AustarAustar CommunicationsAustar logo.svgIndustryTelecommunicationsPredecessorCETV, East Coast Television (ECTV)SuccessorFoxtelFounded1995Defunct24 May 2012HeadquartersRobinaGold Coast, Queensland, AustraliaKey peopleJohn Porter, CEOMike Fries, chairmanProductsDirect broadcast satellitecable televisioninternet access (former)mobile phone (former)Websiteaustar.com.auAustar was an Australian telecommunications company. Its main business activity wassubscription television but it has also been involved with internet access and mobile phones. Itwas founded in 1995 under the name Community Entertainment Television (CETV).
Austar's television subscriber base grew to 747,148 (at 30 June 2010), making it the largestsubscription television operator in regional and rural Australia. Austar providedsubscription television services in a service area of approximately 2.4m homes, one-third ofAustralia's total homes, primarily using digital satellite technology. Austar also operated a digitalcable network in Darwin.Austar is now owned by Foxtel, which acquired the company in 2012. Since the acquisition,Foxtel has progressively merged all operations into a national system. In mid-to-late 2013, Foxtelmerged all accounts to Foxtel and removed the MyStar related online services. This was the laststep in the merge. In November 2013, the Foxtel iQ units were made available with satelliteconnections for those who wished to replace their MyStar units. The transition was completed in2014, when all Austar branding was replaced with the current Foxtel moniker. Austar wasinvolved with providing services to Sega Channel in Australia in partnership with Namco BandaiPartners, a joint venture between Sega , Ozisoft, and FoxtelContents1Foxtel takeover2Subscription television (Austar Television/Austar Digital)2.1On Demand (Featured)2.2Austar AnyWhere2.3The MyStar personal digital recorder2.4Mystar criticism3Austar Mobile (mobile telephony)
4Dial-up internet (Austarnet)5Broadband internet (Austar Broadband)5.1Austar/Unwired Alliance5.2Austar/Opel agreement6See also7References8External linksFoxtel takeoverOn 11 July 2011, Austar announced that "it had entered into definitive transaction agreementswith Liberty Global, Inc. (LGI) and Foxtel Management Pty Limited (Foxtel) under whichFoxtel will acquire AUSTAR by a series of transactions including a scheme of arrangement(Scheme)." This takeover involved a minority shareholder approval on 30 March 2012, the