Updated 21st August 2019
Foxtel’s Platinum HD pack is one of the most comprehensive entertainment packages you could hope to find. Boasting a range of great channels across virtually every genre imaginable and available in High Definition, this pack will take your viewing experience to the next level.
What do I get in the Foxtel Platinum HD Pack?
Everything Foxtel has to offer can be found in the Platinum HD pack, meaning the range of genres available is pretty diverse. The entirety of the Entertainment base pack is included, giving you everything from comedy to lifestyle to fashion. Then there are the drama channels, which give you the likes of The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones, and the movies, from the latest releases to the old classics.
And that’s far from all. The range of sport available is unparalleled by any other service in the country with 50 plus unique sporting codes available live, and you’ll get a bunch of world-class documentary channels for those who prefer non-fiction. And finally, there are the Kids channels, which boast more than enough to keep the little ones entertained for as long as you need.
What Channels are in the Platinum HD Pack?
Considering it includes literally all of Foxtel, it’s unsurprising that there’s plenty of channels available in this package. There are 53 total entertainment channels, including the likes of FOX8, MTV, TVH1TS and BBC, and five drama networks – including Box Sets and Fox Showcase – boasting some of the best TV from around the globe. Meanwhile, Masterpiece Movies, Movie Greats, Premiere Movies and much more will give you your movie fix.
The best in sports can be found on the seven FOX Sports channels, as well as ESPN and beIN Sports, while Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet and History will keep the more curious among you satisfied. And if you need to keep the kids entertained, the likes of Cartoon Network, Disney Channel and Nickelodeon have you covered.
For the full list of channels that you can get with each Foxtel channel pack, check out the table below:
Full list of Foxtel Channels by genre
|Channel Pack||Channels Included|
|Entertainment||FOX8, BBC UKTV, Arena, MTV, Universal, TVHits, Very Funny, FOX Classics, Lifestyle, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Disney Jr., Nick Jr., Boomerang, MTV Music, MTV Dance, Channel V, MAX, Foxtel Smooth Arts, CMC, Foxtel Music, FOX Sports News, SKY Racing, SKY Thoroughbred Central, FOX News, SKY News, Your Money, SKY News UK, SKY News Extra, SKY News Weather, BBC World News, CNN, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, NHK World, Aurora, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Al Jazeera, RT, EXPO Channel, TVSN, ACCTV, Daystar, Sonlife, Hillsong, TRT World|
|Sport||FOX Cricket, FOX Footy, FOX League, FOX Sports 503/505/506, beIN Sports 1/2/3, ESPN, ESPN2, Eurosport|
|Drama||FOX Showcase, Binge, BoxSets, BBC First, 13th Street|
|Movies||Premiere Movies, Action Movies, Comedy Movies, Masterpiece Movies, Family Movies, Disney Movies, Thriller Movies, Movie Greats, More Movies, Romance Movies|
|Entertainment Plus||The Comedy Channel, Syfy, Style, TLC, A&E, E!, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food|
|Docos||Nat Geo Wild, History, Discovery Turbo, Discovery Science, Animal Planet, Crime+Investigation|
|Kids||Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Discovery Kids|
|Specialty Channels||BoxSets, Antenna Pacific, RAI International, Sky Racing+|
What are the top shows and sports available on the Platinum Pack
There’s plenty to keep lovers of all genres happy in the Platinum pack, but we’ve listed some of your best options across various genres below:
How much does the Platinum HD Pack Cost?
As the most comprehensive package, the Platinum pack obviously comes at a price, but you’ll pay significantly less than if you bundled the cost of each pack individually. It’s all typically available for $139/month with the iQ4 set-top box ($125) and installation ($100) fees waived, but if you’re lucky you might be able to sign up during an offer period for a significant reduction.
A much better alternative is to sign up through Foxtel From Telstra, which gives you the exact same Foxtel service, just billed and managed by Telstra (it can go onto your regular Telstra bill if you like). They have a special offer for new customers that will give you the Platinum pack for only $99 a month for a full year – a saving of $40 each and every month.
