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Best Guide to Pay TV with Foxtel


Australia’s largest and longest-operating pay TV provider, Foxtel has been supplying premium subscription television in Australia since 1995 – first via cable, and later via satellite. From a modest beginning with around 20 channels, Foxtel has grown over the years to encompass over 90 channels delivering exclusive sports coverage, premium drama, blockbuster movies, documentaries, news and much more. As well as offering the most desired TV from around the globe – including content from HBO, home of Game of Thrones – Foxtel produces its own entertainment and sport content for Australian audiences. And as the internet becomes the dominant method of delivering entertainment via on-demand viewing, Foxtel has incorporated that into their service as well, integrating it into their advanced iQ4 set top box.

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What Makes Foxtel Unique?

With regular television in Australia having been restricted to five free to air channels for decades, Foxtel was the first taste many got of a truly diverse TV service, offering a wider variety of content across a far greater number of channels. As TV has evolved, Foxtel has evolved right along with it, adding channels and expanding their genre offerings as needed – something that free to air TV is unable to do at anything like the same scale or speed.

Far less limited by broadcasting constraints, Foxtel has been able to expand its channel line-up on both a temporary basis (as seen with its Olympic Games coverage and its dedicated Rugby World Cup channel) and permanently (clearly seen with the huge expansion of Foxtel’s sport channel line up, now at 16 channels).

Unlike conventional TV, many of Foxtel’s channels have no need to stick to a typical television daily schedule, allowing frequent replays of programs and movies for people watching at different hours of the day, as well as content that doesn’t stick to conventional half-hour time slots.

What Plans Does Foxtel Have?

With so many channels on offer, Foxtel structures its subscription plans by dividing the channels up into genre-based packs, making it easy for customers who are only after a specific type of content to pay only for what they want to watch, rather than having to pay for 90 channels to watch only a dozen of them.

When subscribing to a Foxtel plan, you’re effectively picking one, two or more of these packs, bundled together as an overall plan that’s targeted to the channels you’re most interested in. So, for example, if you were to opt for the Sports HD bundle, you’d get the 50 channels included in the base Foxtel Plus pack as well as all the Sports channels, with HD included – all bundled together in a plan that’s priced at $74.

Foxtel’s bundled plans are almost always on offer but tend to change as new promotions come and go, so it’s best to check to see what special offers are current at the moment before deciding on a plan that suits you. Customers can always just build their own plan from the available Foxtel channel packs and add-ons, but when bundled plans are offered, there’s often savings to be had by taking advantage of them.

Compare Foxtel Plans

Foxtel Plus Bundle
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 7 Content Genres
$49/mth
Min Cost - $588 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4

Premium Bundle
  • Christmas offer: $79* (from $99) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 10 Content Genres
$79/mth
Min Cost - $948 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4

Sports HD Bundle
  • Christmas offer: $55* (from $74) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 8 Content Genres
$55/mth
Min Cost - $660 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4

Sports HD & Netflix Bundle
  • Christmas offer: $58* (from $86) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 10 Content Genres
$58/mth
Min Cost - $696 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4

Movies HD & Netflix Bundle
  • Christmas offer: $69* (from $81) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 9 Content Genres
$69/mth
Min Cost - $828 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4

What Are the Foxtel Channel Packs?

All subscribers, regardless of any other packs or options they might add, get the base Foxtel Plus Pack, which can be had on its own for $49 per month. Containing over 50 channels, the Foxtel Plus pack takes in general viewing across all genres – drama, news, sport, movies, documentaries and special interest – and adds top-tier channels like Fox Showcase (home of HBO), Fox One and BBC First. For customers looking to broaden their range of available channels at the lowest possible cost, the base Foxtel Plus Pack is the place to start.

