The future for subscription TV in Australia has just been announced. After months of hype and talk, Foxtel Play is now available – making many Foxtel Channels available on almost any device without the need for a home-based Foxtel Subscription.
Until now, the outstanding Foxtel Go app for iPhone, iPad, Android, PC and Mac has only been available to those people with a Foxtel connection at home. The Go app allowed you to access up to 40 channels if they were part of your home package.
Today, Foxtel announced the pricing for their new “Foxtel Play” packages which are essentially Foxtel without the set-top box.
Having proven their ability to deliver TV channels via live streaming through the successful Foxtel Go app, the plan now is to let anyone access those channels regardless of their subscription status.
You can sign up for as little as $25 to access a group of between five and seven channels, then add more for extra cost.
The first tier packages are Entertainment (Fox6, Lifestyle, Arena, Lifestyle You, MTV, Comedy and TV1), Drama (UKTV, FX, SoHo, Universal & SF), Documentaries (Nat Geo, Nat Geo Adventure, Discovery, BBC Knowledge, Discovery Turbo Max, History & A&E) and finally Kids (Disney, Disney Junior, Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, BabyTV).
Choose one of those for $25, adding ten dollars per month for an additional one or two and if you take all four it’s $50 per month.
Then once you have that, you can add a premium package. Sport gives you all the live sports channels you’d want (Fox 1,2,3, Fuel TV, EuroSport, ESPN, ESPN2, Speed) for $25, and Movies & Premium Drama for another $25 includes all the Movie Channels plus Showcase.
Sky News, Sky Business, Fox Spots News as well as Music Channels V and V Hits come with every single subscription.
So, that’s a lot of content to choose from.
Given the minimum Foxtel home subscription is $47 a month (37 channels) this is a lower point of entry for people, and for just $50 (one basic package plus sport) you can get access to a load of Live Sport!
Some caveats to channel access though with some channels limited and not available on PC/MAC or Xbox 360 so check the details before you sign up.
Web: Foxtel Play
Full Channel listing:
Foxtel Play Live Channels
|Drama||Disney Junior||Movies Action/ Adventure|
|SF (Sci Fi) (Not available on PC/Mac)||Lifestyle||Movies Drama/ Romance|
|Universal||FOX8||Movies Thriller/ Crime|
|History||Comedy Channel||World Movies (Not available on Xbox 360)|
|BBC Knowledge||TV1 (Not available on PC/Mac)||Sport|
|Discovery||MTV||Fox Sports 1|
|National Geographic||Bonus Channels||Fox Sports 2|
|Nat Geo Adventure||SKY NEWS||Fox Sports 3|
|Discovery Turbo Max||SKY NEWS Business||SPEED|
|A&E||Fox Sports News||Footy Play (Not available on PC/Mac)|
|Disney Channel||V Hits||ESPN 2|
|Cartoon Network||Movies Premiere||Fuel|
Foxtel Play On Demand Channels
|UKTV||Disney Channel||Bonus Channels|
|SF (Sci Fi) (Not available on PC/Mac)||Cartoon Network||SKY NEWS Business|
|Universal||Disney Junior||Channel V|
|History||Entertainment||Movies Action/ Adventure|
|BBC Knowledge||Lifestyle||Movies Family|
|National Geographic||Lifestyle You||Movies Drama/ Romance|
|Nat Geo Adventure||Arena||Movies Thriller/ Crime|
|Discovery Turbo Max||Comedy Channel||Masterpiece|
|A&E||TV1 (Not available on PC/Mac)||Showcase|
|World Movies (Not available on Xbox 360)|
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