Foxtel GO relaunches with HD, Chromecast and AirPlay
Foxtel has been cleaning house recently and today it's dusting off the GO companion app.
At the dawn of streaming, there was Foxtel Go, a simple companion app for Foxtel subscribers. Then came Foxtel Play, a more flexible on-demand service to contend with Netflix. Then Foxtel App which was essentially Foxtel Go and then Foxtel Now which was essentially Foxtel Play. On this day, 10 September 2018, Foxtel has revealed the latest addition to its app menagerie... Foxtel GO (which you'll notice is Foxtel Go but with more CAPS).
Yes, Foxtel is reviving the Foxtel GO name to launch its refreshed companion app experience after a series of announcements in the last few weeks, including 4K viewing with the iQ4 box and a new on-demand movie library for iQ3 and iQ4 users.
The new-and-improved Foxtel GO app makes some huge changes to the old-school version with a few long-awaited features like HD streaming for live and on-demand content and Chromecast and Airplay compatibility.
While the Chromecast and Airplay compatibility is appreciated and long overdue, the feature is exclusive to multi-room Foxtel subscribers. That's Foxtel satellite subscribers who pay an additional $25 per month on top of their normal bill, a one-off equipment fee of up to $125 (for the iQ4) and an additional $100 installation fee.
We're not convinced that's the last we'll hear from Foxtel over the next few months, with rumours still swirling we'll see a new replacement or revision for Foxtel Now and a standalone sports streaming service. Whatever it is, I'm looking forward to seeing if Foxtel Nowplaygo can actually give Netflix and Stan a run for their money.