A no-nonsense feature by feature review of Foxtel Now vs Fetch TV to help you decide which is the better option for your current entertainment needs.
With the growing number of IPTV service providers, it can prove difficult to figure out which is the best match to your entertainment needs. In this article, we provide an in-depth feature by feature comparison of the top two players in the IPTV market – Foxtel Now and FetchTV – to help you find the best fit.
Fetch TV is an IPTV company that also does an exceptional job of bringing all your viewing options within reach of a single remote. It collates all available FTA channels and catchup services, as well as your Netflix and Stan subscriptions. Not to mention online viewing from YouTube, WikiTV and NASA TV. And if that’s not enough, it even has its own premium IPTV services.
Ease of Use
Foxtel Now is available on PC/Mac via the Google Chrome browser, Telstra TV, iOS and Android mobiles and tablets, Playstation 4 and Chromecast. Meanwhile, Foxtel Play is still compatible with a large range of internet enabled devices including Smart TVs, Playstation 3 and Xbox One. So if Foxtel Now hasn’t arrived on your device yet, you can use the previous version of the app. Viewers can also access content while on the move via the Foxtel Now app for Android and iOS devices.
The Fetch TV installation can be done in the following ways. You can sign up with one of their providers and install the Fetch set-top box yourself. Or if you already have an internet provider, you can purchase a Fetch Mighty or Mini via their retail partner stores. Setup is really easy. You can purchase premium channel packs from Fetch – they are priced at $6/pack, based on your interests, or you can get them all for $20/month. Fetch also offers special interests packs which are a bit pricier.
A great advantage of Fetch is the ability to pause, rewind and record live TV. You can also watch while on the go – as a customer, subscribers can use the FetchTV app to watch their favourite shows on their Android or iOS mobile devices.
Fetch has four Premium Channel Packs available, including Variety, Knowledge, Kids, and Vibe. Normally $6/month each, if you want the lot, you can bundle them for $20/month-to-month with no lock in contract. The Special Interest packs include beIN SPORTS 1 for $14.95/month, Horse and Country for $7.95/month. Optus customers with the Fetch TV bundle can also access the Optus Sport channel for $15/month. And for international viewing, Fetch TV has you covered, with the Taj Mahalpack for $15.00/month, Korean pack for $14.95/month, the Chinese pack for $9.95/month, TVB Cantonese pack for $49.95/month, Sun South Indian pack for $29.95/month, the Pinoy pack for $19.95/month, and the Italian pack for $15/month. Need more? You can rent to watch premium movies and TV shows direct from FetchTV’s own online stores. Or you can add the Movie Box feature for $1/month (for retail customers) which makes 30 movies available each month for unlimited viewing.
The Fetch TV Mighty set-top box comes with a full EPG guide, PVR (record up to six programs while watching a seventh, store up to 585 hours of entertainment), and over 3,000 movies and over 160 TV series available to rent on-demand. Fetch also lets you pick from more than 30 channels on a monthly basis, and has a mobile app that lets you watch on the go – and direct your Mighty set-top box to record what you want even when you’re not at home. All five free to air Catch-Up services (NOW, PLUS7, SBS On Demand, ABC iView and TENplay), as well as Stan, Netflix and Hayu app are built right in. Oh, and YouTube, WikiTV and NASA TV.
Foxtel Now continues to expand its range of apps, adding Playstation 4 to the fold recently. Plus, Foxtel will soon release their own dedicated Foxtel Now streaming box, a low-cost but extremely capable does-everything entertainment device. This review was updated in October 2017.
The Verdict: Foxtel Now vs Fetch TV: Which is best for you?
For those who like to watch the latest and most popular global shows, as well as Australian and international sports live, Foxtel Now is the way to go. While both providers have access to HBO drama series, ESPN and many other popular programs, Foxtel Now has a much wider range of content, including the latest shows. Plus a huge range of sports streamed live. What also works in Foxtel’s favour is that there’s no restriction on which internet service provider you use.
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