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Our Verdict

Foxtel Now

Foxtel Now delivers a mix of live and on-demand TV channels and viewing options to homes and mobile devices.

Overall 88%

Review was updated on 17th September, 2019

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.

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’s 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 view it – 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. 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!

Foxtel Now highlights

  • Free trial offer: 10-day free trial offer, cancel anytime
  • Price: Base ‘Essentials’ pack – $25/month
  • Top content: Game of Thrones, Wentworth, AFL, NRL and other sport
  • Streaming devices: iOS/Android devices, PC/Mac, Chromecast, Telstra TV, Foxtel Now box, PS4,
  • Support: Phone, Web Form, Email, App

Foxtel Now from Telstra Plan

Entry Pack - Foxtel Now from Telstra
  • Service Only Plan
  • 5 Content Genres
Min Cost - Min Cost - $25 over 1 month

What Makes Foxtel Now Unique?

showcase | Game of Thrones S1-7 (MA15+) | Part of the Pop Pack & Drama Pack. Photo: Foxtel

The complicated range of packs and channels that the service previously known as Foxtel Play was offering have 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, 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 bundle gets you the premium drama of the Fox Showcase channel (including HBO), FOX8, Comedy Channel, 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 Smooth/Arts. You can keep up with shopping from the couch with TVSN, and get finance news with Your Money. For music fans there’s also a load of channels bundled in for all subscribers – V, Max, CMC, MTV and MTV Dance. That brings the total number of channels in the entry subscription to 26 – not bad at all for the price!

What are Foxtel Now’s best features?

  • An extensive library of excellent movies, TV shows, documentaries and plenty more
  • Top-quality local and international content
  • 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
  • No contract required! Simply sign up on a month to month basis

If you’re after more, though, it’s waiting for you. The Drama pack adds BBC First, UKTV, TV Hits and Universal Channel, while Movies gives you nine 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, ESPN and Eurosport – 16 channels in all.

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 ever of Game of Thrones in preparation for the final season, you can – because every episode is right there for you to stream, exclusive to Foxtel Now, alongside the rest of the extensive HBO library and much more besides.

What does Foxtel Now cost?

With no requirement to sign a lengthy deal, Foxtel Now are all about that flexibility. This filters through to the way in which they organise their plans. The base level plan – called Pop and Lifestyle – costs $25. From there, you can add additional packs to suit your fancy: Drama ($15), Sports ($29) and Movies ($20). Finally, if you’ve taken all of the four, you’re eligible to pick up the Kids + Docos package – which will set you back a further $20. Remember of course that each package will be eligible for a 10-day free plan – a great way to see if Foxtel Now is for you.

What Does Foxtel Now Deliver?

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 all live on the Fox Showcase Channel. This means that subscribers can live stream Westworld, Euphoria, Chernobyl, Big Little Lies and more, seeing them at the same time as they premiere in the USA.

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 brand-new 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.

The Best of Sport

With the Sports Pack, meanwhile, you can stream over 40 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! Subscribers to the Sport pack also get access to each of the MUTV, LFCTV and Chelsea TV channels for an extra 1c per channel per year.

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 and more, as well as all the latest films straight from the cinema on the Premiere channel.

How’s the Foxtel Now User Experience?

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.

How to Watch Foxtel Now on TV?

If you’d prefer to watch on your TV, though, there are options. Specifically designed for ease of use and picture quality, the 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.

The List Keeps Growing

An even more enticing option is the brand new 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.

Foxtel Now Device Compatibility

Foxtel Now is currently available on the following devices, with more to come:

Device Available? User Guide
Foxtel Now Box Yes
Sony Android TV, Sony TV Yes 2015 models and above
iOS Mobiles/Tablets Yes Via Foxtel Go 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 with Foxtel Go (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

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 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.

Foxtel Now: Pros and Cons

The Good

  • Features Foxtel’s hit shows, sports, and movies available for streaming whenever and wherever
  • Comes with a 10-day free trial offer

The Gotchas

  • Additional premium shows and niche channels, like sport, are only available on top of the base pack, regardless of preference
  • Need to take all other packages to get Kids + Doco package

Summary – The Best of Both Worlds

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!