A new year means one thing to sport fans around Australia – the legends of sport getting ready to launch into another season of competition, pushing the limits of endurance to deliver some of the most thrilling moments you can see on a TV screen. Australians love their sport – that’s undeniable – and for anyone who’s truly passionate about sport there’s only one destination to watch it all – Foxtel.
Who’s This Plan For?
While the love of sport that runs deep through Australian TV has meant that there’s plenty to catch on traditional free-to-air TV most weekends of the year, for devoted fans of the many sporting codes that get us excited, it’s just not anywhere close to enough. Sport is all about being in the action live, of stating in the action without annoying breaks, and not missing a single game or match no matter what the day of the week or time of day.
Foxtel’s long been acclaimed for its sports channels, and with good reason – if you love sports of all persuasions, what you’ve been looking for is undoubtedly right here waiting for you, live and direct as it happens – all in crisp high definition.
What Channels are Included?
While it may have started off small all those years ago, Foxtel’s sports channel range has exploded in recent years, and now boasts a huge range of channels with the ability to be there for your favourite sport live and direct, with the help of the ESPN, beIN and Eurosport teams.
Sport HD: Fox Footy, Fox League, Fox Cricket, Fox Sports 503-507, beIN Sports 1-3, ESPN1 & 2, Eurosport, MUTV, LFCTV, Chelsea TV.
Entertainment: Fox8, UKTV, Arena, MTV, Universal, 111 Funny, TV Hits, Fox Classics, Lifestyle, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Disney Junior, Nick Jr, Boomerang, MTV Music, MTV Dance, V, Max, Smooth/Arts, CMC, Sky News, Fox Sports News, Sky Thoroughbred Central, Sky Racing 1, Fox News, Sky News UK, Your Money, BBC World News, Sky News Extra, CNN, Sky News Weather, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, NHK World, Aurora, Bloomberg, CNBC, RT, Aljazeera English, Expo, TVSN, AccTV, Daystar, SBN, Hillsong, TRT World.
For the full list of channels that you can get with each Foxtel channel pack, check out the table below:
|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+|
Catch All the Top Sports
With a whole range of new seasons getting into gear – and the vast range of global sporting events back in full swing – there’s always something for the dedicated sports fan across the collection of channels in Foxtel’s Sport pack. Top drawcards among those channels are the trio of them that are dedicated to a single sport, 24 hours a day. Fox Footy got that ball rolling a few years back and has been a massive success, bringing every game of the AFL premiership to viewers, with no ads breaks during play. Fox League does the same, but for the exciting and action-packed NRL Telstra Premiership. And joining them as a fresh new option is Fox Cricket, which taps into Foxtel’s cast global resources to deliver live cricket from around Australia and the world, with everything from Test cricket to Big Bash League, and global T20 contests.
Alongside those channels, you’ll find coverage of everything from international tennis and golf, to the high-octane excitement of the Formula One Championship – with every race covered live and in full, including practice and qualifying. 2019 will see F1 coverage in 4K for the first time, as will the upcoming Rugby World Cup. And no matter what sport you keep your eye on – however big or small – you can count on Foxtel’s sport channels to have it there for you, ready to watch live as it happens.
How Much Does It Cost?
Access to all of the channels across the vast Foxtel sports universe alongside over 40 entertainment, news, music and doco channels is surprisingly affordable, coming in at only $68 per month on a 12-month plan. That gets you all the channels – plus HD where available, which includes each and every Foxtel sports channel. And as a Sports HD customer, you’ll also get bonus access to the brand new Foxtel 4K channel, which delivers flawless, ultra-high definition sport, movies, music and docos to your 4K-capable TV, via the new Foxtel iQ4 set top box (which is also included).
But before you pull the trigger, wait just a moment – because there’s an even better option if you’re keen to get your sports beamed in via the Foxtel satellite – Foxtel from Telstra. As the name says pretty plainly, you’ll be getting real Foxtel – the exact same service, still supplied by Foxtel itself – but billed through Telstra. And the reason that’s good news is because of the pricing.
Instead of $68/month directly through Foxtel, you can get the Sports + Entertainment bundle through Foxtel from Telstra and add HD – for a total of only $49 a month for the first year! That’s nearly 20 bucks a month cheaper, and includes the iQ4 set top box and installation. If you’re keen to find out more about this bundle as well as Foxtel from Telstra’s other well-priced offers, give their friendly team a call on 1800 007 769.
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Other Low Cost Alternatives
Before you decide that getting a full Foxtel service installed is what you need, it’s worth checking out some alternative options that have opened up thanks to the fast uptake of streaming services in Australia. And right at the top of your list should be Kayo Sports.
Designed from the ground up as a streaming service exclusively for sports, and engineered with groundbreaking special features that enhance the viewing experience, Kayo Sports just happens to be backed by the resources of Fox Sports. In other words, if it’s on Foxtel, it’s on Kayo Sports.
You can stream events live, start watching on delay if you come in late, or stream past games on demand. You can control the action with the multi-window Split View feature, pull up live stats, jump to the best bits with Key Moments, and take in entire games in less than 20 minutes with Kayo Minis. Every sport is streamed in full HD with a high frame rate for crystal-clear viewing, and you can watch on your phone, tablet or big-screen TV just as easily.
And the price of all that is a mere $25 per month – no catches, no contracts, just wall to wall sports. Check out the free two-week trial and see for yourself what the future of sports viewing might be.
And a great choice of device to get Kayo onto your TV is the new Telstra TV 3 – an advanced streaming device made by US giants Roku especially for Telstra. It features full support for Kayo, including the ability to subscribe to it directly on your Telstra bill. You can get a Telstra TV free with selected Telstra broadband bundles, or buy it outright at any Telstra shop.
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As part of the Sport HD pack, you get Foxtel’s latest and most advanced set top box, the brand new iQ4. Built on the iQ tech that millions of Foxtel customers have enjoyed for many years, the iQ4 is a substantial upgrade with its blazingly fast interface and ability to receive full 4K channels direct from the satellite. If you’re still on a Foxtel cable connection, you’ll get the choice between the classic iQ3 or, if you prefer, the iQ2.
Watching the 4K Channel
Included at no extra cost with the Sport HD plan, Foxtel’s new 4K channel is Australia’s first ever broadcast 4K TV channel. Delivering perfect ultra HD picture quality straight from the satellite, it shows everything from movies, music and documentaries to, of course, live sport in crisp 4K. Among the sports set for 4K coverage in 2019 are the AFL, NRL, Rugby World Cup and the Formula One Grand Prix. All you need to view the 4K channel is an iQ4 box and a compatible TV.
Catch Up with Foxtel Go
Also included with the plan is access to Foxtel Go, the easy to use live and on-demand streaming service that delivers all your Foxtel channels to you no matter where you are – whether that’s on your mobile phone or at your computer. Foxtel Go can also be accessed as soon as you sign up – meaning you’ll be able to start streaming live sport even before the technician arrives to install your service!
|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)|
|Smart TVs||Yes||Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)|
|Gaming Consoles (PS4, Xbox One, etc)||No|
Offering a diverse range of channels delivering premium sport, drama, entertainment and docos to customers all around Australia, Foxtel’s an essential part of your viewing life. Check out our in-depth Foxtel review to find out what adding Foxtel to your home entertainment can do for you.
To get started with Foxtel from Telstra’s Sport HD plan, you can get in touch with a Foxtel from Telstra representative who’ll get you all set up – just call 1800 007 769.