Foxtel Lookback is subscription TV genius


WhistleOut
17 October 2013

Foxtel has outlined it's plans for 2014, naming a bevy of new and returning shows to its line-up, and announcing a new feature for IQ subscribers that will allow them to time-travel up to 26-hours into the past.

Well, time-travel isn't exactly accurate. As a software feature for IQ boxes, Lookback will let subscribers look over the past 26-hours in the TV guide and choose shows that they have missed to watch.

Leveraging Foxtel's investments in content streaming, customers will be able to play these missed programs over an internet connection.

For many, this will seem like a simple, logical change for Foxtel to make, but it could soon be one of the most used elements in Foxtel's new on-demand content features.

It will favour Telstra BigPond customers too, who will receive the data of this content unmetered as part of their standard monthly broadband plans.

What's on the box

Foxtel has also announced that two new stations will launch in 2014: TV Hits and SyFy. The first, while it sounds like another 24-hour music network, will actually be the place to watch recent TV favourites likes How I Met Your Mother, CSI, NCIS, and Everybody Loves Raymond.

SyFy is a popular US network making its way down under to deliver exactly what it's name suggests. It's US equivalent is known for a raft of self-produced Sci-Fi and Fantasy gems like Ghost Hunters, Battlestar Galactica and this year's surprise blockbuster Sharknado.

Foxtel will also screen HBO hits Game of Thrones and Newsroom, plus many other popular long-running TV mainstays.


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