If the idea of paying even that much for TV entertainment sounds like a bit too much of a budget-stretcher, though, don’t worry – thanks to the rapid growth of streaming TV in this country, there are plenty of low-cost options for getting your sports and entertainment fix.
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Alternatives to Foxtel
If you’re more the sort of person who doesn’t want to commit to a year-long contract, or who likes to start and stop subscriptions as needed, then the many streaming alternatives to Foxtel can be exactly what’s needed. Australians have taken up streaming with enthusiasm for a reason – it’s loaded with content and it’s incredibly cheap.
For starters, sports fans who were looking at Foxtel for their coverage now have a streaming alternative – Kayo Sports. Backed by the full resources of Fox Sports – and therefore covering everything you’ll find in Foxtel’s sports pack – Kayo is a brilliant way of keeping up with your favourite sports and teams, with unique interactive features you won’t find anywhere else. At only $25 a month, it’s a must-have for sports fans.
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Netflix and Amazon
Movie and drama fans might be tempted by the ten channels of films and multiple drama channels on Foxtel, but there’s a whole world of movies out there on streaming services like Netflix (from $9.99/month) and Amazon Prime Video ($6.99/month) including everything from recent Hollywood blockbusters to classics from decades past. And if it’s the latest straight-from-the-cinema titles you’re after, Telstra TV Box Office lets you rent them effortlessly and stream them right to your TV. As the name suggests, this service is best experienced on a Telstra TV 3 box, which you can get for free bundled with some of Telstra’s broadband plans. Call Telstra on 1800 007 769 to find out more.
If you can’t do without those docos, Australian-based DocPlay is the place to go – a streaming service that does docos, and only docos – hundreds of hours of them are available, with more added every week. It costs a modest $6.99/month with a free trial available.
Fans of reality TV will love everything on hayu – it’s the first and only streaming service in Australia to specialise in reality TV, and it offers thousands of hours of the best of it, direct from the US. A bargain at $6.99/month, you can also try it free for 30 days.
Foxtel Platinum HD Devices
Foxtel isn’t only available to watch directly on your TV – you can also stream it to a range of eligible devices through the Foxtel Go App, which can be downloaded for free. Check out the eligible devices below:
|iQ2||Yes||No streaming option, or apps. No HD playback|
|iQ3||Yes||No app access|
|iQ4||Yes||Access to 4K content included|
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome for PC; Chrome & Safari for Mac)|
|iOS Mobile Devices||Yes||Via native app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)|
|Android Mobile Devices||Yes||Via native app (Android 5 and above)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Via casting (only on Multiroom service)|
|Apple TV||Yes||Via AirPlay (only on Multiroom service)|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Foxtel only|
|Smart TVs||Yes||Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)|
|Gaming Consoles||Yes||PS4 and Xbox One (Foxtel only)|
|Fetch TV||No||No casting available|
|Amazon Fire TV Stick||No||No app available|
|Nintendo Switch||No||No app available|
Watching Foxtel in 4K
Recently, the Foxtel viewing experience got even better with the addition of a 4K channel. 4K, or Ultra HD, uses four times as many pixels as High Definition and 20 times as many as Standard Definition to create a picture like you’ve never seen before. If you have an iQ4 box and a 4K compatible TV, head to Channel 444 to watch a range of great sports – including over 40 NRL and AFL games in 2019, the 2019 F1 season and more – as well as TV shows and movies in Ultra High Definition.
How to sign up
Accessing the Foxtel Platinum HD package is easy. Simply give the friendly Foxtel From Telstra sales team a call at 1800 007 769. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be tuning into your favourite sports and shows before you know it.
With over 20 years of experience in the subscription TV industry, it’s little surprise that Foxtel is Australia’s most popular entertainment service. Beaming into almost half of Australian homes, it offers an array of television across all genres unrivalled in the country – and the Platinum HD pack lets you enjoy every second of it. For more information about Foxtel, take a look at our comprehensive Foxtel review.
Get in contact with Foxtel
If you need to speak with Foxtel for whatever reason, be it to sign up to a new plan, or to ask a question about billing or technical issues, you can call 131 999 at various times of the week depending on your query or problem. For a full list of available contact methods and customer service hours, check out our Foxtel contact page.