Best Foxtel Alternatives for Watching TV, Movies or Live Sport in 2021


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When it comes to entertainment of all kinds, Foxtel has things pretty well covered, regardless of what you’re into – from drama and movies to sport and kids TV. But the wealth of content on offer can have with a few downsides. It can be expensive, and for many has to become redundant in the world of modern streaming. Here we look at the best Foxtel alternatives in 2021.

What are the Best Foxtel Alternatives?

There is a large number of alternatives to Foxtel, many of which give you exactly the same content for more bespoke needs. That means whether you’re a fan of TV Series, Documentaries, or Major Sporting events, there is a cheaper way to get your daily dose of content – and you can try them out for free! Check out our selection below.

Stream Foxtel Shows with BINGE

BINGE is an on-demand platform, designed by the people behind Kayo Sports and backed by Foxtel’s content library. It is a Netflix-style way of watching the best TV shows and movies HD. The big plus is the HBO shows and the BBC channel for British television, as well as Foxtel originals! Cost starts from $10/month for unlimited access while the highest tier plan lets you stream on HD quality and up to four devices. BINGE currently has a two-week free trial so you can check it out without spending a cent, too.

BINGE Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Premium - BINGE from Telstra
  • 3 months at $4/mth
  • Premium - BINGE from Telstra
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Watch on 4 screens at once
  • HD Available
  • $18/mth
$18/mth

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

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

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

Standard - BINGE from Telstra
  • 3 months on BINGE
  • Standard - BINGE from Telstra
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Watch on 2 screens at once
  • HD Available
  • $14/mth
$14/mth

Last audited 26th of November 2021

Stream Foxtel with Foxtel Now

For a more conventional Foxtel package experience of premium channels via streaming, Foxtel Now is a great option. It allows you to choose a specific type of Foxtel premium channel pack (Essentials, Sport, Drama, Movies, Docos, Kids) and watch the best shows, films, or sports events within that genre. For good measure for new customers, Foxtel Now currently offers a 10 day FREE trial so that you can check it out before choosing your preferred pack, and should you decide to get a monthly subscription, you can always cancel at any time.

Foxtel Now Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
All Packs
  • 10 day free trial
  • All Packs
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Premium dramas from the UK & US. Live and On Demand
  • 25+ channels of Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Reality, News & Entertainment
  • $104/mth
$104/mth
Min Cost - $104 over 1 month

Essentials pack
  • 10 day free trial
  • Essentials pack
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 25+ channels: Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Entertainment & more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
Min Cost - $25 over 1 month

Essentials + Drama Extra pack
  • 10 day free trial
  • Essentials + Drama Extra pack
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream the best from BBC, Universal, Fox Crime, and Fox One
  • Entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV & lifestyle from Australia & around the world
  • $35/mth
$35/mth
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month

Essentials + Movies pack
  • 10 day free trial
  • Essentials + Movies pack
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 11 TV channels full of the hottest Movies - ad free & a huge library
  • 25+ channels of Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Reality, News & Entertainment
  • $45/mth
$45/mth
Min Cost - $45 over 1 month

Essentials + Sports pack
  • Save $25 per month for 3 months. New and reactivating customers only. Offer ends 31 January 2022.
  • 10 day free trial
  • Essentials + Sports pack
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream AFL and NRL on Fox Sports
  • + Formula 1, NBA, Baseball, V8 Supercars & much more
  • For the first 3 months $29/mth
For the first 3 months $29/mth
$54/mth thereafter
Min Cost - $29 over 1 month

Last audited 10th of November 2021

Stream Foxtel via Foxtel from Telstra

Another good option amongst pay TV providers is Foxtel From Telstra. More like Foxtel, the name describes exactly what it is – the full Foxtel service with the same iQ4 box (to be widely replaced by iQ5 next year), channels, and channel packs, but sold through Telstra where you can bundle it in with your broadband and home phone to save money. Talk about a premium subscription.

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. You can start with the base Foxtel Plus or access 12 channels of sports with the Sports HD bundle. Craving for movies, watch them via Foxtel from Telstra’s Movies HD package. If you’re signed up to one of Telstra broadband plans, bundling your internet with Foxtel only makes sense.

