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Optus Satellite extends deal with Foxtel until 2031

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Optus Satellite has extended its partnership with media firm Foxtel for an undisclosed financial consideration, with the extension to provide satellite services until 2031.

In a statement on Monday, the company said it owned and operated the largest fleet of spacecraft in Australia and New Zealand, with five satellites in geostationary orbit to service its broadcast, corporate, and government customers.

Optus Satellite said the contract extension, along with efficiencies agreed with Foxtel, reaffirmed Optus Satellite's leading position in the ANZ satellite market.

Optus managing director, Wholesale, Satellite and Strategy, Ben White, said: "As we look to the future of the satellite business, this expanded services agreement builds on our legacy of delivering world-class satellite services and further strengthens Optus' position as Australia and New Zealand's leading provider of satellite services."

The company said Foxtel has been its partner since 1998 to deliver their premium live sport, movies, drama, news and entertainment content, including Australia's only dedicated, live 4K broadcast channel, to both regional and metropolitan areas across two Optus satellites in orbit over Australia.

"Our collaboration provides resilience for existing services and an opportunity for future expansion as Australians continue to embrace 4K viewing and see 8K video on the horizon," said White.

"This commitment provides Foxtel a proven and reliable platform for the delivery of high-quality video images watched on the large screens in homes and other venues over the next 11 years.

"We are pleased to continue our multi-layered relationship with Foxtel into the next decade and to demonstrate that satellite remains one of the best ways for Foxtel to provide a rich viewing experience to their customers.

"Optus is proud of the role we play to connect millions of viewers with Foxtel's essential content, and we look forward to continuing to grow our long-term relationship."


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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