Foxtel combines its popular subscription TV platform with broadband services to your home delivered over ADSL2+ copper or via the NBN.
What services does Foxtel Broadband offer?
Foxtel’s broadband packages are delivered either via ADSL2+ copper or on the National Broadband Network; at launch this is limited to areas within the FTTP footprint but it’s expected that Foxtel will expand out to offering services to FTTN and FTTDp areas directly. As with any other NBN connection, the technology on offer will depend on where your home is and the current status of the NBN build in terms of service availability.
How much does Foxtel Broadband cost?
Foxtel 12 month plans
Foxtel offers its broadband and entertainment bundles on an annual contract basis. For ADSL2+ customers, three plan tiers are available, tied into the quantity of data required and entertainment package option included. The baseline package offers 100GB of standard data plus 100GB bonus data (at the time of writing) plus phone services and the entertainment pack for $101 per month with the first month discounted to $75. The mid tier ADSL2+ plan costs $111 per month over 12 months with the entertainment bundle, phone line and unlimited broadband data included. The top ADSL2+ tier provided unlimited data, phone line and the Platinum HD Foxtel bundle for $210 per month, with the first month charged at only $75.
If you opt for a 12 month ADSL2+ Foxtel Broadband package, you’ll pay a $140 equipment fee, which is waived on the 24 month contract plans.
If you’re in an NBN area serviced by Foxtel Broadband, you’ve got the same choices when it comes to plan inclusions, with two unlimited data packs with either the standard entertainment pack or Platinum HD pack included as well as unlimited standard national phone service, and a lower-tier 200GB (effective) plan. Where the NBN plans differ is that you can also select speed tiers based on standard NBN offerings. The lowest speed 12/1Mbps tier is only available on the $101/month 100GB nbn bundle, with pricing going up on that tier by $10/$20/$40 per month for 25/5, 50/20 and 100/40Mbps speeds respectively. For the unlimited tiers, 25/5Mbps is the lowest minimum speed pack, charged at $111 per month for the entertainment pack and $210 per month for the Platinum HD pack, with 50/20Mbps available for $10 more per month or 100/40Mbps for $30 more per month.
As with the ADSL2+ plans, you’ll pay a $140 equipment fee if you opt for a 12 month contract.
Foxtel Broadband 24 month-to-month plans
Foxtel’s 24 month plans mimic their 12 month counterparts in terms of inclusions and pricing, so there’s three tiers of ADSL2+ plans and the same with NBN plans allowing for speed tier upgrades at cost. In return for opting for a 24 month contract, however, Foxtel does waive the equipment fee.
What additional services are included?
What voice options are provided?
All of Foxtel’s broadband bundles include phone line rental with unlimited standard local and national calls. Calls to mobiles are charged at a flat 35c/minute plus a 49c connection fee, capped at $3 for the first 20 minutes. Voicemail and Call waiting services are included as part of the bundle.
What TV and movie options are provided?
Foxtel’s Broadband services are only sold as entertainment bundles, and as such the inclusion of a variety of TV services is a key component of their value proposition. While Foxtel’s subscription TV platform is somewhat modular, so you can add additional packages to the two baseline subscription packages available to both ADSL2+ and NBN customers at additional cost, your choice of standard programming relates to whether you opt for the Entertainment Bundle or the higher cost Platinum HD bundle.
The Entertainment pack includes 45 channels. Specifically, you get Fox8, UKTV, Arena, MTV, Universal, TV Hits!, 111 funny, Fox Classics, TCM, Lifestyle, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Disney Junior, Nick Jr, Boomerang, MTV Music, MTV Dance, V Hits, Max, Foxtel Smooth, CMC, Foxtel Tunes, Fox Sports News, Eurosport News, Sky Racing 1, Sky Thoroughbred Central, Sky News Live, Sky News Weather, Sky News Business, Fox News, BBC World News, CNN, CCTV News, CCTV Documentary, NHK World Aurora, Bloomberg Television, CNBC, Sky News Election Channel, Al Jazeera, RT, Expo, TVSN, ACCTV, Daystar, SBN and Hillsong Channel.
The Platinum HD pack is Foxtel’s all-you-can-eat-and-then-some-more channel option, with a grand total of 90 channels covering every expansion pack it’s possible to get in the bundle.
Both bundle options include access to Foxtel Go and Foxtel Anytime, and use of these services does not count towards your download quota.
What happens if I exceed my monthly download limit?
Foxtel’s plans with data limits simply slow your plan down to 256kbps for the remainder of your billing month period if you exceed your usage quota. That’s a little painful when it happens, but the upside is that you’re not hit with any excess data use charges.