From there, customers can add additional packs based on the content they’re especially interested in. These packs contain channels that are focussed specifically on their field, offering premium content that often cannot be found anywhere else. The available packs are:

For a complete list of channel packs and the channels included within the packs, check out the table below:

Channel PackChannels IncludedHighlights
Foxtel PlusFOX8, BBC UKTV, Arena, MTV, Universal, Fox Hits, Fox Funny, Fox Classics, Fox Crime, Fox One, Fox Showcase, Lifestyle, TLC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC First, 13th Street, BBC Earth, Disney Jr., Nick Jr., Boomerang, MTV Music, MTV Dance, Channel V, MAX, Foxtel Smooth Arts, CMC, Foxtel Music, FOX Sports News, SKY Racing, SKY Thoroughbred Central, FOX News, SKY News, Your Money, SKY News UK, SKY News Extra, SKY News Weather, BBC World News, CNN, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, NHK World, Aurora, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Al Jazeera, RT, EXPO Channel, TVSN, ACCTV, Daystar, Sonlife, Hillsong, TRT WorldGame of Thrones, Outlander, Mr. Robot, Wentworth, Big Little Lies, The Walking Dead, Chernobyl
Sports HD PackFOX Cricket, FOX Footy, FOX League, FOX Sports 503/505/506/507, beIN Sports 1/2/3, ESPN, ESPN2, Eurosport, FOX Sports Ultra HDAustralian summer of cricket, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League
Movies HD PackPremiere Movies, Kids Movies, Family Movies, Action Movies, Comedy Movies, Drama Movies, Thriller Movies, Hits Movies, Greats Movies, Romance Movies, Ultra HD MoviesThe Hustle, The Favourite, Vox Lux, Deadpool 2, Aquaman
Favourites PackCrime+Investigation, History, The Comedy Channel, A&E, Nat Geo Wild, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food, SyFy, Box Sets, Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, Style, Discovery ScienceLast Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Jim Jeffries Show, Just For Laughs Australia, Decoding the Great Pyramid
Kids PackCartoon Network, Disney Channel, CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Discovery KidsAdventure Time, Thomas and Friends, Lego Ninjago, Where the Wild Things Are

What About Specialty Channels?

The great thing about pay TV is that channels can be added to cater for a smaller audience, and Foxtel’s done exactly that with some of its extra, more directed channel packs. Some have been merged into other packs, such as Box Sets (now in the Favourites pack). But there are some more add-on options if you need them:

Antenna Pacific: Greek television delivered directly from one of Greece’s biggest TV networks, to one of the world’s largest Greek populations outside their home country.

RAI International: Acclaimed Italian channel RAI brought in via satellite with its mix of news, drama, sports and more.

Sky Racing +: An enhancement to the Sky Racing channel already included in the base Entertainment pack, this low-cost extra adds a second channel that’s a must for racing fans. Requires the Sport pack to add.

What Content does Foxtel Offer?

With so many diverse channels on offer, it’s possibly easier to ask what’s not on Foxtel – there’s something for everyone across the wide range of channel packs offered, including some of the biggest TV shows, movies, sports and names on the planet. Just a glance at some of the key channels and content with each pack will give you some idea of how much there is to discover – because these are just a handful of the channels and shows on offer.

Biggest Shows on Television

Foxtel is home to an extensive library of HBO originals with complete seasons available to stream anytime. This includes iconic shows such as Game of Thrones and Westworld, as well as award-winning dramas such as Big Little Lies, Watchmen and Chernobyl. In addition, Foxtel also opens up access to the many highly acclaimed originals, including Wentworth, Secret City, Picnic At Hanging Rock, Lambs of God, the award-winning Mr Inbetween, Tim Minchin’s new series Upright and many more.

  • Game of Thrones
  • Westworld
  • The Walking Dead
  • Big Little Lies
  • Mayans M.C.
  • Wentworth
  • Chernobyl
  • Gogglebox
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • Modern Family

Best Sporting Events Around the Globe

With the Foxtel, you’ll be able to stream over 50 different sports that includes live coverage of the best sports in Australia and beyond such as AFL, NRL, NBA, NFL, Super Rugby, Formula 1 Grand Prix, Supercars, and more.

  • Formula 1 Grand Prix
  • Moto GP Grand Prix
  • Rugby World Cup
  • AFL Premiership
  • NRL Premiership
  • Cricket
  • V8 Supercars
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • World Surf League

World-Class Entertainment On Demand

TV shows and sports aren’t the only forms of entertainment that Foxtel delivers. There’s something for just about any kind of interest with Foxtel. From the latest movie releases to thought-provoking docos, as well as the shows your kids wouldn’t want to miss, Foxtel has got you covered with new additions to their ever-expanding library every single week.

