Austar Gameworld (lost interactive TV game service; 2007-2009)
Austar Gameworld was an interactive TV games channel by Australian Pay TV company Austar (now Foxtel), with assistance from other companies such as TwoWayTV and Visiware. Gameworld had a variety of games of a particularly low quality, categories including "Kids and Family", "Brainteaser Trivia", with "Casino Sport" being a paid extra. Some games had licensed properties, such as some games being based on Cartoon Network's Ben 10 and Boomerang's Scooby-Doo.
Gameworld launched on December 15th, 2007, on Channel 555. On the following weekend, Austar launched "Free Games Weekend", a promotional event allowing all users to play the Gameworld games for free, only for the duration of the weekend. Afterward, access to both standard categories cost a subscription fee of $13.90 AUD per month.
During 2009, Austar had officially announced the channel's termination. “From Tuesday June 30th, 2009, Gamesworld will no longer be available as part of Foxtel’s service. After carefully considering Gamesworld’s place in Australia’s growing games market, Foxtel has decided to remove the service and use this bandwidth to provide even greater customer choice through the addition of new channels and more interactive services in 2009.” Only four known clips of one game each have known to be surfaced, all by YouTube user GHPICTURES Workbox.
- TV Tonight article describing the launch of Gameworld. Retrieved 27 Mar '17
- TV Tonight article describing shutdown of Gameworld. Retrieved 27 Mar '17