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Austar Austar Communications Austar logo.svg Industry Telecommunications Predecessor CETV, East Coast Television (ECTV) Successor Foxtel Founded 1995[1] Defunct 24 May 2012 Headquarters Robina Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Key people John Porter, CEO Mike Fries, chairman Products Direct broadcast satellite cable television internet access (former) mobile phone (former) Website austar.com.au Austar was an Australian telecommunications company. Its main business activity was subscription television but it has also been involved with internet access and mobile phones. It was founded in 1995 under the name Community Entertainment Television (CETV).[1][2]
Austar's television subscriber base grew to 747,148 (at 30 June 2010), making it the largest subscription television operator in regional and rural Australia.[citation needed] Austar provided subscription television services in a service area of approximately 2.4m homes, one-third of Australia's total homes, primarily using digital satellite technology. Austar also operated a digital cable network in Darwin. Austar is now owned by Foxtel, which acquired the company in 2012.[3] Since the acquisition, Foxtel has progressively merged all operations into a national system. In mid-to-late 2013, Foxtel merged all accounts to Foxtel and removed the MyStar related online services. This was the last step in the merge. In November 2013, the Foxtel iQ units were made available with satellite connections for those who wished to replace their MyStar units. The transition was completed in 2014, when all Austar branding was replaced with the current Foxtel moniker. Austar was involved with providing services to Sega Channel in Australia in partnership with Namco Bandai Partners, a joint venture between Sega , Ozisoft, and Foxtel Contents 1 Foxtel takeover 2 Subscription television (Austar Television/Austar Digital) 2.1 On Demand (Featured) 2.2 Austar AnyWhere 2.3 The MyStar personal digital recorder 2.4 Mystar criticism 3 Austar Mobile (mobile telephony)
4 Dial-up internet (Austarnet) 5 Broadband internet (Austar Broadband) 5.1 Austar/Unwired Alliance 5.2 Austar/Opel agreement 6 See also 7 References 8 External links Foxtel takeover On 11 July 2011, Austar announced that "it had entered into definitive transaction agreements with Liberty Global, Inc. (LGI) and Foxtel Management Pty Limited (Foxtel) under which Foxtel will acquire AUSTAR by a series of transactions including a scheme of arrangement (Scheme)."[4] This takeover involved a minority shareholder approval on 30 March 2012,[5] the

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