Foxtel Sports Combo vs Telstra 3 Months Free: What’s Best for Me?

It’s turning out to be a huge year for both entertainment and sport, and there’s a bunch of reasons why you might want to take the plunge and get hooked up with Foxtel to access it all. Whether it’s the high drama of the sixth season of Game of Thrones or all the action of this year’s AFL and NRL seasons, Foxtel’s ready to deliver it to you via their trusty cables and satellite.

The good news is that there’s a pair of special deals on offer at the moment. Depending on whether you choose to sign up with Telstra or directly through Foxtel, there’s a special offer waiting for you. So which one is best for your needs? Let’s take a look at the deals in detail.

Deal 1: Foxtel from Telstra

BENEFITS – Foxtel from Telstra:

Completely free for three months

Access to the full Foxtel experience

No contract, no cancellation fee

Making it super-easy to get set up and running, Telstra’s Foxtel from Telstra packages already come with a lot of freedom – there’s no lock-in contract and no fees for cancellation. Sounds great, right? Well the even better news is that, for a limited time, you can get the first three months of your Foxtel from Telstra service completely free. Yep, that’s right, zero dollars!

What’s on offer?

This offer gives you the full Platinum HD Foxtel package, with every single channel that Foxtel has to offer all accessible to you for three months in full high definition for no cost at all. It comes with your choice of the iQ2 or iQ3 boxes, which not only receive Foxtel’s channels, but also act as a smart hard disk recorder so you can automatically record shows to watch when it suits you. The iQ2 is only $75, while the iQ3 costs $200 – both one-time fees.

This offer comes with the iQ2 box.

The Fine Print

After the three free months is up, the Platinum HD plan costs $135/month – but Foxtel’s flexibility guarantee means you can change to any other package after the free period is up, from the $26 basic entertainment pack to the $51 sports pack.

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Worth it?

As long as you keep an eye on your plan’s rollover date, you can sit back and enjoy the whole of Foxtel for free, then decide after a few months how much of it you want to pay for, having saved $405 in the meantime. We’d call that a pretty good deal!

Oh, and one requirement for this deal: it’s for new customers only.

Deal 2: Foxtel Sports TV Combo

BENEFITS – Foxtel Sports TV Combo:

Focused on sport for the sport fanatic

Cheaper per month

Free iQ3 box

No installation fee

This one’s for people that are eager to get connected up to Foxtel for the current and upcoming sports seasons. This one’s offered on a 12-month contract, and laser-focuses on the sports angle, giving you access (on top of Foxtel’s basic channels) to 12 channels of sports action, encompassing the AFL (via its own dedicated Fox Footy channel), the NRL (for which a dedicated channel is on the way) and a wide world of live and exclusive sports from around the world, beamed right into your home so you’re on top of all the action as it happens. There’s everything from live coverage of all Formula One races, ATP tennis tournaments from around the globe, PGA golf and much more.

Freshly added to the Foxtel sports line-up are three channels from beIN Sports, giving you access to the best of European sport including the UEFA Euro 2016 football tournament, European Rugby Union, international Wallabies and All Blacks games and much more – including the Six Nations tournament, live and in full HD. Also covered is a range of South American premier sporting events, including the FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Brazilian Serie A and the Sao Paulo Championship.

And in July, three more channels arrive at no extra cost, giving English Premier League fans access to dedicated channels for Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, along with exclusive agreements with Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur for access to their games. That means the new channels will be offering you more than half the games in the 2016-17 EPL season. That makes a total of 15 channels of wall-to-wall sports, 24 hours a day!

Want to Get Foxtel? Know Your Options!

Before signing up, make sure to check this comprehensive guide featuring all available streaming options from Foxtel and other TV providers, from which you can get the latest in sports, TV, movies, and more!
Compare all Foxtel TV plans

What’s on offer?

Foxtel’s Sports TV Combo sets you up with an iQ3 box at no charge, gets your installation done for free, and then keeps it nice and simple with a $51/month price to access all the sport you can handle.

The Fine Print

There’s no set-up fee and no equipment fee with this plan, making the payment a simple $51/month with a minimum of 12 months, for a total minimum cost of $612 over the year. The free installation and iQ3 box represents a $225 saving, too, making this even better value. It’s a good straightforward way for sports fans to get into the action without any hassles.

Worth it?

This offer keeps things nice and simple, and there’s no hidden surprises or “bill shock” if you aren’t keeping track of things month by month. It’s a great price for the sheer amount of sports coverage you get access to, most of which is exclusive to Foxtel, and which has grown hugely this year thanks to the inclusion of six brand new channels as part of the package at no additional cost.

Foxtel Sports channels.

Which Is the Winner?

If you’re only interested in sport, either deal will work well for you – and the Foxtel from Telstra deal’s much better on paper, but only as long as you remember to switch out your channel package before the free three months is up. Otherwise you’ll be getting billed for the full monty, and if you only want the bits of the monty that involve kicking balls around, you’ll end up paying for a bunch of channels you don’t need.

The Foxtel Sports combo takes that problem out of the equation by giving it to you straight, and sweetening the deal with free installation and no charge for Foxtel’s most advanced set top box, the iQ3.

For those after drama, sport and general entertainment, you can’t go past the Foxtel from Telstra deal, which gets you set up and installed with over $400 worth of access for absolutely nothing. We’d say that one’s well worth jumping on while it’s available.

UPDATE: Foxtel has since launched the iQ4 set-top box, which allows you to stream shows, movies, and live sport on Australia’s first live 4K programming. Also check out our latest review of Foxtel vs Foxtel from Telstra to see which provider gives you the better streaming experience.