Introducing Foxtel Now
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 in 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.
What makes Foxtel Now Unique?
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 costs of getting a full Foxtel setup installed where you live – making it perfect for renters, 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. In 2018, 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 the 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 ($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 – 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.
What Popular Foxtel Now Bundles Are Available?
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 + Drama pack: includes extra drama channels, such as BBC First, UKTV, Universal and TV Hits.
Essentials + Sport pack: adds seven Fox Sports channels, two from ESPN, three from beIN, Eurosport and three English soccer channels.
Essentials + Movies pack: perfect for movie buffs to get access to thousands of movies from Foxtel’s extensive film catalogue across ten 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.
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How Much Data Does Foxtel Now Use?
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.
What Devices are Compatible with Foxtel Now?
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:
|Foxtel Now Box||Yes||
|Sony Android TV||Yes||2015 models and above|
|iOS Mobiles/Tablets||Yes||Via native app (iPhone 4s or above, iPad 2 or above – using iOS9 or above)|
|Android Mobiles/Tablets||Yes||Via native app (Jellybean 4.1 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)|
|Xbox One||No||Legacy Foxtel Play app only|
|Selected Samsung, Sony, LG Smart TVs||No||Legacy Foxtel Play app only|
Foxtel Now Customer Service
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.
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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 and box and everything installed so you could just get watching, Foxtel Now might just be 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.