Foxtel for Pensioners: Save Cash Without Seniors Card Discount


It happened with so little fanfare that not only did almost nobody notice, but many still aren’t aware – 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. With so many more channels, even adding HD (available as an optional extra for $10 per month) was still better value than the old $39 Seniors package. However that old $29 entry-level plan has now been retired in favour of a $49/month offering known as the Foxtel Plus pack.

Is there a Seniors/Pensioners Plan?

So, to first answer the question of whether Foxtel still provides discounts for Seniors Card holders and pensioners – no, they don’t. But the much lower pricing introduced several years ago – which is a permanent feature – means 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.

There are two ways on how to get a hold of Foxtel TV packs. The first is to choose which of the combo packs on offer would best suit what you want to watch. If you can’t find what you want, you also have the option of customising your own package starting with the base Foxtel Plus pack at $49/mth.

Custom Channel Packs

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, and more. If you happen to just want everything that Foxtel has to offer, then the Platinum Plus pack 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) and free premium movie rentals.

Foxtel Special Offer: Favourites & Kids Packs + Multiscreen for Free

To make life a little bit easier for Australians as they stay home, Foxtel users can access all channels included in the Kids and Favourites packs without needing to subscribe. Those still signed up to Foxtel’s old pricing and packaging can also enjoy greater content with this offer. The Favourites pack has 11 channels including History, Boxsets, Comedy Channel, Fox SciFi, and Crime and Investigation, while the Kids pack offers Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and CBeebies. To enjoy Foxtel on more screens, the Multiscreen feature is also included for free. Foxtel Now subscribers, on the other hand, can access other channel packs — Drama Extra, Kids and Docos — on top of the Essentials pack, also at no extra costs. These changes are effective from 26th March 2020 until 30 June 2020 and also apply to customers who subscribed through Telstra.

For a complete list of Foxtel channel packs, check out the table below:

Channel PackChannels IncludedHighlights
Foxtel PlusFOX8, BBC UKTV, Arena, MTV, Universal, Fox Hits, Fox Funny, Fox Classics, Fox Sleuth, Fox Crime, Fox One, Fox Showcase, Lifestyle, TLC, E!, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Animal Planet, BBC First, BBC Earth, Nick Jr., Boomerang, MTV Music, MTV Dance, Channel V, MAX, Foxtel Smooth Arts, CMC, Foxtel Music, FOX Sports News, SKY Racing, SKY Thoroughbred Central, FOX News, SKY News, SKY News UK, SKY News Extra, SKY News Weather, BBC World News, CNN, CGTN, CGTN Documentary, NHK World, Aurora, Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Al Jazeera, RT, EXPO Channel, TVSN, ACCTV, Daystar, Sonlife, Hillsong, TRT WorldOutlander, His Dark Materials, Strike Back, The Walking Dead, Westworld
Sports HD PackFOX Cricket, FOX Footy, FOX League, FOX Sports 503/505/506/507, beIN Sports 1/2/3, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports Ultra HDNRL, AFL, FIA, Virgin Australia Supercars 
Movies HD PackPremiere Movies, Kids Movies, Family Movies, Action Movies, Comedy Movies, Drama Movies, Thriller Movies, Hits Movies, Greats Movies, Romance Movies, Ultra HD MoviesFast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, Spider-Man: Far From Home, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood
Favourites PackCrime+Investigation, History, The Comedy Channel, A&E, Nat Geo Wild, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food, Fox SciFi, Box Sets, Discovery Turbo, Investigation DiscoveryTitans Of The 20th Century, Jeffrey Dahmer: Cannibal Killer, The Redemption Project, Gino’s Italian Express
Kids PackCartoon Network, CBeebies, NickelodeonSpongeBob SquarePants, Henry Danger, DC Super Hero Girls, Double Dare

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, and 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 ten premium movie channels, along with the HD upgrade pack.