  • Paw Patrol
  • Adventure Time
  • Crimes That Shook Australia
  • 60 Days In
  • Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Aquaman
  • A Star Is Born
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • How to Train Your Dragon

The iQ4 – Foxtel’s Advanced Set Top Box

When you connect to Foxtel, you’ll be supplied with the very newest and most advanced set top box that Foxtel has offered yet. The result of many years of development, the iQ4 is a compact powerhouse of a device that packs a ton of power under the hood. With its fast, fluid user interface, navigating between live channels, recordings and on-demand content is easy. The included 1TB hard drive can record hundreds of hours of shows, all catalogued for easy viewing later. And the multiple TV tuners in the iQ4 let you record up to four shows at the same time, while watching a fifth.

The iQ4 also introduces full support for 4K-capable TVs, and is the only device that can receive Australia’s first ever broadcast 4K channels – Fox Sports Ultra HD and Movies Ultra HD.

With the latest update to the iQ4, you can also stream Netflix in 4K directly on the box thanks to a full-featured Netflix app that can be launched from the Apps menu – or simply by pressing the Netflix button on the newly-upgraded iQ4 remote control. Netflix shows and movies are integrated into the iQ4 interface throughout, including interactive recommendations on the Home, TV Shows and Movies screens. You can optionally bundle Netflix with your Foxtel subscription, too.

The iQ4 seamlessly merges live on-air TV, recordings and streaming content into the one interface, meaning all the TV you need is right there in the one clever box. For a full run-down of what this clever device has to offer, you can check our extensive review of the Foxtel iQ4.

The iQ4 is only available to Foxtel satellite customers; new customers will be connected via satellite by default, but existing satellite customers who would like to upgrade to the new iQ4 can do so for a modest fee. All new customers get the iQ4 with the latest software update and the new backlit, streamlined remote control with voice search (existing customers can get the new remote for a small fee, or for free if they’ve been a customer for 8 years or more).

What is Foxtel Go?

Another feature included at no extra charge for every Foxtel customer is the Foxtel Go app – the live and on-demand streaming version of Foxtel that you can watch anywhere you happen to be, via apps for your mobile phone or tablet, even setting recordings on your iQ4 box while you’re out and about. You can also jump into Foxtel on your desktop or laptop computer without the need for an app, thanks to the brand-new Foxtel streaming web-based interface that lets you view in full HD right there on your computer.

Foxtel Go is completely free for all current Foxtel customers, and is active from the moment you sign up for a Foxtel service – meaning you can start streaming live Foxtel channels or viewing shows and movies on demand before the technician even arrives to install your full Foxtel service. For the complete list of eligible Foxtel Go devices, check out the table below:

Device Available? User Guide
PC/Mac Yes Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)
iOS Mobile Devices Yes Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
Android Mobile Devices Yes Via native app (Android 5 and above)
Google Chromecast Yes Via casting (only on Multiroom service)
Apple TV Yes Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)
Smart TVsYesVia casting only (only on Multiroom service)

Note that casting to a TV via Chromecast or AirPlay is only available to customers with a Multiroom subscription. If you’d just like to have the ability to cast from the app, you can now add that to your account for only $15/month. Multiroom casting is included free of charge with the all-inclusive Platinum Plus bundle.

If you want another on demand alternative for your favourite Foxtel shows, you can also try Foxtel Now. Subscribing to Foxtel Now allows you to stream hit shows like HBO Originals including Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies, as well as Foxtel originals like Wentworth.

Foxtel Customer Service

Existing Foxtel customers have plenty of options for contacting the company’s customer service team, who’ll be able to answer any questions about your Foxtel service and put you in touch with the right people for everything from plan changes to technical support.

The Foxtel customer service contact line is available for the cost of a local call on 131 999, with technical support for your TV service available from 7.30am to midnight, seven days a week. For pack changes, call between 9am and 9pm weekdays or 10am-8pm on weekends. For any questions about your account or billing, call between 9am and 7pm, Monday to Saturday by
simply dialling 1300 760 579 on your mobile phone. .

Foxtel Review: Is Foxtel Right for me?

Nearly half of all Australian homes now have Foxtel bringing a whole planet’s worth of entertainment to their lounge rooms, giving them access to the largest range of drama, comedy, sport, and entertainment around. If you’re not in one of those homes, you’re missing out on a lot.

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