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Foxtel targeting ESPN, beIN deals for new OTT platform

Australian pay-television operator Foxtel is reportedly in carriage talks with pay-television broadcasters ESPN and beIN Sports to offer their international sports content via its new sports streaming service.

The Australian Financial Review newspaper said Foxtel is seeking to enhance the content it will offer via the new platform, which could launch ahead of Australia’s first cricket Test of the domestic summer in early December.

ESPN holds rights in Australia to US sports leagues such as the NBA and MLB, while beIN Sports’ portfolio includes European rugby union competitions.

The new platform, rumoured to be called Kayo Sports, would grant Australian consumers access to Foxtel’s sports content without paying for a cable television package for the first time. The platform will reportedly charge subscription fees of between A$19.95 (€13/$14) and A$25 per month.