One of Australia’s leading pay TV providers, Foxtel was founded in 1995 as a joint venture between Fox Media and Telstra. It started by offering a 20-channel service to Australians, delivered by Telstra’s coaxial network. After acquiring the customer base of the now-defunct Galaxy TV service, it was also able to offer satellite and cable to subscribers.
Over the years, Foxtel grew rapidly and continued to add premium channels to its package line-ups that included popular television shows from around the world. By 2011, Foxtel had become the largest pay television operator in Australia, taking up over 30% of the market with 1.65 million subscribers.
Foxtel has long been known as the home of premium television in Australia. Whether you prefer popular sitcoms or the latest premium HBO content, Foxtel has secured the rights to some of the very best small-screen content.
Foxtel offers a full suite of services, including an on-demand streaming option. Those who are looking for something different from a traditional Foxtel connection can access its premium TV and movie library via its subscription service Foxtel Now, or can opt for BINGE and Kayo Sports to stream Foxtel content via the internet. Read on for more information on Foxtel's addition to the growing streaming market.
What is Foxtel Now?
Foxtel Now is an alternative to the traditional Foxtel subscription. It's a video streaming platform that allows you to view Foxtel through an internet connection with a no-lock-in contract. Because there's no need for special hardware installation, you can come and go as you please. You can find out more in our complete guide to Foxtel Now.
What channels and content does Foxtel offer?
Foxtel offers a huge number of channels through its pay TV service, grouped together into packages. The regular quality of channels is standard definition, with the company now finally offering HD on available channels as part of your monthly package. 2 channels dedicated to 4K content are available exclusively to Sports HD, Movies HD or Platinum HD channel packs subscribers.
While there is no specific HBO channel on Foxtel, HBO content is exclusively available through the service in Australia. You get access to HBO shows with the basic Foxtel Plus channel pack, so you don't need any add-ons to get a taste for some of the best television around. Subscribers can watch popular series like House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones, Euphoria and Westworld, as well as enjoy Foxtel originals like The Twelve or The End. Besides, you get access to content from other providers too – including reality series, news and documentaries.
On top of the Foxtel Plus channel pack, you can customise your experience with additional packs that cater to your interests. Sports HD delivers over 50 sports on 12 live HD sport channels, Movies HD brings you more than 1,000 hours of movies on demand and Favourites adds more documentaries and lifestyle shows into the mix. Finally, Kids is aimed at the youngest viewers in your household, while Platinum HD includes everything that Foxtel has to offer.
You can also add Netflix to your subscription for easy access to your content, as well as subscribe to specialty channels. All in all, you can personalise your Foxtel subscription so you don't pay extra for anything you don't need.
Foxtel subscribers can opt for a contract or pay on a month-to-month basis. If you choose the contract route, you can usually score a discount and avoid some of the installation fees.
Here are the channels on offer through Foxtel's service.
|Channel pack||Add-on price (monthly)||Channels included|
|Sports HD Pack||$25||FOX Cricket, FOX League, FOX Sports 503, FOX Footy, FOX Sports 505, FOX Sports 506, FOX Sports MORE 507, ESPN, ESPN2|
|Foxtel Plus||$52*||FOX8, FOX Comedy, UKTV, Arena, Universal Channel, FOX Crime, FOX SHOWCASE, FOX One, BBC First, Fox Sleuth, TLC, Fox Docos, WWE, Fox Classics, Real Life, Lifestyle, Discovery, BBC Earth, Boomerang, Animal Planet, MTV 80s, MTV Hits, Club MTV, Country Music Channel, Nick Music, Foxtel Music, FOX Sports News, SKY Racing, SKY Racing 2, Sky Thoroughbred Central, Racing.com, BBC News, Sky News, Sky News Extra, Sky News Weather, Sky News UK, Al Jazeera, CNBC, MSNBC, FOX News, CNN, NHK World, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, Bloomberg Television, SBN, TVSN, Good, Aurora, TBN Inspire, Daystar, EXPO Channel|
|Movies HD pack||$20||Movies Premiere, Movies Kids, Movies Family, Movies Action, Movies Comedy, Movies Drama, Movies Thriller, Movies Hits, Movies Greats, Movies Romance, Movies Ultra HD (iQ5 & iQ4 only, requires compatible 4k TV), Lifetime Movie Network|
|Favourites pack||$20||Crime + Investigation, HISTORY, A&E, ID, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food, Fox SciFi, Box Sets, Discovery Turbo|
|Kids pack||$5||Cartoon Network, CBeebies, Dreamworks|
*Foxtel Plus is a mandatory pack that you must subscribe to.
