5 December 2012 10:18 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney. The seven Movie Network channels owned by Warner Bros, Disney, Village Roadshow and MGM will go dark on January 1 following  a decision today to dissolve the partnership. The end of the service, which was a mainstay in Australia pay-tv since its inception, follows the inability of Tmn to negotiate a new deal with the dominant platform Foxtel as the current contract expires December 31. A Foxtel spokesman confirmed the Tmn channels will disappear from its service on January 1. Foxtel wants to launch a single movie service in 2013 after buying the other major movie service Showtime from Paramount, NBCUniversal, Fox, Sony and Liberty Media in October. The Foxtel spokesman told Deadline that negotiations are continuing with individual studios, adding, “Our preferred position is to have a single service with improved quality for viewers.” He said a new line-up of movie channels and repricing would be announced soon. »


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