Foxtel adds Binge channel, kills SoHo

Alex Kidman 1 August 2016

Foxtel TVSoho channel departs as Foxtel launches a second complete seasons channel.

Binge watching is definitely a cultural phenomenon, thanks largely to streaming pioneer Netflix’s insistence that its "Originals" programming drops in single-season blocks. No more do you have to wait a week for a new episode when the entire season is just sitting there waiting for you. At that point, the only limitation is quite how long you can stay awake for.

Foxtel already has a channel for the delivery of complete seasons in its "BoxSets" channel, but it’s today announced a second channel for binge watching TV. In a nod to the fad, it’s simply going to be called "Binge". The new channel will launch on 1 October 2016 as a linear broadcast channel; if you’ve got an Internet connection Foxtel already offers a wide swathe of complete series for on-demand viewing through Foxtel Anytime.

Binge will replace the existing SoHo channel, with most content on that channel heading to the Showtime channel. That’s where you’ll be able to see Wentworth, A Place to Call Home, Outlander, The Americans, Nashville, Shameless and Bates Motel from 1 October. Some of SoHo’s content will instead be broadcast on FOX8, Arena or TV H!TS.

Like BoxSets, Binge will offer complete seasons of shows that Foxtel holds the rights to, including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, Empire, Girls, Californication, Veep and Grimm.

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