Binge
CountryAustralia
Programming
Language(s)English
Ownership
OwnerFoxtel
Sister channelsFoxtel Networks channels
History
Launched5 October 2016
ReplacedSoHo
Closed7 November 2019
Replaced byFox One
the streaming service with the same name
Availability
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 119

Binge (stylized as Binge.) was an Australian 24-hour pay television channel available on the Foxtel platform. Originally scheduled to launch on 1 October 2016,[1] the channel instead launched on 5 October 2016.[2] The channel, similar to sister channel BoxSets, broadcast multiple episodes of drama and comedy programs, allowing viewers to binge-watch a series.[2] Binge was part of the drama pack on channel 119.[3]

The channel was closed on 7 November 2019, then it was replaced by Fox One.[4][5]

History

The channel was announced on 1 August 2016 as a replacement for SoHo, which would be closed at the same time. Existing programs on SoHo would be migrated to other Foxtel channels, including showcase, TV H!TS, Arena and FOX8.[2][6]

The first program to air was the entire first season of Supergirl.[7]

On 7 November 2019, the channel ceased operations, after which the channel space created in 1995 by FX ceased to exist.

It was revealed on 23 May 2020 that Foxtel had repurposed the brand for a brand new streaming service named BINGE, which would act as a direct competitor to streaming video-on-demand services like Netflix and Stan.[8]

Programming

Programming on Binge was aimed at the 18-49 and 25-54 demographic groups.[9]

Availability

The channel was only available through the Foxtel platform on channel 119 (originally channel 116).[7]

References

  1. ^ Johnston, Rae (1 August 2016). "Foxtel Has A New 'Binge' Channel". Gizmodo. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Knox, David (1 August 2016). "Foxtel closing SoHo, adds new Binge channel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Binge is the new binge". 15 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  4. ^ "FOXTEL announces Four New Channels - Putting the focus on Entertainment and Lifestyle". Australian Television News - TV Blackbox. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Foxtel confirms date for new FOX-branded entertainment channels". Mediaweek. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Foxtel announces new 'Binge' channel". SoHo. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Foxtel reveals programming for new channel Binge". MediaWeek. 14 September 2016. Archived from the original on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Binge: Foxtel's New Streaming Service Unveiled". Reviews.org. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Foxtel Announces New 'Binge' Channel". B&T. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2016.