Fox8 (corporately stylised as FOX8, alternatively as Fox 8 or FOX 8) is an Australian pay television channel available on Foxtel,  and Optus Television's subscription platforms. It is the most watched subscription television channel in Australia (with or without the timeshift) and broadcasts the highest rating non-sporting related program or event on subscription television in Australia, Australia's Next Top Model. A high definition version of the channel, Fox8HD, was launched on the Foxtel and Austar platforms on 15 November 2009.
|Launched||23 October 1995|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV)|
|Audience share||1.4% |
timeshift 0.6% (October 2008, )
|Formerly called||Fox (23 October 1995 – April 1997, until the "8" was added to the name) and Star World|
|Replaced||Oh! (Optus Vision)|
|Foxtel||Channel 108 (SD/HD)|
Channel 153 (+2)
Channel 208 (HD)
|Foxtel||Channel 108 (SD/HD)|
Channel 153 (+2)
Channel 1108 (SD)
|Optus TV||Channel 108 |
Channel 153 (+2)
|Foxtel Play||Channel 108|
|Telstra T-Box||Channel 108|
|Foxtel Go||Channel 108|
The channel runs many programs produced by Fox and in fact was originally called "Fox" before adding the "8" to the title. The channel was found on channel 8 on Foxtel analogue and Austar standard and channel 108 on Foxtel Digital and Austar Digital. Fox8 is Foxtel's most popular subscription channel and peak channel. It is also News Corporation's peak Australian channel (similar to Sky1 in the UK and FX in the USA). FOX8 is one of the very few channels to have been continuously broadcast since Foxtel's foundation in 1995. During the late 1990s, Fox8 used to show Saturday Night NRL matches.
FOX8+2 was introduced with the Foxtel and Austar Digital Services on Channel 150. This allows the viewing of the same programs on Fox8, but two hours later. One of the known advantages of this TimeShift Channel, is that Western Australian viewers can see this channel at the correct time in their state as advertised. FOX8 and Foxtel have a deal with Network Ten to receive their shows bought from the USA Fox network. Some shows like this include The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Simple Life. During the migration to the digital platform, Foxtel's Fox Kids (similar to the US version) channel was discontinued in 2004 and a selection of its programming was moved to FOX8 in the early mornings.
The channel was rebranded significantly at the start of 2005, matching the American Fox channel's logo with the addition of the 8 at the end. FOX8's overall graphics also changed in style. Shortly after the rebranding, the station received its first official website. The website was relaunched in October 2005 as a fuller visual experience showing extracts from the top shows.
During the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, the channel screened a 17-day, multiple animated show marathon named "Battle of the Animations" involving Family Guy, American Dad!, The Simpsons, Futurama and King of the Hill. The event concluded on Sunday 24 August with a smaller marathon involving the winning show, as chosen by the viewing audience over the course of the 17 days. The winning show was Family Guy.
On 1 November 2008, as part of the launch of a new channel named 111 HITS, many shows from Fox8 and other channels moved to 111 Hits. 111 Hits is a hit shows channel including programs from the 80s, 90s, 2000s, and today.
On 15 November 2009, FOX8 HD launched on Austar and Foxtel.
On 16 March 2010, FOX8 launched a brand new website.
In May 2011, FOX8 underwent a major rebrand, incorporating a new look, with a new style of branding programs.
In October 2011, FOX8 launched a Program Return Graphic during a Show.
In February 2013, Foxtel announced a deal with The Walt Disney Company which included an exclusive output deal with ABC Family. ABC Family produces some of FOX8's hit programs such as Bunheads, Switched at Birth and The Secret Life of the American Teenager, as well as The Fosters and Twisted which were to premiere later in 2013.
In October 2013, FOX8 launched a new on-air look that included the new slogan TV for the Now Gen (replacing So Fox8).
Fox 8 Kids was a programming block that aired after the closing of Fox Kids in 2004. This did not last very long.
The ASTRA Awards are the awards for the Australian subscription television industry. According to the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), the awards "recognise the wealth of talent that drives the Australian subscription television industry and highlight the creativity, commitment and investment in production and broadcasting.".The awards were discontinued after 2015.Australia's Next Top Model
Australia's Next Top Model is an Australian reality television series which premiered on 11 January 2005, and is based on Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model. It was broadcast on the Australian subscription television channel, Fox8.Australia's Next Top Model (cycle 6)
The sixth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model premiered on 20 July 2010 on Fox8. Sarah Murdoch returned as the host and leading judge for this cycle. Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson also returned as judges.
