Studio (TV channel)

STUDIO was a subscription television arts channels available in Australia on the FOXTEL and AUSTAR platforms.[1]

Original Logo used from 1 April 2010 until 1 March 2012

The channel launched in April 2010 as STVDIO, and is owned and operated by SBS Subscription TV, a subsidiary of free-to-air broadcaster Special Broadcasting Service.

STUDIO is Australia's only channel dedicated to the arts and entertainment and themed nights. It shows classical and popular music, literature, film, visual arts and dance with documentaries and performances.[2]

As part of a brand redesign in March 2012, the channel was renamed to STUDIO, suggested to be a more accessible name.[3]

The channel was forced into closure on 27 March 2015 as they were unable to re-negotiate their contract with Foxtel, and was instead replaced with Foxtel-owned channel Foxtel Arts. As a result, a number of the channel's arts programming moved to SBS and its video on demand service.[4][5]

STUDIO (TV Channel) logo
LaunchedApril 2010
Closed27 March 2015
Owned bySpecial Broadcasting Service
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
SloganAustralia's Arts & Entertainment Channel
Formerly calledSTVDIO (2010–2012)
Replaced byFoxtel Arts
FoxtelChannel 132
FoxtelChannel 132

Local Australian Productions

The channel also records live local music, theatre and dance productions, known as the STUDIO Season Ticket.[6]

  • Smoke & Mirrors with iOTA – Filmed at The Famous Spiegeltent during Sydney Festival 2011.[7]
  • Amadou & Mariam at WOMADelaide 2011 – The blind Mali duo performed at Adelaide's world music festival in March.[8]
  • Iconic Songs with Archie Roach – Indigenous performer and activist Archie Roach was joined by long-time friends Shane Howard and Neil Murray at WOMADelaide 2011 to perform three iconic Australian songs.[8]
  • The 2011 Helpmann Awards – Australia’s performing arts awards, broadcast live from the Sydney Opera House.[9]
  • The Australian Ballet presents Graeme Murphy's Romeo & Juliet – Live broadcast from Melbourne's the Arts Centre.[10]
  • notes from the hard road and beyond from Melbourne Festival 2011 – STUDIO announced it will record the closing night of the Melbourne International Arts Festival with performances by Joss Stone, Mavis Staples, and Rickie-Lee Jones.[11]

Arts Community

In addition to live performances, STUDIO also broadcasts news and updates on the Australian arts community. The channel broadcast short programs called [ STUDIO ‘Artbreaks’ which include interviews with local and international artists, performers, and coverage of current arts events.[12]

Past artists have included:

  • Dance choreographer Graeme Murphy
  • Director Wim Wenders]
  • Author Thomas Keneally
  • Author Shaun Tan
  • Conductor and classical musician Vladimir Ashkenazy
  • Author Tim Winton
  • Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater
  • Theatre icon John Bell
  • Director Adam Elliot
  • Go-Betweens founder Robert Forster
  • Speigeltent Maestro David Bates
  • Opera star Cecilia Bartoli
  • You Am I member Tim Rogers

Past arts events covered have included:


  1. ^ "About STUDIO". 'STUDIO'. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
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  3. ^ "STVDIO rebrands to Studio to help viewers understand how to pronounce it". Mumbrella. Retrieved 5 March 2012.
  4. ^ Knox, David (27 March 2015). "STUDIO channel takes its final bow". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  5. ^ Knox, David (24 November 2014). "STUDIO to end on Foxtel in March, shift to SBS platforms". TV Tonight. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
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  7. ^ "Smoke & Mirrors, Saturday, June 11". The Age. Melbourne. 11 June 2011.
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  9. ^ "2011 Helpmann Awards Red Carpet, Monday, August 1". The Sydney Morning Herald. 1 August 2011.
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The Studio

The Studio may refer to

The Studio (commune), New York artists commune

The Studio (magazine), British magazine of arts and culture, published from 1893 until 1964

The Studio (TV channel), former TV channel in the UK and Ireland that aired films

The Studio (TV channel)

The Studio was a cable television film channel in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was a joint venture between NTL and Vivendi Universal who each had a 50 percent share.The Studio was announced on 29 September 2000 amid speculation that some Hollywood-based film studios were planning to launch subscription film channels through BSkyB. Ahead of its launch the channel was subject to analysis from the European Commission, who found that the film service would neither create nor reinforce a dominant position in any market. The basic subscription channel launched on 1 February 2001 on NTL's analogue cable TV platform, followed by digital on 7 February and NTL Ireland's digital platform in January 2002. At its launch The Studio had access to around 1,000 films, with a selection of both classic titles, as well as newer releases. Films included Born on the Fourth of July, Carlito's Way, Babe, Leaving Las Vegas and Shine. Movies would also be packaged into blocks and strands to attract particular viewers.

NTL had hoped to launch The Studio on other platforms, such as Sky Digital, ONdigital and Telewest, but its failure to do so meant the channel did not reach the number of viewers a deal with another provider would have allowed. In May 2001, NTL attempted to sell its stake in The Studio in an effort to stem heavy losses, while Vivendi also began to run into trouble. With NTL and Vivendi deciding the channel was not financially viable despite meeting its financial targets, it was announced on 18 December 2002 that The Studio would close at the end of the month. The channel in fact remained on air until the early hours of 1 January 2003, when it closed after almost two years on air. NTL had agreed to provide a guarantee of £4.2 million in the event of termination of the joint venture, with closure costs totalling £4.8 million.


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