Review was updated on 2 Sept 2020
If you’ve always wanted access to the good stuff that’s only found on pay TV, but didn’t want to get the dish and box or other equipment installed, Foxtel Now might just be the perfect solution for you.
With a mix of live and on-demand TV channels via the internet, Foxtel Now lets subscribers watch what they want, when they want it and how they want it. Fully supporting HD streaming for both live and on-demand content, Foxtel Now is a flexible, easy to use way of accessing Foxtel’s channels and content on your TV or mobile devices. But is the online streaming service the right fit for you, and how does it compare to other choices? For the answers to these questions and other important considerations, let’s dig deeper into what Foxtel Now offers.
Foxtel Now Review
With traditional pay TV, your monthly subscription gets you access to channels that broadcast their programs at dedicated times. Popular streaming services, meanwhile, give you a library of shows and movies that are available to stream on demand, any time you like. Some services will also have premium content available for rent or purchase for an additional cost. Foxtel Now brings all three of these models together, with the focus on live TV but with full support for on-demand content as well. Subscribers pick packs of channels that are available to them anytime – so they can watch them live, or watch the shows from that channel on demand. For access to additional TV shows or movies, you can add more content packs at a modest extra cost.
There’s no set top box or cable installation required to watch Foxtel Now – all you need to do is sign up online and you’re ready to start viewing immediately! 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. To do this you can use a dedicated streaming device with Foxtel Now support, such as Telstra TV or Foxtel Now’s own Android TV streaming box. Alternatively, you can stream on game consoles, your phone or tablet, your desktop or laptop PC and more. Basically, anywhere you are, Foxtel Now travels with you.
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What is Foxtel Now?
The complicated range of packs and channels that the service previously known as Foxtel Play was offering has changed to something much simpler, with the price and available range of Foxtel Now channel packs streamlined so that there’s just the one entry bundle – the “Essentials” pack – which includes the Pop and Lifestyle channel packs. From there, you can add any of the three premium packs: Drama, Sport, and Movies. If you want to get your hands on the Kids and Docos packs, you’ll need to head for the All Packs bundle which, as its name suggests, gives you every channel that Foxtel Now has to offer – it’s the Foxtel Now version of “Platinum”.
Premium TV with Superior Choices
You can pick and choose premium packs based on what channels you want access to. The entry-level Essentials bundle already gives you access to a lot of premium TV. Most notably, it includes the Fox Showcase channel (which is where you’ll find HBO’s acclaimed shows), FOX8, Arena, Lifestyle and more – as well as a bundle of basic channels including Fox Sports News, four Sky News channels, CNN, Fox News and Foxtel Arts. You can get finance news with Bloomberg Television or binge on complete seasons of your favourite shows with BoxSets. For music fans there’s also a load of channels bundled in for all subscribers – MTV, MTV Hits, MTV, Classic, and Club MTV. That brings the total number of channels in the entry subscription to 29 – not bad at all for the price!
If you’re after more, though, it’s waiting for you. The Drama pack adds BBC First, UKTV, new premium drama channel Fox One, Universal Channel, Fox Crime, and new additions Fox SciFi and Fox Sleuth, while Movies gives you 11 themed channels of 24-hour-a-day movie entertainment. The Foxtel Now Sports pack opens up access to the acclaimed live coverage of the multi channel Fox Sports network along with partner networks beIN and ESPN – 12 channels in all.
What TV shows are on Foxtel Now?
Foxtel has an exclusive deal with HBO that allows them to stream HBO content directly, just hours after it airs in the USA. These shows almost all live on the Fox Showcase Channel. This means that subscribers can live stream Raised by Wolves, Perry Mason, I May Destroy You, Lovecraft Country and more, seeing them at the same time as they premiere in the USA – or binge-watch entire seasons of them later, with the entire HBO catalogue available to be streamed on demand.
