Regional viewers to miss out on 7Food Network after negotiations fail to find agreement
EXCLUSIVE - Many regional viewers look set to miss out on new free-to-Air multi-channel 7Food Network when it launches in Australia next month.
7Food Network is due to launch on December 1, is a partnership between Seven and Discovery Networks, the new channel features food programming including a number of popular titles previously broadcast via SBS Food Network.
A spokesperson for Prime7 confirmed the expected delay telling DeciderTV the regional broadcaster was; “currently in discussion with the Seven Network in regard to carriage of the new channel.” However, the spokesperson added; “We are unable to confirm PRIME7 will be part of the December 1st launch date at this stage.”
Prime7 is the largest regional affiliate for the Seven Network and operates stations throughout regional NSW, ACT, Victoria and the Gold Coast.
The delay comes after Prime7 frustrated regional viewers by taking 18 months to negotiate a carriage agreement for 7flix after that channel was launched by Seven in 2016.
While Prime7 viewers look set to miss out on the channel via FTA TV, they will be able to access the content via the 7Plus website.
7Food Network will be the new home for GUY’S GROCERY GAMES, FOOD NETWORK STAR, CHOPPED, RESTAURANT: IMPOSSIBLE, DINERS, DRIVE-INS AND DIVES, CUTTHROAT KITCHEN, IRON CHEF AMERICA, BEST BAKER IN AMERICA, SPRING BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP and KID’S BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP, plus brand-new episodes of RIDICULOUS CAKES.
7Food Network will also reheat and serve seasons of popular Australian originals including MY KITCHEN RULES, BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS, ZUMBO’S JUST DESSERTS, FAST ED'S FAST FOOD, ANH DOES VIETNAM, MY FRANCE WITH MANU, AROUND THE WORLD WITH MANU, MANU’S AMERICAN ROAD TRIP, MY IRELAND WITH COLIN and AUSSIE BARBECUE HEROES.
Seven has also committed to producing new original content for the network in the future.