Fetch TV Review: Guide to The Mini and Mighty Boxes


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Fetch TV


The one box that does it all is a top-notch PVR, streaming device and pay TV access portal

 
Overall 89%
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As close as you’ll come to the ‘box that does it all’, Fetch TV’s Mini and Mighty are top-notch streaming devices, as well as opening up access to pay TV channels – and they’re priced incredibly well. If you watch free TV and stream, Fetch is for you.

Updated October 19, 2020

Fetch TV Mini and Mighty Review

Fetch TV’s clever devices create a problem that’s a good one to have – too much choices. You’ve got your traditional Free-to-air (FTA) channels. You’ve got your streaming services — Netflix, Stan, 10 All Access, hayu, Prime Video, etc. Plus there’s a huge range of premium channels. And then the videos you have stored at home. And let’s not forget YouTube. If you’ve ever wished that one single box could handle it all, you’ve come to the right place.

In this Review

What is Fetch TV?

You may have already heard of Fetch TV. You can find it in Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi, next to the Chromecast. Or you may have seen it bundled with broadband packs from leading ISPs. But the new generation of Fetch TV boxes blow the competition out of the water. It’s not just the technology, it’s not just the content, it’s the thoughtful way these two have been put together that makes Fetch TV stand out.

Fetch TV does an exceptional job of collating all your viewing options and making them available on your big screen. But while some services stop there, Fetch TV goes beyond that by letting you choose where you watch — and makes it easy to do so.

Shows Available on Fetch TV

Depending on the channel packs you choose, you will find a wide variety of stuff to watch on Fetch TV – all of it integrated into an interface that seamlessly brings together your regular free-to-air TV channels, Fetch’s premium channels and all the major streaming services.

Sports Available on Fetch

When it comes to sports, the local sporting favourites are licensed to one or two key providers – Sky and Fox Sports. Fetch TV offers ESPN and ESPN2 as part of its Vibe Pack. This covers a lot of the international basics. Fetch TV also offers beIN Sports, which covers UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and La Liga. And customers who sign up for Fetch TV through Optus can access Optus Sport, which covers the Premier League. Plus you can watch other sporting events through free to air channels as they become available. However, when it comes to Australian sports, Fetch TV does not offer a broad selection.

TV and Movies Available on Fetch

Fetch TV gives you access to all free-to-air digital channels, plus their online catch-up services, all in one place. You can pause and rewind shows with ease, and the Mighty will also let you record hundreds of hours of shows from free-to-air or Fetch’s premium channels.

You can also access online content such as YouTube, Nasa TV, and WikiTV direct on your big screen.

Want premium TV series? The TV Store lets you buy single episodes or entire seasons of your favourite shows. Popular titles include Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. The TV Store is available to all customers.

What about movies? There’s over 8,000 of the latest blockbusters to watch in the Movie Store. That’s most new release titles from Hollywood studios and more. Titles include big hits like Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born, and they are yours to buy or rent for a price. You can stream them directly or download them to a mobile device for remote viewing on the go.

How about your current streaming subscriptions? Fetch TV covers them all, with a unique and instantly navigable interface that makes viewing a pleasure. It supports Stan and Netflix, and takes almost no time to set up.

What about other premium services? For $6/month Fetch TV will deliver premium channels tailored to your interests, split into four packages. You can also get all four packs for $20/month. The channels available cover a wide range of interests, including entertainment, news, sports, music, and kids. Recognisable names include ESPN, TLC, National Geographic Channel, Comedy Central, MTV, CNN and more.

Fetch also offers the Movie Box feature, which delivers 30 pre-selected rental movies available to watch as many times as you want. The movies are available on a 30-day rotation, where one movie is switched out and a new one taking its place each day. Movie Box is included in the Starter Pack for Optus, Dodo, iPrimus, and iiNet customers. Retail customers can add Movie Box for $1/month.

International content on Fetch

Fetch TV has World TV packs available for $9.95 to $19.95/month. Currently, these include Taj Mahal, Pinoy, TVB Cantonese & Korean, Chinese, and Italian.

Fetch TV Pricing and Plans

Fetch’s range of four main channel packs each broadly cover a particular theme – Vibe for general entertainment as well as some sports via ESPN, Knowledge for docos and news, Variety for drama and reality channels, and Kids for the little ones. 

