Entertainment giants Foxtel and Netflix will co-produce an Australian TV show the first time and have inked a groundbreaking deal that is expected to see Netflix shows and movies streamed on Foxtel boxes later this year.
Foxtel boss Patrick Delany has confirmed Foxtel and Netflix have signed a partnership which The Sunday Telegraph understands will mean Foxtel subscribers will be able to stream Netflix on their pay-TV set-top boxes.
Viewers could switch between Foxtel’s hotly-anticipated Game of Thrones series finale and third season of Netflix’s royal drama, The Crown, with the touch of a button on a Foxtel iQ remote.
The new partnership comes after Netflix and Sky UK last year launched a streaming package for Sky subscribers.
The Sunday Telegraph can also reveal the second season of Foxtel’s Logie-award winning political thriller Secret City will be screened worldwide on Netflix.
Two-time Academy award-nominee Jacki Weaver will reprise her role alongside NIDA-trained Anna Torv, who won a Logie for her performance in the first season.
The Australian story has been filmed in Sydney, Canberra and Parliament House.
“Partnering with Netflix enables this great story to be seen around the world by audiences that wouldn’t normally see a Foxtel show,” Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh said.
“We are proud to tell uniquely Australian stories at Foxtel, stories that a made for Australians by our local cast and creatines.”
Secret City: Under the Eagle picks up with journalist Harriet Dunkley, played by Torv, who is released from prison only to be unwittingly ensnared in a military and political cover-up that leads her back to Canberra’s corridors of power.
Foxtel will tomorrow launch a new advertising campaign to highlight its broadcast rights to every football code — NRL, Super Rugby and AFL — as well as F1 and Supercars.
The campaign will be set to Queen hit song I Want It All in a nod to Oscar-nominated film Bohemian Rhapsody, which from tomorrow will be available to stream at any time on the Foxtel Store.
Another Oscar contender A Star Is Born will also drop on FoxFlicks tomorrow, which is the on-demand streaming service available on iQ3 or iQ4 boxes, which complements the 10 movie channels available with the movies package.
“Winter is coming, and whether you’re a Game of Thrones fan, a footy tragic, or a movie fanatic looking for the latest blockbusters, Foxtel brings it altogether and more,” Mr Delany said.