Foxtel Now - The Streaming Option for Premium TV
An easy to use and affordable alternative to Foxtel’s satellite and cable TV service, Foxtel Now lets you stream live and on-demand content from a range of channels that you can pick and choose from several affordable packs. That means you have access to a potentially massive library of streaming content that you can watch at home or on the go, on your phone or on your computer – both live and on demand. With Foxtel Now, you don’t need a contract to join and there are no installation costs or setup fees – you just sign up and start streaming right away. You can even try everything Foxtel Now offers for a full 10 days free of charge, to see if it’s the right fit for you.
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What is Foxtel Now?
Some years back, Foxtel revamped its existing Foxtel Play platform (still available today in its new incarnation as Foxtel Go for satellite and cable subscribers). In the process they created Foxtel Now, a streaming service that combines all the content you know and love with a sleek new interface, hugely improved picture quality (including high definition on channels that support it) and a simpler pricing model.
With Foxtel Now, you can watch Foxtel channels online without having to deal with the inconvenience and cost of getting a full Foxtel setup installed. This is perfect for renters, students or anyone who isn’t into long-term commitments since you can also cancel any time.
Foxtel Now is available in high definition on a range of devices, including the popular Telstra TV streaming boxes and Foxtel Now’s own Android TV-powered box. You can also stream Foxtel Now in HD via Chromecast, which is supported by the iOS and Android apps as well as computer web browsers.
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How Much Does Foxtel Now Cost?
Foxtel Now offers channel packs as monthly subscriptions, so that you’re only paying for the content you actually want. Foxtel Now updated its pricing and packs to simplify the way you subscribe to the service – so now, you start with the Essentials pack, which comprises the Pop and Lifestyle packs (and includes Fox Showcase, the home of all things HBO including Game of Thrones). It costs $25 per month, and gives you access to a total of 26 channels (both live and on-demand content).
From there, you can add any of the three premium packs: Drama Extra ($10/month), Sport ($29/month), and Movies ($20/month). If you want to get your hands on the Kids and Docos packs, though, you’ll need to subscribe to the All Packs bundle, which costs $104/month with the Kids Pack (add an extra $10 for the Docos pack). Although it’s a little pricier, it’s basically the equivalent of Platinum HD on satellite or cable Foxtel, and opens up the entire Foxtel Now on Demand library for your endless use.
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What Are the Foxtel Now Channel Packs?
You can pick and choose the channel packs that make up your viewing experience, so you’re getting the channels that suit you – though you do need to subscribe to the Essentials pack before you can add on any of the additional Premium Packs.
Essentials pack: Over 25 channels of lifestyle, drama, comedy, entertainment, such as Fox Showcase, Comedy Central, and Lifestyle.
Essentials + Sport pack: adds seven Fox Sports channels, two from ESPN, and three from beIN, letting you stream over 50 sports across 12 channels.
Essentials + Drama Extra pack: includes extra drama channels, such as BBC First, UKTV, Universal, Fox Crime, Fox One, Fox Sleuth, and Fox SciFi.
Essentials + Movies pack: perfect for movie buffs to get access to thousands of movies from Foxtel’s extensive film catalogue across 10 themed channels that play nothing but movies, 24 hours a day – without any commercial interruptions.
All Packs Bundle: If you still want more channels, you have the option to get the entry pack and all three premium packs, along with additional Kids and Docos packs only available in the All Packs bundle. This gives you everything Foxtel Now has to offer. The Docos pack just added two new channels – Animal Planet and Investigation Discovery – delivering the best in docos right to your TV.
What Shows and Movies Does Foxtel Now Offer?
Thanks to Foxtel’s exclusive partnership with HBO in the US, you can find some of the best shows on TV right now available on demand via Foxtel Now. If that’s not enough, you can also watch your favourite sporting events and stream them at your own convenience after their live airing on Foxtel’s sports channels.
The Top 10 Shows on Foxtel Now
Even if you’ve only grabbed the base Essentials channel pack, you’ll be amazed at the huge amount of content there is to watch – and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by choice. That’s why we keep our TV experts tuned into the latest and best stuff on Foxtel Now, and each month we pick the Top 10 Shows to be sure to put on your list. And there’s really a massive range of must-watch stuff across Foxtel Now, no matter what you’re looking for.
The Biggest Shows on Television
Foxtel Now 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, Succession, and Chernobyl. In addition, Foxtel Now also opens up access to the many highly acclaimed Foxtel originals, including Wentworth, Secret City, Picnic At Hanging Rock, the more recent Lambs of God, the award-winning Mr Inbetween, Tim Minchin’s Upright and many more.
Other notable shows that you can stream on Foxtel Now include some of AMC’s hit shows like The Walking Dead and its spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. If you choose to subscribe to the Drama pack, you also get access to the best of UK drama such as MotherFatherSon, The Victim and Les Miserables, among many others.
Sporting Events From Around the Globe
With the Foxtel Now Sports pack, 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.
World-class Entertainment On Demand
TV shows and sports aren’t the only forms of entertainment that Foxtel Now delivers. There’s something for just about any kind of interest with Foxtel Now. From the latest movie releases to thought-provoking docos, as well as the shows your kids wouldn’t want to miss, Foxtel Now has got you covered with new additions to their ever-expanding library every single week.
Foxtel Now Review: Is Foxtel Now Right for me?
If you’ve always wanted access to the good stuff that’s only found on pay TV, but didn’t want to get the dish, box and everything else installed. If you just want to get watching, Foxtel Now is the perfect solution for you. Delivering a mix of live and on-demand TV channels via broadband, Foxtel Now lets subscribers watch what they want, when they want it and how they want it. Fully supporting HD streaming for both live and on-demand content, Foxtel Now is a flexible, easy to use way of accessing Foxtel’s channels and content on your TV and mobile devices.
