Foxtel vs Foxtel from Telstra: Which Offers Best Value?


foxtel vs foxtel from telstra

Even in this streaming-dominated entertainment age, Foxtel remains the king of live broadcast TV, with its dozens of channels drawing in millions of viewers every day. But with both Foxtel and Foxtel From Telstra offering plans and bundles, how do you know which one to choose? We’re breaking down both cable providers to see which one gives the best bang for your buck.

If, like many at this time of year, you’ve been thinking that maybe it’s time to subscribe to Foxtel for that tasty sports action (or even the multiple channels of non-stop movies, lifestyle, news and premium drama like His Dark MaterialsGame of Thrones or Big Little Lies) then you may have done a quick Google search and found yourself confused.

There’s Foxtel… and then there’s “Foxtel From Telstra”! Separate offers on separate web sites selling what seems to be basically the same thing. Confused? Check.

Foxtel is, of course, part-owned by Telstra, but if you were thinking there’d be no difference in the actual service you receive once your cable or satellite box is delivered, you’d be absolutely right. Foxtel is Foxtel, regardless of how you ultimately get it.

So what’s the deal with “Foxtel From Telstra”, then?

Foxtel Vs Foxtel From Telstra

There’s often a bit of confusion about what exactly is the difference between getting your Foxtel directly from Foxtel or getting it through Telstra as “Foxtel From Telstra”. The big difference is convenience – after all, you’re getting connected to a pay TV platform that isn’t just about watching live TV via satellite. Your Foxtel service comes with a bunch of extras that make it a truly immersive experience.

There’s the comprehensive On Demand service, available both on the iQ4 box and via apps for your mobile devices, which lets you stream the latest movies, binge entire TV seasons (including the entire HBO library) or live-stream premium sport, wherever you are. It makes sense to pair your Foxtel with a fast broadband service and save money in the process.

That’s where Foxtel From Telstra really shines – you can get yourself a bundle that pulls together Foxtel with the premium Sports HD package and unlimited broadband for only $140 a month – meaning you can stream all you like without worrying about limits. If you’d prefer to have access to the very latest in big-screen entertainment, you can get the Movies HD bundle for $140 a month, again with unlimited broadband included. And it all gets pulled together on the one convenient bill – which you can also add a Telstra mobile service to if you like. Having everything on the same Telstra bill is really convenient and incredibly versatile; if you subscribe to the hugely popular sports streaming service Kayo, for example, you can bundle that onto your Telstra bill as well – and get the latest Telstra TV 3 box to stream it with on your bill as well for only $9/month. You also get access to Telstra’s superb customer service.

Ultimately, it all comes down to convenience. Millions of people have their home phone and/or broadband service through Telstra, and there’s an undeniable lack of hassle about having your Foxtel service bundled in on the same bill – just having the one thing to remember to pay every month is a big bonus for some.

Even better is that Foxtel From Telstra doesn’t require you to sign up for a lock-in contract – you only need to pay out the remainder of your iQ4 equipment fee ($10 per remaining month) if you have to leave early. You can get Foxtel set up at home and not have to worry about being tied down by a contract, which is brilliant.

The key thing to remember is that Foxtel and “Foxtel From Telstra” are two separate things. If you’re subscribed to Foxtel From Telstra and see an enticing deal from Foxtel direct, you can’t just switch over to that new plan – you have to move from one service to the other. That applies to the loyalty rewards programs from each one as well – direct Foxtel customers get access to Foxtel First, while Foxtel From Telstra customers get the benefits from Telstra Plus (we’ve put together a comparison of the two rewards programs if you’re not sure which one offers you better value).

That would be a problem if it weren’t for the fact that both seem determined to come up with the best offers possible (almost like Telstra encouraging Foxtel to compete against itself!). As always, the winner is you as the customer.

Let’s take a look at what’s on offer from each at the moment.