Each pack costs $6/month to subscribe to, though most internet providers offering Fetch TV will include one pack of your choice with your plan. You can also opt to subscribe to all of them for $20/month.

For special interests, Fetch TV offers beIN Sports, Eurosport, UFC, and Horse & Country, each for a monthly rate. Customers who sign up for Fetch TV through Optus can also add on Optus Sports for access to the Premier League games. You can add Hillsong and ACC to your subscription for free.

Pack/Channel/BundleCostIncludes
Kids$6
  • Boomerang
  • Nickelodeon
Knowledge$6
  • National Geographic
  • BBC World News
Vibe$6
  • Comedy Central
  • ESPN
  • MTV
Variety$6
  • Universal Channel
  • BBC First
  • TLC
Ultimate$20
  • BBC UKTV
  • National Geographic
  • BBC First
  • Comedy Central

Pricing for Fetch TV Boxes

When you subscribe to Fetch via an internet provider, you pay a monthly rental on your Fetch box which varies depending on the ISP and the box you choose. But if you’d prefer to own your Fetch box outright, you can do that easily – simply head into a retail store that sells them (including Harvey Norman and JB HiFi) and pick one up. The streaming-only Fetch Mini will cost around $169 outright, while the recording-enabled, much more powerful Fetch Mighty costs $449 (a great price for such an advanced digital recorder, by the way). When you buy your own Fetch box, you subscribe to the service directly through Fetch – and you can use it on any ISP, rather than just Fetch partner providers.

Internet Bundles and Plans

For many, the easier way to get set up with Fetch TV will be to go for an internet bundle that includes the box and the service, so there’s no need to pay up front for the box. Fetch has several partner ISPs that offer Fetch as either an add-on that you can bundle with any unlimited plan, or as part of specific entertainment bundles.

Our comparison page will let you see which ISPs offer Fetch TV, which plans and bundles it’s available with and how much it’ll cost. Bundling Fetch TV with your internet makes a lot of sense, too – it gets you connected and set up with much less hassle, and you’re guaranteed reliable streaming of Fetch channels.

Fetch TV w/ Internet

Plan
Inclusions
Price
NBN50 Unlimited - Month to Month
  • NBN50 Unlimited - Month to Month
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Add Fetch from $25/mth for 12 mths + your choice of channel pack
  • Pay as you go calls or add calling packs from $10/mth
  • $70/mth
$70/mth
Min Cost - $214.90 over 1 month (inc $120 setup & modem and $24.90 P&H)

NBN50 Unlimited - 12 months
  • NBN50 Unlimited - 12 months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • No setup & modem fees
  • Add Fetch from $25/mth for 12 mths + your choice of channel pack
  • $70/mth
$70/mth
Min Cost - $864.90 over 12 months (inc $24.90 P&H)

Unlimited Data nbn50 Month to Month
  • Unlimited Data nbn50 Month to Month
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 50Mbps Standard Plus Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 50™ Fixed Line
  • Landline w/ pay as you go calls
  • Add Fetch from $10/mth with 1 free channel pack
  • $75/mth
$75/mth
Min Cost - $189 over 1 month ($99 setup & modem + $15 P&H included)

Unlimited Data nbn25 Month to Month
  • Unlimited Data nbn25 Month to Month
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Up to 25Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • Landline w/ pay as you go calls
  • Add Fetch from $10/mth with 1 free channel pack
  • $70/mth
$70/mth
Min Cost - $184 over 1 month ($99 setup & modem + $15 P&H included)

Unlimited Data nbn25 12 Months
  • Unlimited Data nbn25 12 Months
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Up to 25Mbps Standard Evening
  • Unlimited Data
  • NBN 25™ Fixed Line
  • Landline w/ pay as you go calls
  • Add Fetch from $10/mth with 1 free channel pack
  • $70/mth
$70/mth
Min Cost - $855 over 12 months ($15 P&H included)

Last audited 18 November 2020

Fetch TV Features

Mighty

The Mighty is a home entertainment beast. It does it all. It aims to claim that coveted HDMI1 socket on the big TV in your lounge room. And it has the features to make it happen.

