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Your guide to streaming with Foxtel Now
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.
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.
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.
Compare Foxtel Now pricing and packages
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 (you can see exactly what channels each package offers here) but the most desirable content is without a doubt found in the service's Pop pack, where you'll find primo HBO TV shows like Westworld, 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.
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:
- 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 10-day trial), in accordance with your monthly billing cycle.
- 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.
- 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.
What devices is Foxtel Now compatible with?
What streaming quality does Foxtel Now offer?
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.
How fast does my broadband have to be to use Foxtel Now?
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.
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Does Foxtel Now offer a free trial?
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 10-day 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 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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