Alternatively, you can get the Platinum Plus bundle, which has everything Foxtel has to offer for $140 a month. It also includes a subscription to Netflix Standard. For a more affordable option, the Premium Bundle offers Foxtel Plus, Movies, Kids and Sports for $102 a month.
Whether you're craving global news coverage or you're looking to watch Foxtel in more than 1 room, there are a number of add-ons that you can tack on at the checkout, each with an additional monthly fee.
|Add-on||Description||Additional monthly cost|
|Netflix||Standard Netflix plan||$15|
|Antenna Pacific||Greek television and news||$23|
|RAI International||Italian television and news||$23|
|HD||If you don't already have an HD pack in your subscription||$10|
|Foxtel Magazine||Foxtel's monthly magazine delivered to your door.||$5.95|
|Multiroom Foxtel iQ5||*Plus $199 equipment fee (per box) + $100 std install + $35 connection fee||$25|
|Multiscreen||Watch on your TV screen with the Foxtel smart TV app||$15|
In order to watch Foxtel's pay TV service you're going to need a Foxtel personal video recorder (PVR) box, otherwise known as a set-top box. Depending on your package, budget and what's available at your address, that means either the Foxtel iQ4 or the iQ5. Existing Foxtel customers may have an older box, like the iQ3 or the iQ2. Subscribers use the box to navigate Foxtel, keep up with their favourite titles, record content and more.
The iQ5 box is currently the norm, which doesn't require a traditional cable or satellite installation, only broadband. You will still need an aerial to watch free-to-air TV. The iQ boxes can still be connected to an existing satellite service, where a dish is already installed and working, or connected to your home internet to stream Foxtel content in internet-only mode.
Both the iQ4 and iQ5 are Ultra HD and HD capable and give you access to a whole bunch of streaming apps to have all your entertainment in 1 place, such as Netflix, Prime Video and Disney Plus. You need your own subscription to each of these streaming services though. You can add a Netflix subscription as part of your package for an extra fee. The iQ5 comes with a detachable external hard drive. You don't need the hard drive to watch Foxtel, but you need it to record live TV.In addition to the iQ boxes, customers are also able to access content from their channel packs on a computer or mobile device using the Foxtel GO app. Two devices can simultaneously use this streaming app, with up to 3 devices linked per account. Compatible devices include iPads, iPhones and Android devices, PC and Mac. You can watch content live and on demand when you're out and about.
Is there any other way to watch Foxtel content?
Want to experience Foxtel without a traditional pay TV subscription? You can do so by subscribing to one (or more) of the company's streaming services. Foxtel Now is the closest thing to the Foxtel experience via the internet. However, BINGE, Kayo and Flash bring you a big specific chunk of Foxtel goodness at a more affordable price.
BINGE has access to most of the same content rights purchased by Foxtel and offers a wide selection from Foxtel's channel packs, with a focus on TV shows and movies. Plans start at $10 a month, there are no lock-in contracts and there are no packs to choose from. You pay a flat fee and gain access to the entire library of content. Additionally, you can watch 24 Foxtel channels live with BINGE, including Fox Showcase and Fox One. New users get a free 14-day trial.
Kayo, meanwhile, delivers a premium experience for sports fans via the internet. You can watch over 50 sports live and on demand, with plans starting at $25 a month. Users can watch on a variety of devices and take advantage of the many innovative features Kayo Sports brings to the table. If you're new to the service, you get a 7-day trial.
If you're only interested in news content, you can give Flash a chance. The platform, which caters to viewers keen on staying informed about what's going on around the world, aggregates over 25 sources of local, world, sport and business news. The service costs $8 a month with a 14-day free trial.
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