Your guide to streaming with Foxtel Now

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Foxtel Now is more than just Foxtel through the Internet. Here's what you need to know about this digital streaming service.

Foxtel may be the dominant force in pay TV in Australia, but the company saw the potential for Internet streaming entertainment way back in 2013. Formerly known as Foxtel Play, Foxtel Now is the pay TV of the digital age, offering subscriptions to more than 60 live television channels and over 1,000 video on demand titles.

With the closure of Foxtel's Presto joint venture, Foxtel’s streaming service also underwent a significant overhaul, from its pricing to its channel packages in December of 2016 and more recently in June 2017, as it rebranded from Foxtel Play to Foxtel Now. The transition to Foxtel Now brought with it Chromecast support and HD streaming on selected devices and a brand-new user interface.

The service can be streamed through a variety of devices, including the Telstra TV streaming box, PCs and Macs through the Google Chrome browser, plus compatible iOS and Android phones and tablets.

In the near future, Foxtel will also update its Foxtel Play apps on eligible Smart TVs and games consoles like the Xbox One to the Foxtel Now interface, though current Foxtel Play customers will still be able to access the service through these apps.

Unlike the iQ3 box subscription, there are no lock-in contracts, so you can cancel Foxtel Now at any time. That said, it's worth noting that you'll need to cancel before the end of the month to avoid being charged for the next month too.

It's important to note that Foxtel Now requires an internet connection and a compatible device. Data charges may apply if you're streaming on a limited broadband or mobile plan. Consider upgrading your mobile plan by comparing data inclusions.

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Foxtel now has five starter packs to choose from including the Lifestyle, Kids and Docos packs for $10/mth each and the Pop and Drama pack for $15/mth each.

The Drama and Pop packs include the Showcase Channel, which is Foxtel's home for HBO content. That means you'll be able to stream Game of Thrones, Westworld and more for as little as $15 a month.

PackageMonthly priceChannels included
Docos$10Discovery, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Turbo, Nat Geo People, CI, A&E, BBC Knowledge, History, Nat Geo Wild
Lifestyle$10Lifestyle, Arena, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle You, E!, Lifestyle Food, TLC
Kids$10Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Nick Jr, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, BBC CBeebies, Boomerang, Discovery Kids
Drama$15Showcase, BBC UKTV, BBC First, Universal Channel, TV Hits
Pop$15Showcase, FOX8, Comedy Channel, FX, MTV. 111 funny

Once you've got your base content sorted, you can consider moving on to the premium stuff. While streaming video has been growing substantially across all providers, Foxtel Now is still the dominant force when it comes to streaming sports online.

It's worth noting that the sports package offers access to Foxtel's English Premier League team channels (LFCTV, Manchester United TV and Chelsea TV) for an extra 1c per channel per year. Without the sports package, customers must pay $5 per channel per month.

If you're more of a movie lover than a sports fan, Foxtel Now has also got you covered with a dedicated premium movie package.

PackageMonthly priceChannels included
Sport$39*Fox Sports 1 Fox League, Fox Sports 3, Fox Sports 5, Fox Sports 6, BeIn Sports 1, BeIn Sports 2, BeIn Sports 3, ESPN, ESPN 2, EuroSport, Footy Play
Movies$30*Foxtel Movies Premiere, Foxtel Movies Disney, Foxtel Movies Masterpiece, Foxtel Movies Action, Foxtel Movies Romance, Foxtel Movies Thriller, Foxtel Movies Family, Foxtel Movies Comedy, Foxtel Movies More

*When combined with a $10/month starter pack

Regardless of what combination of channel packs you opt for, Foxtel Now also includes access to V hits, TVSN, Fox Sports News, Sky News Live, Sky News Business and Foxtel News Channel.

How does Foxtel Now work?

