Review was updated on 21st November, 2019
Everyone knows Foxtel, the pay TV provider with millions of customers, decades of experience and some of the best first-run TV on the planet. But did you know you can get your Foxtel service directly from Telstra – and it could save you money?
Foxtel from Telstra Review
It’s no secret that Foxtel is, of course, co-owned by Telstra – but despite that fact, the huge phone and internet company has been pretty hands-off when it comes to Foxtel over the years. If you wanted to get connected to the pay TV giant, you’d call them directly, pick a plan and some packages and pay what they asked. In recent years, though, Telstra has been actively bundling Foxtel services along with their own phone and broadband services to their customers – something that was just a minor side benefit for a while, but which came to be known by its own brand name: Foxtel from Telstra.
As a brand, that’s got to be one of the most descriptive names out there – after all, it tells you exactly what you’re getting, and where you’re getting it from! But far from just being another place you can sign up for a Foxtel service, Foxtel from Telstra offers some very useful benefits – and some very, very tasty deals. So if you’re considering Foxtel from Telstra, but need to know all the ins and outs and what-have-yous, then you’ve come to the perfect place. We’ve conducted research into the service’s content, value and usability to help you decide if Foxtel from Telstra is the best fit for your family. Read on to find out what we discovered.
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What is Foxtel from Telstra?
When you sign up directly with Foxtel, you really don’t have much of an option when it comes to billing. You hand them your credit card or direct debit details and once your service is installed, they debit the appropriate amount monthly – making it hard to keep track of for many people, as well as potentially inconvenient as you can’t time your payments to suit your life and income patterns.
Foxtel from Telstra, though, is exactly what the name on the tin says – a fully-fledged Foxtel service, but set up through Telstra and billed by Telstra. That means you can have your Foxtel service put onto your monthly Telstra home phone, mobile and broadband bill, giving you the convenience of everything being covered by a single bill that gives you an overview of exactly what you’re spending on services without having to dig around through credit card statements or email archives. It also gives you a payment window to work with rather than just taking the money out of your account right away.
What content is available?
The first thing you need to know about Foxtel from Telstra’s pricing model is that the base “Foxtel Plus” bundle is almost never the best option to choose. That’s truer now than ever before, as you’ll see here.
Hit TV shows
Now, those bundles represent huge value. You can opt to get the premium drama channels included in your basic Foxtel Plus channel pack – giving you access to huge hit shows from the likes of HBO such as Game of Thrones (with complete seasons available to stream on-demand) alongside Foxtel’s exclusive Australian hits like Wentworth and talked-about shows from the FX stable like
All the best movies
Similarly, if you prefer movies to wind down with at the end of the day, you can get the Movies HD included – with ten themed channels showing everything from new releases to all-time classics, 24 hours a day, and thousands of movies available to stream on
Foxtel From Telstra Channel Packs
Check out the table below for the full list of channels under each channel pack:
|Channel Pack||Channels Included||Highlights|
|Foxtel Plus||FOX8, 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 World||Game of Thrones, Outlander, Mr. Robot, Wentworth, Big Little Lies, The Walking Dead, Chernobyl|
|Sports HD Pack||FOX Cricket, FOX Footy, FOX League, FOX Sports 503/505/506/507, beIN Sports 1/2/3, ESPN, ESPN2, Eurosport, FOX Sports Ultra HD||Australian summer of cricket, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League|
|Movies HD Pack||Premiere Movies, Kids Movies, Family Movies, Action Movies, Comedy Movies, Drama Movies, Thriller Movies, Hits Movies, Greats Movies, Romance Movies, Ultra HD Movies||The Hustle, The Favourite, Vox Lux, Deadpool 2, Aquaman|
|Favourites Pack||Crime+Investigation, History, The Comedy Channel, A&E, Nat Geo Wild, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food, SyFy, Box Sets, Animal Planet, Discovery Turbo, Style, Discovery Science||Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, The Jim Jeffries Show, Just For Laughs Australia, Decoding the Great Pyramid|
|Kids Pack||Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Discovery Kids||Adventure Time, Thomas and Friends, Lego Ninjago, Where the Wild Things Are|
Compatible Devices and Apps
|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 TVs||Yes||Via casting only (only on Multiroom service)|
Foxtel from Telstra features
One of the great benefits of getting your Foxtel from Telstra is the ability to bundle it on your Telstra bill with other Telstra services. For many people that’ll mean a Telstra mobile phone service – and that comes with its own range of benefits that enhance your entertainment experience.
What are Foxtel from Telstra’s Best Features?
For starters, Foxtel offers a pair of mobile apps that let you browse the full Foxtel guide and schedule recordings at home from anywhere on the planet – a feature you never realise you needed till the first time you need it! And the new Foxtel Go app gives you on-demand and live streaming access to all your Foxtel channels on the go, so you can keep up with the latest scores even when you’re on the way home from work.
