Introducing Fetch TV
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.
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 Broadbandas 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.
Plans with Fetch TV
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 $14.95/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 – 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? 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.
Fetch TV Australia FAQs
What do I need to be able to use Fetch TV?
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.
What sort of internet connection will I need?
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.
Is Netflix included?
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 $13.99/month for the HD service or $17.99 for full 4K streaming (fully supported by the Fetch Mighty!) Netflix viewing via Fetch TV is not unmetered, something to be aware of if your broadband plan has a restrictive monthly download limit.