Foxtel

Going direct through Foxtel (and signing up online), you can get a good deal right now – including the new 4K-compatible iQ4 box with no installation charge and no contract. There’s the entry-level plan, which includes premium drama channels like Showcase in the base Foxtel Plus Pack of 54 channels, for only $49 per month on a 12-month plan. Or you can get the Sports HD Bundle for $58/month (specially discounted from the usual $74) which gives you access to Foxtel’s acclaimed premium sport channels plus the HD upgrade and access to the new 4K channel. The Movies HD Bundle is also discounted to $58/month right now (from a usual $69) and gives you ten channels of uninterrupted movies plus the new Movies Ultra HD channel.

Foxtel Plans

Foxtel Plus Bundle
  • Save 20%* for 12 months
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Entertainment, Drama, Lifestyle, Docos, Reality & more
  • 130 complete drama series to choose from
$39.20/mth
Min Cost - $470.40 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Premium Bundle
  • Save 20%* for 12 months
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Foxtel Plus, Sports HD, Movies HD & Kids
  • Over 50 sports on 13 HD channels
$79.20/mth
Min Cost - $950.40 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Sports HD Bundle
  • Save 20%* for 12 months
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Foxtel Plus & Sports HD
  • Over 50 sports on 13 live HD sport channels
$59.20/mth
Min Cost - $710.40 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Sports HD & Netflix Bundle
  • Save 20%* for 12 months
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Foxtel Plus & Sports HD
$68.80/mth
Min Cost - $825.60 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Movies HD & Netflix Bundle
  • Save 20%* for 12 months
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Foxtel Plus & Movies HD
$64.80/mth
Min Cost - $777.60 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Foxtel From Telstra

Foxtel From Telstra offers some very keenly priced packages, such as the Sports HD and Movies HD plans. Those get you the base 54 channels plus the premium sports or movies channels, along with a free iQ4 box, for a mere $50 per month. You can have both the Sports HD and Movies HD packs along with the Kids’ channel pack for only $70 a month, or if you’d rather have it all, Platinum Plus gives you every Foxtel channel and a year of Netflix for only $99 a month.

An better option is to bundle all your Telstra communications and entertainment needs into the one package. That’s where Foxtel From Telstra’s bundles come in; for $140 per month, you get unlimited-data broadband via NBN, Cable or ADSL, the latest Telstra smart modem with 4G backup, the Foxtel iQ4 box included, and Foxtel with either the Sports HD pack or Movies HD pack and access to the new 4K channels. If you’re looking for a “connect everything” plan then this one’s the bundle for you (even though you’ll need to add packages for additional channels on top of that monthly price, it still works out to be an amazingly good value deal – and if you don’t want any of the extra channel packs, you’re set!). You also get a home phone line with unlimited calls to anywhere in Australia – including to mobile numbers.

And as we mentioned, one advantage with all of these Foxtel From Telstra packages is that they’re included on your regular Telstra bill, keeping things nice and simple.

Foxtel from Telstra Plans

Premium
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sports & movies HD
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
$70/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $70. For new Foxtel customers. $99/mth after 12 mths

Foxtel Plus + Movies HD
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Catch all the best movies ad-break free, On Demand'
  • Stream the hottest movies on demand, anytime, ad-break free on 10 movie channels
$50/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $50. For new Foxtel customers. $69/mth after 12 mths

Platinum Plus
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sports, movies, drama and documentary channels
$99/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $99. For new Foxtel customers. $139/mth after 12 mths

Foxtel Plus
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Over 50 channels of the best entertainment & drama
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
$49/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $49. For new Foxtel customers.

Foxtel Plus + Sports HD
  • Standard install fees waived
  • No Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sport channels
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
$50/mth
Min Cost - Min cost $50. For new Foxtel customers. $74/mth after 12 mths

Sport on Foxtel Vs Foxtel From Telstra

If sport is your big thing – as it is for hundreds of thousands of Foxtel viewers – then Foxtel from Telstra’s Sports HD bundle easily wins out. You get the same access to 15 channels of live sport from Australia and around the world such as Fox Sports 1-7, ESPN 1 and ESPN 2, beIN 1, 2 and 3– including dedicated AFL (Fox Footy), NRL (Fox League) and Fox Cricket channels – as well as access to the new 4K channel. That puts your monthly cost at $50, easily added to your Telstra bill.

