Foxtel will bring Netflix and Stan to its next set-top box

Nick Broughall 29 September 2016

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Foxtel has decided to subscribe to the philosophy of "if you can't beat them, join them" with its upcoming set-top box.

The arrival of Netflix in Australia kickstarted a revolution of customers using the internet to access their television content. While Foxtel recognised the threat and launched a pre-emptive strike in the form of Presto, the reality that you couldn't have a Netflix (or Stan) subscription running from a Foxtel DVR was a huge red cross on the Pay TV platform's features list, especially given rival Fetch TV offered just that.

But in good news for Foxtel customers, that is all set to change. Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh has confirmed that the next Foxtel set-top box will be much more open, and will feature apps for both Stan and Netflix.

Of course, "much more open" shouldn't be taken to mean "open". This is still Foxtel, and Tonagh made it abundantly clear in his address to the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia that the platform will still be curated to limit the selection of apps to those that do not allow viewing of pirated content.

It's not clear whether the device being referred to is the rumoured "puck" type device that's designed to take on the likes of the Telstra TV and Apple TV, though given the versatility of those two devices for streaming TV, it would make sense for that to happen.

This development comes just weeks after the company confirmed it is rejigging its pricing structure for Foxtel Play to make it more competitive with the other streaming services.

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