Foxtel’s special package for Seniors was quietly retired several years ago. The reason was simple – Foxtel had just drastically reduced their prices across the board, making their entry-level channel pack substantially cheaper than the Seniors Card package while providing twice the number of channels.
While those who were already on the discounted plan did get to keep it if they wanted to, many made the move to the cheaper package that was on offer at the time.
Now in this day and age with literally hundreds on new streaming services coming into market, the list of TV viewing is endless and the monthly price is the lowest it has ever been. Not to mention, there’s no more monthly contracts.
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Is there a Seniors/Pensioners plan?
So, to answer the question of whether Foxtel still provides discounts for Seniors Card holders and pensioners – no, they don’t. That’s a good thing because the new Foxtel pricing is much lower then the plan was several years ago – which is a permanent feature – meaning that Foxtel is more affordable than it’s ever been, regardless of your budget.
How much you need to spend comes down to several things. Deciding on the Foxtel channel packs you want and whether or not you want access to the HD channels is the obvious one, but the all-important thing to check before you make any decision is what discounts and offers Foxtel is currently running.
What Foxtel TV channels for seniors are available?
The top Foxtel packs that we recommend for seniors are the ones that come with drama, sports, and movies. At only $49/month, the Foxtel Plus pack will give you the best shows from the US and the UK, which includes HBO and Foxtel Original series like Wentworth – and that’s just one channel out of 56 that comes with this entry-level pack, which also includes BBC First and UKTV for the best of new and classic British television. If you want to add 11 HD channels of commercial-free movies, it costs only $69/month in total. These prices are locked in for 12 months.
Of course, we can’t forget about sports, which is something that Foxtel really gives great value for. With Foxtel, you get the Sports HD bundle for $74/month to access 12 HD channels of sports. 12-month plans usually give new customers monthly discounts of up to $15 per month so this can go down to $59 per month, depending on available promotions.
Customise the right Foxtel plan for you
Customising your own channel packs can help you save money because you only pay for what you actually want to watch — whether it’s mostly sports, drama shows, movies, docos or a combination of several. If you just want everything that Foxtel has to offer, then the Platinum Plus Bundle is the way to go, which includes all the channels that Foxtel has to offer — and best of all, you can share it with the rest of the family as well. It even comes with a Netflix subscription bundled in! You also get multiscreen (letting you stream Foxtel to other TVs in the house).
For a complete list of Foxtel channel packs, check out the list below:
Full list of Foxtel channels by pack
Channels included – FOX8, FOX Comedy, BBC UKTV, FOX Arena, MTV, Universal TV, FOX Crime, FOX SHOWCASE, FOX One, BBC First, FOX Sleuth, TLC, E!, FOX Classics, FOX Funny, Lifestyle, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, BBC Earth, Nick Jr., Boomerang, Animal Planet, PBS Kids, MTV Hits, MTV Classic, Club MTV, CMT, Nick Music, Foxtel Music, FOX Docos, FOX SPORTS NEWS, Sky Racing 1, Sky Racing 2, Sky Thoroughbred Central, Sky News, Sky News Extra, Sky News Weather, Sky News UK, BBC World News, FOX News, CNN, Expo, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, NHK World, Aurora, Bloomberg Television, CNBC, Aljazeera, Daystar, SBN, RT, TVSN, Australian Christian Channel, TRT World, Hillsong Channel
Highlights – The Walking Dead, Wentworth, American Crime Story, Vigil,
Sports HD Pack:
Channels Included – FOX CRICKET, FOX LEAGUE, FOX SPORTS 503, FOX SPORTS 505, FOX SPORTS 506, FOX FOOTY, FOX SPORTS MORE, ESPN, ESPN2, beIN SPORTS 1, beIN SPORTS 2, beIN SPORTS 3
Highlights – NBA, US Open Golf, NRL, AFL, MotoGP, F1, Cricket, Supercars, UFC
Movies HD Pack:
Channels Included – Movies Premiere, Movies Action, Movies Comedy, Movies Drama, Movies Family, Movies Greats, Movies Hits, Movies Kids, Movies Romance, Movies Thriller, Lifetime Movie Network
Highlights – The Witches, Honest Thief, Redemption Day, Happiest Season, The Croods: A New Age, Tenet, The New Mutants
Channels Included – Crime + Investigation, HISTORY, A&E, Nat Geo WILD, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food, FOX SciFi, BoxSets, Discovery Turbo, Investigation Discovery
Highlights – The Great Kenyan Bakeoff, Heavy Rescue: 401, Fastest Cars in the Dirty South, Deadly Women, Storage Wars, Unusual Suspects
Channels Included – CBeebies, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks
Highlights – Barbie: Big City Big Dreams, We Bare Bears, The Gumball Chronicles, Side Hustle, Andy’s Safari Adventures, Go Jetters
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Foxtel iQ4 box
As a new Foxtel subscriber, you also get the latest iQ4 box, an advanced set-top box packed with a lot of features to make watching and recording shows easy. One of its key features is the wonderful “Team Link” option, through which you can simply pick your favourite sporting codes and teams, and the iQ4 will automatically record every single one of their games for you to watch later.
