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Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has announced the end of its Lifestyle You linear channel, while Foxtel Arts and Foxtel Smooth will share a broadcast signal from October.

Foxtel Lifestyle YOU 4 August 2017Key programming from Lifestyle You will now be moved to sister channels Lifestyle and Arena, and On-Demand, the operator said in a statement. Foxtel Arts and Smooth – although occupying two channel numbers – will be day-parted, with Smooth programming between midnight to 6pm and Arts content scheduled from 6pm to midnight.

“We have taken this decision because it makes a lot of sense both in financial terms and audience optimisation. Foxtel Smooth's peak audiences are in daytime, whilst for Arts, audiences tune in during the evening, so this is really about combining the best of both worlds for our customers. Yes this is consolidation, however, as our television and video world continues to evolve, it is imperative we review every aspect of the business,” said Brian Walsh, Foxtel’s executive director of television.

Foxtel is in the business of curating and acquiring the best content across multi genres and creating strong super channels which serve a wide variety of tastes. The new Smooth/Arts combo and the streamlining of Lifestyle You are examples of that,” he said.

The changes to the linear line up will see Foxtel Arts be made available to all Foxtel customers, irrespective of their subscription package, for the first time.