Foxtel from Telstra Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Foxtel Plus
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus bonus points. New customers only.
  • iQ Box rental and standard connection fees waived. New customers only.
  • Professional Installation fee waived for standard installations.
  • Foxtel Plus
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 50+ entertainment & drama channels
  • Foxtel On Demand: access to tv shows & movies
  • $49/mth
$49/mth
Min Cost - $49

Movies HD + Foxtel Plus
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus bonus points. New customers only.
  • Professional installation, iQ Box rental and standard connection fees waived. New customers only.
  • Movies HD + Foxtel Plus
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus & movies HD channels
  • Ad-break free & On Demand
  • $50/mth
$50/mth
Min Cost - $50. $69/mth after 12 mths.

Sports HD + Foxtel Plus
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus bonus points. New customers only.
  • Professional installation, iQ Box rental and standard connection fees waived. New customers only.
  • Sports HD + Foxtel Plus
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus & sports channels
  • Foxtel On Demand: access to tv shows & movies
  • $50/mth
$50/mth
Min Cost - $50. $74/mth after 12 mths.

Premium
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus bonus points. New customers only.
  • Professional Installation, iQ Box rental and standard connection fees waived. New customers only.
  • 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
$70/mth
Min Cost - $70. $99/mth after 12 mths.

Platinum Plus
  • 20,000 Telstra Plus bonus points. New customers only.
  • Professional Installation, iQ Box rental and standard connection fees waived. New customers only.
  • Platinum Plus
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • 50+ Foxtel Plus, sports, movies, drama & docos channels
  • $99/mth
$99/mth
Min Cost - $99. $139/mth after 12 mths.

Last audited 25th of November 2021

Stream Fox Sports via Kayo

Whether it’s AFL, NRL, cricket, tennis, Formula One, or any of the dozens of other sports on offer, Kayo Sports is the number one alternative to Foxtel Sports for live TV sports and on demand. Costing only $25 per month – with no contracts and no hidden fees – Kayo is made for the modern sports fan who likes to watch events at home or on the move. It gives you access to all Fox Sports channels for just a fraction of the price. And even better, comes with a 14-day free trial so that you can access your favourite sports coverage for free! Better yet, take advantage of Kayo from Telstra’s offer to get $10/month off for 12 months. But if it’s the English Premier League you’re after, Foxtel competitors like Optus Sport is the platform to go to.

Kayo Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Basic
  • Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 mths
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $15/mth
$15/mth
Min Cost - $15/month for first 12 mths, $25/month afterwards

Premium
  • Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 mths
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
Min Cost - $25/month for first 12 mths, $35/month afterwards

Basic
  • Free 14 day trial
  • Basic
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • SD or HD, stream on two devices
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $25/mth
$25/mth
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.

Premium
  • Free 14 day trial
  • Premium
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • SD or HD, stream on three devices
  • Watch Live NRL, AFL, Super Rugby + more
  • $35/mth
$35/mth
$35 after 14 days free trial; for Premium subscription; no lock-in contracts.

Last audited 20th of September 2021

Stream Sport with DAZN

There’s also a couple of other streaming services in the sports streaming market that have landed in Australia recently. If you like all things boxing, then DAZN is a great option for live fights and documentaries, and it is all available for only $2.99 per month. That means you can see fights involving the likes of Anthony Joshua, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Gennadiy ‘GGG’ Golovkin live and on demand throughout the year.

DAZN Plan

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Monthly
  • Monthly
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch on multiple devices with the DAZN app
  • Exclusive boxing
  • $2.99/mth
$2.99/mth
Min Cost - $2.99 over 1 month

Last audited 20th of September 2021

Stream Movies with Telsta TV Box Office

For the much more recent, straight-from-the-cinema movies, meanwhile, 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. Since it’s pay-per-view, you don’t need to worry about maintaining the min cost of your monthly plan as you can easily watch your favourite entertainment and pay for it as a standalone purchase.

Telstra TV Box Office Plan

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

Last audited 20th of September 2021

Stream Movies via Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime Video has a surprisingly deep movie and TV show 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 seven bucks a month, incredible value for what you get. You can also stream free for 30 days. Even better, Amazon Prime Video allows simultaneous streams of up to 3 devices for a really low monthly plan fee and no lock-in contract.

Amazon Prime Plan

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Monthly Subscription
  • 30-day free trial
  • Monthly Subscription
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Titles available in 4K
  • Use 3 screens at the same time
  • $6.99/mth
$6.99/mth
$6.99/month after 30 days free trial

Last audited 20th of September 2021

Stream Family Entertainment with Disney+

Not only does Disney Plus have a vast range of classic animated movies from the company’s 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. The newly added Star also significantly increases Disney Plus’ catalogue of shows with titles catered for adult audiences. 