The prizes for this cycle included a one-year modelling contract with Priscilla's Model Management, a A$25,000 contract to be the face Levi’s, a trip to New York to meet with Elite Model Management, a brand new Ford Fiesta Zetec, an eight-page editorial spread and the cover of Harper's Bazaar Australia, and A$20,000 courtesy of U by Kotex.The winner of the competition was 17-year-old Amanda Ware from Mermaid Beach, Queensland.Australia's Next Top Model (season 7)
The seventh cycle of Australia's Next Top Model began airing on 8 August 2011 on Fox8.The prizes for this cycle included a modelling contract with Chic Model Management, ending the relationship with Priscilla's Model Management, a A$20,000 cash prize thanks to TRESemmé, a brand new Ford Fiesta, an overseas trip to New York City to meet with NEXT Model Management, and an editorial spread and the cover of Harper's Bazaar Australia.The winner of the competition was 17-year-old Montana Cox from Melbourne, Victoria. This was the last series of Australia's Next Top Model hosted by Sarah Murdoch, after she left the show some months following the cycle's finale.Australia's Next Top Model (season 8)
The eighth cycle of Australia's Next Top Model began airing 9 July 2013 on Fox8. Former host Sarah Murdoch left the show and was replaced by Jennifer Hawkins. Alex Perry and Charlotte Dawson returned as judges for this season with Didier Cohen joining the show as a new judge. This is the last series of Australia's Next Top Model to feature Dawson, before she died of an apparent suicide five months after it ended.
The prizes for this cycle included a one-year modelling contract with IMG Sydney and worldwide representation by IMG London, New York, Milan and Paris, as well as a A$20,000 cash prize thanks to TRESemmé, a brand new Nissan Dualis, an overseas trip to Paris to meet with IMG Paris, and an eight-page editorial spread and the cover of Harper's Bazaar Australia.The winner of the competition was 16-year-old Melissa Juratowitch from Melbourne, Victoria.Dangerous (TV series)
Dangerous is an Australian television drama series that first screened on 16 January 2007 on FOX8 and was shown in Ireland on RTÉ One. In mid-2008, it began running on The WB's online network in the US.
It features a "Romeo and Juliet" story of forbidden love, set against the culturally diverse backgrounds of Sydney's western suburbs street crime and the affluence of Sydney’s eastern suburbs. It explores youth culture, including taboo subjects like party drug use and the underground world of drag racing and ramraiding. Dangerous is produced by John Edwards and Imogen Banks. Writers include Fiona Seres and Brendan Cowell, acclaimed for their work on Love My Way. It is directed by David Caesar and Shawn Seet. The series' theme song is "Set The Record Straight", performed by New Zealand hip hop group Fast Crew, although the lyrics "Auckland City, let's go" has been changed to "Sydney City, let's go" for use on the show.Football Superstar
Football Superstar is an Australian reality television series that aired on FOX8. It was hosted by Lee Furlong and Brian McFadden, with Kris Smith replacing McFadden in the third season. The show aimed to find a new football (soccer) star from male contestants aged 16 to 21. In its three seasons, the winners were Adam Hett, Luke Pilkington and Liam McCormick.Gus Worland
Gus Worland is an Australian television and radio personality. He is best known for his series of reality television programs Man Power An Aussie Goes Barmy, An Aussie Goes Bolly and An Aussie Goes Calypso which aired on Fox8.
He is one of the hosts of the Triple M Sydney breakfast radio show The Grill Team.List of Australia's Next Top Model contestants
This is a list of contestants who have appeared on the Australian television show Australia's Next Top Model. The show is hosted by model Jennifer Hawkins and her panel of judges, and contestants compete to win a modeling contract with a top modeling agency and along with other prizes. The series first aired in 2005 and as of 2015, nine seasons have aired. A total of 135 different participants have been selected as finalists in the show in its ten years running, with ten girls (Gemma Sanderson, Eboni Stocks, Alice Burdeu, Demelza Reveley, Tahnee Atkinson, Amanda Ware, Montana Cox, Melissa Juratowitch, Brittany Beattie and Aleyna FitzGerald) crowned Australia's Next Top Model.Love My Way
Love My Way is a Logie Award-winning and critically acclaimed Australian television drama program. It won the AFI award for Best Television Drama Series for each of its three seasons (2004–2007).Main Event
Main Event (previously known as Event TV or Main Attraction) is Australia's only pay-per-view channel. It transmits through Foxtel and Optus Television, who jointly own the channel. It broadcasts major sporting and entertainment events such as boxing, professional wrestling, mixed martial arts and concerts.The channel has broadcast the Anthony "The Man" Mundine vs. Danny Green boxing fight and has broadcast nearly every World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view since 2000 (There was a contract negotiation period that prevented the WWE from showing WWE pay-per-views between January 2003 and August 2003). Since May 2006 it has also been broadcasting Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-views, and since 2007, the Ultimate Fighting Championship started screening their PPV's. It also broadcast WWE's weekly programming (for free) over a 2-week period during 2006 while Fox8 was screening a marathon of The Simpsons. The channel would similarly do the same in early 2015 when Fox8 broadcast every episode of The Simpsons.
