Are you sick of Smart TV owners telling you about all the wild and wonderful things their new gadget can do that your old television can’t? Well, did you know you can do all the things a Smart TV can do and more by using the latest gaming consoles? You know, that strange box in your living room that your children worship?
If you own an Xbox or Playstation console you can begin streaming Foxtel Now today. Granted, you’ll have to pry the controller from the clutches of your family first. Below is a step-by-step guide for setting up Foxtel Now on each device.
Foxtel Now vs Foxtel Play
Foxtel recently rebranded its Foxtel Play service as Foxtel Now, but Xbox One and PlayStation 3 consoles still refer to it as Foxtel Play (The PS4 has a dedicated Foxtel Now app). Rest assured, using the Foxtel Play app will let you access all the latest TV available on Foxtel Now.
Note: To use Foxtel Now on Xbox you must have an Xbox LIVE subscription. If someone in your household uses online gaming it should already be set up.
Turn the Xbox on and ensure that it is connected to the Internet via your Wi-Fi.
Using the Xbox controller, navigate to the "TV and Movies"page from your homescreen.
From there, select the "Foxtel Play"tile (again, Xbox still refers to Foxtel Now as Foxtel Play) by pressing the button.
Wait for the "Foxtel Play" application to download (which should take no longer than a few minutes, depending on the speed of your Internet connection).
The application should automatically open once it’s downloaded (if not, simply select the "Foxtel Play" tile again).
You should now see the Foxtel Play library. Select a title and you should be prompted with a "Sign In"page. Enter the username and password you chose when you signed up for the free trial and select "LOG IN".
Done! Now all there is to do is select your favourite and movie or TV series kick back – presuming there’s no one begging for you to give back their Xbox.
What are the benefits of streaming Foxtel Now on Xbox One or Xbox 360?
Save your favourite content
Control it with the Xbox media remote
Control with gestures and voice commands using Kinect (it’ll make you feel like Tony Stark)
How to set up Foxtel Now on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4
Note: To stream Foxtel Now on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, you will need to be logged into a Playstation Network (PSN) account. If someone in your household uses online gaming, your console should already be registered.
Switch on the Playstation console.
Log in to the primary users profile (if you log in as a guest, you may not be able to access the PSN account).
PS3: Navigate to the "TV/Services"icon in the PS3 menu. PS4:Navigate to the "TV and Video" section (jump to step 5).
PS3: Select and press the button.
Locate the "Foxtel Play" application (again, PlayStation still refers to Foxtel Now as Foxtel Play) and select "Download".
Wait for the Foxtel Play application to finish downloading (should be complete in two minutes or less).
Navigate back to the TV/Services section and select the Foxtel Play application by pressing the .
In the Foxtel Play application, you should be presented with the many titles you begin streaming. Select a title you would like to stream. You should now receive a prompt to log in with your username and password you chose when signing up the free trial.
What are the benefits of streaming Foxtel Now on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4?
Cheaper than purchasing a Smart TV
Cross-functionality with other Sony products (stereos, PS VITA etc.)
Easy-to-manage parental controls
Want to stream more TV shows and movies on your video game console?
Foxtel Now isn't the only streaming service compatible with Xbox and PlayStation consoles. Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime Video all have apps you can install to your console to watch your favourite content without the need for a smart TV. Even better, these services offer free trials so you can take them for a spin without spending a cent. If that sounds good to you, use the links below to get started with a free trial.
Brodie Fogg was the publisher for Finder's streaming and entertainment comparisons. Brodie has a background in education and is passionate about breaking down complicated topics and tech garble to make it more palatable for a wider audience.
How likely would you be to recommend finder to a friend or colleague?
Very UnlikelyExtremely Likely
Thank you for your feedback.
Our goal is to create the best possible product, and your thoughts, ideas and suggestions play a major role in helping us identify opportunities to improve.
Important information about this website
finder.com.au is one of Australia's leading comparison websites. We compare from a wide set of major banks, insurers and product issuers.
finder.com.au has access to track details from the product issuers listed on our sites. Although we provide information on the products offered by a wide range of issuers, we don't cover every available product. You should consider whether the products featured on our site are appropriate for your needs and seek independent advice if you have any questions.
Products marked as 'Promoted' or "Advertisement" are prominently displayed either as a result of a commercial advertising arrangement or to highlight a particular product, provider or feature. Finder may receive remuneration from the Provider if you click on the related link, purchase or enquire about the product. Finder's decision to show a 'promoted' product is neither a recommendation that the product is appropriate for you nor an indication that the product is the best in its category. We encourage you to use the tools and information we provide to compare your options and find the best option for you.
The identification of a group of products, as 'Top' or 'Best' is a reflection of user preferences based on current website data. On a regular basis, analytics drive the creation of a list of popular products. Where these products are grouped, they appear in no particular order.
Where our site links to particular products or displays 'Go to site' buttons, we may receive a commission, referral fee or payment.
We try to take an open and transparent approach and provide a broad based comparison service. However, you should be aware that while we are an independently owned service, our comparison service does not include all providers or all products available in the market.
Some product issuers may provide products or offer services through multiple brands, associated companies or different labelling arrangements. This can make it difficult for consumers to compare alternatives or identify the companies behind the products. However, we aim to provide information to enable consumers to understand these issues.
Providing or obtaining an estimated insurance quote through us does not guarantee you can get the insurance. Acceptance by insurance companies is based on things like occupation, health and lifestyle. By providing you with the ability to apply for a credit card or loan we are not guaranteeing that your application will be approved. Your application for credit products is subject to the Provider's terms and conditions as well as their application and lending criteria.