Foxtel tables Austar takeover

Australia's pay-TV industry enters consolidation mode as Foxtel offers to take over Austar in a $2 billion deal.

Foxtel tables Austar takeover
Foxtel is hoping to crack the outback market through Austar

Foxtel has offered to take over Austar for an equity value of A$1.93 billion $2.04 billion in a deal that will consolidate two of Australia’s pay-television operators.

Foxtel has 1.63 million subscriber households on cable and satellite, which it serves through retail and wholesale distribution. It yesterday offered shareholders of Austar, which provides subscription TV in regional and rural Australia, A$1.52 per share to buy the company. If the deal goes through, Foxtel intends to...

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