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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 (VOD) titles.
As of May 2020, Foxtel has also secured the ongoing rights to broadcast HBO content in Australia.
Foxtel Now brought with it Chromecast support, 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, the Google Chrome browser on PCs and Macs, plus compatible iOS and Android phones and tablets.
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 your subscription 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.
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:
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 the service for free to see if it works for you. Foxtel is currently offering Australian customers a 10-day free trial of Foxtel Now.
To sign up, you will have to provide your credit card details, though you won't be charged during the trial period. Should you continue your service beyond the 10 days, 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.
Foxtel now has five starter packs to choose from including the required Pop and Lifestyle pack for $25 p/month. Each add-on pack incurs an additional monthly fee. With all packs added on, Foxtel Now can cost up to $104 p/month.
Below is a full comparison of Foxtel Now plans and packages.
Foxtel Now's various packages offer a huge number of pay TV channels to choose from (and you can see exactly which channels each package offers here), but the most desirable content can without a doubt be found in the Pop pack – where you'll find primo HBO TV shows like Westworld and Game of Thrones and Foxtel Originals like Picnic at Hanging Rock – and the Sports pack, which gives you access to Foxtel's suite of local and international sports coverage.
Foxtel Now allows users to 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 is simply the streaming service, so an Internet connection is essential to stream shows. Your Internet will at minimum need to run at 3Mbps, though the main issue is ensuring you have enough data on your broadband plan to cater for your streaming needs.
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