Fox Sports Review – What you should know about Australia’s premier sporting network


Summary

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%
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Review was updated on 16th September, 2019

For the past two decades, Fox Sports has showcased the best live sporting action from Australia and all around the globe. Fox Sports possess a skill and expertise that has made them one of the most acclaimed sporting networks on the planet.

Fox Sports review

When it comes to sport in Australia, there’s no bigger name than Fox Sports (OK, maybe Shane Warne). While Fox Sports was for a long time out of reach of some Aussie sports fans, recent changes have made it far more affordable – and accessible – than ever before. By signing up to Foxtel Now, sports fans can get access to top quality sport on a month-by-month basis.

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 low considering how much top-quality content you can access. 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.

Fox Sports Highlights

  • Free trial offer: 10-day free trial offer
  • No contract required
  • Price: $54 per month
  • Top content: AFL, NRL, international cricket and the Rugby World Cup
  • Quality: Available in HD
  • Support: Phone, Web Form, Email, App

What makes Fox Sports unique?

Starting with a single channel and growing into the multi-channel mini-network that sports fans know and love today, Fox Sports has expanded significantly in its time on the Australian television landscape. Fox Sports now has 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 AFL, NRL and cricket channels are a fan’s dream — with every single match covered live and direct, cutting down on ads to maximise 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.

What are Fox Sports’ Best Features?

  • In-Depth Coverage of the World’s Best Sports — This includes some of the most-watched sporting events in the world like motorsports, tennis, golf, rugby, cricket, and more
  • High Quality Sports Talk Shows — 24 hours a day of  up-to-the-minute news, live scores, and video, with dedicated pages for every flavour of sport
  • Dedicated FOX Sports Channels — FOX Sports offers dedicated sports channels to different spots such as FOX Cricket, FOX League, FOX Footy, and more

Fox Sports: What’s on the box?

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.

AFL

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.

NRL, rugby and cricket

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. Fox Cricket offers the most live coverage of domestic and international Cricket of any channel in Australia.

Tennis and golf: Majors and minors

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.

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Best of live Motorsports

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, World Rally Championships… it’s all there, along with a lot more. If you love your motorsport, you’ll be needing Fox Sports.

Professional Basketball and more

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.

Socceroos and other Football action

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 related 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.

How much does Fox Sports cost?

Improvements in technology – and a change in policy at Foxtel – has driven down not just the cost of Fox Sports for Aussie viewers, but the commitment required to sign up. By signing up through Foxtel Now, you’ll get Fox Sports at a $54 monthly fee. For $99 you can get yourself an optional set-top box, which will make browsing quicker and easier. If you’re not convinced, there’s also a ten-day free trial period which will let you stick your toe in the water.

Don’t forget that you’re not just signing up for Fox Sports – but you’re getting yourself access to the entire Foxtel Now package. This includes great TV series, movies and documentaries. Foxtel Now has recently partnered with HBO as well, to give Aussie viewers premiere access to top-class HBO content – at the same time it is released in the US! If you’re all about sports – and sports alone – then we recommend Kayo Sports. Check out our review!

Can I get Fox Sports from Telstra?

If you happen to have an active Telstra subscription, you can opt to simply add Foxtel Now to your account to make paying your bills even more convenient. Getting Foxtel Now from Telstra pretty much delivers the exact same thing as Foxtel Now from Foxtel does, and also comes with a 10-day free trial offer as well.

How’s the Fox Sports 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, sign up and enjoy the feeling of being right there. If it can’t, well we recommend not sampling Fox Sports in HD anywhere else – or you might find yourself upgrading right away!

How to Watch Fox Sports on TV?

With Fox Sports through Foxtel Now, the big difference from traditional pay TV is that you don’t receive the live channels via a cable or satellite dish – everything is streamed directly via the internet. There’s no set top box or cable installation required to view it – all you need to do is sign up online and you’re ready to start viewing immediately!

There are several ways to watch and stream Foxtel Now once you’re subscribed, starting with the recently redesigned web interface that gives you fast, super-smooth access to all your live channels and on-demand content right from your web browser on your desktop or laptop computer (it works best with Google Chrome). Shows you have in progress are remembered for later, even where you’re up to in the middle of an episode in case you have to take a break, and there’s full watch list functionality built in as well. With an easy-to-browse live channel section as well, the Foxtel Now web site is a great way to watch your shows without messing around with apps.

If you’d prefer to watch on your TV, though, there are options. Specifically designed for ease of use and picture quality, the optional Foxtel Now box is the perfect way to get Foxtel Now onto your big screen TV. Unlike the apps that come installed on some Smart TVs, this box is designed from the ground up to make browsing and streaming Foxtel Now smooth and seamless, with an interface inspired by Foxtel’s acclaimed iQ boxes. This little device also gives you access to everything else you’d want to stream, from free-to-air TV (live via your antenna and catch-up) to Stan and YouTube, you get easy access to your favourite content – just plug the box in and you’re ready to go, with no need to mess around switching inputs and remotes to watch different services.

What devices work with Fox Sports?

As the leader of the pack when it comes to sports broadcasting in Australia, Fox Sports have also got the jump on their competitors when it comes to available devices. If it’s got a screen, there’s a fair chance it’s compatible with Fox Sports. For a full list of compatible devices, check out the table below.

An even more enticing option is the Telstra TV 3, available on selected Telstra Broadband plans and offering the very latest in streaming tech including universal voice search across multiple services, letting you find content everywhere from Foxtel Now to Netflix to the new Telstra TV Box Office.

For those of us who like to stream on our phones and tablets, the iOS and Android Foxtel Now apps now include Chromecast support, so you can send video from the device in your hand direct to your TV if it’s got Chromecast functionality (as most Android based TVs do) or you have a Google Chromecast plugged in to a HDMI port. And owners of the Playstation 4 game console can download the latest Foxtel Now app for that popular device and start streaming right from the Playstation’s TV menu.

Foxtel now is in full high definition on all these devices, but if you’re still relying on an older smart TV or game console to view the service, you can use the legacy Foxtel Play app to do so – it just means you’ll be restricted to standard definition only.

Device Available? User Guide
Foxtel Now Box Yes
Sony Android TV, Sony TV Yes 2015 models and above
iOS Mobiles/Tablets Yes Via native app (iPhone 4s or above, iPad 2 or above – using iOS9 or above)
Android Mobiles/Tablets Yes Via native app (Jellybean 4.1 or above)
PC/Mac Yes Web browser only (Google Chrome and Safari)
Google Chromecast Yes Via casting
Apple TV Yes Via AirPlay
Telstra TV Yes All models
PlayStation 4 Yes All models (Foxtel Play on PlayStation 3)
Xbox One Yes
Selected Samsung, LG Smart TVs No Legacy Foxtel Play app only

Fox Sports: The Pros and Cons

The Good

  • Home of Australia’s major sporting codes including AFL, NRL, and now includes cricket
  • Subscription includes great Foxtel Now entertainment content

The Gotchas

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

Summary: 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. This is sport presented the way it should be — for the fans, not for the accountants.