an effort to overcome the undefeated boxing legend.

As the date looms closer both of the outspoken fighters have been creating a stir with Mayweather challenging McGregor to wear smaller gloves – which means harder punches. In hoping his superior boxing skills will show through with smaller gloves, Mayweather said, “Whatever advantage McGregor needs to feel more comfortable in the ring, I’m willing to accommodate. Let’s give the boxing and MMA fans what they want to see.”

In addition to the MAIN EVENT broadcast for Foxtel customers, the Mayweather v McGregor fight can be streamed to anyone with an internet connection via www.mainevent.com.au using Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac or Linux OS or on tablets including Google Android devices and Apple iPad or iPhone devices.

Foxtel customers can order at mainevent.com.au or book through the MyFoxtel.app. The fight will be available to order via Foxtel remote from Wednesday August 16 on iQ3 and from 48 hours out from the event on iQ2.

The complete undercard will be announced in the coming weeks, currently it stands:
• Light middleweight Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Conor McGregor
• Super featherweight Gervonta Davis vs. Roman Martinez (TBC)
• Light heavyweight Badou Jack vs. TBD
• Super middleweight Savannah Marshall vs. TBD

Mayweather v McGregor
Sunday August 27 from 11am
Stream at mainevent.com.au or watch LIVE on Foxtel’s MAIN EVENT Channel 521
$59.95

Yesterday Foxtel and Fox Sports announced a special deal with Village and Event Cinemas to screen the Mayweather v McGregor fight live in selected cinemas across Australia. Fans can watch the fight on the big screen, with tickets starting from $28 per person and $45 for Gold Class. The list of participating cinemas can be found at Village Cinemas and Event Cinemas websites.

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The Mayweather v McGregor fight is now also live via PPV on Fetch for $59.95 on channel 991.

Mayweather v McGregor

Sunday 27 August from 11am AEST

The countdown is on; Just 48 hours until the opening bell; LIVE on MAIN EVENT

The trash talk is over and now it’s down to business as Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor are set to enter the ring in less than 48 hours for the most hotly anticipated event in boxing.

While the two titans have put away their insults and are lacing up their gloves, Foxtel is reminding fans that there is an unprecedented level of demand around this bout, and encourages subscribers to order soon to get in on this must-see match of the year, which kicks off on Sunday, August 27 when the two biggest stars from the world of boxing and MMA go toe-to-toe in front of a sold out T-Mobile Arena crowd in Las Vegas.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is looking to confirm his place as the greatest pound-for-pound boxer in history as he comes out of retirement to take on UFC’s most recognised talent and reigning UFC lightweight champion, Conor McGregor.

The mega bout will be available for broadcast to Foxtel subscribers LIVE on Foxtel’s MAIN EVENT and can be streamed to anyone with an internet connection via mainevent.com.au using Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac or Linux OS or on tablets including Google Android devices and Apple iPad or iPhone devices.

Foxtel customers can order at mainevent.com.au or book through the MyFoxtel.app. The fight is also available to order via Foxtel remote on iQ3 and iQ2.

The complete undercard* includes:
• USBA/NABF Cruiserweight Championship: Andrew TABITI vs. Steve CUNNINGHAM
• WBA Light Heavyweight Championship: Nathan CLEVERLY vs. Badou JACK
• IBF Junior Lightweight Championship: Gervonta DAVIS vs. Francisco FONSECA

Mayweather v McGregor
Sunday August 27 from 11am
Stream at mainevent.com.au or watch LIVE on Foxtel’s MAIN EVENT Channel 521
$59.95

Facebook claims they would shutdown live streams of this fight. So why are there still numerous streams available!

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Today’s fight was delayed because of pay-per-view issues in the US - mostly around the UFC’s Fight Pass

ESPN also reported numerous problems across the country and a few people in Australia complained that they could not access the fight on Foxtel.

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