TV and Internet bundles in Australia

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With unlimited data plans being the norm these days, providers are giving customers the option to bundle in entertainment packs that can take advantage of all that data. These add-ons are optional, but there's plenty of choice available, depending on what entertainment you're after.

Please note that this guide is about TV and Internet bundles, not home phone NBN bundles.

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Types of home Internet bundles

There are many different options for entertainment out there. We've listed the four most popular, plus some of the other options you might come across when browsing through bundles.

Fetch TV

Fetch TV is the most widely-offered bundle option, with quite a number of providers offering Fetch as an add-on to their NBN plans, including Optus, iiNet and Dodo. It boasts:

  • A set-top box in two sizes (Mini or Mighty) with access to all your streaming platforms
  • $6 channel packs across a wide range of content
  • Record live TV and watch it back

Usually, Fetch will be available for $5–$10 extra on your monthly bill, plus a decent set-up fee.

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Optus Sport

As the name implies, Optus Sport is a sports streaming service offered by Optus. It's mostly available as an automatically included extra on Optus NBN plans or via a separate subscription. You can watch:

  • Live English Premier League, UEFA Champions League, K League and other football
  • Match highlights and interviews
  • Fitness videos and workout routines

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Telstra TV

This device is similar to the Fetch TV box, but only available outright or as an add-on to Telstra mobile or Internet plans. Here's what it can do:

  • Give access to your favourite streaming platforms (individual subscriptions still needed)
  • Record and rewind live TV
  • Voice-enabled remote allows for searching and controlling using your voice

There are also other add-ons you can use to customise your Telstra TV plan, including movie purchase/rental and Kayo Sports.

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Foxtel Plus

Foxtel Plus is the digital equivalent to Foxtel TV, offering most of the same channels and features, but streamed online, instead. Here's what it provides:

  • 50+ channels
  • Stream live or on-demand shows

You can only get Foxtel Plus as a bundle from either Telstra or Foxtel itself, which does sell NBN plans.

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Telstra home bundles

Telstra has three NBN plans available, ranging from 500GB NBN 25 for $75 a month up to unlimited data NBN 100 for $110 a month. It has some of the highest typical evening speeds around and has these Internet TV options:

  • Telstra TV for $9 a month extra
  • Xbox All Access for $27 a month extra
  • Foxtel Plus for $50 a month extra
  • Foxtel Movies HD bundle for $50 a month extra

In addition, you'll get the Telstra Smart Modem with 4G backup, free home phone with included standard and mobile calls in Australia, as well as Telstra Plus reward points. Plans have a $99 activation fee that's waived if you sign up online.

Optus Internet packages

Optus has just two basic NBN plans on offer, both with unlimited data: NBN 50 for $75 a month and NBN 100 for $95 a month. All plans come with a $99 start-up fee and the following NBN entertainment bundles:

  • Optus Sport, included for free, by default
  • Fetch Mini box for $4 a month extra
  • Fetch Mighty box and one premium channel pack for $15 a month extra

On top of these, you'll get the Optus Ultra WiFi modem with built-in 4G backup and an optional home phone line. Finally, you have the choice of signing up for Game Path for $10 a month, an application for Windows 10 PCs that can reduce lag spikes while gaming online.

Dodo Internet TV bundles

With Dodo, you can choose between three different unlimited data NBN plans, ranging from NBN 25 for $65 a month up to NBN 100 for $85 a month. You can add on an Internet TV bundle to the NBN 50 or NBN 100 plans on a 12-month contract:

  • Fetch Mini with one channel pack for $15 a month
  • Fetch Mini with ultimate channel pack for $30 a month
  • Upgrade either of the above to Fetch Mighty for an extra $5 a month

Dodo does offer its plans month to month with a $120 set-up fee, but you can't add on the Fetch bundles to these.

Foxtel Internet packages

Pay TV giant Foxtel is a bit unique in that it only sells NBN plans to customers with certain connections: Fibre to the Premises ( FTTP), Fibre to the Node (FTTN) or Fibre to the Building (FTTB). To see if you're eligible, you can use our NBN tracker.

You cannot purchase a standalone NBN plan from Foxtel – all its plans are bundles with an NBN 50 plan:

  • NBN 50 Foxtel Plus bundle. Unlimited data and 50 channels of entertainment, drama and lifestyle for $124 a month.
  • NBN 50 Movies HD bundle. Unlimited data, 50 bonus television channels and 10 movie channels for $144 a month.
  • NBN 50 Sports HD bundle. Unlimited data, five sports channels, plus AFL/NRL, rugby union games and some more, for $149 a month.
  • NBN 50 Premium bundle. Unlimited data and all the inclusions of the other packs combined, plus kids' channels for $174 a month.

All up, you'll be charged $285 ($35 connection, $100 installation, $150 equipment fee) in fees for a month-to-month plan or $259 ($99 activation, $140 modem fee) for a 12-month contract. You must use the Foxtel modem and can apply to upgrade to Premium for an extra monthly cost if Foxtel approves it.

Why get a home Internet bundle?

The benefits of Internet bundles are twofold. One, you get access to a streaming service or television channels you didn't have previously. Two, you get to put your bills together and potentially get a discount on the TV service through bundling.

When searching for a decent Internet TV package, always remember to check how good the Internet side of the bundle is. There's no point in getting a flashy TV box if your NBN keeps dropping out or is constantly slow.

FAQ about home bundles

What is the best TV Internet bundle?

The best home Internet bundle for you will depend on what you want out of your Internet plan. If you're looking for specific services such as Optus Sport, Telstra TV or Foxtel Plus, you'll be limited to which providers you can get a bundle from. But for more widely available services such as Fetch TV, make sure you compare NBN plans to make sure you're getting the best deal available.

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    SimoneJune 30, 2015

    if I join optus naked broadband on the lowest data plan and subscribe to Netflix – can I watch unlimited Netflix as optus says it’s unmetered?

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      BrodieJuly 1, 2015

      Hi Simone,

      Unmetered Netflix is available on any fixed-line home broadband plan– including the low-tier plans. Unmetered Netflix is not available on their mobile broadband plans.

      Hope that helps,

      Brodie

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