Best Foxtel Alternatives for Watching TV, Movies or Live Sport


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When it comes to entertainment of all kinds, Foxtel undeniably has things pretty well covered, regardless of what you’re into – from drama and movies to sport and kids TV. But that wealth of content on offer can have with a few downsides for some. It can be expensive, for one thing, with all subscribers having to pay for a base package of channels they might not even want before they can consider the channels they’re really looking for. Here we offer some advice on how you can watch Foxtel content for free, alongside some of the best alternatives available in Australia today.

What are the Best Foxtel TV Alternatives?

Of course, some people will love the fact that there are so many options and alternatives available anyway, and want to get the full Foxtel experience. There can be good reasons for that – especially if you’re after HBO’s shows like Euphoria, Watchmen or The Outsider, which aren’t available anywhere else at the moment. But how can you get Foxtel installed and still save a lot of money?

There are two alternative options for watching Foxtel, the first of which is Foxtel Now, allowing you to choose a specific type of Foxtel Pack (Pop, Lifestyle, Sport, Drama, Movies, Docos, Kids) and watch shows, films or events when you want to watch them. For good measure Foxtel Now currently offers a 10 day FREE trial so that you can check out the platform before choosing your preferred pack, and should you decide to subscribe you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it.

Another good option is Foxtel From Telstra. The name describes exactly what it is – the full Foxtel service with the same iQ4 box, channels and channel packs, but sold through Telstra where you can bundle it in with your broadband and home phone to save money. Foxtel From Telstra prices tend to be cheaper than Foxtel direct (many of their plans waive the $29 base “entertainment pack” fee) and there’s also more choice offered with Telstra – including the option to add a streaming solution by getting a free Telstra TV 3 box with your bundle.

Foxtel from Telstra Plans

Premium
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sports & movies HD
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
$70/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $70. For new Foxtel customers. $99/mth after 12 mths

Foxtel Plus + Movies HD
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Catch all the best movies ad-break free, On Demand'
  • Stream the hottest movies on demand, anytime, ad-break free on 10 movie channels
$50/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $50. For new Foxtel customers. $69/mth after 12 mths

Platinum Plus
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sports, movies, drama and documentary channels
$99/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $99. For new Foxtel customers. $139/mth after 12 mths

Foxtel Plus
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Over 50 channels of the best entertainment & drama
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
$49/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $49. For new Foxtel customers.

Foxtel Plus + Sports HD
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sport channels
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
$50/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $50. For new Foxtel customers. $74/mth after 12 mths

What About Streaming Alternatives?

As you may know, a full Foxtel installation requires you to have a satellite dish installed where you live, which for a surprisingly large number of people is problematic. In some cases, it’s forbidden by the management of your building, while in other cases it’s simply not possible to find a place to install a dish.

So what do you do if you don’t want to go all in on Foxtel, or if you can’t get it at all? Well, the good news is that Australia is one of the luckiest countries on the planet when it comes to entertainment. We’ve devoured streaming services at a rate that’s surprised even jaded industry insiders, and as a result the days when premium, high-quality content could only be found on Foxtel are long behind us.

So if you’re on a tight budget and can’t justify forking out for Foxtel, a renter who can’t commit to a lengthy contract or a resident who couldn’t get Foxtel installed even if you wanted to, don’t panic! No matter what type of content you’re looking for, you’ll find there are ways to enjoy it – usually saving a ton of cash at the same time!

But it does also depend on what type of content you want to watch:

  • Sport
  • Movies
  • Docos
  • Reality TV
  • Local Australian productions

Sports Streaming

Yes, Australia is very much a sports-mad nation, and millions of us need our sports fix as often as possible. Whether it’s AFL, NRL, cricket, tennis, Formula One or any of the dozens of other sports that attract huge numbers of Australian viewers, you’ll probably think that there’s no other choice aside from Foxtel, since they’re got all the live coverage of all the big sporting codes. Well, think again – because now Kayo Sports is here! Costing only $25 per month – with no contracts and no hidden fees – Kayo lets you stream dozens of sports live, on delay and on demand, in full high definition. It has access to everything Fox Sports does – and therefore, everything that Foxtel does, just at a fraction of the price. And even better, Kayo comes with innovative features for sports viewers, such as Split View and Key Moments. 

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Movies Streaming

There’s an undeniably large library of movies available on Foxtel’s ten movie channels (and on demand via their iQ boxes) but if you’re a dedicated movie fan, you can actually satisfy your hunger for all things cinematic for far less money by heading for the triple-threat of streaming services – Netflix and Stan and Amazon Prime Video. Netflix has started producing its own movies that can only be seen on that service, and they always rotate a set of fairly current third-party titles. Stan, meanwhile, has a terrific library of movies that run the full range from gooey romantic comedies to gritty foreign-language dramas – including some movies that are very much not what you’d find on TV! And Amazon Prime Video has a surprisingly deep movie library that features both current titles and some truly obscure gems from back in the 1980s. You can subscribe to all three of these services in high definition for a little over 30 bucks a month, incredible value for what you get.