The Biggest Hits
As well as HBO exclusives, Foxtel Now delivers locally-produced shows and movies that include the award-winning TV show Wentworth – a dramatic retelling of life inside an Australian women’s prison. Other shows include The Kettering Incident, a gripping science-fiction mystery set in small-town Tasmania, the contemporary espionage thriller Secret City and its sequel, and the popular 1950s-set drama A Place to Call Home. There’s also the acclaimed remake of Picnic at Hanging Rock – a drama series produced by Foxtel adapted from Joan Lindsay’s 1967 novel of the same name. And a surprise hit exclusive to Fox Showcase is Tim Minchin’s acclaimed bittersweet comedy Upright.
The Best of Sport
With the Sports Pack, meanwhile, you can stream over 50 different sports from around the globe, including coverage of AFL, NRL, NBA, NFL, as well as international tennis and golf, Super Rugby, Australian and European football, Supercars, MotoGP, Formula 1, the best of international and live Australian cricket and much more – even the famed Mosconi Cup, the world championships of 9-ball Pool, has its home on Foxtel Now!
Movies on Foxtel Now
Of course, the Movies pack gets you live and on-demand access to Foxtel’s unbeatable range of movie channels, letting you pick the genre and dive right in – Romance, Thrillers, Action, Comedy, classics and more, as well as all the latest films straight from the cinema on the Premiere channel.
Foxtel Now vs Netflix and Stan
With so many streaming options around these days looking for your subscription, how does Foxtel Now compare to the more traditional services such ass Stan and Netflix? Well, for starters, Foxtel Now isn’t just an on-demand streaming service, but also a live-channel streaming TV service. That means you can literally “tune in” to the channels in your chosen packs and watch them in high definition, just as you would on a Foxtel iQ box. Live channels are still important to a huge number of people, and Foxtel Now delivers them. Alongside that, there’s premium content on Foxtel Now you can’t find anywhere else – including, of course, the legendary HBO library, the home of Game of Thrones and much more.
Compatible Devices and Apps
For those of us who like to stream on our phones and tablets, the iOS and Android Foxtel Now apps have been retired in favour of the Foxtel Go app, which is used by Foxtel Now subscribers as well as satellite/cable customers. That’s good news, too – Foxtel Go has been greatly enhanced in recent times, and is a fast and reliable way to stream live channels or watch on demand. The apps now include Chromecast support, too, 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 device plugged into 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. More recently, a new Foxtel app has been added to recent LG and Samsung smart TVs, letting you stream Foxtel Now without needing any extra devices at all.
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.
Foxtel Now is currently available on the following devices, with more to come:
Devices supported on Foxtel Now
– Foxtel Now Box: Yes
– Sony Android TV: Yes – OS 7.0 and above
– iOS Mobiles/Tablets: Yes – Via Foxtel Go app (iPhone 4s or above, iPad 2 or above – using iOS 9.35 or above)
– Android Mobiles/Tablets: Yes – Via native app (Lollipop 5.0 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)
– Samsung, LG Smart TVs: Yes – 2017 models and above
– Hisense Smart TVs: Yes – Compatible 2019-2020 models
– Shield TV: Yes – All models
Foxtel Now Features
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 has been designed to work only with Google Chrome, or Safari on Mac). 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, the Foxtel Now website is a great way to watch your shows without messing around with apps – or you can continue watching a show you were streaming on one of the apps earlier.
An even more enticing option is the acclaimed Telstra TV 3, available on selected Telstra Broadband plans (or purchasable outright) 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 premium content on Telstra TV Box Office. The Foxtel Now app on Telstra TV was designed from the ground up to deliver a seamless user experience very much like the interface on Foxtel’s iQ boxes.