These include a 1TB hard drive that lets you record up to 585 hours of SD programming, as well as four tuners. Which means you can record up to six programs while watching a seventh. And if something happens while you’re watching? Just pause or rewind.

You can download your purchased content to this device, and then stream it to your TV, tablet, or smartphone.

Purchased outright, Fetch TV Mighty will cost you $449 RRP. It is also available through select ISPs included in selected broadband bundles, or at a monthly cost starting from around $15/month.

Mini

The Mini is the high-powered, low-cost alternative. It can access the same content, but lacks recording capabilities. However, its lower price point makes it an attractive option.

It can access all of the same content as the Mighty, and is intended to compete directly with similar streaming products like Apple TV and Telstra TV.

The RRP for the Fetch TV Mini is $169. You can buy the Mini from Harvey Norman, Domayne, Joyce Mayne or JB Hi-Fi stores. It is also included in select bundles or can be added as a bolt on.

How to Contact Fetch TV

If you got your Fetch TV box and service from one of the partner ISPs, then you can get in touch with your ISP’s support team for any questions about the Fetch service, your account or the box itself. If you bought your box outright, though, then head straight to the Fetch web site and click on the “Contact Us” button at the bottom of the page to get directly in touch with a Fetch support person. You can also access troubleshooting tools on the site if you’re logged in with your Fetch account.

Fetch TV Summary

Is Fetch TV right for you? The short answer is probably “yes”. The slightly longer answer is yes, but there are several cases where Fetch TV will stand out from the rest.

People who already use streaming services like Netflix and Stan – as well as the free-to-air channels and catch-up services – and just want them all in one place will feel right at home. Fetch TV just makes it all happen, and gives you more viewing options at the same time.

Getting the Fetch TV Mighty or Mini bundled with broadband is a no brainer; you avoid a big upfront cost for the box. You get your choice of premium channels from a range of low-cost packs. And because ISPs only bundle Fetch TV with unlimited plans, you never need to worry about using too much data!

No matter which way you get your Fetch, you’re getting a whole lot of entertainment in one place.

What People Ask about Fetch TV

  • Do I Need a Technician to Install Fetch TV?

No – that’s the great thing about Fetch TV. The only installation needed it to connect it to your TV antenna and your internet via wi-fi or Ethernet, and that’s it – you’re good to go. It’s quick, simple, easy and you can take it with you if you move.


  • Can I Get Foxtel Now on Fetch TV?

No – and you most likely never will. Fetch is, in many ways, a direct competitor to Foxtel and Foxtel Now, providing a pay TV set top box but using broadband internet to deliver channels. If you’re keen to try Foxtel Now, we’d recommend picking up either the Foxtel Now box or the Telstra TV 3.


  • Can I Get Kayo on Fetch TV?

No – as a Foxtel company, Kayo is unlikely to ever be made available as a Fetch TV app, a side effect of the competition between the two companies. For Kayo access on a TV, we’d recommend either the Apple TV 4 or the Telstra TV 3, both superb devices for Kayo and many other streaming services. If you’d rather not spend too much, though, Google’s Chromecast does the trick in conjunction with your smartphone.


  • Are Any Streaming Subscriptions Included?

No – it’s up to you to subscribe to the streaming services you want to use on the Fetch box – and of course, you can bring your existing subscriptions and start streaming Netflix, Prime Video, hayu, Stan and others on your new Fetch box.


  • Can I Record on Fetch TV?

Yes, absolutely – as long as you have the Fetch Mighty box. That powerful device lets you record multiple channels at the same time. The Fetch Mini doesn’t allow recording at all, but contains a small amount of memory so that you can pause live TV for up to around half an hour, or rewind and replay as needed. You can also browse and stream recordings from a Fetch Mighty on the same home network.


  • How Many Channels Can the Fetch Mighty Record at Once?

The Mighty is one of the most powerful video recorders on the market, able to record up to six channels at once while you watch a seventh. You’ll never miss a show again!


  • Can I Use a Second Hand Fetch TV Box?

Fetch recommends that you avoid buying a second hand box, because the previous owner will likely have registered it to their account and ISP, and that can’t be changed. If the seller bought their box outright from a retailer, then you can use the box – but you’d want to be 100% sure or you’ll end up with an expensive paperweight!


