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Everything you need to know about Foxtel

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A pioneer of pay TV in Australia, Foxtel offers complete entertainment services across satellite and the Internet.



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. On Fox8, The Simpsons and Family Guy consistently rate well, while other channels like A & E bring in 85,000 viewers with its US syndicated shows like Pawn Stars and Storage Wars. 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 for premium television in Australia. Whether its The Simpsons or the latest premium HBO content, Foxtel has secured the rights to some of the very best small-screen content.

In early 2015, Foxtel began branching out of pay TV and into the world of broadband, launching Foxtel Broadband bundle configurations. Originally, Foxtel Broadband used Telstra's cable and ADSL networks to offer broadband services, but in late 2016 the company announced it would also offer NBN connections.

Foxtel offers a full suite of services, including an on-demand streaming option. Those who aren't looking to sign up to a traditional Foxtel connection can access its premium TV and movie library via its subscription service Foxtel Now. Read on for more information on Foxtel's addition to the growing streaming market.

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Foxtel Now

foxtel-now-header-feedFoxtel Now is an alternative to the traditional Foxtel subscription. It's a video streaming platform that allows you to stream Foxtel through an Internet connection with no lock-in contract. Because there's no need for special hardware installation, Foxtel offers a two-week free trial of Foxtel Now.

For everything you need to know about Foxtel Now, check out our comprehensive guide.

What channels do Foxtel packages offer?

Foxtel offers a huge number of channels through its pay TV service, conveniently grouped together into packages. The regular quality of Foxtel channels is standard definition, with the company offering HD on available channels for $10 a month extra.

Here are the channels on offer through Foxtel's service:

PackageIncluded channelsMonthly price
EntertainmentFOX8, BBC UKTV, Arena, MTV, Universal Channel, TV Hits, 111 Funny, Fox classics, Lifestyle, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Disney Junior, Nick Jr, Boomerang, MTV Music, MTV Dance, [V], MAX, Foxtel Smooth/Foxtel Arts, CMC, Foxtel Tunes, FoxSports News, Eurosport News, Sky Racing 1, Sky Thoroughbred Central, Sky News Live, Sky News Weather, Sky News Business, Fox News, BBC World News, CNN, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, NHK World, Aurora, Bloomberg Television, CNBC, Sky News Election Channel, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, Expo Channel, TVSN, ACCTV, Daystar, Sonlife, Hillsong$26
SportsFox Footy, Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports 3, Fox Sports 4, Fox Sports 5, beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2, beIN Sports 3, ESPN, ESPN 2, Eurosport$29
MoviesFoxtel Movies Premiere, Foxtel Movies Action, Foxtel Movies Comedy, Foxtel Movies Masterpiece, Foxtel Movies Family, Foxtel Movies Disney, Foxtel Movies Romance, Foxtel Movies Thriller, Foxtel Movies More,$20
DramaShowcase, BBC First, 13th Street, FX, Binge, BoxSets$20
Entertainment PlusThe Comedy Channel, SyFy, Style, TLC, A&E, E!, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food$10
DocosNat Geo Wild, HISTORY, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, Crime + Investigation, BBC Knowledge$10
KidsCartoon Network, Disney Channel, CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Discovery Kids, Disney XD$10

Special interest channels

There's also a number of special interest channels that can be added to your monthly subscription. Some are standalone channels, while others are included in certain packages and yet others require you to be subscribed to a particular package to access.

Channel nameSpecial requirements/inclusionsMonthly price
BoxSetsAlso included in Drama package$10
MUTVAlso included in Sports package for 1c per year$5
LFCTVAlso included in Sports package for 1c per year$5
Chelsea TVAlso included in Sports package for 1c per year$5
Antenna PacificGreek Channel$23
RAI ItaliaItalian Channel$23
Sky Racing +Requires Sports Channel pack$5
Adults OnlyIncludes 2 dedicated channels$30

Foxtel hardware

In order to watch Foxtel's pay TV service, you're going to need a Foxtel personal video recorder. Depending on your package or budget, that means either the Foxtel iQ2 or Foxtel iQ3 recorder.

The Foxtel iQ2, formerly known as the iQHD, is an HD box capable of recording up to 30 hours of HD content, with live TV pausing and three tuners so you can record two channels while watching a third.

Meanwhile, the iQ3 is the current premium offering from Foxtel, with three times the recording space of the iQ2, plus intelligent suggestions based on your viewing habits, the ability to return to the start of a program with a single button press and the ability to record three channels while watching a fourth.

Here's a full breakdown of the Foxtel iQ PVR specs.

iQ2iQ3
Dimensions404 x 284 x 60mm325 x 240 x 75mm
Internal storage320GB1000GB
USB ports22
Internet connectivityEthernetWi-Fi, ethernet
Tuners48
HD recording time30 hours172 hours
Start over functionNoYes
Trending featureNoYes
Look back featureNoYes
Movie rentalsYesYes
Remote recordYesYes
Channels90+ channels90+ channels
HD channelsUp to 36 HD channelsUp to 36 HD channels
Price$75 upfrontFrom $125 upfront

In addition to the iQ boxes, Foxtel customers are also able to access many of the channels in their cable plan on a mobile device using the Foxtel app. This streaming app can be used by two devices simultaneously, with up to three devices linked per account. Compatible devices include iPads, iPhones and Android devices, PC and Mac.

Frequently asked questions

The following is a list of frequently asked questions about Foxtel, Presto and the services that are provided:

Q: What is Foxtel Now?
A: Foxtel Now is Foxtel's on-demand streaming option. Similar to Netflix and Stan, Foxtel Now allows you to select from a library of TV shows and movies to stream on-demand.

Q: What is the Foxtel iQ?
A: Foxtel iQ refers to the cable box you will need in order to receive the service. This allows you not only to access the cable service but record programs at the same time to be viewed at a later date. You can also pause, play and rewind live television. There are two different versions currently available: the iQ2 and iQ3. For a comprehensive run-down on the differences, see the Foxtel Hardware section above.

Q: Do I need to have the box connected to the Internet?
A: In order to enjoy all of the features of Foxtel your TV box should be connected to the Internet. It will run without it but your available video library for pay-per-view will not be as extensive.

Compare Foxtel Broadband bundles

If you want to get Foxtel, your home broadband and your home phone all bundled up together, you could consider comparing Foxtel's broadband packages below.



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    DerekFebruary 28, 2018

    Hello,
    I have had a foxtel platinum package for a long time, we now have NBN unlimited data and wondering how can I get Foxtel Go only via my NBN and get rid of the Foxtel Platinum package.

    • finder Customer Care
      RonMarch 4, 2018Staff

      Hello Derek,

      Good day! Appreciate you contacting finder regarding your inquiry today.

      I understand you want to get Foxtel Go via your NBN plan. Please know that Foxtel Go is an app that allows you to access and watch what is currently available through your subscription package. You must be subscribed to a channel in your residential pack to access corresponding content through the app.

      I’m afraid you cannot totally get rid of your package to be replaced solely by the Foxtel Go as it is a free app in conjunction to your residential pack for users who want to watch Foxtel on the go through their portable devices.

      It would be best to get in touch with Foxtel to have this clarified and to answer additional inquiries you may have regarding this.

      Hope this helps!

      All the best,

      Ron

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    johnAugust 7, 2017

    I went to av tv mode with that modem,but now I can’t go back to foxtel with the foxtel modem.

    • finder Customer Care
      JonathanAugust 7, 2017Staff

      Hi John, thanks for your inquiry.

      To get back to your Foxtel, try pressing the ‘Input’ button on your remote. This should allow you to select the different TV sources, bringing you back to Foxtel.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,

      Jonathan

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    PrimmyDecember 7, 2015

    If I go with Foxtel would I have access to sports stations, such as AFL?

    • finder Customer Care
      StephanieDecember 8, 2015Staff

      Hi Primmy,

      This will depend on the package you purchase with Foxtel. Details of the Foxtel Sports TV Combo can be found here. You might also like to consider Foxtel Play which includes sports channels in its premium packages.

      I hope this has helped,

      Stephanie

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    FletchApril 27, 2015

    I am looking at buying a second hand Fetch TV set top box. I see there are a few on eBay and Gumtree.
    Are there any problems with activating a second hand box?
    Are there any issues/suggestions?
    If it is Optus supplied, does it have to be connected to Optus broadband?

    • finder Customer Care
      BrodieApril 28, 2015Staff

      Hi there,

      Some ISPs don’t allow for two fetch boxes to run at once due to bandwidth limitations. It’d be best to speak to your Internet service provider before purchasing a second box.

      Cheers,

      Brodie

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