Introducing Fetch TV
Fetch may have only recently entered the Australian subscription TV scene, but already they’ve made considerable strides towards their goal to make pay TV better. Working in partnership with some of the country’s leading internet service providers, this Australian-owned business has been developing innovative technology over the past five years to provide the best service possible, and have managed to maintain low prices while doing it. In bringing together all the best in entertainment into one convenient place, Fetch has got you covered.
What Does Fetch Offer?
Fetch’s focus is largely on subscription TV. Fetch TV is their only offering, but it comes with an array of different deals and packages designed to suit the needs of varying customers. With the aim of fetching you all of the best in entertainment, from Netflix and Stan to Youtube and hayu, Fetch TV makes it easier to catch all of your favourite shows in the one place.
Providing a unique, internet-driven alternative to conventional pay TV, Fetch TV uses the capacity and speed of a broadband internet connection to deliver an extensive package of TV channels direct to a custom-designed set-top box. This STB – you have the option to choose between either the Fetch ‘Mighty’ or the ‘Mini’ – also acts as a free-to-air HDTV receiver and digital video recorder. Aside from allowing you to watch and record broadcast TV, it also enables access to on-demand movies and TV shows, catch-up services from the major networks, Netflix streaming and more.
The Fetch “Mighty” is the more substantial of the two set-top boxes offered by Fetch. It allows recording of multiple free-to-air channels at once, as well as recording and time-shifting of Fetch’s internet-delivered streaming channels. The Fetch TV Mighty has a 1TB hard drive built in which can record up to 585 hours of TV, supporting automatic series recording via its in-built electronic program guide. It connects to the internet via either a direct cable to your modem or wi-fi, enabling access to Fetch’s IPTV channels, on-demand movies and TV, catch-up TV, Netflix and Stan.
The little brother of the Mighty, the Fetch Mini is a cheaper, albeit less comprehensive, product than its bigger alternative. Offered by some ISPs as an entry-level streaming box, the Mini retains almost all of the viewing features of the Mighty but leaves out the hard-disk recording features. The end result is a much smaller box that’s dedicated to streaming and live viewing (though it can pause live TV for up to 15 minutes).
Fetch allows you to bundle your Fetch set-top box with a new broadband package, or add it to an existing package. For the moment, this bundle is only available with certain providers, though Fetch are in the process of increasing the number of internet service providers with whom it’s available.
The Mighty Fetch Box and Starter Pack – which includes access to the TV and Movie Stores, various apps, 30 Free Movies, as well as the ability to watch on mobile and record TV – are included in eligible broadband plans with Optus, iiNet, dodo and iPrimus and more recently, Aussie Broadband, or you can add the Starter Pack to your broadband plan for either $10 or $15/month, depending on your internet service provider. The Mini Starter Pack – identical to that of the Mighty but with the smaller set-top box – can likewise be added on to Optus Postpaid Mobile plans or broadband plans with iiNet, Internode, Dodo, iPrimus, and Aussie Broadband as well.
You can then choose to add on various channels and channel packs, with each of the Kids, Knowledge, Vibe and Variety packs coming in at an extra $6/month. Alternatively, if you fancy all four packs you can bundle them together in the Ultimate Pack for just $20/month.
Broadband + TV Bundle Plans
- Up to 9Mbps Basic Evening
- 25GB Data
- NBN 12™ Fixed Line
Fetch TV Packs
Once you have your own Fetch TV box, you can then choose from their range of add-on channel packs to customise your programming. This allows you to only pay for what you want to watch, whether it’s sports, news, lifestyle, and more.
You can start off with the four (4) Premium Channels: Kids, Knowledge, Vibe, and Variety — which you can get for only $6/month each pack. Of course, there’s also the option of getting them all with the Ultimate pack for only $20/month. From there, you can customise it even more with the selection of Special Interest and World Packs. Check out the table below for the full list of channel packs for Fetch.
|Channel Pack||Channels Included||Cost Per Month|
|Premium Channels – Kids||Disney Channel, Nick Jr., Disney Junior, Cartoon Network, CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Boomerang, Babytv, ZooMoo||$6/month|
|Premium Channels – Knowledge||National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Discovery Channel, BBC Knowledge, Travel Channel, HGTV, BBC World News, Food Network, BBC Living, CNN, Bloomberg Television, Euronews, NDTV 24×7, CNBC, France24, CGTN, AlJazeera, Channel NewsAsia||$6/month|
|Premium Channels – Vibe||ESPN, Edge Sport, Spike, ESPN2, Egg Network, E!, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV Music, Style, FashionTV, MTV Dance||$6/month|
|Premium Channels – Variety||BBC First, 13th Street, BBC UKTV, Syfy, MTV Classic, Universal TV, TLC, Stingray CMusic||$6/month|
|Premium Channels – Ultimate||All channels from Kids, Knowledge, Vibe, Variety packs||$20/month|
|Special Interest – beIN SPORTS||beIN Sports 1, 2, 3||+$19.99/month|
|Special Interest – Horse and Country||+$9.99/month|
|Special Interest – Hillsong + ACC||Hillsong Channel, ACCTV||+$0.00/month|
|Special Interest – Optus Sport||Premier League (Optus packages & direct Fetch retail customers only)||+$14.99/month|
|Special Interest – UFC||Pay per view|
|World Packs – Taj Mahal||25 channels||+$15.00/month|
|World Packs – Chinese||15 channels||+$9.95/month|
|World Packs – Pinoy||8 channels||+$19.95/month|
|World Packs – Italian||4 channels||+$15.00/month|
|World Packs – TVB Cantonese & Korean||5 channels||+$15.00/month|
Still want more? You can access Fetch’s TV and Movie Store, from which you can buy episodes or full seasons of your favourite shows including Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Outlander and more.
Fetch offers a wide range of apps to ensure all of your entertainment needs are covered. From the latest in the world’s best TV series to movie classics and live sport, it’s all available on Fetch TV. Including Netflix and Stan, hayu and Youtube, as well as their own Movie and TV Stores, you can find everything you could possibly need on Fetch.
Live Sport with Fetch
The best way to get your fix of live sport with Fetch TV is to subscribe to the Fetch Vibe or Ultimate Packs, both of which include ESPN, and get access to the WatchESPN app. This will give you access to some of the best in US Sports, including the NBA, NFL and MLB, as well as the best of college basketball, US Open tennis, and much, much more.
Alternatively, you can pay $19.99/month to access all three beIN Sports channels – which offers the best in football access from around the world, as well as international test rugby and WTA Tour action – or Optus Sport for $14.99/month – which will allow you to enjoy 24/7 Premier League action.
For any issues with your Fetch TV, contact your Fetch service provider directly. Fetch does not have access to your account information and is unable to assist you. However, your ISP will be able to help.
If you are an existing customer who purchased a Fetch TV box from an authorised retailer and have an account directly with Fetch, go to fetchtv.com.au/account. Log in using your username and password and follow the online troubleshooting process.
Fetch TV Review
Fetch TV combines Free-To-Air & Subscription TV channels, Catch Up TV, PVR, and a Movie & TV rental service. The question is… does it do a good job in all these areas?