Foxtel Smooth
Logo of Foxtel Smooth
CountryAustralia
Broadcast areaAustralia
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format576i (SDTV 16:9)
Ownership
OwnerFoxtel Networks[1]
NOVA Entertainment
Sister channelsFoxtel Networks channels
History
Launched3 December 2013
Closed1 July 2020; 2 years ago (1 July 2020)
Replaced byFoxtel Arts (24hr channel)
Links
Websitewww.smooth.com.au
Availability
Streaming media
Foxtel GoChannel 806

Foxtel Smooth (formerly Smooth) was an 18-hour (originally 24-hour) Australian pay television music channel available via Foxtel satellite and cable services. It launched on 3 December 2013, dedicated to easy listening adult contemporary music.[2][3] The channel ceased broadcasting on 1 July 2020.

History

Original logo used when the channel was branded simply as Smooth. As with the current logo, it uses the same style as that used by the radio network.
Original logo used when the channel was branded simply as Smooth. As with the current logo, it uses the same style as that used by the radio network.

On 1 November 2013, Foxtel announced they were refreshing their music genre channels to allow for more diversity in their offerings.[2] In addition to changes to the channels being offered by MTV Australia and the branding of the audio channels, it was announced that smoothfm would launch a television station that would offer easy listening adult contemporary music which will correspond to their radio network.[2] Smooth is the first radio station in Australia to launch a television channel. Marcia Hines and Cameron Daddo are the faces of the channel.[4][5]

From 11 October 2017, it was announced that Foxtel Smooth would become a part-day channel, and would only be broadcast between midnight and 6 pm. This was due to a move by Foxtel to enable Foxtel Smooth to share the same broadcast bandwidth as Foxtel Arts, which in turn would only be available between 6 pm and midnight.[6]

On 3 June 2020, it was confirmed by Foxtel and NOVA that the channel would cease operations at the end of the month. This was followed with an announcement in May that Foxtel would be outsourcing its music video channel operations to Network 10's parent company ViacomCBS (now known as Paramount Networks UK & Australia). On 1 July 2020, following the closure of the channel, Foxtel Arts was reverted back to a 24-hour channel.[7][8]

References

  1. ^ "Shareholdings". Foxtel. Retrieved 10 October 2016. Smooth – Foxtel, Australia
  2. ^ a b c Knox, David (1 November 2013). "Foxtel refreshes music channels". TV Tonight. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  3. ^ "Summer Channel Changes". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Marcia Hines fronts new Foxtel music channel SMOOTH". if.com.au. 4 November 2013. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  5. ^ Knox, David (5 December 2013). "Cameron Daddo becomes Mr SMOOTH on Foxtel". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Foxtel downgrades Smooth, Foxtel Arts. Axes LifeStyle YOU". TV Tonight. 3 August 2017. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  7. ^ Challenor, Jake (3 June 2020). "Foxtel confirms its Smooth music channel won't continue". The Music Network. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  8. ^ Perry, Kevin (3 June 2020). "FOXTEL CONFIRMS CLOSURE OF SMOOTH MUSIC CHANNEL". TV Blackbox. Retrieved 3 June 2020.