Telstra increases prices for Foxtel packages

Alex Kidman 27 March 2017

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Foxtel’s investment in new content to blame for price hikes.

If you’re a fan of Foxtel’s subscription TV platform, you have a multitude of choices when it comes to getting your Foxtel fix, from IPTV-based Foxtel Play to the more traditional full TV packages Foxtel has offered since its inception. There’s also the option to get Foxtel as part of a Telstra package, under what’s called Foxtel from Telstra.

Telstra has signalled on its Exchange Blog that price rises for the sports and Platinum HD packages will go into effect after 28 March 2017. Specifically, the price of the sports package will jump by $4 per month, while Platinum HD will see a $2 per month price bump.

These changes won’t affect you if you’ve got a Telstra bundle where either component is part of your standard bundle, but if you’ve added either as a bolt-on inclusion on top of your regular bundle, you'll see the increased charges on your next bill after 28 March. If you’re currently getting a discount on Foxtel from Telstra, they’ll kick in once your offer concludes.

Telstra’s take on the issue is that it’s to do with the expansion of Foxtel offerings. Specifically, Foxtel’s exclusive HBO deal , which includes series such as Game Of Thrones is name-dropped as an example of the "premium" content Foxtel is investing in, while its launch of a dedicated NRL channel is cited as one reason why the sports bundle price is going up.

Telstra has multiple approaches to sports rights, however, having secured the rights to the AFL, NRL and Netball for its mobile customers, with access to those sports and all games available to most Telstra customers, albeit only on screens that are 7 inches or less across.

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