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Foxtel Now Plans and Pricing
With no lock-in contracts to tie you down for a year or longer, Foxtel Now is all about flexibility. This filters through to the way in which they organise their plans. The base level plan – called “Essentials” and including both the Pop and Lifestyle packs – costs $25. From there, you can add additional packs to suit your fancy: Drama ($10), Sports ($29) and Movies ($20). Finally, if you’ve taken all of the four, you’re eligible to pick up the Kids + Docos package for a total of $104/month. Remember that Foxtel Now offers a 10-day free trial that includes every single pack and channel – a great way to see if Foxtel Now is for you, and work out which channel packs you need.
Alongside the live channels, you have full access to the On Demand content for each channel, which means thousands more hours of TV, movies and more that’s available for you to stream in high definition any time, included as part of your Foxtel Now subscription. So if you want to spend the entire weekend watching every episode in every season of Game of Thrones, you can – because they’re all right there for you to stream, exclusive to Foxtel Now, alongside the rest of the extensive HBO library and much more besides.
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How to Contact Foxtel Now
If you need to get in touch with Foxtel Now customer service – whether it’s to ask about channel packs or to troubleshoot any streaming issues – just call 1300 130 799 from 8am to 10pm, seven days a week. For pack changes, call between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. And if you’ve got any questions about your account or billing, call any time between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday.
Review Summary: is Foxtel Now Worth it?
Thanks to slick new apps, HD streaming and on-demand content, as well as full support of low-cost streaming devices like Google Chromecast, Telstra TV and the Foxtel Now box itself, Foxtel Now lets you truly get the best of what both on-demand and live TV worlds have to offer online. All at a low price – and you can cancel anytime, too, since there’s no lock-in contract or install costs to worry about. There’s a free trial available – so check out Foxtel Now for yourself and discover how easy it is to take premium TV with you wherever you go!
What people are asking about Foxtel Now
A way to watch Foxtel’s live channels and stream on demand without needing the installation of a satellite dish, Foxtel Now uses broadband internet streaming for its channels, and is watched via an app that’s available both for your TV and your mobile devices.
You can have up to five devices registered to use Foxtel Now at any one time, and you can stream on any two of those at the same time. You can remove and add devices to the list as often as you like.
Unlike some other streaming services, Foxtel Now’s mobile apps don’t allow downloading content for offline viewing. However, almost all shows seen on Foxtel Now’s channels can be streamed on demand at any time.
No – because Foxtel Now’s channel content is almost all available to stream on demand at any time after it’s aired, there is no need for a recording feature.
Foxtel Go is the app that all Foxtel customers use for viewing live channels and streaming on mobile phones and tablets – sign in with your Foxtel Now account and all your channels and content will be there for you. You can also use the new Foxtel apps on smart TVs or your web browser. Essentially, Foxtel Now is the service, and Foxtel Go is one way of accessing it.
There’s a total of 75 channels available on Foxtel Now, sorted into six channel packs. “Essentials” (the entry level pack) contains drama, comedy and lifestyle channels, with Drama, Movies and Sports available as add-ons. Kids and Docos packs are added when you subscribe to the All Packs bundle.
All subscribers to Foxtel Now get the base starter channel pack, called Essentials, by default. This pack contains several premium drama channels, comedy and lifestyle channels, and a range of general channels covering music, news and shopping.
While you can watch your Foxtel Now channels anywhere in Australia – making it the ideal TV service for frequent travellers – because of rights restrictions it can’t be used while you’re overseas. If you’re travelling outside Australia for an extended period, you can pause your subscription.
At the moment, Foxtel Now is only available in high definition for both linear channels and on-demand streaming. While 4K streaming isn’t available at the moment, Foxtel has suggested it might be a feature seen in the future.
All Foxtel Now subscribers start with the base Essentials channel pack, which costs $25 per month and provides a range of drama, documentary, lifestyle and news channels. On top of that, extra packs can be added including premium drama ($10), movies ($20), Sports ($29) and more.
Can you get Foxtel Now 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 delivers the exact same thing as Foxtel Now from Foxtel does, and comes with a 10-day free trial offer as well.