In previous years, Main Event has also broadcast large concerts for artists such as Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé Knowles. In November 2008, the channel broadcast a live concert at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne from Dutch violinist, conductor and composer, André Rieu.
During the Australian Football League's 2007-2011 broadcast rights period, Friday Night Football matches as well as selected games played on Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon were shown on Main Event to Fox Sports (Australia) subscribers in New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory. Viewers in Victoria, in contrast, did not receive any National Rugby League matches live on this channel, even if their local team the Melbourne Storm was playing.
The AFL arrangement ceased as of season 2012, as free-to-air rights holder the Seven Network were permitted to screen these games to northern states on its digital terrestrial multichannel, 7mate.On 3 September 2013, Main Event launched a HD simulcast. This came following the closure of Foxtel 3D due to an insufficient amount of 3D content being produced, while the majority of premium pay-per-view content shown on Main Event is produced and acquired in HD.Oh! (TV channel)
Oh! was an Australian cable TV channel owned by Optus Television. It served as the services's premier general entertainment channel until it was replaced by FOX8 in 2002. Programming was mostly sourced from Warner Brothers Television. After the channels closure, the content was given to Foxtel and XYZnetworks channels, with most of the Warner Brothers shows moving to Arena.Rove LA
Rove LA is an Australian television comedy talk show which debuted on Fox8 on 19 September 2011. The show is hosted by Rove McManus and is set in Los Angeles. The show is presented in a similar fashion to McManus' previous talk show Rove, featuring comedy segments and interviews with celebrity guests. The show was picked up for a two-year run on the Fox8 subscription channel.Season 3 did not air in 2013, but producers speculated that there may be a season 3 possibly later on.Slide (TV series)
Slide (styled as SLiDE) is an Australian teen drama series which premiered on the Fox8 subscription television channel and aired from 16 August to 18 October 2011. The series follows the lives and exploits of five teenagers making their way into adulthood in the city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. FOX8 confirmed in February 2012 a second season was not commissioned.
The series is multi platform and encourages the viewer to view extra content online via apps and social networking such as Facebook and Twitter. Webisodes of events that take place before and after each episodes —titled Before and After Bits— are also available on the show's official YouTube account. The series is the second multi-platform scripted series on Australian television, after the ABC's Fat Cow Motel in 2004.On 16 August 2012, the show premiered on the American cable network TeenNick.The Face Australia
The Face is an Australian reality television modelling competition series aired on Fox8 of Foxtel and produced by Shine Australia. Naomi Campbell was the show's executive producer and one of the three supermodel coaches of the series, as with The Face (U.S.) and The Face (U.K.). It was reported that the channel and production team acquired the right to create an adaptation for Australian TV on 31 August 2013. Filming for the series took place from 1 November to 4 December 2013. The series premiered on 18 March 2014 and concluded on 6 May 2014.The show premiered to 40,000 national viewers, which was the 18th most watched show on subscription television that night, but only fourth most watched program on FOX8. The remaining episodes of the series rated under 50,000 national viewers, with the finale attracting only 16,000 viewers (plus 25,000 viewers on FOX8 +2).WGHP
WGHP, virtual channel 8 (UHF digital channel 35), is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to High Point, North Carolina, United States and serving the Piedmont Triad region (Greensboro–Winston-Salem–High Point). The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company. WGHP's studios are located on Francis Street (just outside downtown High Point), and its transmitter is located in Sophia. The station is carried on channel 10 on cable providers throughout much of the market.WJW (TV)
WJW, virtual and VHF digital channel 8, is a Fox-affiliated television station licensed to Cleveland, Ohio, United States. Its second digital subchannel serves as an owned-and-operated station of the classic TV network Antenna TV. The station is owned by the Tribune Broadcasting subsidiary of the Tribune Media Company. WJW's studios are located on Dick Goddard Way (named for the station's longtime weatherman—previously known as South Marginal Road) just northeast of downtown Cleveland near the shore of Lake Erie, and its transmitter is located in the Cleveland suburb of Parma, Ohio.WWE Vintage
WWE Vintage is a professional wrestling television program from WWE showcasing action from the extensive WWE video library. The show was hosted by Gene Okerlund and, later in its run, Renee Young.
Vintage is shown in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Sky Sports (until 2014), in Australia on FOX8 (until mid-2013), in South Africa on eKasi+, in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan on Ten Sports, in the Middle East on ShowSports 4, and in Japan on J Sports. In early September 2012, Astro SuperSport 3 aired Vintage in Malaysia.The show premiered in June 2008 as Vintage Collection, replacing Heat in the overseas markets in which it still aired. Each episode typically showcases 4 or 5 matches around a common theme (a particular wrestler, a major event, a division, etc.). Such themes can expand through 3 or 4 consecutive episodes.