If you’ve used a streaming service like Netflix or Stan before then you should be comfortable with Foxtel Now. If you are completely new to the streaming game, here's how it works:

  1. Go to the Foxtel Now website, sign up for your package of choice, add on your additional premium packs and arrange your account details. You’ll be direct debited from your chosen account on a monthly basis (after your free 2-week trial), in accordance with your monthly billing cycle.
  2. Sign in on your device via the website on PC and Mac via the Google Chrome browser or download the Foxtel Now app to your devices
  3. Enjoy the latest entertainment from all over the world.

Easy right? Before you get started, though, there are a couple of additional criteria that you'll need to meet to be able to access Foxtel Now.

  • Internet connection and data: Foxtel Now is simply the streaming service, so you’ll still need to have an Internet connection to stream shows (minimum 3Mbps) and enough data on your broadband plan to cater for your streaming needs. But the good news is that since it's a streaming service and not pay TV, there's no installation required and anyone in Australia with an Internet connection and compatible device can access it.
  • Australian residence: Foxtel Now is only available to Australian residences.

Foxtel Now compatible devices

You can register up to five devices on a single Foxtel Now account. You can then watch content on any two devices at the same time.

  • iPhone 4s or above, and iPad 2 or above (using iOS 8 or above)
  • All Android devices (using Jellybean 4.1 or above)
  • PC/Mac - Using Google Chrome
  • Telstra TV
  • Chromecast
  • PlayStation 4

Plus these devices can stream Foxtel through the Foxtel Play app which is yet to be updated:

  • PlayStation 3
  • Xbox One
  • LG Smart TVs (selected 2013 models)
  • Samsung smart TVs (2012-2015 models), any Samsung Smart Hub-enabled 2012-2013 model Blu-ray Players and Home Theatre Systems
  • Sony smart TVs (selected 2014 models)
  • Foxtel Play application on PC/Mac
    • PC - Windows XP with IE8 or above
    • Mac - OS X Snow Leopard 10.6, OS X Lion 10.7 with Safari version 5 or above

Streaming quality for Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now lets users stream Foxtel content in 720p High Definition for the first time. You’ll need a minimum speed of 3Mbps to enjoy standard definition streams and a minimum speed of 7Mbps for HD content, when available. Not all channels are available in HD, and roughly half of the VOD content is currently classed as HD.

It's also worth noting that HD is only available on PC/Mac via the Google Chrome browser, Telstra TV and Chromecast. Not all services and programs are available in HD and HD isn't available on mobile and tablet.

Foxtel Now trial offer

One of the key benefits of a streaming video service as opposed to a full pay TV service is that there are no installation costs, meaning you can trial a service for free to see if it works for you.

Foxtel is currently offering Australian customers a free two-week trial of Foxtel Now. To sign up, you will have to provide your credit card details, however, you won't be charged during the trial period. Should you continue your service beyond two weeks, Foxtel will charge your account for a month's subscription of your nominated package. If you choose to subscribe fully, then your card will be debited monthly according to your billing cycle.

You can cancel your subscription at any time, but be aware that you'll need to cancel it before your billing cycle ends or you'll be charged for the following month.


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    GriegAugust 2, 2017

    I would like to cancel my Foxtel go trial.

    • Staff
      JhezelynAugust 2, 2017Staff

      Hi Grieg,

      Thanks for your comment.

      If you don’t want to continue with your Foxtel Now service, you need to deactivate through My Account online. Please note if you are on a free trial period, you need to deactivate the subscription before the free trial period end date.

      To cancel or deactivate your Foxtel Now service:

      1. Go to My Foxtel Now
      2. Log in to your account
      3. Click the Deactivate button
      4. You will be transferred to the “Deactivate Service” page. Fill in the form and click on the Deactivate button.

      If you do this before your trial ends, you will still receive the full period of your trial. We will send you a reminder via email before the trial ends.

      You can always resume your Foxtel Now services anytime by logging back in to My Account and simply clicking on the Reactivate button.

      Hope this helps.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    CraigApril 6, 2017

    I have a Panasonic Smart TV which isn’t in the list of devices above that will work with Foxtel Play. Is there a work around for this and do you know if this is likely to change in future.

