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Fox Classics
Timeshift serviceFox Classics+2
OwnerFoxtel Networks
Sister channelsFoxtel Networks channels
Launched2 December 2000[1]
Former namesFox Kids (Shared Channel)
FoxtelChannel 117
Channel 217 (+2)
Optus TVChannel 113
Channel 156 (+2)
FoxtelChannel 117
Channel 217 (+2)

FOX Classics is an Australian cable and satellite channel that specializes in showing television series and ad-free classic movies, themed movie nights and miniseries from the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.


FOX Classics began as a channel shared with Fox Kids, which itself had moved from a block on Fox8.

This version of the channel was a night shift for the Fox Kids channel in Australia, when Fox Kids ended at a specific time (late afternoon for the most part), FOX Classics began. It was essentially, ad-free classic movies (mostly from the 20th Century Fox library), hosted by Bill Collins, who would give background information and trivia about the movie to the audience, before and after the movie.[2] Eventually Fox Kids moved back to Fox8 on 1 February 2003[3] and FOX Classics became a 24-hour channel.

In November 2008, with the addition of 111 Hits and the change in direction of the network to a catalog of 50s, 60s and 70s programs, a large amount of newer material mainly sitcoms were moved from FOX Classics.

Current Programming

Former programming


  1. ^ Murdoch, Blake (28 November 2000). "New pay TV offerings from Australia's Foxtel". The Hollywood Reporter. BPI. 365 (43): 10. ISSN 0018-3660. Archived from the original on 24 August 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  2. ^ "Mr Movies' classic passion". Sunday Herald Sun. 8 April 2001.
  3. ^ Fox Classics