The iQ4 also comes with a smart remote control with voice-activated searching. This is a brilliant new feature that makes it easy to find the shows and movies you want to watch without the hassle of trying to type names in using the on-screen keyboard. Instead, you can just push the voice button and ask to see everything available with your favourite actors, directors, or even famous movie quotes. The iQ4’s smart search will show you the titles that match what you’re looking for, and you can start watching right away.
Foxtel iQ5 box
More than three years after the launch of iQ4, Foxtel releases the all-new Foxtel iQ5 box. While it is initially offered to only select customers this year, the new iQ5 will be widely available at the beginning of 2022.
The main difference being that you can select its setup via satellite or your internet connection. Fundamentally, you can now watch Foxtel with the Foxtel iQ5 through your internet connection – this is similar to what you can do with the Foxtel Now box.
However, the Foxtel Now box doesn’t allow recording of sports and your favourite shows, but the Foxtel iQ5 still can! Being a plug and play iQ box, you can watch sports, movies, and your favourite shows instantly with no traditional cable or satellite installation required.
Telstra Foxtel packages for seniors
And don’t just check Foxtel’s pricing, by the way – there’s also Foxtel From Telstra to consider. While what you end up getting is the exact same Foxtel service, it’s sold and billed (on your phone bill) by Telstra, which usually runs various offers and discounts of its own. For example, for just a dollar more than the Foxtel base pack, you get the full set of premium sports channels or a set of 11 premium movie channels, along with the HD upgrade pack. With the Foxtel from Telstra Sports HD + Foxtel Plus pack for only $50/month, you get an all-access pass to dozens of major sporting codes from Australia and around the world. This pack is locked at the heavily discounted price for a full 12 months. You even get 20,000 Telstra Plus Bonus Points, which can you use to redeem exciting rewards like Telstra TV, discounted movie and sports tickets, and more.
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Foxtel Now — A streaming TV alternative for seniors
If you’ve got only specific channel packs in mind, you can also save a lot of money by turning to Foxtel Now – the online streaming version of Foxtel that recently got a bump up to high definition and a huge price drop along with it.
There’s no contract, no installation to wait or pay for, and no hefty bills. All you need is a broadband connection and a device to watch with (a good low-cost choice is Foxtel’s own Foxtel Now box, which costs $99 and also handles streaming from a bunch of other services, as well as viewing live TV). If you need a broadband connection as well, you can opt for one of Telstra’s superb-value bundles that give you home phone, broadband and a Telstra TV box to stream Foxtel Now, starting at $89/month.
With Foxtel Now, you get the Essentials pack for a nice range of premium channels at only $25/month. Foxtel Now is ideal for those keen on the channels in those base packs (including Fox Showcase with its HBO content) without needing sport or movies – however, you can get either of those added on, for $29 and $20 per month respectively, as well as extra drama channels for $10/month.
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Binge TV streaming service
This streaming service is the latest service from the Foxtel family and has 90% of the same TV and movies. It’s called BINGE and it’s only $10 per month and comes with a free 14 day trial. Once you’ve signed up (why wouldn’t you, there’s so much to watch) you won’t have any lock in contracts so you’re free to cancel as and when you want. It doesn’t have sport though so you’ll need another streaming service should you want to watch your favourite sports.
Kayo Sports streaming service
If you’re a sport lover, then look no further than Kayo Sports. It’s also part of the Foxtel family so rest assured you’ll be able to watch all the sports that you’re used to watching on Foxtel for over half the price! It also comes with no lock in contract and you can sign up immediately to start watching the latest sport. It’s only $25 per month and comes with a free 14 day trial.
Which streaming TV service will you choose?
The Seniors Card discount may be long gone, but considering how much more you get from the wide range of streaming services these days, it’s actually better value to try something else that has no contract and a free trial. Keep an eye on the current deals and you can get yourself set up within minutes to start watching!