  • Can I Use Fetch TV With Telstra?

Yes – if you purchase a Fetch Mini or Mighty outright at a retailer, you can use it with an broadband provider once you’ve got the box set up and activated. Of course, a broadband plan with unlimited data is almost mandatory, since Fetch’s channels all work via continuous broadband streaming.


  • Can I Watch Fetch TV on My Phone?

Yes! Fetch has a free app for both iOS and Android that you can download and pair with your Fetch box. Then you’ll be able to stream TV from it – including your recordings – anywhere you are. You can also download purchased or rented shows and movies to your phone to watch later without using precious mobile data.


  • Can You Get HBO on Fetch TV?

No – the rights to HBO in Australia are owned by Foxtel, so you’ll find HBO’s shows there as well as on their on-demand streaming service Binge. You can still purchase HBO shows from the Fetch TV store, though.


  • Is Disney Plus Coming to Fetch TV?

While it’s a case of “never say never,” Disney doesn’t seem to have any plans to bring their app to Fetch TV for the time being.


  • Can You Use Fetch TV Without Internet?

You can use Fetch’s Mighty and Mini without an internet connection to watch free-to-air broadcasts and recordings, but only for a few days. After that you’ll see a message that the box is locked, and you’ll need to connect it to the internet to keep using it.


  • Does Fetch TV Use Internet Data?

Yes – all of Fetch’s premium channels are delivered via broadband internet streaming, so they use data for as long as you watch them. Of course, other apps such as Netflix also use data. We’d recommend a broadband plan with unlimited data if you’re going to use Fetch TV.


  • How Much Data Does Fetch TV Use?

If you’re getting Fetch TV via an internet provider like iPrimus or Dodo, you don’t need to worry about data usage – it’s only available on unlimited-data plans. If you’re buying the Fetch box yourself, it’s best to use it on an unlimited plan to avoid excess charges, since all Fetch premium channels are delivered via streaming.


  • Can I Use the Fetch TV Box with Another Internet Provider?

If you get your Fetch box from a provider like Dodo or iPrimus, the box is only able to be used with their network – it’s a part of your internet plan. If you’re likely to switch internet providers in the future, the best option is to buy the box outright – Fetch boxes bought at retail work with any provider.


  • How Do I Get a Replacement Fetch Remote?

To order a replacement remote, sign into your Fetch account on their web site, head to “Account Settings” then “Hardware Replacement” and select “Remote Control”.


  • How Do You Add Apps to Fetch TV?

Unlike more conventional streaming boxes, you can’t add extra apps to your Fetch TV box – the apps are chosen and developed by Fetch and all are installed by default.


  • How Do You Reset the Fetch TV Box?

To restart your Fetch box, go into Settings and head to Device Info, then Options, and choose Fetch TV Box Restart. If you’re unable to access menus, try turning off power to the box, waiting 30 seconds then powering it up again.


  • How Do You Turn Off Subtitles on Fetch TV?

Turning subtitles off and on is easy – just press the Text button on your Fetch remote! It’s right above the Apps button.


  • How Do You Unlock a Fetch TV Box?

If you’ve purchased a Fetch box second hand and found that it’s locked, unfortunately there is no way to unlock it – it’s likely owned by the ISP that originally provided it.


  • How Do You Watch Free to Air TV on Fetch?

You need to make sure that the cable from your free-to-air antenna is plugged into the back of the Fetch box – then just scan for available channels during the initial setup of the box, and you’ll then find those channels in your Electronic Program Guide to watch and record.


  • What Channels Come with Fetch TV?

Unlike Foxtel, Fetch TV doesn’t come with any default channels. However, most ISPs that provide Fetch also give you a choice of one channel pack at no extra cost (and often, 30 free movies a month as well). You can look at the various channel packs and what they include – as well as the speciality channels available – on the Fetch web site.


  • Can I Play my Own Videos?

Yes you can – just plug a USB drive into the Fetch Mighty or Mini and play a wide range of different video, audio and even picture files. Or play your own media from anywhere on your home network.


  • Who Owns Fetch TV Australia?

While it’s an Australian company that’s operated for a decade now, Fetch TV is operated in partnership with Malaysian pay TV company Astro All Asia Networks.


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