Fetch follows Hubbl in adding Free to Air streaming channels to Fetch TV Guide EPG

    Following in the footsteps of Foxtel’s Hubbl which did the same thing a few months ago, Fetch TV will be making Free-to-Air (FTA) channels available as streaming feeds via the Fetch Electronic Program Guide (EPG) from June 2024.

    Fetch households with no or poor FTA reception will enjoy easy access to FTA program information and single click channel access from the EPG.

    The FTA IP channel feeds are currently available for viewing on the Fetch platform via the individual FTA apps like ABC iView. Fetch will now provide the added convenience of integration into the EPG.

    The FTA app live channel feeds do not currently represent a “like for like” replacement of the Tv antenna feeds, as some TV shows are subject to sport and programming black outs as well as other programming differences, particularly with respect to Regional vs Metro news.

    More information and implementation details will be available in the coming weeks.

    Scott Lorson, CEO of Fetch TV commented:

    “Households with no or poor FTA reception represent a large and growing segment, and include homes in digital terrestrial black spots, multi-dwelling units with no FTA access, new estates where antennas are not permitted, homes with no or broken aerials, and even rooms where no aerial socket is present. Australian families without FTA reception are looking for solutions.”

    “Fetch recognises the importance of access to FTA channels and apps, with FTA viewing continuing to represent the majority of all TV viewing. We also know that the EPG remains at the centre of content discovery and channel navigation, and we are keen to extend this convenience to all customers.”

    “We continue to advocate for the anti-siphoning legislation to include the FTA IP feeds or “digital twin”, given the critical role that FTA IP feeds will play in preserving access to FTA channels and sport into the future. We also welcome efforts to extend access to regional news, and preserve logical channel numbering (1-99) for the FTA channels.”


    Neerav Bhatt
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