Foxtel adds Par pix to VOD service

CEO sez at least 500K subs will be added by year's end

SYDNEY — Paramount is the latest U.S. major to license its films to Foxtel Boxoffice, the Aussie pay TV platform’s near-VOD service that launched March 14.

Par joins Disney, Fox and Roadshow (New Line’s Oz distrib, which also releases Warner-Village Roadshow Pictures’ output such as “The Matrix” franchise and “Taking Lives”) as a supplier to the service, which airs firstrun movies every 30 minutes on 27 channels.

Neither Par nor Foxtel has announced the deal, but the studio’s films, including “Jackass,” are listed on the menu.

The feevee company owned by News Corp., Kerry Packer’s PBL and telco Telstra is in final negotiations with another studio to add to the Foxtel Boxoffice lineup.

Foxtel has been cheered by the response from subscribers since it switched to digital March 14. Some 165,000 people have registered with Foxtel Digital, of whom about 30,000 are new subs.

Foxtel CEO Kim Williams is confident that at least 500,000 homes will be connected to the service by the end of this year, repping about half the platform’s current homes.

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