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 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.
What Channel Packs are Available?
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 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).
For a complete list of Foxtel channel packs, check out the list below:
Full list of Foxtel Channels by genre
Channels included – FOX8, BBC UKTV, Fox Arena, MTV, Universal, Fox Comedy, 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 Hits, MTV Classic, Club MTV, CMT, Nick Music, Foxtel Arts, Foxtel Music, FOX Sports News, SKY Racing, SKY Racing 2, 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 World
Highlights – The Flight Attendant, His Dark Materials, The Undoing, Gogglebox Australia, The Third Day
Sports HD Pack:
Channels Included – FOX Cricket, FOX Footy, FOX League, FOX Sports 503/505/506/507, beIN Sports 1/2/3, ESPN, ESPN2, FOX Sports Ultra HD
Highlights – Big Bash League, NFL, NBA, A-League, European Champions Cup, La Liga
Movies HD Pack:
Channels Included – Premiere Movies, Lifetime Movie Network, Kids Movies, Family Movies, Action Movies, Comedy Movies, Drama Movies, Thriller Movies, Hits Movies, Greats Movies, Romance Movies, Ultra HD Movies
Highlights – 1917, The Invisible Man, The Gentlemen, Judy, Birds of Prey, Dark Waters
Channels Included – Crime+Investigation, History, A&E, Nat Geo Wild, Lifestyle Home, Lifestyle Food, Fox SciFi, Box Sets, Discovery Turbo, Investigation Discovery
Highlights – Deadly Women, Coast Australia, Demolition Down Under, Frozen Planet, Big Cat Tales, Dead of Winter
Channels Included – Cartoon Network, CBeebies, Nickelodeon
Highlights – We Bare Bears, SpongeBob 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, 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 ten premium movie channels, along with the HD upgrade pack.
What are the Best Foxtel TV Packs for Seniors?
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 55 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 10 HD channels of commercial-free movies, it costs only $59/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 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.
TV Made Easy with the 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.
If you’ve run across this article too late for the above offers, don’t worry – Foxtel always has 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!
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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 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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How to save money with Foxtel for seniors
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!