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How many channels do Foxtel subscribers actually watch?

Angus Kidman 19 February 2016

How many Foxtel channels do we actually watch

The cheapest Foxtel package has 46 pay TV channels, but chances are you're only watching eight of them.

While pay TV provider Foxtel now has close to 3 million subscribers, most of us are only watching a handful of the channels on offer through the service.

The average Australian watches just eight channels from Foxtel, according to Roy Morgan Research. Here's the breakdown of how many channels subscribers "typically choose to watch":

Presumably the 19% who chose "none" just channel surf continuously until they find something which doesn't feature a Kardashian.

Even the cheapest Foxtel package, which costs $25 a month, includes 46 pay TV channels (as well as rebroadcasts of free-to-air channels, +2 repeat channels, HD variants and audio-only radio stations). Here are the channel totals each of Foxtel's various channel packs, each of which ups the number:

Channel PackChannels
Entertainment46
Sports9
Movies9
Entertainment Plus9
Kids6
Drama6
Docos9
Speciality5

The lesson here? The odds are good that you're paying for Foxtel for some fairly specific content (most likely sport), even if you do then take advantage of other channel options from time to time.

Foxtel's total subscriber numbers in its most recent results announced today were 2.884 million, though that figure also includes customers of its separate Presto streaming service.

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