Foxtel’s Broadband Plans come with some serious perks. Photo: Foxtel
Doing a quick comparison, it’s easy to see that – on the lowest tier that still offers TV – Optus wins out, simply because the package offers unlimited bandwidth along with local and standard phone calls at the lowest price.
What makes this offering ideal is that Fetch TV also offers access to Netflix content – including new Netflix-only programs such as Stranger Things, Grace & Frankie and Glow. Subscribers can stream Netflix content via Fetch TV’s 3rd Generation box for a low monthly fee.
However, there is a difference for sports junkies. Fox Sports, ESPN and Fox Footy are all Foxtel exclusive – giving both the Foxtel Broadband and Telstra packages a bigger draw. But Optus features its Optus Sports service, with exclusive rights to English Premier League soccer.
The same goes for proprietary channels such as SyFy, Comedy, Channel V, Cartoon Network, E! Entertainment and more. If you want them in a broadband bundle, it’s Foxtel.
What about the cable?
Both Optus and Telstra offer customers the use of their cable networks where available – but Foxtel broadband does not.
This makes it a question of utility – if you’re in an area where there’s no cable access, but you want the premium TV channels and internet, then Foxtel is an obvious choice. But if you currently have cable TV, why would you step down to ADSL when you could upgrade to cable internet or even fibre?
What about the NBN?
It is common knowledge that Foxtel is part-owned by Telstra – a big player in the ongoing NBN rollout – and there’s no way the cable provider’s new offering would bypass the new broadband infrastructure entirely. Instead, Foxtel is utilising Telstra’s ADSL network capacity to fuel its broadband offering – and when the time comes, Foxtel will most likely transfer their TV/Broadband customers to the NBN as it becomes available.