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Foxtel today welcomed the arrival of the Government’s discussion paper outlining possible steps designed to protect the rights of content creators and distributors from online piracy. Foxtel is pleased at the Government’s recognition of the importance of the creative industries to the economy and society.

Richard Freudenstein, Foxtel Chief Executive Officer, said, “illegal downloading is not just an issue for businesses, it affects the livelihoods of actors, writers, directors, set designers, caterers and everyone else involved in the production of these programs. Foxtel acknowledges the comments in the discussion paper that everyone has a part to play in reducing the incidents of online piracy and we look forward to constructively engaging in the discussion of how to give effect to the principles that underpin the Government’s position.” Continue reading »

Quickflix_throng_200x175Whether you’re a channel surfer looking for something to watch or someone who leaves your TV on one channel for the entire evening, here are our thoughts on what we think might be worth checking out this evening.

Must Watch:

The Bachelor Australia (Ten, 7:00pm)
Meet real estate auctioneer Blake Garvey. At 31, Blake is ready to settle down and share the rest of his life with the woman of his dreams. Will he find true love among the 24 beautiful bachelorettes?

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Step inside the amazing world of the elderly call girl in Extraordinary Lives: My Granny the Escort, premiering Monday, August 4, at 9.30pm on Nine.

The first in a new series of compelling documentaries, My Granny the Escort is a frank insight into the lifestyle of women who, in their later years, turn to the sex industry for work.

The program features three grandmothers: Sheila (84), Beverley (64) and Sophie (57) – who all sell sex from hotel rooms or their homes. Continue reading »

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The Nine Network today announced that the Logie Award-winning drama House Husbands will return for a fourth season, continuing Nine’s commitment to producing quality Australian drama.

Aussie favourites Gary Sweet (Lewis), Firass Dirani (Justin), Gyton Grantley (Kane), Rhys Muldoon (Mark), Julia Morris (Gemma) and Natalie Saleeba (Abi) will all be returning for another entertaining season of laughter, tears and friendship as they deal with the challenges of raising families in today’s chaotic world. Continue reading »

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Foxtel today released first official images from the set of the new Australian mini-series Deadline Gallipoli, in production in South Australia.

Deadline Gallipoli explores the origin of the Gallipoli legend from the point of view of war correspondents Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, Phillip Schuler and Keith Murdoch, who lived through the campaign and bore witness to the extraordinary events that unfolded on the shores of Gallipoli in 1915.

These were the first truly embedded war correspondents whose defiance ignited a change in the campaign’s course and whose commitment to the stories of the men turned the war from a strategic failure into a triumph of the human spirit. Continue reading »

FTA TimeShifted Top Programs

Rank Description Channel\
Market
Consolidated Overnight Increase
1 WINNERS & LOSERS Network 7 1,044,000 857,000 187,000
2 ARROW -EP2 Network 9 433,000 261,000 172,000
3 UNDER THE DOME Network TEN 630,000 468,000 162,000
4 CHICAGO FIRE-EP.2 Network 7 357,000 215,000 142,000
5 ARROW Network 9 527,000 395,000 132,000
6 CHICAGO FIRE Network 7 451,000 320,000 131,000
7 HAMISH & ANDY’S GAP YEAR SOUTH AMERICA Network 9 1,149,000 1,041,000 108,000
8 NCIS: LOS ANGELES RPT Network TEN 383,000 310,000 72,000
9 WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Network SBS ONE 575,000 505,000 69,000
10 NCIS: LOS ANGELES LATE RPT Network TEN 314,000 247,000 67,000
11 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT EP2 Network 9 769,000 715,000 55,000
12 MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA TUES Network TEN 1,172,000 1,124,000 48,000
13 THE X FACTOR-TUE Network 7 1,214,000 1,167,000 47,000
14 THE BIG BANG THEORY -RPT Network 9 760,000 723,000 37,000
15 PEPPA PIG-PM Network ABC2 311,000 275,000 35,000
16 IN THE NIGHT GARDEN-AM Network ABC2 134,000 99,000 35,000
17 AT THE MOVIES-LE Network ABC1 307,000 277,000 29,000
18 TOUR DE FRANCE 2014 LIVE: STAGE 16 Network SBS ONE 208,000 181,000 27,000
19 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 939,000 913,000 26,000
20 GOOD GAME-EV Network ABC2 136,000 113,000 23,000

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FTA Top Programs

Rank Description Channel\
Market
(r) 5 City Metro Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Perth
1 NINE NEWS Network 9 1,144,000 334,000 421,000 241,000 74,000 75,000
2 THE X FACTOR-TUE Network 7 1,107,000 302,000 281,000 209,000 136,000 180,000
3 NINE NEWS 6:30 Network 9 1,100,000 329,000 397,000 221,000 79,000 75,000
4 SEVEN NEWS Network 7 1,073,000 234,000 254,000 231,000 146,000 207,000
5 SEVEN NEWS / TODAY TONIGHT Network 7 1,029,000 242,000 279,000 198,000 136,000 174,000
6 THE BLOCK GLASSHOUSE -TUE Network 9 1,002,000 275,000 374,000 190,000 73,000 89,000
7 HOME AND AWAY Network 7 992,000 248,000 259,000 219,000 115,000 152,000
8 A CURRENT AFFAIR Network 9 989,000 328,000 314,000 196,000 69,000 83,000
9 HAMISH & ANDY’S GAP YEAR SOUTH AMERICA Network 9 987,000 300,000 367,000 141,000 75,000 104,000
10 ABC NEWS-EV Network ABC1 818,000 239,000 286,000 96,000 85,000 112,000
11 WINNERS & LOSERS Network 7 768,000 189,000 218,000 156,000 95,000 110,000
12 GLASGOW LIVE (TEN) D6 EVENING Network TEN 675,000 166,000 220,000 108,000 75,000 106,000
13 7.30-EV Network ABC1 651,000 171,000 239,000 88,000 68,000 86,000
14 TEN EYEWITNESS NEWS Network TEN 616,000 173,000 184,000 91,000 71,000 97,000
15 HOT SEAT Network 9 616,000 167,000 234,000 136,000 33,000 48,000
16 THE PROJECT 7PM Network TEN 616,000 143,000 205,000 114,000 53,000 101,000
17 FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT-EV Network ABC1 616,000 155,000 220,000 96,000 63,000 82,000
18 GLASGOW LIVE (ONE) D6 EVENING Network ONE 582,000 131,000 180,000 96,000 83,000 92,000
19 MILLION DOLLAR MINUTE Network 7 572,000 156,000 161,000 98,000 75,000 81,000
20 FAMILY FEUD Network TEN 570,000 166,000 168,000 106,000 61,000 68,000

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Network Ten is proud to announce that filming for its new observational documentary series, Gold Coast Cops, has started in Queensland.

Produced by Eyeworks Australia, the 10-part series follows the work of Gold Coast police officers from the newly created Rapid Action & Patrols Group (RAP).

The elite taskforce is responsible for policing everything from bikie gangs and street violence to drug heists and organised crime. Continue reading »

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