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The Best Foxtel TV Packs for Seniors

The top Foxtel TV packs that we highly 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 Game of Thrones and Wentworth – and that’s just one channel out of 54 that comes with this entry-level pack. If you want to add 10 channels of commercial-free movies, it costs only $59/month in total, with HD, kids’ channels and a full Netflix subscription included. 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 the Foxtel from Telstra Sports HD + Foxtel Plus pack for only $50/month, you get an all-access pass to all major sporting codes in the country and around the world. This includes, but not limited to, each and every game and round of the AFL, NRL, Supercars, Formula 1, NBA, NFL, Cricket, A-League, La Liga, AFC Champions League, and many more. This pack is locked at the heavily discounted price for a full 12 months.

Brand New iQ4 Box

By subscribing to these packs, you also get the latest iQ4 box, Foxtel’s advanced set-top box which is packed with a lot of new features that you’ll surely love. One of its key new 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 at your own convenience.

If you’ve run across this article too late for the above offers, don’t worry – Foxtel always have something ready to go to help Pensioners save money. Just check the latest special offers and you’ll be saving a lot more money than you ever would have with the Seniors Card package!

Foxtel TV Plans

Foxtel Plus Bundle
  • iQ4 box & install fees waived
  • Favourites & Kids packs included
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Multiscreen access
  • 50+ channels
$49/mth
Min Cost - $588 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Premium Bundle
  • 2 Store Titles within 12 months
  • iQ4 box & install fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Foxtel Plus, Movies HD & Kids
  • 50+ sports on 12 live HD channels
$79/mth
Min Cost - $948 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Sports HD Bundle
  • 2 Store Titles within 12 months
  • iQ4 box & install fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Foxtel Plus & Sports HD
  • 50+ sports on 12 live HD channels
$55/mth
Min Cost - $660 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Sports HD & Netflix Bundle
  • 2 Store Titles within 12 months
  • iQ4 box & install fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • 50+ sports on 12 live HD channels
$59/mth
Min Cost - $708 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

Movies HD, Kids & Netflix Bundle
  • 2 Store Titles within 12 months
  • iQ4 box & install fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Set-top Box Included
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Foxtel Plus & Movies HD
$59/mth
Min Cost - $708 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4. New customers only.

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Foxtel Now — A Streaming 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 $84/month.

With Foxtel Now, you get the Essentials pack for a nice range of premium channels at $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.

Foxtel Now Plans

Essentials + Movies + Sport pack
  • Drama Extra, Kids & Docos incl.
  • $55.50/mth only for 3 months!
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 10 TV channels full of the hottest Movies - ad free & a huge library
  • 25+ channels of Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Reality, News & Entertainment
$55.50/mth
Min Cost - $55.50/mth for first 3 months, $74/mth thereafter

Essentials pack
  • Drama Extra, Kids & Docos
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 25+ channels: Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Entertainment & more
  • 20+ channels of premium drama, kids, & documentaries
$25/mth
Min Cost - $25 over 1 month

Essentials + Sport pack
  • Drama Extra, Kids & Docos incl.
  • $40.50/mth only for 3 months!
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 25+ channels of Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Reality, News & Entertainment
  • 20+ channels of premium drama, kids, & documentaries
$40.50/mth
Min Cost - $40.50/mth for first 3 months, $54/mth thereafter

Essentials + Drama Extra pack
  • Kids & Docos packs incl.
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • Stream the best from BBC, Universal, Fox Crime, and Fox One
  • 15 extra channels of kids entertainment, documentaries and more
$35/mth
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month

Essentials + Movies pack
  • Drama Extra, Kids & Docos incl.
  • $33.75/mth only for 3 months!
  • No Lock-in Contract
  • 10 TV channels full of the hottest Movies - ad free & a huge library
  • 25+ channels of Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Reality, News & Entertainment
$33.75/mth
Min Cost - $33.75/mth for first 3 months, $45/mth thereafter

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Either Way, You Save

The Seniors Card discount may be long gone, but considering how much more you get, it’s actually better value to get Foxtel today than it was even with that discount back then. Keep an eye on the current deals and you can get yourself set up with Foxtel for not very much money at all!

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