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.

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.

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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.

Updated December 10th, 2018
Name Product Free trial? 4K/UHD? Max. video quality Simultaneous streams Price
Foxtel Now - Pop and Lifestyle
Foxtel Now - Pop and Lifestyle
2 weeks
No
SD
2
$25 p/month
The Pop pack includes premium HBO drama like Westworld and Game of Thrones and Foxtel Originals like Picnic at Hanging Rock. Lifestyle includes popular TV shows like Gogglebox Australian and Selling Houses Australia.
Foxtel Now - Drama Pack
Foxtel Now - Drama Pack
2 weeks
No
SD
2
$35 p/month
*Requires Foxtel Pop & Lifestyle pack
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack
Foxtel Now - Sport Pack
2 weeks
No
SD
2
$54 p/month
*Requires Foxtel Pop & Lifestyle pack
Foxtel Now - Movies Pack
Foxtel Now - Movies Pack
2 weeks
No
SD
2
$45 p/month
*Requires Foxtel Pop & Lifestyle pack
Foxtel Now - Kids and Docos Pack
Foxtel Now - Kids and Docos Pack
2 weeks
No
SD
2
$45 p/month
*Requires Foxtel Pop & Lifestyle pack
Foxtel Now - All Packs
Foxtel Now - All Packs
2 weeks
No
SD
2
$104 p/month

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What kind of content does Foxtel Now offer?

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:

  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 two-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.

What devices is Foxtel Now compatible with?


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.

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 two-week 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.

How does Foxtel Now compare?


So how does Foxtel's streaming offering stack up against other SVOD players like Netflix, Stan and Prime Video? Compare using our table below.

Updated December 10th, 2018
Name Product Service type 4K/UHD? Simultaneous streams Free trial? Price What's next?
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video
On-demand streaming
Yes
3
30 days
$6.99/month
hayu Standard
hayu Standard
On-demand streaming
No
1
30 days
$6.99 per month
10 All Access
10 All Access
On-demand streaming
No
3
30 days
$9.99 p/month
Netflix Basic
Netflix Basic
On-demand streaming
No
1
1 month
$9.99
Netflix Standard
Netflix Standard
On-demand streaming
No
2
1 month
$13.99

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    PatDecember 4, 2018

    Could I access all free to air channels with Foxtel?
    I live in Caves Beach.

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      JohnDecember 10, 2018Staff

      Hi Pat,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Foxtel is an internet streaming service and does not have free to air channels. You would need to subscribe to a package when you visit the foxtel website so start the service. Please see the steps below:

      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 two-week 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.

      Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
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    JennieNovember 6, 2018

    I had Foxtel now about a year ago it was set up by my mobile company cas I’m technologically challenged. It is still on my iPad but I need to know if it can be reactivated cas all details the same bar email

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      NikkiNovember 6, 2018Staff

      Hi Jennie,

      Thanks for getting in touch! Yes, you may reactivate your Foxtel Now and you may check this by contacting Foxtel. You may find their contact details on their main website.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to message us should you have further questions.

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    KeithOctober 1, 2018

    Hi, I am new to Foxtel Now and have noticed that once I have viewed a show, it is no longer available to watch again. Is this correct?

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      NikkiOctober 2, 2018Staff

      Hi Keith,

      Thanks for your message and for contacting finder.

      Sorry to hear that you can’t replay a show on Foxtel. We don’t have any knowledge why this is happening to your Foxtel Now. It would be a good idea to contact Foxtel now and inform them of the error you’re getting.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of service to you at this time. Feel free to message us should you have further questions.

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    WNBLSeptember 6, 2018

    Please can you tell me if it possible to watch the WNBL from New Zealand?

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      JohnSeptember 6, 2018Staff

      Hi WNBL,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      If you are currently subscribed to Foxtel, you may need to add the sports package on top of the base content for you to be able to get Fox Sports who is currently airing WNBL games for an additional $39.00. You also get these channels included in this package.

      Fox Sports 1, Fox League, Fox Sports 3, Fox Footy Play, Fox Sports 5, Fox Sports 6, Fox Sports More+, BeIn Sports 1, BeIn Sports 2, BeIn Sports 3, ESPN, ESPN 2, EuroSport

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    DarylJune 2, 2018

    are you able to access the complete series of Fox8 Shows through Foxtel Now or just the current episodes?

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      JoelJune 2, 2018

      Hi Daryl,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      You can also watch current Fox shows through Foxtel now. We have an updated list of new and upcoming shows in Foxtel now HERE.

      Cheers,
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    GwynnMay 8, 2018

    Hey
    I am thinking of moving At the moment I don’t have Foxtel, and the unit I am moving to is in a Retirement village with no Internet connection. Would it be possible to receive the Internet through Foxtel? I would be lost without my Internet and I desperately want to move to the new property I am not very tech savvy Would you be able to help please Thank you Gwynn Sheather

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      Thanks for your message and for visiting finder – the leading comparison website & general information service built to give you advice in your buying decision needs. How are you doing today?

      First thing you need to do is check if the location you’re moving to is NBN ready. To check this, you can go to this page. NBN plans.
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    DeniseApril 23, 2018

    I have Austar /Foxtel using Satellite connection. Do I still have to have a landline telephone for it still to work as I am thinking of cancelling the landline. The box is IQ3

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      Hi Denise,

      Thank you for getting in touch with finder.

      All you need to set up your Foxtel IQ3 are Foxtel Cable(new customers only), HDMI Cable and Ethernet Cable (optional).

      If you want to cancel your homephone line then you can do so as it won’t affect your Foxtel/Austar service.

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    AlexMarch 25, 2018

    Do you have current episodes of Coronation street on Foxtel now?
    Are you going to have UK TV on Foxtel now?

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      NikkiMarch 26, 2018Staff

      Hi Alex!

      Thanks for contacting finder and for your questions.

      Coronation Street & UKTV is on Foxtel Now.

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    MarkMarch 23, 2018

    What channels on Foxtel now generally have music on them

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      In regard to you question about music channels. Channel V hits and MTV are the only channels they have for music for now.

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    JosephFebruary 5, 2018

    Which package is Lucifer on
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      JoshuaFebruary 14, 2018Staff

      Hi Joe,

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      If you are with Foxtel, you can stream Lucifer on a Drama pack. On Foxtel Now, you can watch it on a Foxtel Now Pop pack.

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