Don't worry if the answer is no because there are options (and yes, they do involve you being able to watch Game of Thrones).
The traditional Foxtel Pay TV service is only available in certain areas via cable or satellite connections and, if you’re reading this, then you probably know that your area isn’t one of them. But if you’re not sure, you can head to the Telstra or Foxtel website and type your address into the address checker. This will let you know exactly what services you can get where you live.
If you don't live in a Foxtel-eligible area and are worried that you're going to miss out on the TV that you love, don't worry. You can still get the streaming service Foxtel Now.
What alternatives to Foxtel are there?
You’ve probably seen adverts for Netflix, Stan or Amazon Prime Video around lately. These are all Internet TV streaming services. Basically, they let you watch TV and movies on-demand through the Internet. As you can imagine they’re hugely popular and are growing every day. They have no lock-in contracts, cheap monthly fees and great libraries.
But if you're dead-set on Foxtel's catalogue of movies and TV shows, you'll want to check out Foxtel Now. It’s Foxtel's own foray into Internet TV, giving you loads of control, a great library of shows and a chance to get the latest premium drama, movies and sports. All you need is an Internet connection.
How do I get Foxtel Now?
All you need to access Foxtel Now is an Internet connection. A wide array of phones, computers, smart TVs and tablets are compatible with Foxtel Now, and you can check if your own device is supported in our Foxtel Now compatibility guide.
How much does Foxtel Now cost?
Like traditional Foxtel, Foxtel Now offers a number of channel packages you can subscribe to. The pricing for different channel packs varies, though you have to sign up to at least the Essentials bundle for $25 a month. This gets you the Pop and Lifestyle channel packs with the option to add on other packs like Drama, Sports and Movies starting at an additional $10 per month. You can mix and match as many packs as you like, and even if you spring for them all, it still ends up cheaper than a regular Foxtel subscription.
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Foxtel vs Foxtel Now: What’s the difference?
Foxtel is a traditional cable TV provider. You sign up for a termed contract, technicians come to your house and install your system, and then you can watch as much TV as you like, all while paying a monthly bill for your contract length. This gives you access to tonnes of live TV, loads of channels and, if you pay for them, a few extras like sports and movies.
Foxtel Now is an Internet TV service and is designed to be a lot more flexible than the traditional cable version. There is no contract and no installation, you pay month-to-month and you can cancel whenever you like. You can watch Foxtel Now on any Internet-ready device and as part of the service, you’ll receive hours of on-demand movies and TV shows available at the click of a button.
Which is better: Foxtel or Foxtel Now?
Well, that really depends on you. If you like watching TV on the TV, are in an eligible area to receive Foxtel and aren’t planning on moving house, then Foxtel might be best. If you’re a light user who watches specific shows and wants to avoid getting locked into contracts, then consider Foxtel Now. Of course, it’s also a great alternative for getting your entertainment fix when you’re in an area that doesn’t support Foxtel.
Can I get Foxtel with my broadband connection?
Definitely. Foxtel launched as an Internet Service Provider in order to be able to bundle its Pay TV service with a broadband and phone connection, while Telstra also offers entertainment bundles that include a subscription to Foxtel. You can compare the different Foxtel bundle plans below: