As Australia's pay TV pioneer, 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.
In early 2015, Foxtel began branching out of pay TV and into the broadband world, 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 has long been known as the home for 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.
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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. Read on for more information on Foxtel's addition to the growing streaming market.
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.
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 Foxtel channels is standard definition, with the company offering HD on available channels for $10 a month extra. A new channel dedicated to 4K content also arrived October 2018, available exclusively to Sports HD or Platinum HD channel packs subscribers.
|Channel pack||Add-on price (monthly)||Channels included|
|Sports Pack||$29||FOX Cricket, FOX League, FOX Sports 503, FOX Footy, FOX Sports 505, FOX Sports 506, FOX Sports MORE, beIN Sports 1, beIN Sports 2, beIN Sports 3, ESPN, ESPN2 Eurosport|
|Entertainment Pack||$29*||FOX8, UKTV, Arena, MTV, Universal Channel, TVH!TS, 111 funny, FOX Classics, Lifestyle, Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel, Disney Junior, Nick Jr, Boomerang, MTV Music, MTV Dance, [V], MAX, Smooth / Arts, Country Music Channel, Foxtel Tunes, Fox News, FOX Sports News, Sky Thoroughbred Central, SKY Racing 1, Sky News Live, Sky News UK, Sky News Extra, Sky News Weather, Your Money, BBC World News, CNN, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, NHK World, Aurora, Bloomberg Television, CNBC, Al Jazeera, Russia Today, EXPO Channel, TVSN, ACCTV, Daystar, Sonlife, Hillsong, TRT World|
|Movies pack||$20||Foxtel 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, Foxtel Movie Greats|
|Drama pack||$20||FOX SHOWCASE, Binge, BoxSets, BBC First, 13th Street|
|Entertainment Plus||$10||The Comedy Channel, Syfy, Style, TLC, A&E|
|Docos pack||$10||Nat Geo Wild, HISTORY, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, Crime + Investigation, BBC Knowledge|
|Kids pack||$10||Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Discovery Kids, Disney XD|
Whether you're craving global sports and news coverage or you're looking to watch Foxtel in more rooms than one, 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|
|BoxSets||(Included in Drama Pack) Complete seasons of popular drama on-demand||$10|
|Antenna Pacific||Greek television and news||$23|
|RAI International||Italian television and news||$23|
|Adults Only||Speaks for itself, Foxtel's home for its steamiest content||$30|
|Sky Racing +||(Requires Sports Pack) Your equestrian destination on Foxtel||$5|
|MUTV||(Included in Sports Pack) A channel dedicated to Manchester United.||$5|
|LFC TV||(Included in Sports Pack) A channel dedicated to Liverpool Football Club.||$5|
|Chelsea TV||(Included in Sports Pack) A channel dedicated to Chelsea Football Club.||$5|
|Foxtel Magazine||Foxtel's monthly magazine delivered to your door.||$3.95|
|Multiroom Foxtel iQ4||*Once-off $125 install fee applies||$25|
|Multiroom Foxtel iQ2||*Once-off $125 install fee applies||$25|
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 or budget, that means either the Foxtel iQ3 or 4K-enabled iQ4.
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.
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. Two devices can simultaneously use this streaming app, with up to three devices linked per account. Compatible devices include iPads, iPhones and Android devices, PC and Mac.
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