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AUSTAR to Exclusively Market SelecTV’s Regional Customers

AUSTAR United Communications Limited (AUSTAR) today announced that it has signed an exclusive marketing services arrangement with SelecTV Broadcasting Pty Ltd (SelecTV) to ensure continuity of service for SelecTV customers in AUSTAR areas following SelecTV’s decision to cease broadcasting its English language pay television services. SelecTV will continue to offer services for a 90 day transition period after which the English language service would cease. AUSTAR Chief Executive Officer Mr John Porter said: “AUSTAR wants to ensure that all regional SelecTV customers will have the opportunity to have not only continuous service, but also an improved product offering for a very similar price. “Every English language service SelecTV customer will receive a letter setting out our offer and explaining what to do to ensure we can assist them to transition smoothly and not lose service. It will be a simple process, we just need to book an appointment to visit their home, repoint their satellite dish and give them a new box.” Commercial details of the arrangements between AUSTAR and SelecTV remain confidential. More than 8000 of SelecTV’s current English language service customers who live in AUSTAR areas will have the opportunity to transition to AUSTAR under the arrangements. Mr Porter said he is confident that all SelecTV customers in AUSTAR areas who take up the offer could be transitioned during this period. SelecTV customers will be contacted individually by both SelecTV and AUSTAR in order to discuss their options.