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Foxtel kicks off sports broadband bundle



$99 per month for 200GB of data and all the sport you can watch.

Sports coverage is a cornerstone of Foxtel’s value proposition and has been for many years now. While competitors in the pay space have etched out their own space in the sports watching arena, such as Optus gobbling up EPL rights, Foxtel has long been the home of pay TV sports.

Its Foxtel Broadband product is considerably newer, although there it has always linked its subscription television services into broadband packages. Its latest deal makes the tie-up between sports and broadband explicit, with a 12-month promotional bundle that offers 200GB of data to use per month as well as a full subscription to Foxtel’s Sports & Entertainment pack. The bundle includes a mandatory home phone line subscription with unlimited local calls. The offer is open until 5 April 2017, and applies to new residential customers only.

With this deal, you get 12 specific sports channels, including FoxSports 1-5, Fox Footy, beIN Sports 1-3, ESPN 1-2 and Eurosport, as well as Foxtel’s new NRL specific channel which launches on 27 February. Alongside all that sport lies 45 entertainment channels for those members of the family less entranced by sports coverage.

All up, the minimum total cost of the bundle over 12 months is $1512.03, covering monthly fees plus setup, activation and equipment fees. If you’re wondering about that 3c, it’s to cover the 1c per year channel charge for Chelsea TV, LFCTV and MUTV. Before you ask, no, you can’t have just those channels for a cent.

Bundling sports with broadband packages obviously has a wide appeal to many Australians, based on our TV viewing habits, which slew strongly towards sport-centric content. If you’re already happy with your broadband plan, you could consider a Foxtel Now subscription, although Foxtel’s specific rights for streaming sports content does vary widely, with some events blacked out for IPTV-only viewers.

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