Fetch 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. With their Fetch TV bringing together all the best in entertainment into one convenient place, Fetch have got you covered.
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 it’s 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, 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 be added on to Optus Postpaid Mobile plans or broadband plans with iiNet, Westnet and Internode for $5/month, or to Dodo and iPrimus internet plans for $10/month.
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.