Fox Sports Review — The World’s Premier Sport, Live and Direct


Our Verdict

Fox Sports

Fox Sports delivers high quality live coverage of a vast range of codes; for those who love their sports

Overall 91%

For the past two decades, Fox Sports Australia has been bringing the best of live sporting action, from Australia and all around the globe, into Foxtel subscribers’ lounge rooms with a skill and expertise that has made them one of the most acclaimed sporting networks on the planet.

The Facts

  • Free trial offer: N/A
  • Price: Accessible through Foxtel’s sports pack
  • Top content: AFL, NRL, Formula 1
  • Quality: Available in HD
  • Support: Phone, Web Form, Email, App

Starting with a single channel and growing into the multi-channel mini-network that sports fans know and love today, Fox Sports has expanded to take in specialist channels covering English Premier League football, the best of European sport and, of course, dedicated channels for the sporting codes that make up the fabric of Australian life — the AFL and NRL.

Fox Sports’ dedicated Fox Footy channel is an AFL fan’s dream — with every single game covered live and direct, and no ads between goals to spoil the excitement.

Technology has made it easier than ever to get connected with all that Fox Sports has to offer, too. While anyone with a home Foxtel connection can add the Fox Sports pack to their subscription and get instant access to all channels, there are many for whom a hardware-installed Foxtel subscription just isn’t possible. That’s where the convenience of Foxtel Now comes in — every Fox Sports channel is bundled up in the Foxtel Now Premium Sports Pack. You can stream and surf all the Fox Sports channels within minutes of signing up online, and the cost of the Base Pack plus Sports is only $54/month. If that sounds like a great idea, you can sign up right now for a completely obligation-free 10-day free trial. Soak up all the sport you can handle and see if the pack is a good fit for your life — if you love your sport, it most probably is! Just look at what’s on offer.

What Makes Fox Sports Stand Out?

The home of everything AFL for years, Fox Sports’ dedicated Fox Footy channel is an AFL fan’s dream — with every single game covered live and direct, and no ads between goals to spoil the excitement. Fox Footy’s been acclaimed not only for its first-rate match coverage of Australia’s beloved homegrown code, but also for the many original shows that it airs between games. Featuring expert analysis, panel discussions, news and views about the game, it’s the perfect companion to your team’s race for the Grand Final Cup. Games are replayed during the week, too, so you can catch the ones you missed or watch the great ones all over again at your convenience.

While AFL footy fans have had their own dedicated Fox Sports channel for years — and they’ve been loving it — fans of the Rugby League way of doing things have probably felt a little left out, despite the stellar Fox Sports coverage of the NRL season across the general Fox Sports channels. That’s all changed now, with a channel dedicated entirely to the sport. Part of a deal worth a staggering $1.8B, Fox League broadcasts every single NRL game live, in high definition and completely ad-free. As with Fox Footy, the Fox League channel offers new pre and post-game shows and is the home of the network’s existing shows about the code. It’s huge for rugby fans, and it’s included as part of the overall Fox Sports Package.

Adding to these unique dedicated channels in late 2018 is a new dedicated channel for cricket coverage, which Foxtel has purchased the rights to.


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What does Fox Sports Offer?

Footy fans have plenty to love about Fox Sports already, no doubt about that, but the footy codes are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the vast range of sports covered across the Fox Sports channel lineup.

Tennis fans can often be found glued to their screens until the early hours of the morning, watching live coverage of the many and varied tennis events around the world, beamed in as they happen. Whether it’s the ATP tour, the action of the French and US Opens, or the Davis Cup, there’s vast coverage of the ever-touring world of professional tennis.

Similarly, golf gets the royal treatment, with the famed US PGA Tour headlining a roster than takes in the tours from Europe and Asia and culminates in the legendary US Open.

Motorsport, meanwhile, is right at home on Fox Sports, with the big drawcard being full coverage of every moment of the Formula One Championship — not just the big race, but all the build-up as well, including practice and qualifying. With a big chunk of the Formula One tour only viewable live on Fox Sports, we’re talking about a very desirable headliner in a motorsports roster that’s a dream for fans of everything on wheels. Indycar, NASCAR, V8 Supercars, Le Mans, Bathurst, MotoGP, Speedway, Motocross, World Rally Championships… it’s all there, along with a lot more. If you love your motorsport, you’ll be needing Fox Sports.

Cricket is well covered, too, with the ICC World Twenty20 supplemented by full coverage of the home series of the world’s great international cricket teams.  Plus there’s more to come with new cricket deals set to bring a whole summer of cricket to Fox Sports. Basketball coverage brings every single NBL game live and direct into your lounge room, including the semis and grand final. Netball, ice hockey, surfing, bowling, and darts are all covered as well.

The world’s most popular sport — they call it football, but we know it as “soccer” — is a huge part of the Fox Sports lineup, with live coverage of the Hyundai A-League season and finals, Socceroos internationals, the AFC Asian Cup, and more. But alongside that, a recent addition to the Fox Sports lineup has been three specialist channels dedicated to (and run by) three of the biggest teams in the English Premier League — Manchester United, Liverpool, and Chelsea. These channels offer coverage of EPL games from those and other teams, as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes documentaries, panels, and more.

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What About Sports News?

There’s so much happening in the wide world of sports that it can be hard to keep up with the latest news — unless, that is, you tune in to the dedicated Fox Sports News channel that’s part of the Sports Package. There you’ll be able to keep up to date with the latest, 24 hours a day. For even more detail and analysis, though, you can get the stories behind all the competitions in the Fox Sports TV guide on the dedicated web site portal, which gives you up-to-the-minute news, live scores, and video, with dedicated pages for every flavour of sport. There’s the fixtures for upcoming games and their on-air schedules, dedicated sport-specific podcasts, highlights, funny moments, facts and figures, and more. It’s the perfect companion to the on-air action, and if you want to take it all in while you’re on the couch in front of the screen, there’s a free app available for iOS and Android that puts all that detailed coverage into the palm of your hand.

The HD User Experience

If there was ever a good reason to make Foxtel’s HD feature a must-have, Fox Sports is it — every single channel is broadcast in full high definition, making sure you don’t miss a single blade of grass or bead of sweat as you watch your favourite sportspeople do battle. Do yourself a favour on this one — if your TV can display HD, budget for the $10/month extra. It’s worth it!

How to Access Fox Sports

Fox Sports is a part of Foxtel’s Sports Pack, which costs $29/month and is available both on iQ4-based Foxtel (satellite or cable) and via streaming (Foxtel Now). Keep an eye out for special deals that are often in place for new customers — if you haven’t signed up before, it’s possible to get Fox Sports at a very good price indeed!

The Good

  • Home of Australia’s major sporting codes including AFL, NRL, and now includes cricket

The Gotchas

  • Foxtel’s sports pack is only available when bundled on top of other channel packs, which can be quite costly

More Sport Than You Can Throw a Racket At!

If you love your sport, Free-to-air TV just isn’t going to scratch that itch. Digging around the channels trying to find the often-delayed coverage of your favourite sport can be frustrating enough (and that’s before we get to all the ads!), but for many sporting codes, there’s no coverage on Free-to-air at all. Fox Sports brings it all to you, with no interruptions from other programs — here, sport is the program, 24 hours a day, in full HD. It’s sport presented the way it should be — for the fans, not for the accountants.