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Foxtel brings PVRs Down Under

Move aims to fuel demand for digital channels

SYDNEY– Australia’s dominant paybox Foxtel introduced personal digital recorders on Monday, aiming to further fuel demand for its digital channels.

Dubbed Foxtel iQ, the devices will enable subscribers to record up to 60 hours of programming in hard drives, but they won’t skip through commercials.

Foxtel will charge a one-time access fee of A$395 ($308) for the recorders, plus $78 for installation and a monthly service fee of $4.60; the service fee is waived for subscribers to the premium platinum channels package and for homes which have two or more set-top boxes.

“Foxtel iQ will liberate consumers to watch the television they want, when they want,” said chief exec Kim Williams. “This is entertainment that empowers the viewer like never before.”

More than 60% of Foxtel’s subs have signed up for the digital service, which offers more than 100 channels, since it launched in March 2004.

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