Everything you need to know about Foxtel’s broadband, TV and home phone bundles

Foxtel's ADSL and NBN bundles combine TV, broadband and home phone into one convenient package, but are they really worth it?

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Back in 2014, Foxtel spread its wings and ventured into the world of telecommunications by offering home phone and broadband plans alongside its pay TV service. Less than a year later, the company started bundling the three services together in the form of "Triple Play" entertainment bundles. While the telecommunication components of these bundles were initially priced at a premium compared to other internet providers at the time, Foxtel has since shifted to a more competitive pricing model that puts it more in line with the likes of Telstra and Optus.

More importantly, Foxtel now offers NBN Internet in addition to its soon-to-be-obsolete ADSL plans. Not only is this necessary to future-proof Foxtel against the eventual disconnection of ADSL services across Australia, it addresses one of the biggest complaints levelled at Foxtel broadband: its speed. ADSL is fast becoming insufficient to support the streaming appetites of many Aussies and the option to upgrade to the NBN for the same monthly price makes Foxtel's bundles far more attractive.

What bundles does Foxtel offer?

Foxtel offers four main Internet, home phone and entertainment bundles. Each is available on a 12-month or a 24-month contract and supports either an ADSL Internet connection or an NBN Internet connection. NBN speeds start at Standard Plus (nbn50) and go up to Premium (nbn100), while ADSL is capped at the standard 20Mbps.

The most basic Foxtel bundle includes a home phone service with unlimited standard local calls, 25c/min national calls and 35c/min calls to Australian mobiles, unlimited data every month, and the Entertainment TV Pack, which boasts 45 channels from Foxtel's catalogue. Some of the most popular included channels are:

  • FOX8
  • UKTV
  • MTV
  • National Geographic
  • Discovery Channel
  • Universal Channel
  • Lifestyle
  • Disney Junior
  • Nick Jr.
  • Bloomberg Television
  • CNBC

For the full Foxtel experience, the unlimited Platinum HD bundle comes with unlimited standard local calls, 25c/min national calls, 35c/min Australian mobile calls, unlimited monthly data and the all-encompassing Platinum HD TV pack. The Platinum HD pack comes with every channel pack Foxtel offers, including Sports and Movies.

What extras does Foxtel offer?

If Foxtel's standard bundles don't quite meet your needs, you can customise them with a variety of a-la-carte add-on services. These include call packs for cheaper local and international calls, individual channel packs if you don't want to spring for the full Platinum HD treatment and multiple Foxtel boxes for watching TV in different rooms of your house at the same time.

How much do Foxtel's bundles cost?

Foxtel prices its NBN and ADSL bundles identically. The broadband and phone component of each bundle is the same, so the cost is based on which Foxtel channel package you choose.

  • Unlimited broadband + Entertainment bundle: $98.20 a month
  • Unlimited broadband + Sport HD bundle: $118.20 a month
  • Unlimited broadband + Drama bundle: $114.20 a month
  • Unlimited broadband + Platinum HD bundle: $138.20 a month

Beyond the monthly payments, Foxtel's bundles also come with a number of setup and connection fees. On the TV front, these include a $100 installation fee, a $125 charge for the Foxtel iQ3/iQ4 box and a $99 bundle activation fee. If you choose to sign up on a 12-month contract, you'll also have to pay $140 to cover the cost of a Foxtel Wi-Fi modem. On 24-month contracts, the modem is free.

Foxtel doesn't charge any connection fees for its ADSL or NBN services – provided the appropriate infrastructure is already available at your house. If a new phone line or unplanned NBN connection needs to be installed at your house, you'll be looking at a charge of up to $300.

If you sign up to a Foxtel bundle and want to cancel any of the three bundled service before your contract is up, you'll be hit with an Early Termination Fee (ETF). The maximum ETF is $300 for Foxtel TV, $300 for the broadband service and $150 for home phone service, for a total maximum ETF of $750. Each ETF decreases by a set amount every month, eventually hitting $0 once you've reached the minimum term of your contract.

What alternatives are there to Foxtel's bundles?

With Foxtel as the only major provider of traditional pay TV in Australia, there aren't many other options out there if you're looking to combine TV, Internet and home phone services into one package. Telstra, which owns 50% of Foxtel, does offer its own Foxtel, broadband and home phone bundles, though these are limited to the Entertainment TV package and are priced around $20 higher per month than Foxtel's offerings.

Optus has its own, somewhat similar bundle that combines home phone, broadband and the pay TV service Fetch. Fetch, like Foxtel, features popular American and UK TV channels split into different channel packs. Both services include many of the same channels, including National Geographic, Disney Junior and UKTV.

While Optus' three-way bundle is cheaper than both Foxtel and Telstra's offerings, it comes with two caveats. One, its TV service is delivered over the Internet instead of over a dedicated cable like Foxtel. This means you could suffer lower picture quality or interruptions if your Internet connection slows down, such as if other people in your house are using it at the same time. Two, Fetch includes fewer TV channels than Foxtel, so if you love your channel-surfing, you'll want to compare both services' libraries before signing up.

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    KenMay 21, 2019

    I already have Foxtel, I want to know what it will cost for extra connection in another room in house?

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      NikkiMay 21, 2019Staff

      Hi Ken,

      Thanks for your inquiry and for reaching out to Finder!

      Foxtel offers Foxtel Multiroom which allows existing customers to get Foxtel in another room without having to pay for an entire subscription again.

      Pricing for Multiroom is as follows:
      $252 extra per month for iQ4 / iQ3 / iQ2 / MyStar23 set-top box
      $155 extra per month for standard box
      $15 extra per month for Multiroom Casting

      For existing customers that get Multiroom, the following setup costs will also apply:

      Equipment fee:
      iQ2 – $752 per box
      iQ3 / iQ4 – $1252 per box
      Installation fee: $1005,2
      Multiroom Casting – no setup cost

      You can find more information about this when you check out the FAQ page of Foxtel Multiroom when you visit their website. Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      With care,

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