Delivering pay TV to Australians for the past few decades – and growing constantly over the years – Foxtel has the most comprehensive range of TV content available, across multiple genres. With 55 channels included as part of the base Foxtel Plus bundle, you’re already enjoying far more choice than regular broadcast TV – and adding extra channel packs like Sports HD and Movies HD can enhance that experience even more, right up to the Platinum Plus Bundle which includes everything Foxtel has to offer, including a Netflix subscription.
Foxtel Now, on the other hand, is Foxtel adapted to the streaming era, with both live Foxtel channels and on-demand content delivered via your broadband internet connection to your mobile device, computer or TV. Foxtel Now provides access to most of the channels and content that satellite Foxtel does, but without the need for installation or lock-in contracts – making it perfect for people who move around a lot, and those unable to get access to the satellite version of Foxtel.
What’s the Difference Between Foxtel and Foxtel Now?
Whether it’s Foxtel via satellite or Foxtel Now via broadband, once connected you’ll have access to a vast range of content that you simply can’t find anywhere else. With channels covering everything from first-run drama to premium sports to blockbuster movies, there’s something for everyone amongst Foxtel’s diverse channel line-up.
The Foxtel Plus pack all satellite subscribers get offers 55 channels covering everything from drama, news, and music to special channels for the kids, with premium drama channels like Fox Showcase (the home of HBO’s acclaimed shows) and Fox One (home of premium drama channel FX) included. Other channel packs that can be added include Movies HD and Sports HD, letting you tailor your viewing to exactly what you want. The iQ4 set top box that’s central to the Foxtel experience also makes bundling Netflix possible with a full app on-board, which makes for a very well-rounded and appealing entertainment package.
Foxtel Now, meanwhile, also comes with a base set of channels, with the Pop and Lifestyle packs forming the entry-level channel bundle called Essentials, alongside a set of bonus channels – bringing the base line-up to 32 channels in total. Extra channel packs can be added to get access to live sports, a wide range of movies or premium drama.
Part of the base packs on Foxtel Now and also the Foxtel Plus bundle, the Fox Showcase channel has exclusive rights to everything from acclaimed network HBO – giving Australia access to much-acclaimed shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, Lovecraft Country, The Outsider, Veep, Euphoria, Watchmen, The Undoing, Big Little Lies and many more. All of it is available to stream on demand in high definition, too, alongside thousands of hours of other content that’s included in your subscription price. There’s even a dedicated channel for those who like to binge-watch shows – Box Sets runs entire seasons, 24 hours a day.
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What About Sports?
Sports fans are well catered for by the range of 12 HD channels available through both Foxtel and Foxtel Now in their optional Sports channel packs, including comprehensive live coverage of sports from Australia (including AFL and NRL) and around the globe, 24 hours a day. In addition to the multiple Fox Sports channels, you’ve got access to the international resources of ESPN and beIN.
What Channels are Available on Foxtel?
Foxtel splits its channels into separate packs that can be added individually to the base 55-channel Foxtel Plus bundle, which all subscribers get. You can add Sports HD, Movies HD, Kids, Favourites and, of course, bundle them with a standard Netflix plan, with costs for each pack varying depending on what’s included. Each channel pack also unlocks access to its on-demand content, increasing the value hugely.
