Foxtel announces new 4K channel and streaming on iQ4

Posted: 14 August 2018 6:30 pm
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With the debut of a new Ultra HD channel, Foxtel is adding 4K to its offering.

Answering accusations of lagging behind its online competitors, Foxtel today announced a new, dedicated 4K satellite channel, along with its new iQ4 streaming box.

Foxtel in 4K Ultra HD will launch in October for customers on Platinum HD or Sports HD packages. You'll need to upgrade to the new iQ4, though, to access the channel. You'll also need a 4K-capable TV.

Foxtel's 4K channel

The service, broadcast on channel 444, will come to the air starting in October, with a focus on live sport. Keen to rebrand itself as a modern streaming service, rather than a stagnant traditional cable company, Foxtel is hitting back against its Netflix and Stan counterparts. While channel 444 will be a mix of titles and genres to preview Foxtel's new technology, the key offering is live sport, which traditionally hasn't been captured by the Internet streaming giants.

The first broadcast of its kind will be the one-day international between Australia and South Africa on 4 November.

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Describing coverage as "guaranteed nationwide" to Foxtel customers, CEO Patrick Delaney stressed the capabilities of Foxtel's satellite technology. 4K content generally requires dedicated bandwidths of 20Mbps or more to cope with Ultra HD file sizes, which can put stress on lagging broadband infrastructure.

Michael Ivanchenko, head of product at Foxtel, confirmed that satellite transponders used by Foxtel would be capable of broadcasting content at 38Mbps. In theory, this should allow for uninterrupted 4K content for viewers across Australia.

Upgraded, speedier iQ4

According to Foxtel, the new iQ4 is miles ahead of the iQ3, both in terms of the content it will deliver and raw power.

The new set top box will, as stated, be capable of streaming 4K to your 4K TV. Under the hood, we've been assured by Foxtel that the processor powering the iQ4 is about four times faster than its predecessor. We can expect this will allow for much faster load times, smoother interface animations and of course, smooth 4K streaming. The iQ4 will have the same 1000GB of storage as its predecessor, which is slightly worrying as recording 4K content is sure to chew up space much faster.

The iQ4 will cost $125, the same as the iQ3, and new customers on a satellite package of Entertainment + $20 in additional packages will have this fee waived for the standalone offer. Bundle offers (Entertainment Plus with Sport or Platinum) will waive the iQ4 fee for satellite customers as well.

If you're keen to get connected now and upgrade to 4K in October, check out Foxtel's broadband packages below, but note you'll only get it with Platinum HD and Sports HD bundles.

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    MalJune 15, 2019

    Can Foxtel iQ4 work from wireless modem?

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      JeniJune 16, 2019Staff

      Hi Mal,

      Thank you for getting in touch with Finder.

      Yes, iQ4 boxes can also be connected via WiFi. Please visit Foxtel’s support page for the instructions or contact their support team for further assistance.

      I hope this helps.

      Thank you and have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Jeni

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    GeorgeSeptember 1, 2018

    With IQ4 will it connect to multipurple TV ‘s in house

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      JoelSeptember 1, 2018

      Hi George,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      The Foxtel IQ4 will only connect to one tv (preferrably a 4k TV). You can get multiple IQ4s in your house to connect to other TVs if you subscribe to Foxtel Multiroom.

      To get Foxtel in another room:

      1. Login with your Foxtel ID – if you don’t have one yet, create it here. If you forgot your details, retrieve your password or your username.
      2. Once logged in, click on the TV icon on the My Account landing page
      3. Click on Add Foxtel to another room under Set Top Boxes section.
      4. Compare and select the Set Top Box of your choice.
      5. Select the installation option to complete the process.

      Please note that there is an equipment fee of $125 for an IQ4 and an installation fee of $100. There is also a $25 extra per month for iQ4/ iQ3 / iQ2 Set Top Box.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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