Austar was an Australian Pay TV company founded in 1994. Its primary business was subscription television but also provided internet access and a mobile phone network.
Austar’s primary area of coverage was rural and regional Australia. Austar is now part of Pay TV giant Foxtel, who bought the company in 2012. Austar took its TV content from both Foxtel and Optus, and it ran on a digital delivery platform. Find out how to get Pay TV if you are a former Austar customer.
Key Austar products included:
Austar On Demand
Austar ‘Featured’ on Demand sent shows to its MyStar set top box every week free of charge as part of a MyStar subscription. Since the acquisition this has now been replaced by Foxtel On Demand and subsequently, Foxtel Anytime.
Austar AnyWhere was Austar’s internet TV service. Austar AnyWhere enabled customers to view or download content online.
The MyStar set top box was a PVR (personal digital recorder). Having launched in 2007 it was subject to much criticism due to its technical inadequacies. Since the acquisition it has been replaced by Foxtel’s iQ3 set top box.