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Fetch’s new Oxygen channel will be “Virtual”


Fetch's crime-centric Oxygen channel will bridge the gap between a traditional broadcast channel and streaming service.

Australian-made Fetch has announced a new channel set to launch on 1 January 2019 on its Fetch set-top box platform.

Oxygen will bring a range of true crime and scripted crime drama programs to Fetch, via NBCUniversal. If you're a fan of the grislier side of human nature, there will be plenty to choose from, with Fetch highlighting the inclusion of Snapped, Notorious: Aileen Wuronos, Killing Versace: The Hunt for a Serial Killer, Dannemora Prison Break, Kemper on Kemper: Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer, Killer Couples and The Disappearance of Crystal Rogers as a selection of program offerings.

While the Oxygen channel will sit within Fetch's Variety Pack of channels (as well as the Ultimate Pack or older Entertainment Pack), it's being dubbed by Fetch as a "Virtual" channel. That's because it's rather smartly bridging the gap between a traditional schedule-led broadcaster with an EPG and a straight-up streaming service.

Episodes on Oxygen will have a "broadcast" schedule, with a full EPG, but they'll simply link to the video on demand streaming side of the Oxygen platform. You can watch Oxygen like a traditional "channel", but it will simply switch to the next available streaming show on the EPG.

As with the other subscription channels on Fetch, usage will attract data charges, which is an important consideration if your broadband plan doesn't include unlimited data. Unlike Fetch's other channels, the "Virtual" nature of Oxygen means you can't schedule recordings, but you can always dip into the Oxygen section of the Catch Up area on Fetch to select episodes or even jump "ahead" of the EPG if you wish.

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Fetch set-top boxes are available for outright purchase with channels such as Oxygen offered as a subscription extra. They are also available bundled with a wide range of ISP broadband plans, including Optus, iiNet, Internode, Westnet, Dodo and iPrimus. Aussie Broadband also recently added Fetch bundle options to its NBN customers.

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