Drama on Foxtel vs Foxtel From Telstra

With Foxtel’s premium drama channels being the home of so many can’t-miss shows – from Game of Thrones, Westworld, the hit show Outlander and the entire HBO library to fan favourites like The Walking Dead and Wentworth, Foxtel is heaven for drama fans. And if it’s drama you’re after, Foxtel from Telstra wins again, with the base Foxtel Plus pack now including premium drama channels like Fox Showcase, for only $49 per month (or $59 with HD) – and you get the convenience of everything going on your regular Telstra bill, too.

For a full list of channels that you can find on both Foxtel and Foxtel from Telstra, check out the table below:

Channel PackChannels IncludedHighlights
Foxtel PlusFOX8, BBC UKTV, Arena, MTV, Universal, Fox Hits, Fox Funny, Fox Classics, Fox Crime, Fox One, Fox Showcase, Lifestyle, TLC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC First, 13th Street, BBC Earth, 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 WorldGame of Thrones, Outlander, Mr. Robot, Wentworth, Big Little Lies, The Walking Dead, Chernobyl
Sports HD PackFOX Cricket, FOX Footy, FOX League, FOX Sports 503/505/506/507, beIN Sports 1/2/3, ESPN, ESPN2, Eurosport, FOX Sports Ultra HDAustralian summer of cricket, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League
Movies HD PackPremiere Movies, Kids Movies, Family Movies, Action Movies, Comedy Movies, Drama Movies, Thriller Movies, Hits Movies, Greats Movies, Romance Movies, Ultra HD MoviesThe Hustle, The Favourite, Vox Lux, Deadpool 2, Aquaman
Favourites PackCrime+Investigation, History, The Comedy Channel, A&E, Nat Geo Wild, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food, SyFy, Box Sets, Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, Style, Discovery ScienceLast Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Jim Jeffries Show, Just For Laughs Australia, Decoding the Great Pyramid
Kids PackCartoon Network, Disney Channel, CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Discovery KidsAdventure Time, Thomas and Friends, Lego Ninjago, Where the Wild Things Are

Hooray for 4K!

When you subscribe to either the Sports HD or Movies HD packs – or the top-of-the-line Platinum Plus pack – you get access to Foxtel’s latest innovation – two true 4K channels delivered via satellite, beaming in everything from live sport in 4K (including cricket) to the latest movies. They’re Australia’s first and only 4K TV channels, and the only way you can get them is via your iQ4 box (which, by the way, is free with a Foxtel From Telstra service!) Foxtel also has the flexibility to expand the 4K service when they need to – like with the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which got its own dedicated 4K channel, at no extra cost to all Sports HD pack subscribers.

Foxtel Go — Foxtel on the go

One more thing that both Foxtel and Foxtel from Telstra have in common is the free use of the Foxtel Go app. Once you’ve subscribed to any pack from either Foxtel or Foxtel from Telstra, you can already use the app to watch your favourite shows, sport, and movies. Simply download the app and sign in with your Foxtel log-in credentials, and you’re all set to watch while you’re on the go. For a complete list of Foxtel Go devices, check out the table below:

Device Available? User Guide
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 TVsYesVia casting only (only on Multiroom service)

Which is the Better Option?

Ultimately, you’re going to get the same Foxtel service no matter which you choose – but the choice is the key. You can just go straight to Foxtel and order the packages you want while staying with your current broadband and phone providers, or you can go with Foxtel From Telstra and get a separate set of deals that all tie in to your existing Telstra services – or your entertainment can be bundled if you’re moving and just want Telstra to handle everything with a minimum of fuss. There’s no denying, though, that currently, Foxtel From Telstra wins out pretty clearly on the combination of price and convenience.

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