    • Staff
      JasonApril 7, 2017Staff

      Hi Craig,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      According to Foxtel, the Foxtel Play app is not available on any Panasonic televisions and there seems to be no updates yet as to when Panasonic Smart TVs will be include in the list of Foxtel Play compatible devices.

      For other options, you may stream Foxtel Play through gaming consoles such as PlayStation 3 & 4 or Xbox One. You may also use Telstra TV set-top boxes, Samsung Blu-Ray players or PCs and Macs.

      Kind regards,
      Jason

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    BorisJanuary 2, 2017

    So if I want to watch Game of Thrones, I pay $15 for Drama or Showcase but I still can’t stream it when I want to, I can’t do catch up for previous seasons. Great deal! Back to the VPN.

    • Staff
      MayJanuary 2, 2017Staff

      Hi Boris,

      Thank you for your inquiry and

      As long as Foxtel has the licence to show the Games of Thrones, you will be able to view it. However, just like any other internet streaming TV services, once their licence to air the Game of Thrones expires, they may have to delete it from their list and you may no longer be able to watch it.

      Cheers,
      May

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    AnthonyAugust 5, 2016

    Hi, does the sport option cover super rugby ( not just Australian games ), NRL, the 4 Nations rugby test series, and the Olympic’s and where do I view a program guide? Thanks

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    SueJune 1, 2016

    My laptop crashed and i need to download it again but the site just keeps telling me i am an existing customer and i cant see where else i can download it from!

    • Staff
      AlexJune 1, 2016Staff

      Hi Sue,

      If it’s just the link for downloading the app you need, it should appear on this page: https://www.foxtel.com.au/foxtelplay/how-it-works/pc-mac.html — roughly halfway down, depending on whether you’re installing on a PC or a Mac. If you’re having issues once installed with it signing in, you’ll need to contact Foxtel directly as that’s beyond our control.

      Regards,

      Alex.

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    HughieMarch 26, 2016

    Will I be able to get AFL games if I only pick Drama and Premium Movies?

    • Staff
      BrodieMarch 31, 2016Staff

      Hi Hughie,

      Unfortunately not. I would suggest signing up for the AFL Live app on iPhone, iPad or PC. AFL Live costs $4.99 for a week, $14.99 for a month or $89.99 for the year.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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    kandaNovember 25, 2015

    Hi, is foxtel play unmetered if i have telstra internet?

    • Staff
      BrodieNovember 26, 2015Staff

      Hi Kanda,

      If you have Telstra fixed line broadband, your Foxtel Play usage will be unmetered. This does not include streaming over Telstra mobile broadband.

      Cheers,

      Brodie

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    NormanOctober 27, 2015

    HI,
    I have been a Foxtel subscriber for years and recently connected my iPad with Foxtel Go,
    I have read somewhere that you can use GO on your smart TVs , so have been trying for days to do this , sadly with no success, I thought I had found the answer when I read about PLAY, but find that this is a paid subscription, as I already pay Foxtel for my plan , and can get this on my iPad ,how come I can’t display it on my Samsung TV?.
    Hope you can help ???.
    Thank you,
    Norman P

    • Staff
      BrodieOctober 29, 2015Staff

      Hi Norman,

      Unfortunately, Foxtel Go is not compatible with Smart TVs or streaming media players. Foxtel claims this a licensing issue. If you have the capability, there is always the option of connecting your laptop to your TV via HDMI while using Foxtel Go. That’s the only workaround available to Foxtel Go customers.

      Hope that helps,

      Brodie

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    SteveJuly 4, 2015

    Can I take my laptop with Foxtel Go and use it at a different IP address?

    • Staff
      BrodieJuly 6, 2015Staff

      Hi Steve,

      You certainly can. The only way Foxtel restricts the use of Foxtel Go is by the number of devices you have registered under the one account. You can download the app on three different devices, but can only stream Foxtel Go on two devices at a time.

      Thanks,

      Brodie

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