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, Westworld, Watchmen, Succession 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 (Essentials, 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 and there’s also more choice offered with Telstra – including the option to add a streaming solution by including a Telstra TV 3 box in your bundle.

Foxtel Special Offer: Favourites & Kids Packs + Multiscreen for Free

To make life a little bit easier for Australians as they stay home, Foxtel users can access all channels included in the Kids and Favourites packs without needing to subscribe. Those still signed up to Foxtel’s old pricing and packaging can also enjoy greater content with this offer. The Favourites pack has 11 channels including History, Boxsets, Comedy Channel, Fox SciFi, and Crime and Investigation, while the Kids pack offers Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and CBeebies. To enjoy Foxtel on more screens, the Multiscreen feature is also included for free. Foxtel Now subscribers, on the other hand, can access other channel packs — Drama Extra, Kids and Docos — on top of the Essentials pack, also at no extra costs. These changes are effective from 26th March 2020 until 30 June 2020 and also apply to customers who subscribed through Telstra.

Foxtel from Telstra Plans

Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus, sports & movies HD channels
  • Foxtel On Demand: access to tv shows & movies
$70/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $170. (incl. $100 install) For new Foxtel customers. $99/mth after 12 mths

Foxtel Plus + Movies HD
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus & movies HD channels
  • Ad-break free & On Demand
$50/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $150. (incl. $100 install) For new Foxtel customers. $69/mth after 12 mths

Platinum Plus
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus, sports, movies, drama & docos channels
$99/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $199. (incl. $100 install) For new Foxtel customers. $139/mth after 12 mths

Foxtel Plus
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 50+ entertainment & drama channels
  • Foxtel On Demand: access to tv shows & movies
$49/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $149 (incl. $100 install) For new Foxtel customers.

Foxtel Plus + Sports HD
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus & sports channels
  • Foxtel On Demand: access to tv shows & movies
$50/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $150. (incl. $100 install) For new Foxtel customers. $74/mth after 12 mths

Last audited 4 May 2020

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. 

Kayo Plans

Premium
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • 15,000+ hrs of on-demand sport – new content daily
$35/mth
$0 for two-week free trial, $35 for Premium subscription; no lock-in contracts.

Basic
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • 15,000+ hrs of on-demand sport – new content daily
$25/mth
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.

Last audited 19 May 2020

Best TV Shows and Movies

You also have the option to watch some of the most popular shows on TV with Australia newest streaming service, BINGE. BINGE is offering a 14 day free trial for new customers and will show all seasons and episodes of shows such as Big Little Lies, Euphoria, Westworld Outlander and many other shows that are usually exclusive to Foxtel. You can stream your favourite shows using compatible mobile devices such select PC and Macs, iOS and Android phones and tablets, Apple and Telstra TV, Google Chromecast, as well as Safari, Firefox, Chrome and Microsoft Edge browsers. BINGE has no lock-in contract or equipment fees, which means you can cancel anytime if you’re no longer using it.

BINGE Plans

Premium
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
$18/mth
Min Cost - $18/month after 14 days free trial

Standard
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to two devices
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
$14/mth
Min Cost - $14/month after 14 days free trial

Basic
  • New customers: 14 day free trial
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in SD on a single device
  • 10,000+ hrs of the best shows
$10/mth
Min Cost - $10/month after 14 days free trial

Last audited 25 May 2020

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 Lock-in Contract
  • Titles available in 4K
  • Use 3 screens at the same time
$6.99/mth
$6.99/month after 30 days free trial

Last audited 13 May 2020

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.

Telstra TV Box Office Plans

Pay Per View
  • No Subscription Fee
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Latest releases from the cinema
  • Huge library of movies & tv shows
$/ days
You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them.
Min Cost - Depending on title

Last audited 13 May 2020

Family Entertainment Streaming

If you’re looking for great all-round family entertainment then the new streaming platform from Disney, simply known 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 epic franchises like Star Wars and Marvel, both owned by the Disney Corporation. Add to that films from Disney’s studios and 20th Century Fox, docos from National Geographic and kids content from the Disney Channel.

Disney Plus also has only one plan, which offers great value at $8.99 per month or annually ($89.99), and can be watched on up to four devices at once. You get unlimited access to everything with 4K support and multiple screens, as well as the most comprehensive catalogue of Disney stuff you’ll find anywhere – from memorable animations to exciting blockbuster action. With over 600 movies and 160 TV series available, and new original content added weekly, Disney Plus is possibly the best bargain in entertainment at this moment, and offers a 7 day FREE trial to get you started.

Disney Plans

Yearly
  • 7-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • Downloads on up to 10 devices
$89.99/365 days
Min Cost - $89.99 over 1 year (works out as $7.49/mth)

Monthly
  • 7-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • Downloads on up to 10 devices
$8.99/mth
Min Cost - $8.99 over 1 month

Last audited 13 May 2020

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 Lock-in Contract
  • New docos added weekly
  • Watch on your TV with Chromecast and AirPlay
$6.95/mth
$6.95/month after 30 days free trial

Last audited 13 May 2020

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 Lock-in Contract
  • hayu app: download shows
  • 6,500+ episodes of reality TV
$6.99/mth
There is no messy contract to sign, or ugly break-up. You can unsubscribe anytime.

Last audited 13 May 2020

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 Seachange 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 Lock-in Contract
  • Stream shows ad-free
  • Use 3 screens at the same time
$9.99/mth
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month

Last audited 13 May 2020

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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