Netflix and Foxtel Will Share the Rights for Orange is the New Black


Foxtel subscribers, not to worry: even though Netflix is now officially on the Australian market, you will still be able to watch season three of hit show Orange is the New Black. Foxtel will be screening the show in a full season marathon, and then offer the episodes both on demand and on a weekly basis.

Both Netflix and Foxtel share rights for the highly acclaimed prison drama, so season three will be available on both platforms. The Orange is the New Black 14 one-hour episodes marathon will air on the Showcase channel  from 2:00 pm AEST on Friday, June 12, at the same time as the episodes are made available via the Netflix service. If you’re not the binge-watching type, you still have options. Foxtel will then offer the new season on demand via the Foxtel Anytime service, and the episodes will also be repeated weekly in a Sunday, 7:30 pm timeslot.

Orange is the New Black is owned by Lionsgate, which gives Foxtel the chance to air the series at the same time as Netflix, due to the international distribution deal which covers the program. As the Sydney Morning Herald points out, according to the deal, Netflix owns the “stacking” rights for the series (the right to offer all episodes at once for streaming), while Foxtel owns “linear” and “SVOD” (subscription video on demand) rights. Thus, Foxtel can offer each episode as a streamable product only after it has aired on a linear channel. By launching the series with a season-long marathon, the cable TV platform can then effectively offer the show in both a linear and streaming environment.

However, Foxtel’s deal for Orange is the New Black only covers the pay TV platform and its Foxtel Anywhere streaming service. That means it doesn’t include the Foxtel and Seven Network-owned joint venture Presto.

To make sure you will be able to watch the third season of Orange is the New Black, compare Foxtel packages and read our Netflix review. You can then easily figure out which option is the best for you.