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Foxtel Now


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

 
Overall 88%
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Review was updated on 24th November, 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. 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

Instantly stream all your entertainment on your favourite devices

Stream the world’s best dramas, sport and Hollywood blockbusters. No installation, no lock-in contract.

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 dedicated 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.

What is Foxtel Now?

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 – the “Essentials” pack – which includes the Pop and Lifestyle channel packs. From there, you can add any of the three premium packs: Drama Extra, 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, 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!

If you’re after more, though, it’s waiting for you. The Drama Extra pack adds BBC First, UKTV, new premium drama channel Fox One, Universal Channel and Fox Crime, while Movies gives you ten 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 – 13 channels in all.

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

What shows are available?

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 (though you’ll find HBO’s comedy offerings over on Comedy 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 – 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.

  • Game of Thrones
  • Westworld
  • The Walking Dead
  • Big Little Lies
  • Mayans M.C.
  • Wentworth
  • Chernobyl
  • Gogglebox
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • Modern Family

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!

  • Formula 1 Grand Prix
  • MotoGP Grand Prix
  • Rugby World Cup
  • AFL Premiership
  • NRL Premiership
  • Cricket
  • V8 Supercars
  • Tennis
  • Golf
  • World Surf League

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.

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.

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:

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 iOS 9.35 or above)
Android Mobiles/Tablets Yes Via native app (Lollipop 5.0 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 Foxtel Play only
Samsung, LG Smart TVs Yes2017 models and above

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 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, the Foxtel Now web site 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 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. 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.

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

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 Extra ($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 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.

Foxtel Now Plans

Essentials pack
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 6 Content Genres
$25/mth
Min Cost - $25 over 1 month

Essentials + Sport pack
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 7 Content Genres
$54/mth
Min Cost - $54 over 1 month

Essentials + Drama Extra pack
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 6 Content Genres
$35/mth
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month

Essentials + Docos pack
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 7 Content Genres
$35/mth
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month

Essentials + Kids pack
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • Service Only Plan
  • 7 Content Genres
$35/mth
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month

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 131 999 from 7.30am to midnight, seven days a week. For pack changes, call between 9am and 9pm weekdays or 10am-8pm on weekends. And if you’ve got any questions about your account or billing, call any time between 9am and 7pm Monday to Saturday.

Foxtel Now Summary

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!

The Good

  • Features Foxtel’s hit shows, sports, and movies available for streaming whenever and wherever
  • 10-day free trial offer includes all channel packs

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

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.