Amazon Prime Plans

Monthly Subscription
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Download videos for offline viewing
  • Titles available in 4K
$6.99/mth
$6.99/month after 30 days free trial

For the much more recent, straight-from-the-cinema movies, meanwhile, the recently launched Telstra TV Box Office is a great place to look, especially if you’ve got the Telstra TV box (though it’s not required to use the service). Coupled with a Telstra broadband bundle, you can rent movies instantly on your Telstra account – and bundles currently come with the Telstra TV box free and enough Box Office credit for about 20 new-release movie rentals.

Telstra TV Box Office Plans

Pay Per View
  • No Subscription Fee
  • No Contract
  • The latest releases from the cinema
  • Choose from a huge library of movies and TV Shows to rent and buy, from blockbusters to old favourites
$/ days
You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them.
Min Cost - Depending on title

Family Entertainment Streaming

If you’re looking for great all-round family entertainment then the new streaming platform from Disney, simply know as Disney Plus may be ideal for you. Not only does this platform have a vast range of classic animated movies from the companies illustrious past, but it also has modern epics such as Star Wars and Marvel, franchises owned by the Disney Corporation. Add to that films from Universal Studios, docos from National Geographic and kids content from the Disney Channel, and you start to see why Disney Plus has quickly become a major player in the global streaming market. Another positive is that it’s all available for as little as $8.99 per month and can be watched on up to four devices at once.

Docos Streaming

Everyone loves a good documentary, and some absolutely must have them in their lives. Foxtel’s doco-focused channels like National Geographic and History Channel certainly deliver the goods, but if you don’t have Foxtel, you don’t need to miss out on your doco fix. The documentary-only streaming service DocPlay – a 100% Australian operation – has been delivering the best in docos for a few years now, and if you’re into all things factual, it’s incredible value at less than $7 per month. New titles are constantly being added in a wide range of categories including history, music, health, crime, sports, fashion, biographies and more. You can test-drive the full DocPlay service for 30 days completely free, too. Other great places to find docos are Netflix (which has some stunning exclusives like Making a Murderer) and for sports docos, Kayo has quite a few already and is constantly adding more.

Docplay Plans

Monthly Subscription
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Watch over 450 of the very best documentaries from around the world including over 25 Academy Award ™ winners & nominees.
  • New films & shows are added every week
$6.95/mth
$6.95/month after 30 days free trial

Reality TV Streaming

Whatever you think about reality TV, the numbers don’t lie – it’s big business and hugely popular, and while there’s a decent cross-section of it on Foxtel, you’re arguably better off saving a ton of money and heading over to hayu instead. A streaming service that’s completely devoted to reality TV – it has over 5,000 episodes of it – hayu is well-designed, friendly and fun with a price tag to match, only $6.99 per month. Featuring some of the most in demand reality shows – including the famous Real Housewives franchise, Love & Hip Hop and Keeping up with the Kardashians, there’s more reality TV here than anyone can handle, with new content constantly arriving.

hayu Plans

Monthly Subscription
  • 30 day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Get the hayu app to download your favourite shows
  • Pick from over 6,500+ episodes of reality TV inc Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives and much more.
$6.99/mth
There is no messy contract to sign, or ugly break-up. You can unsubscribe anytime.

Australian TV Streaming

Nobody makes TV quite like Australia, and while in more recent years there’s been a bit of a shortage of new local TV drama, there’s a rich catalogue of shows that many have never had the chance to see. If you’re big on drama, we’d recommend the hugely popular popular local streaming service Stan first and foremost. Aside from their own original drama productions – Bloom, Wolf Creek and Romper Stomper, all excellent – Stan maintains an excellent collection of Aussie talent. From Janet King to Newton’s Law, Love Child to Doctor Doctor, Rake to Jack Irish and much more. The various Underbelly seasons live here too, as do several full-length dramatized bios such as Molly and House of Bond. There’s every episode of Macleod’s Daughters to revisit, classic comedy with Frontline and The Hollowmen, and much more. 

I Need Current Aussie Shows!

Of course, if you’re still after what’s being shown on free to air TV, you’ve got easy access to the free catch-up services from all five networks, all of which have been vastly improving in recent years. But the 10 network, now owned by US company CBS, has also introduced a paid streaming service, 10 All Access. Alongside some of 10’s current shows – both local and imported – there’s a collection of originals that can only be found on All Access, including Jordan Peel’s reboot of The Twilight Zone. And new episodes of the American late-night chat shows featuring Stephen Colbert and James Corden are added to All Access as soon as they’ve gone to air in the US as well. If it’s a mix of new and classic general TV you want, All Access at under $10 a month is a pretty good option to have.

10 All Access Plans

Monthly Subscription
  • 1 Month Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream shows that you love ad-free
  • Watch new shows before they premiere on Network 10
$9.99/mth
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month

Streaming TV has so much choice!

With so many options and so much choice available to Australian viewers these days – most of it completely free of lock-in contracts and priced incredibly cheaply – it’s easy to pick the services you need for the stuff you love to watch, and pick up new ones as you need them. There’s certainly still a place for Foxtel in the market, but now more than ever before, there are real alternatives loaded with quality content that can save you a whole lot of your hard-earned money!

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