Main Event

For other uses, see Main Event (disambiguation).
Main Event
Main Event logo
Launched September 1997
Owned by Main Event Television
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audience share 0.7%
Country Australia
Language English
Formerly called Event TV (Foxtel)
Main Attraction (Austar and Optus Vision)
Sister channel(s) Foxtel Networks channels
Foxtel Channel 521 (SD/HD) [1]
Channel 248 (SD/HD)
Optus Television Channel 521(SD) [2]
Channel 248 (HD)
Foxtel Channel 521 (SD/HD) [3]
Channel 248 (SD/HD)
Optus Television Channel 521 (SD) [4]
Channel 248 (HD)

Main Event (Previously known as 'Event TV' or 'Main Attraction') is Australia's only pay-per-view channel.[5] It transmits through Foxtel and Optus Television, who jointly own the channel. It broadcasts major sporting and entertainment events such as boxing, professional wrestling, mixed martial arts and concerts.[5]

The channel has broadcast the Anthony "The Man" Mundine vs. Danny Green boxing fight and has broadcast nearly every World Wrestling Entertainment pay-per-view since 2000 (There was a contract negotiation period that prevented the WWE from showing WWE pay-per-views between January 2003 and August 2003). Since May 2006 it has also been broadcasting Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-views, and since 2007, the Ultimate Fighting Championship started screening their PPV's. It also broadcast WWE's weekly programming (for free) over a 2-week period during 2006 while Fox8 was screening a marathon of The Simpsons, The channel would similarly do the same in early 2015 when Fox8 broadcast every episode of The Simpsons.

In previous years, Main Event has also broadcast large concerts for artists such as Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé Knowles. In November 2008, the channel broadcast a live concert at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne from Dutch violinist, conductor and composer, André Rieu.

During the Australian Football League's 2007-2011 broadcast rights period, Friday Night Football matches as well as selected games played on Saturday afternoon, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon were shown on Main Event to Fox Sports (Australia) subscribers in New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory.[6] Viewers in Victoria, in contrast, did not receive any National Rugby League matches live on this channel, even if their local team the Melbourne Storm was playing. The AFL arrangement ceased as of season 2012, as free-to-air rights holder the Seven Network were permitted to screen these games to northern states on its digital terrestrial multichannel, 7mate.[7]

On 3 September 2013, Main Event launched a HD simulcast. This came following the closure of Foxtel 3D due to an insufficient amount of 3D content being produced, while the majority of premium pay-per-view content shown on Main Event is produced and acquired in HD.[8][9]

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