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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

BREAKING. StarSat making FOX Movies available from Saturday 7 June, plans to add FOX Movies+2 as time-shifted channel 'in near future'.


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On Digital Media (ODM) is finally adding FOX Movies to the StarSat pay-TV platform from Saturday 7 June.

StarSat will also add a time-shifted channel, FOX Movies+2 "in the near future", where films start two hours after its started on FOX Movies.

It's been four months since FOX International Channels (FIC) made FOX Movies available to ODM and its new financial backer, China's StarTimes. StarSat kept saying that it's "testing" FOX Movies.

FIC Africa already provides channels such as FOX, FX, FOX Crime, FUEL, BabyTV, Setanta Africa, Setanta Action and Nat Geo Gold to StarSat.

FOX Movies from 20th Century FOX broadcast comedy, drama, action, science fiction, horror and thrillers and has already been available as a TV channel in West Africa.

StarSat isn't saying why it took so long to make FOX Movies available after news leaked in February that the satellite pay-TV platform has the channel, other than to say that "the wait is finally over for StarSat subscribers".

FOX Movies will go live on Saturday 7 June at 09:00. FOX Movies will run for 24 hours on StarSat channel 135 in standard definition (SD), StarSat tells TV with Thinus.

"A time shifted channel, Fox Movies+2, will also be added in the near future, allowing StarSat subscribers the opportunity to watch the movie two hours after it was broadcast on the FOX Movies channel," says StarSat.

"The channels from FIC provide quality viewing across a number of genres on the StarSat platform, contributing to meeting our subscriber demand for continuously improving content choices," says Ian Woodrow, the head of content at StarSat in a statement.

"We are extremely happy that the strategic partnership with FIC has been welcomed by all of our stakeholders".