Disney Plus also has only one plan, which offers great value at $11.99/month or $119.99 for a yearly subscription, 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 library of Disney stuff you’ll find anywhere – from memorable animations to exciting blockbuster action to the entire Star Wars catalogue. Start streaming Disney shows and movies with this Disney Plus offer. There’s also a new add-on service called Disney Premier, which lets you watch the latest theatrical releases for $34.99 per title.

Disney Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Disney Premier
  • Disney Premier
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Watch some of Disney's latest theatrical movie releases and rewatch it as many times as you’d like as long as you’re a Disney+ subscriber.
  • Use GroupWatch to stream Premier Access films with friends and family virtually.
  • One off PPV $34.99/mth
One off PPV $34.99/mth
Min Cost - $46.98 (with a Disney+ subscription)

Yearly
  • Yearly
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • Downloads on up to 10 devices
  • $119.99/365 days
$119.99/365 days
Min Cost - $119.99 over 1 year (works out as $9.99/mth)

Monthly
  • Monthly
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • Downloads on up to 10 devices
  • $11.99/mth
$11.99/mth
Min Cost - $11.99 over 1 month

Last audited 20th of September 2021

Stream news with Flash

A new streaming service, Flash is Australia’s only news-focused streaming service. With its launch, its entry to the streaming market will change the way Australians consume news from hereon. Equipped with over 20 international and local sources and practical features, Flash is Foxtel’s answer to people’s diversified streaming needs. New customers can also stream news instantly with Flash by taking advantage of its 14-day free trial.

Flash Plan

Plan
Inclusions
Price
All Access
  • 14 day free trial
  • All Access
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Get access to more than 20 global & local news sources
  • Stream on 1 screen, HD quality, live & on demand
  • $8/mth
$8/mth
Min Cost - $8/month after 14 day free trial

Last audited 20th of September 2021

Stream award winning Documentaries with DocPlay or iwonder

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 an incredible value at less than $8 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. Find out more about the service with our DocPlay review

Another option in the documentary niche is the new streaming service iwonder. Apart from featuring acclaimed documentaries from around the world, iwonder stands out by combining trending news stories with relevant documentary recommendations. In Australia, iwonder costs $6.99 per month with a 14-day trial for new customers.

DocPlay & iwonder Plans

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Monthly Subscription
  • 14-day free trial
  • Monthly Subscription
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 1000+ award-winning docos online
  • New titles added every week
  • $6.99/mth
$6.99/mth
$6.99/month after 14-day free trial

Monthly Subscription
  • 14-day free trial
  • Monthly Subscription
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • New docos added weekly
  • Watch on your TV with Chromecast and AirPlay
  • $7.99/mth
$7.99/mth
$7.99/month after 14-day free trial

Last audited 20th of September 2021

Reality TV Streaming

A streaming service that’s completely devoted to reality TV – it has over 6,000 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 popular 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 Plan

Plan
Inclusions
Price
Monthly Subscription
  • Free trial
  • Monthly Subscription
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • hayu app: download shows
  • 6,500+ episodes of reality TV
  • $6.99/mth
$6.99/mth
Try for free – subscription required, 7 days free, auto-renews to $6.99AUD/month after unless cancelled.

Last audited 20th of September 2021

What streaming service is right for you?

Pay TV services and free-to-air TV in Australia have first provided audiences the best of entertainment, but the way people consume content today has since changed because there’s now an easier way to access hundreds or even thousands of shows and movies anytime you want – streaming TV. Streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have made it extremely convenient for users to watch their favourite TV shows and movies in their own time. Platforms like these are also supported on multiple devices like on an Apple TV, Telstra TV box, Fetch TV box, Android TV, iOs and Android devices, and even gaming consoles.

Unlike a pay TV service (or cable TV), streaming alternatives often include a free trial as well, an exciting option for new customers who want to explore a diverse range of content. Getting a streaming service also entails instant streaming, no satellite dishes needed, no waiting around. All you need is a subscription and an internet connection and you’re all set. While free-to-air has catch up TV services to watch your favourite television shows, the catalogue of content isn’t just enough for many and most viewers also prefer ad-free content now.

Fortunately, there’s a lot of streaming options if you’re looking for alternatives to Foxtel packages or any pay TV services for that matter. The pay TV provider is even deliberately transitioning into becoming a dynamic streaming company with the launch of iQ5, which notably ditches the traditional cable network or satellite installation in favor of the plug and play innovation. Check out this streaming comparison page to explore more choices and free trials.

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