Foxtel to launch classic movie channel
Rebecca Hawkes
| 05 March 2018

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel is adding a linear channel showcasing what it claims to be some of the greatest films of all time, along with a library of 'movie masterpieces' available on-demand.

The new channel, Foxtel Movie Greats, will launch on 23 March and will also be available to stream on Foxtel Now. It will feature films from every decade and spanning all the genres.

"Foxtel Movie Greats will be carefully curated with a wide selection of outstanding motion pictures from every major Hollywood studio, including 20th Century Fox, Disney, Warners, Sony, Paramount, Universal and MGM," explained Brian Walsh, executive director of television, Foxtel. The channel will feature titles from Hollywood's illustrious past through to modern classics. It will mean that Foxtel customers will now have the choice of 10 dedicated movie channels, including our incredibly successful Pop-Up Movie channel.

All time classics such as Cleopatra, My Fair Lady, The Great Escape, Ben-Hur, War & Peace, Saturday Night Fever, The Godfather, Chariots of Fire and The Ten Commandments will joined by titles including King Kong, An Officer And A Gentleman, Kramer vs. Kramer, Greatest Show On Earth, Escape from Alcatraz, Death On The Nile, Murder On The Orient Express, and Pretty In Pink.

"We have secured brand new digitally remastered prints of many of the titles, which look stunning. For a great many of the movies, this is the first time they will be seen in glorious HD, which will add to the magic," added Walsh.

The Foxtel Movie Greats channel will be available in HD to Foxtel Movies and Foxtel Platinum subscribers. Over 60 of the key films from the new channel will be available to watch from Foxtel's On Demand library and will be streamed on Foxtel Now.

Foxtel has also announced that veteran movie critic, Bill Collins, will be part of an expanded On Demand library service available to subscribers, also from 23 March. Collins' Golden Years Of Hollywood will be supported by an On Demand library including masterpieces such as All About Eve, All That Heaven Allows, Sunset Boulevard, The Wizard Of Oz, Singin' In The Rain, An American In Paris, Casablanca, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen, Auntie Mame, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Magnificent Obsession.