Full list of Foxtel channels by genre
Channels included – FOX8, FOX Comedy, BBC UKTV, FOX Arena, MTV, Universal TV, FOX Crime, FOX SHOWCASE, FOX One, BBC First, FOX Sleuth, TLC, E!, FOX Classics, FOX Funny, Lifestyle, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC Earth, Nick Jr., Boomerang, Animal Planet, MTV Hits, MTV Classic, Club MTV, CMT, Nick Music, Foxtel Music, Foxtel Arts, FOX SPORTS NEWS, Sky Racing 1, Sky Racing 2, Sky Thoroughbred Central, Sky News, Sky News Extra, Sky News Weather, Sky News UK, BBC World News, FOX News, CNN, Expo, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, NHK World, Aurora, Bloomberg Television, CNBC, Aljazeera, Daystar, SBN, RT, TVSN, Australian Christian Channel, TRT World, Hillsong Channel
Highlights – Wentworth, His Dark Materials, The Undoing, The Third Day, The End, The Flight Attendant
Sports HD Pack:
Channels Included – FOX CRICKET, FOX LEAGUE, FOX SPORTS 503, FOX SPORTS 505, FOX SPORTS 506, FOX FOOTY, FOX SPORTS MORE, ESPN, ESPN2, beIN SPORTS 1, beIN SPORTS 2, beIN SPORTS 3
Highlights – NBA, NFL, NRL, AFL, AFLW, A-League, F1, Cricket, Supercars, UFC
Movies HD Pack:
Channels Included – Movies Premiere, Movies Action, Movies Comedy, Movies Drama, Movies Family, Movies Greats, Movies Hits, Movies Kids, Movies Romance, Movies Thriller, Lifetime Movie Network
Highlights – 1917, The Invisible Man, Like A Boss, Judy, The Gentlemen, Dark Waters, Birds of Prey
Channels Included – Crime + Investigation, HISTORY, A&E, Nat Geo WILD, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food, FOX SciFi, BoxSets, Discovery Turbo, Investigation Discovery
Highlights – Pawn Stars, Backyard Builds, OJ & Nicole: An American Tragedy, Deadly Women, Field Trip with Curtis Stone, Decoding the Great Pyramid, Eat Well For Less
Channels Included – CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network
Highlights – The Gumball Chronicles, Side Hustle, Andy’s Safari Adventures, Go Jetters
For both the Movies and Sports packs, access to high definition (HD) channels is now included, and subscribers to the Movies HD and Sports HD packs also get free access to Foxtel’s new 4K channels – Australia’s first broadcast 4K television channels.
Premium Viewing with Platinum Plus Bundle
If you want the whole lot, the Platinum Plus Bundle containing over 90 channels plus high definition, multiroom casting and a Netflix subscription included is your best option. Do watch out for special offers, as free or reduced-price installation or the iQ4 set-top box are often offered as part of advertised bundles.
What Channels are Available on Foxtel Now?
With Foxtel Now, your first move when subscribing is to get the base Essentials pack – which incorporates the “Pop” and “Lifestyle” packs – at $25/month. After that, you can add any of the premium packs — Drama, Sport, Movies, Docos and Kids. While the packs bear similar names to those in the hardware Foxtel service, not all the channels available on the iQ4 box have made the transition over to Foxtel Now.
|Pack / Channel / Bundle||Cost / Month||Highlights||Featured Shows|
|Essentials pack||$25||Fox Showcase, FOX8, Fox Comedy, Fox Arena, E!, TLC||Euphoria, The Third Day, The Undoing, His Dark Materials|
|Essentials + Drama Extra pack||$35||BBC UKTV, BBC First, Universal Channel||The Flight Attendant, Tin Star, The Long Song|
|Essentials + Sport pack||$54||FOX Sports, FOX League, FOX Footy||A-League 19/20 Season, 2020-21 NFL Season, 2020/21 NBA Season|
|Essentials + Movie pack||$45||Movies Premiere, Movies Hits, Movies Greats||Birds of Prey, The Gentlemen, Sonic The Hedgehog|
|All Packs (including Kids & Docos)||$104||Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, National Geographic, Discovery Channel||Running Man Animation S2, Danger Force, Ricky Zoom S1, Grant, Demolition Down Under S2|
Foxtel Now Free Trial
You can get access to everything Foxtel Now has to offer – including the Kids and Docos packs, unavailable otherwise, by opting for the All Packs bundle. Note that you can change your subscribed packs or cancel your subscription anytime – there’s no setup fee or lock-in contract. There’s a free 10-day trial for new subscribers which opens up full access to every channel pack so you can road test them all and see which ones you want to keep.