How Does Foxtel Now Compare to Foxtel?
They sound like the same thing – and in many ways, they are. Foxtel Now offers many of the same live channels as Foxtel, as well as the exact same library of on-demand content. The differences come with the channel packs (very different on each) and of course the method of delivering live channels to you. While Foxtel Now uses broadband internet for everything, Foxtel uses satellite for live channels, only turning to the internet for on-demand streaming.
How Does Foxtel Now Compare to BINGE?
With Foxtel’s streaming service BINGE now in full operation and getting a lot of TV and movie fans excited, you may notice that much of the same content that’s on Foxtel Now is also on BINGE. And that’s no surprise – the intention is for BINGE to be a more Netflix-like way for people to access Foxtel’s content. But BINGE doesn’t have everything (no Wentworth, for example) and while it has some live channels hidden away in its menus, there’s no program guide for them. For live TV, Foxtel Now’s the much better choice.
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Foxtel Now Data Usage
Foxtel Now is an online streaming service that relies on broadband data to stream both its live channels and on-demand content. So unlike its satellite and cable siblings, watching Foxtel uses up your download allowance, whether that’s on your home broadband or your mobile service. At the highest quality setting, Foxtel Now can use about 1.4GB per hour for SD and 3.2GB for High Definition shows. If you want to use less data, you can always switch the video quality to “Low” in the Settings menu on the device – though that setting isn’t available on all devices. If you plan on streaming Foxtel Now a lot, we’d suggest an unlimited broadband plan. The minimum recommended broadband speed needed to watch Foxtel Now is 3Mbps for SD and 7Mbps for HD streaming, so it should work well across all NBN and most ADSL broadband connections.
Foxtel Now Devices
Since its revamp and re-branding, Foxtel Now works with a wide variety of devices – but only specific ones support high definition streaming. Foxtel Now’s own set-top box — the Foxtel Now box – has an interface built entirely around the Foxtel Now experience and is a great choice if Foxtel Now is going to be your primary viewing platform (the box also supports free-to-air TV channels). You can also use any model of Telstra TV, Playstation 4, Chrome browsers on both PCs and Macs, and iOS or Android mobile devices (which also let you Chromecast to your TV if you have the capability). Older devices, such as Playstation 3, use the legacy Foxtel Play app to stream Foxtel Now. It works as smoothly as always, but those platforms cannot stream in high definition. Check out the complete list of compatible devices for Foxtel Now on the table below:
Devices supported on Foxtel Now
– Foxtel Now Box: Yes
– Sony Android TV: Yes – OS 7.0 and above
– iOS Mobiles/Tablets: Yes – Via Foxtel Go app (iPhone 4s or above, iPad 2 or above – using iOS 9.35 or above)
– Android Mobiles/Tablets: Yes – Via native app (Lollipop 5.0 or above)
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Google Chrome and Safari)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay
– Telstra TV: Yes – All models
– PlayStation 4: Yes – All models (Foxtel Play on PlayStation 3)
– Samsung, LG Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 models and above
– Shield TV: Yes – All models
Customer Service for Foxtel Now
If you need to get in touch with Foxtel Now customer service – whether it’s to ask about channel packs or to troubleshoot any streaming issues – just call 131 999 from 7.30am to midnight, seven days a week. For pack changes, call between 9am and 9pm weekdays or 10am-8pm on weekends. And if you’ve got any questions about your account or billing, call any time between 9am and 7pm Monday to Saturday.
What people are asking about Foxtel Now
A way to watch Foxtel’s live channels and stream on demand without needing the installation of a satellite dish, Foxtel Now uses broadband internet streaming for its channels, and is watched via an app that’s available both for your TV and your mobile devices.
You can have up to five devices registered to use Foxtel Now at any one time, and you can stream on any two of those at the same time. You can remove and add devices to the list as often as you like.
Unlike some other streaming services, Foxtel Now’s mobile apps don’t allow downloading content for offline viewing. However, almost all shows seen on Foxtel Now’s channels can be streamed on demand at any time.
No – because Foxtel Now’s channel content is almost all available to stream on demand at any time after it’s aired, there is no need for a recording feature.
Foxtel Go is the app that all Foxtel customers use for viewing live channels and streaming on mobile phones and tablets – sign in with your Foxtel Now account and all your channels and content will be there for you. You can also use the new Foxtel apps on smart TVs or your web browser. Essentially, Foxtel Now is the service, and Foxtel Go is one way of accessing it.
There’s a total of 75 channels available on Foxtel Now, sorted into six channel packs. “Essentials” (the entry level pack) contains drama, comedy and lifestyle channels, with Drama, Movies and Sports available as add-ons. Kids and Docos packs are added when you subscribe to the All Packs bundle.
All subscribers to Foxtel Now get the base starter channel pack, called Essentials, by default. This pack contains several premium drama channels, comedy and lifestyle channels, and a range of general channels covering music, news and shopping.
While you can watch your Foxtel Now channels anywhere in Australia – making it the ideal TV service for frequent travellers – because of rights restrictions it can’t be used while you’re overseas. If you’re travelling outside Australia for an extended period, you can pause your subscription.
At the moment, Foxtel Now is only available in high definition for both linear channels and on-demand streaming. While 4K streaming isn’t available at the moment, Foxtel has suggested it might be a feature seen in the future.
All Foxtel Now subscribers start with the base Essentials channel pack, which costs $25 per month and provides a range of drama, documentary, lifestyle and news channels. On top of that, extra packs can be added including premium drama ($10), movies ($20), Sports ($29) and more.