New Foxtel HBO Warner Bros streaming TV deal explained
Foxtel has announced an extension of its deal with HBO, which will help its Binge become the Australian version of HBO Max.
We’re reader-supported and may be paid when you visit links to partner sites. We don’t compare all products in the market, but we’re working on it!
- The Foxtel Warner partnership is inclusive of both cable and SVOD broadcast rights.
- Foxtel and Binge will be the exclusive home of original HBO content in Australia.
- This includes the new original TV shows landing on HBO max moving forward, as long as they have been produced by Warner Bros.*
- The deal also provides Foxtel and Project Ares with the rights to broadcast and stream Warner Bros' TV and movie catalogue. This includes first-runs of new Warner Bros movies such as those in the DC Comics, Matrix, Tomb Raider, Lego and Harry Potter universes.
- Continued rights to The Cartoon Network, Boomerang and CNN.
- Foxtel and Warner Bros. International Television Production will work together to create new, local Australian scripted and non-scripted shows.
- The deal also includes Australian rights for The Big Bang Theory and Friends.
How can Stan have HBO content?
Are you wondering why there is an asterisk above? There's a key detail to be read in that bullet point that deserves further analysis. The content on HBO Max that Foxtel has the rights to, at least with respect to this agreement, needs to have been made by Warner Bros. While this constitutes the bulk of what we expect to see on the service, other companies are also making content for HBO Max.
Notably, Stan – the SVOD service from Channel Nine - announced that the Lionsgate produced HBO Max exclusive Love Life will be shown in Australia on its service. This could create some confusion moving forward, but we will endeavour to provide accurate lists to Finder readers as we near the HBO Max launch window.
How can you watch HBO in Australia right now?
If you're excited by the idea of binging on some great HBO content right now, you can. There are three options available to you. The new Binge streaming service which has 16 live channels as well as 10,000+ hours of on-demand content, there's a 14-day free trial to get you started.
The premium Foxtel IQ service, which involves the installaton of a set-top box at your home. Or the SVOD service Foxtel Now, which can be access on a host of devices instantly. If you'd like to try the latter, we have 10-day free trial you can access.
Why is the Foxtel Warner HBO deal important?
The Foxtel Group is best known for its Foxtel IQ cable TV service, and its Foxtel Now SVOD (steaming video on-demand) service. However, it recently expanded its offering with Kayo Sports and has now done so again in 2020 with Binge.
WarnerMedia is a giant of the entertainment space that's also set for a huge 2020. As well as the TV shows, movies, kids programming and more that stems from its Warner label, the company is also home to HBO. On 27 May, 2020, WarnerMedia will be entering the bustling internet TV space with HBO Max, a rival service to Disney+, Netflix, Apple TV+ and Amazon Prime (amongst others).
With HBO widely considered to be the home of the best in scripted TV and TV miniseries – think Game of Thrones, Westworld, Veep, Barry, Chernobyl and True Detective to name a few – HBO Max is a big deal. Especially given the run of exclusive new content landing on the service and decades of legacy hits. However, HBO Max isn't releasing in Australia.
What does the Foxtel Warner partnership mean for HBO Max in Australia?
There had never been any concrete plans for HBO Max to reach Australia in the foreseeable future and this deal between Foxtel and Warner should put to bed those rumours for good. While the length of the partnership has not been disclosed, it's speculated to match a five-year deal recently put in place between WarnerMedia and Sky in the UK market. This would suggest the Foxtel Warner deal may run through to 2025.
Binge has positioned itself to – at least in part – act as HBO Max for Australia. Indeed, the Foxtel Group's press release laudes the SVOD aspect of the Warner partnership. It uses terminology like "extensive SVOD rights" and "expanded SVOD rights," to show that it extends beyond what we've seen in the existing Foxtel Warner deal.
Meanwhile, Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany spoke of how the deal "will power our broadcast and streaming strategy on multiple platforms and multiple brands." The use there of "multiple brands" being a dead giveaway in this writer's opinion.
In short, it's a big win for Foxtel and Warner. Australia's biggest entertainment provider was quick to claim a number of upcoming HBO blockbusters as its own. This includes the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, the return of Gossip Girl and Ridley Scott's Raised by Wolves.
Latest streaming news
A new hero for a new era.Read more…
All 8 movies in the Harry Potter franchise are heading back to Netflix next month. But you can get them all for free right now.Read more…
This fresh docu-series features the one and only Barefoot Investor.Read more…
Love is a burning thing.Read more…
Sometimes the scariest things come from within.Read more…
Based on The New York Times bestselling book by Liane Moriarty.Read more…
More guides on Finder
Amazon Prime Day Australia 2021: All the best deals from Day 2
Here are all the best deals from Amazon Prime Day Australia's second day - including the return of dirt-cheap Nintendo Switch consoles.
Amazon Prime Day’s best deals under $50: Calvin Klein, UGG, Philips Hue
Keen to shop Prime Day but don't want to break the bank? These are the best deals for you.
Best Amazon Prime Day audio deals: $674 off soundbars
Best offers include 68% off Echo devices, 45% off soundbars and 44% off bluetooth speakers.
Biggest Amazon Prime Day discounts: 75% off games + heaps more
Top offers so far include 75% off games, 68% off tech and 38% off alcohol.
Bitcoin’s better half: Growing number of Australian women investing in crypto
Despite Bitcoin’s volatile value changes this year, Australians are still flocking to cryptocurrency in droves, with 17% of the population now owning a form of cryptocurrency.
Amazon Prime Day best Australian alcohol deals: Up to 38% off
Stock up on the good stuff this Prime Day, with these big booze offers.
How to buy iShares Global 100 AUD Hedged ETF units
Steps to owning and managing iShares Global 100 AUD Hedged ETF units.
Amazon Prime Day best book deals for all ages: Up to 55% off
Snap up best-selling reads for the whole family with these great Australian Prime Day offers.
Best Prime Day deals 2021: Highlights from day one [updated]
The wait is finally over. Here are the best Amazon Prime Day deals you can get in Australia right now.
Toyota LandCruiser 300 series: Release date, specs, price, models and more
Toyota popped the bonnet on its highly anticipated 2022 Toyota Landcruiser 300 series 4WD in June 2021. Here's everything you need to know.
Stream the best and save
All the biggest shows and movies from HBO and more on-demand.
Try Amazon Prime Video's huge library for 30 days free.
Ask an Expert