Foxtel is well into their launch of Foxtel Now, an online service that allows you to watch channels live and access a growing library of on demand TV shows and movies. But has it been successful in competing with the likes of Stan and Netflix? See our conclusion below.
Foxtel Now, formerly Foxtel Play, has a bunch of new or improved features that will likely appeal to prospective and veteran subscribers alike. First off, it finally supports HD streaming, so you can watch your favourite content at a considerably better quality. Next, it comes with Chromecast support, which means it offers an easy and low-cost way to watch on the big screen. Last but not least, it boasts an ever-growing library of TV shows and movies available on demand to satisfy your binging needs.
What Makes Foxtel Now Different?
With subscriptions starting at only $10/month, Foxtel is striving to make the service as affordable (and appealing) as possible. Unlike the telco’s pay TV offerings, Foxtel Now gives you the ability to cancel or pause your subscription anytime, which is another plus. As for accessibility, there’s no complicated installation process — you simply sign up and start watching in minutes via the internet.
It’s obvious that the company is trying to position Foxtel Now as a worthy competitor for similar services like Netflix and Stan. And we think it has a fair chance of succeeding, mainly thanks to Game of Thrones exclusivity and live sports content. But first things first — let’s see how the service works and why it’s worth your hard-earned cash.
What does Foxtel Now Deliver?
Foxtel Now has updated its pricing point and availability of packs. From what originally included five starter channel packs is now limited to one entry pack, which includes the Pop and Lifestyle Pack for $25/month.
From there, you can add any of the three premium packs: Drama ($10/month), Sport ($29/month), and Movies ($20/month). If you want to get your hands on the Kids and Docos packs, better get the All Packs bundle for $104/month.
|Pop & Lifestyle (entry pack)||$25||
|Drama (premium pack)||$10||
|Sport (premium pack)||$29||
|Movies (premium pack)||$20||
|All Packs Bundle (including Kids & Docos)||$104||
When it comes to content, what’s available to you will largely depend on the channel packs you choose as part of your subscription. The Drama and Pop Packs both include the showcase channel, dubbed the home of HBO. That means access to shows like Game of Thrones, Big Little Lies, and Westworld. You also get to watch original Foxtel content, including Wentworth.
The Lifestyle Pack offers series like Grand Designs, Selling Houses Australia, The Great Australian Bake Off, The Real Housewives franchise, and Keeping Up With the Kardashians. The Docos Pack opens you up to a generous selection of documentaries from world-famous brands including Discovery, Nat Geo, BBC, Crime + Investigation and HISTORY. As for the Kids Pack, it will keep the little ones entertained for hours, with content from the likes of Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, Cartoon Network, and more. Selected titles from all packages are, of course, available on demand.
As it usually happens, the Premium Packs are where things get really interesting. Getting the Movies Pack means you can stream over 1,200 of the hottest movies on demand, anytime and ad-break free. Meanwhile, the Sports Pack offers coverage of AFL, NRL, NBA, NFL, Super Rugby, Australian and European football, Supercars, Formula 1, international cricket, and more. It’s a must-have for any sports fan out there.
Does Foxtel Now Have Unique Content?
While Foxtel Now may look as a simple re-branding of other Foxtel products, it’s so much more. The new app is basically a step into the future for the veteran telco, ensuring the company is keeping up with the way we consume entertainment content in 2017. Nowadays, we’re used to paying a small amount each month for a slate of quality programming, and Foxtel has finally decided to cater to that need. But besides its on demand catalogue, Foxtel Now also offers what its competitors don’t – live TV programming. And why the service has the upper hand.
There is no doubt that Netflix made binge-watching popular. It also gave viewers the ability to watch a show at their own pace and on their own schedule. But there are still TV events worth tuning into, and Game of Thrones is definitely one of them. The excitement, the speculation, the chats around the water-cooler – the series is a pop culture phenomenon and remains one of the most anticipated TV broadcasts of the year. Every year.
And guess what? You can watch all episodes with Foxtel Now, for as little as $15/month. With hit TV shows like Outlander and the Game of Thrones part of the regular programming, this the most accessible and affordable way to watch exclusive content that’s not available anywhere else. Plus, you can catch-up with the previous six seasons on demand. Anytime.
Moreover, another thing that makes Foxtel Now stand out from the crowd is its live sport coverage. You get access to the Sports pack for only $39/month (includes $10/month for one of the basic packs). This opens you up to an entire world of exciting and exclusive sports, which you can watch in HD or your laptop, on mobile devices while on the go, or on the big screen with either Telstra TV or Chromecast. You never have to miss another game again.
Of course, at the end of the day, you don’t have to be a Game of Thrones enthusiast or a sports fan to appreciate Foxtel Now. But the fact that you can access both for $44/month (Drama or Pop + Sports) is impressive. Plus, since Foxtel Now allows streaming on two devices simultaneously, you can share your subscription with a family member or friend, cutting your costs in half. So while getting all the Foxtel Now packs can be expensive, making sure you can access the content you need doesn’t have to be.
How to Access Foxtel Now
The revamped service from Foxtel is available in HD on PCs/Macs, mobile devices, Telstra TV, Foxtel Now’s own streaming box, Apple TV (via AirPlay), the Playstation 4 and Chromecast. Other devices will be added in the future — see the table below for the latest list of compatible devices and whether or not they can deliver Foxtel Now in HD. Alternatively, you can still watch Foxtel content via Foxtel Play on game consoles and select smart TVs in SD. You need a minimum internet speed of 3Mbps to enjoy standard definition streams and a minimum speed of 7Mbps for HD content. Subscribers can register up to five devices and watch content on any two at the same time.
To sign up, you simply access the Foxtel Now website and create an account. You start watching in minutes and you can pause or cancel your subscription anytime. Moreover, Foxtel Now offers a two-week free trial. You can test run the service to see what all the fuss is about. Best of all, the trial is open to anyone, whether or not you already trialled the Foxtel Play service.
Foxtel Now is available on a wide range of devices.
|Device||Does it work?|
|Computers (PC & Mac)||Yes (Chrome and Safari browsers only) (HD)|
|iOS and Android Phones & Tablets||Yes (HD)|
|Telstra TV||Yes (HD)|
|Apple TV||Via AirPlay Only (HD)|
|Foxtel Now Box||Yes (HD)|
|PlayStation 4||Yes (HD)|
|Smart TVs||LG, Sony, Samsung|
Foxtel Now is continuing to expand its list of compatible devices. Check back frequently to see new updates!
Foxtel Now — Definitely a Winner!
Foxtel Now may have launched relatively recently, but it’s already a vast improvement from its predecessor, Foxtel Play. With an ever-expanding on demand library and promises for more device support in the future, we’re expecting the service to be a big win for Foxtel.
Still skeptical? Try Foxtel Now free for two weeks to see what it’s all about. The trial is open to both new and previous Foxtel Play subscribers, so everyone has the chance to give the fresh service a test run.