Over 90 Full HD Channels + Netflix
You can, of course, bundle sport with entertainment, drama, movies, kids, or other favourite channels (docos, lifestyle, reality, comedy) for a more rounded package – or just go with the Platinum Plus, which opens up all of Foxtel’s 90+ channels to you in full HD, with access to everything on demand and to the brand new 4K channel, which shows everything from live 4K sport to docos and rock concerts. Foxtel’s ultimate package also includes a standard Netflix subscription so you’re still up to date with Netflix’s hottest shows with Multiroom casting featured as well.
Free Streaming Access to Sport
Telstra’s mobile plans also come with completely free streaming access to the official AFL, NRL, A-League, Netball and AFLW apps, free access to Telstra Air wi-fi hotspots and data-free access to Apple Music (a service that you can also add to your Telstra bill if you’d like!).
The 4K feature is included in Movies HD + Foxtel Plus, Sports HD + Foxtel Plus, Premium and Platinum Plus packs, which certainly adds a great deal of awesomeness in your entertainment and sports experience. HD can be added to other packs that don’t include it for an additional $10/mth
Top Broadband plans
Telstra’s top broadband plan, meanwhile, comes with a Telstra TV box to stream it on. That plan can be a great option for those who can’t get a full Foxtel installation where they’re living. And of course, it all comes with Telstra’s acclaimed, attentive customer service if you ever need to get in touch for any reason.
Foxtel Bundles through Telstra
There’s more to it than just the billing side, though, because even though Foxtel from Telstra gives you the exact same high-quality Foxtel service, their channel pack bundles and pricing tend to differ quite substantially, as does the way the installation and setup are charged. As with Foxtel themselves, these bundles tend to change over time, but in general, they provide better overall bang for your buck than a direct Foxtel service.
How’s the Foxtel from Telstra User Experience?
One of the key features of these Foxtel plans is the new iQ4 set top box, brand new in 2018 with full 4K support and upgraded hardware that’s much smoother and snappier to operate than any iQ box before it. Foxtel has spent a lot of effort refining the iQ interface over the years, and the iQ4 is a triumph of user-friendly design, seamlessly blending live TV channels with your own recordings, on-demand content and recommendations. The recently launched FoxFlicks and Fox Showcase sections open up access to thousands of movies and hundreds of complete TV seasons, including the sought-after HBO catalogue, only available on Foxtel.
With the iQ4 supplied at no extra cost with a Foxtel from Telstra service, you’ll have the premium Foxtel viewing experience right from day one. You can check out our review of the brilliant iQ4 here – and yes, we loved it!
If that’s not enough, using the Foxtel Go app also allows you to get your dose of shows, sport, and movies anywhere you go. The newly revamped Foxtel Go also lets you watch in HD, giving you the best viewing experience straight from your mobile device. And speaking of mobile devices, the Foxtel Go app can be used on a number of compatible devices — check out the table below for the full list.
Foxtel from Telstra Plans and Pricing
As you’re probably aware, Foxtel needs to be installed at your home by qualified techs if there isn’t already a pre-existing installation there, so budget for that if you don’t have a satellite dish on your roof at the moment. It costs a flat $100 for standard installation, and everything is included. If the home you’re in already has a Foxtel dish and connections set up, though, you can request a “self-install” option if you’d rather just have the iQ box sent to you with the cables you need to set it up yourself. And speaking of iQ boxes, these Foxtel from Telstra bundles come with an iQ box at absolutely no extra charge – you’ll get the brand new iQ4 box if you’re on satellite, or the reliable iQ2 if your home is set up with Foxtel via cable.
The Foxtel Plus package gives you the base 53 standard Foxtel entertainment and drama channels – a very useful TV service in its own right, of course, but without any of the headline-grabbing stuff – for $49 per month. On top of that, the iQ3 or iQ4 set top box will cost you an extra $125 one-off fee. So how could a bundle do markedly better than that? Well, just take a look at the options you have here:
- Foxtel Plus $49 (includes Fox Showcase, home of HBO)
- Movies HD + Foxtel Plus $50 (includes ten channels of 24/7 movies)
- Sports HD+ Foxtel Plus $50 (a whole planet’s worth of premium sports plus the new 4K channel)
- Premium $70 (includes entertainment, drama, kids, movies, sports)
- Platinum Plus $99 (includes every channel Foxtel has to offer including Netflix)
Foxtel from Telstra Plans
- Set-top Box Included
- 10 Content Genres
- Set-top Box Included
- 7 Content Genres
How to Contact Foxtel from Telstra
Whether you’re asking about bundles and plans, want to put everything together under the one Telstra bill, or just need help with your service, you can call Foxtel From Telstra on 1800 007 769 from 8am to 9pm, 7 days a week.
Foxtel from Telstra Summary
While many people wouldn’t even have thought to consider checking out Telstra if they’re getting Foxtel installed, as you can see here, it’s a very good idea if you do. Combining the convenience of a single bill, integration with Telstra’s broadband and mobile services, fantastic bundle pricing and superb customer service, Foxtel from Telstra is actually the best way to get hooked up with Foxtel – and get hooked up with the rest of the digital world at the same time!