Introducing Fetch TV

Fetch TV

Fetch TV

Providing a unique, internet-driven alternative to conventional pay TV, Fetch TV offers 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 which 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.

What’s on Fetch TV

The range of channels available via Fetch TV varies slightly depending on provider. The current collection of channels supplied in the Entertainment Pack and optional extra packages includes:

  • ACC TV
  • Al Jazeera English
  • Baby TV1
  • BBC First
  • BBC Knowledge
  • BBC World News
  • BeIN Sports
  • Bloomberg Television
  • CCTV News
  • Celestial Classic Movies
  • Channel NewsAsia
  • CNBC Australia
  • C Music TV
  • Channel NewsAsia
  • Comedy Central
  • Disney Channel
  • Disney Junior
  • E!
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
  • Euronews
  • Food Network1
  • Fashion TV
  • France 241
  • HGTV1
  • Horse & Country TV1
  • MTV
  • MTV Music
  • MTV Classic
  • MTV Dance
  • National Geographic Channel
  • Nat Geo People
  • NDTV 24×7
  • News18 India
  • Nat Geo Wild
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nick Jr
  • Ovation
  • Style Network
  • Syfy
  • TV Hits
  • Travel Channel1
  • Universal Channel

How do I Watch Fetch TV?

Fetch TV requires either the purchase or rental of a Fetch TV set top box. It’s included in subscriptions to the service taken through one of the partner ISPs – Optus, Dodo and iPrimus. Two boxes are now available for outright purchase – the “Mighty” for $399 and the “Mini” for $149. A full-featured digital video recorder smilar to Foxtel’s iQ boxes, the “Mighty” 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 “Mini” retains almost all of the viewing features of the “Mighty” but leaves out the hard-disk recording features, making for a much smaller box that’s dedicated to streaming and live viewing (though it can pause live TV for up to 15 minutes).

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. Connection to your TV or home theatre system is via HDMI only – there’s no provision for old analogue connections on either Fetch box.

TV can be recorded from both free-to-air and IPTV, with the box’s triple TV tuners allowing you to record six shows at the same time from three channels or streams..

Additionally, there are Fetch TV apps for smartphones and tablets, which allow you to browse all the available programming from anywhere and even tell the box to record shows for you when you’re not at home.

See how Fetch Mighty and Mini compare to the competition.

Fetch TV Plans and Pricing

How much Fetch TV costs at a base level depends on which ISP you access the service through – Dodo has a base price of $10/month for the box and access to the service, while Optus charges $15/month. Adding the Entertainment Package (which gives access to a range of 39 IPTV channels) is an extra $15/month through both Optus and Dodo. Bundles are available through the ISPs that include Fetch TV as part of your monthly fee. For example, Iprimus offers unlimited broadband plus the premium Fetch service and home phone with unlimited calls for $104.90 per month.

On top of this, you can also buy extra channel packages for specialist interests, including sports and kids channels, and packages of world TV channels that cater for viewers from India, China, Korea and Indonesia. These range in price from $10 to $50 per month, and contain anywhere from 5 to 23 channels.

Customers who purchase their own Fetch TV box don’t have to pay the monthly base access fee at all, and can instead just purchase the channel packages as needed, with the Entertainment Package priced at $15/month. However, those customers should be aware that their use of internet-based TV channels will be counted towards the monthly download limit with whichever ISP they are subscribed to.

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? We see Fetch TV as an affordable Pay TV alternative; it easily combines free-to-air channels, catch-up services, movies and TV series, and online content (including Netflix and Stan) all in the same interface.
View the full Fetch TV review

Fetch TV Australia FAQs

You’ll need to make sure you have the essentials – a TV with a spare HDMI input and a free-to-air TV antenna connection, and a broadband internet connection. If your modem is nearby you can connect Fetch via an Ethernet cable, but otherwise, both the Mighty and Mini support fast wi-fi. For recording multiple Fetch TV streaming channels at the same time, you’ll need a broadband connection that’s capable of at least 6 Mbps – and if you want to stream Netflix or Stan on the Fetch boxes in HD, you’ll want broadband at around that speed as well. The Mighty can also stream Netflix in 4K Ultra HD using Netflix’s latest much more efficient streaming tech – but that still will require at least a 15 Mbps broadband connection.
A broadband connection is required for Fetch TV, and while it operates well on even reasonably slow connections, the faster your broadband the better, especially when it comes to purchasing movies and TV shows. If you get your Fetch TV box through one of the partner ISPs, all data used by the internet-based TV channels and premium content is “unmetered” – it won’t count towards your monthly download limit, so you can watch as much as you want without worrying about having your internet slowed down or having to pay any extra.
Netflix support was added to Fetch TV earlier this year, but in order to access it you’ll need a separate subscription to Netflix itself, currently $11.99/month for the HD service. Netflix viewing via Fetch TV is not unmetered, something to be aware of if your broadband plan has a restrictive monthly download limit.