Foxtel speeds up access to Foxtel Go, but is Presto better value?

Alex Kidman 29 October 2015 NEWS

Sign up for a full Foxtel package, get access to Foxtel Go within 15 minutes.

Foxtel has announced that new customers signing up to a Foxtel TV service will now be able to access Foxtel’s streaming service, Foxtel Go, within a claimed 15 minutes of completing their sales order.

The core idea is that you can access the majority of Foxtel's programming straight away on an Internet-connected device while you wait for your actual service to be connected. There are some limitations if you sign up for a deal with a cooling-off period or if it’s going to take more than 30 days to actually install your new service, in which case you'll get 30 days of Foxtel Go followed by a disconnect before your new service is hooked up.

Foxtel Go offers access to a range of Foxtel channels, relative to whichever package you actually sign up for. Not quite everything on Foxtel makes it onto Foxtel Go due to licensing restrictions, most notably sports content. Foxtel Go does offer access to Foxtel’s "anytime" library of catch-up TV alongside live channel broadcasts. Foxtel Go works on PCs, Apple’s iPad, Samsung tablets and other selected Android tablets.

The most obvious comparison for Foxtel Go in terms of nearly identical content would be Foxtel’s own Presto streaming service. If you’re keen on the programming that Foxtel has signed up for its services, see the table below for a comparison on Foxtel Go and Presto.

ServiceFoxtel GoPresto
Monthly CostFrom $25/month depending on packageMovies or TV $9.99/month, Entertainment (Movies+TV) $14.99/month
Service TypeLive TV plus catch-up TV and moviesCatch-up TV and/or movies
Access DevicesPC, Mac, iOS, AndroidPC, Mac, iOS, Android
Contract Type12-month contractNo contract

There are also some other differences worth keeping in mind when comparing the two Foxtel services: Presto does allow you to use a Google Chromecast or Apple TV to stream to a TV panel where Foxtel Go’s mobile apps specifically stop you doing so. Conversely, while one of Presto’s big selling points is access to HBO’s library of content, it notably doesn’t get access to Game Of Thrones, which does appear on Foxtel Go both as a live broadcast and in catch-up TV form.

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