Five years after launch, Australian IPTV wholesaler Fetch TV is ready to start exporting its model and services abroad, after building good momentum at home and completing its first overseas project, an overhaul of Malaysian mobile OTT offering Astro On-The-Go.
Astro Overseas Limited – a sister company to Astro, Malaysia’s biggest pay-TV operator – is Fetch’s main backer, with a 75% stake.
Fetch is also eying entry into New Zealand, later this year or early in 2016, followed by launch into one to two countries each year, Fetch CEO Scott Lorson told attendees at this year’s APOS conference.
Fierce broadband competition in Australia is serving Fetch TV well, serving more than 200,000 subs via its ISP partners at present, after reaching the 100,000 mark at the end of 2013.
Lorson thinks that number can double again by the end of the year, with video content and services in the forefront of bundled services currently being marketed aggressively by Australia’s biggest telcos, as well as the country’s dominant pay-TV provider, Foxtel.
“The game has changed,” Lorson said. “It is a triple-play, broadband war breaking out for a variety of reasons. We have three of the top five telcos partnering with us exclusively. As they sell those packages, those triple plays, we are getting a beautiful ride on that curve.”
The arrival of high-speed broadband has helped reignite pay-TV growth in Australia, notably around bundles of broadband and pay-TV while paving the way for cheaper, on-demand services.
One beneficiary is Fetch TV, a five-year-old wholesaler of IPTV which is helping telcos provide triple-play services to fend off competition from the market leader, Telstra, which also owns half of Australia’s biggest pay-TV operator Foxtel.
Fetch TV’s CEO Scott Lorson spoke to Media Business Asia on the sidelines of APOS about the changing competitive landscape for pay-TV in Australia and where Fetch goes from here, both at home and abroad.
At home, Fetch has positioned itself as an opposing force to Australia’s biggest telco, Telstra, which also owns a 50% stake in Foxtel, by providing rival ISPs with an IPTV platform that includes a 1-terabyte DVR as well as a selection of free and paid linear and catch-up services.
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