Foxtel’s satellite service, meanwhile, doesn’t offer a free trial – but there’s regular deep discounts offered on their plans that are well worth keeping an eye out for.
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Foxtel and Foxtel Now Devices
Foxtel Now launched its own custom-designed streaming box at the end of 2017, and for those that choose to go with the Foxtel Now option it’s an easy way to get Foxtel onto your screen in HD via your broadband connection at a low cost. The interface is based on the familiar iQ interface for ease of use – something you’ll also find on the latest Telstra TV box, where the Foxtel Now app does a superb job of streaming live channels and on-demand content. Apps are now also available on recent-model LG, Sony and Samsung smart TVs.
You can also access Foxtel Now on your PC, Mac, Telstra TV, Playstation 4, Sony, LG and Samsung smart TVs, iOS/Android phone or tablet and Google Chromecast, with content available in HD where possible. Meanwhile, the older version of the app, Foxtel Play, is still available on Xbox One, Playstation 3, and older Smart TVs.
Foxtel via satellite, meanwhile, requires the installation of a set-top box, with the iQ4 the latest update to the device that both receives and records your Foxtel channels, as well as serving as an on-demand streaming hub. The iQ4 is only available with satellite installations, which are now the default for all new Foxtel customers.
The iQ4 can record up to 345 hours of entertainment in SD or 172 hours of HD, and a constantly updated electronic program guide (EPG) makes it easy to find and record your shows. Foxtel Now simulates much of this in its apps, but it’s just as simple to navigate and use. Foxtel’s catch-up service, Foxtel On Demand, is included with both.
The iQ4 also bundles a smart remote control which has recently been upgraded to have full voice search functionality – you can find something to watch just by pressing a button and asking for what you want. For example, you could instantly find everything available to stream that stars Sean Connery – and you can even search using famous movie quotes!
How to Access Foxtel and Foxtel Now
Foxtel Pay TV is available right across Australia, thanks to satellite technology that beams high definition and 4K channels to you no matter where you are (do note, though, that on-demand content on the Foxtel iQ4 box requires a broadband internet connection). Foxtel Now, meanwhile, is available anywhere you have a broadband connection.
Foxtel Now is currently available on the following devices, with more to come:
Devices supported on Foxtel Now
– Foxtel Now Box: Yes
– Sony Android TV: Yes – OS 7.0 and above
– iOS Mobiles/Tablets: Yes – Via Foxtel Go app (iOS 9.3.5 or above)
– Android Mobiles/Tablets: Yes – Via native app (Lollipop 5.0 or above)
– PC/Mac: Yes – Web browser only (Google Chrome and Safari)
– Google Chromecast: Yes – Via casting
– Google Nest: Yes – on Foxtel Go via a compatible Chromecast device connected or built-in to your TV
– Apple TV: Yes – Via AirPlay
– Telstra TV: Yes – All models
– PlayStation 4: Yes – All models (Foxtel Play on PlayStation 3)
– Samsung Smart TVs: Yes – Select 2017 models and above, running on Tizen 3.0 or above
– LG Smart TVs: Yes – Select 2017 models and above, running webOS 3.5 or above
– Hisense Smart TVs: Yes – Select 2019 – 2020 models
– Shield TV: Yes – on Shield TV and Shield TV Pro
Which One Is Best for You — Foxtel or Foxtel Now?
At the entry package level, Foxtel’s Pay TV service definitely provides more value for your money — provided of course, that the service is available in your area. Otherwise, you can just opt for Foxtel Now.
If you like a broad range of channels to choose from, the Platinum Plus Bundle from Foxtel might be the best thing for you. Otherwise, if you’re not too particular about all the extra channels — or if either cable or satellite installation is not an option — then picking and choosing selected channel packs from Foxtel Now potentially works out to be more cost-effective.
Either way, you’ll be getting access to a huge world of TV entertainment and information that you simply cannot get anywhere else.