From Foxtel to Foxtel Now

I have decided with not getting the National Broadband Network in Australia was not to subscribe to the Foxtel cable service by Foxtel & instead get Foxtel Now (formerly Foxtel Play) which uses an online connection to get a set of Foxtel channels. The main difference between Foxtel and Foxtel Now is the prices you pay & the number of channels you receive. The packages you get on Foxtel and Foxtel Now are completely different. With Foxtel, you need a set top box. I am currently using Foxtel Now through the Samsung smart Blu- Ray Player. No need for a professional installation. Can use Foxtel Now as well on the personal computer & get the Smart phone app if I want to. Foxtel Now for people who live in the United Kingdom & Ireland is Australia’s version of Now TV.
With Foxtel Now, there a few base packs to choose from:

  • Pop pack
  • Lifestyle pack
  • Drama pack
  • Docos pack
  • Kids pack

You can use every pack on a one month trial before choosing to pay for any of the packs. You can either choose from one base pack or choose every base pack after the one month trial. For financial reasons, I have chosen the Pop pack because I like the programs more with this pack compared with the other starter packs. The Pop pack & Drama pack by themselves cost $A15 per month while the Kids pack, Docos pack & the Lifestyle pack costs $A10 per month. Not to forget the Pop pack & the Drama pack combined costs $A25 per month.
With the Pop pack, the channels you receive are:

In addition of the base pack(s), you can choose the next tier:

  • Sports pack ($A29 per month)
  • Movies pack ($A20 per month)

You can either choose wither the Sports pack or the Movies pack or both packs but must get the base pack(s) first. Included if you pick one of the packs as the minimum are the channels you receive in addition:

The main positive with Foxtel Now is the opportunity to watch channels like Showcase & The Comedy Channel through a pack worth $A15 per month. With Foxtel, to get those very channels would cost a lot more money in a month. The main drawback is I feel is the cutting the number of channels that were available from Foxtel Now earlier this year. For more information, go to the Foxtel Now website. This information is only related to the Australian market. This is an independent review & I have no relationship with Foxtel as an employee or contractor. Have a Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays. Have a Happy new Year for 2018. I will be back in the new year with more blog posts. Goodbye for now.



Pay TV without the Sports pack

Welcome back everyone. I have not being able to do a post for personal reasons & health reasons. I do thank everyone for their interest in the past blog posts.

I have being a subscriber of Optus TV featuring Foxtel in Australia for quite a while now. I used to be a Foxtel subscriber in Australia as well. I still have pay TV but with a reduced plan these days. I used to have the Sports pack but had to drop the plan for financial reasons. Till this month, the Sports pack was $25 but has being increased to $29. Foxtel have being claiming they had to increase the price of the Sports pack due to the price of production costs. My current plan is the lowest plan which is called the Entertainment plan which is the $25 plan plus the high definition viewing tax of $10. It is handy there for free to air reception & watching the news channels that are available on this pack. I feel it is best available option for me at the present time since I have very horrible free to air television reception via the indoor antenna that I have. All prices in this article are all in Australian dollars. Bye for now & have a good day.

Should I keep pay TV?

This is my first post of 2016. Sorry it has being a long time. I have being busy doing other projects like studying an information technology course at an adult community college in Sydney, Australia. Being watching a lot of Fox Sports via the Sports Pack during my spare time. I am an Optus TV featuring Foxtel customer. As much I would like to cut cable, I prefer to watch sport at home than going to the venue paying the admission & the snacks. I feel paying 60 Australian dollars a month for the Entertainment plus Sports is not a bad deal. It is so cold here in Sydney, Australia for now. Here are some Australian pay TV available options above in the menu worth checking out.


    Optus TV, Foxtel & Foxtel from Telstra Sports Pack channels:

  1. Fox Sports 1
  2. Fox Sports 2
  3. Fox Sports 3
  4. Fox Footy
  5. Fox Sports 4
  6. Fox Sports 5
  7. ESPN
  8. ESPN 2
  9. Eurosport
  10. BeIN Sports 1
  11. BeIN Sports 2
  12. BeIN Sports 3
  13. LFCTV
  14. MUFC TV
  15. Chelsea TV

I hope all this information has being of use to you. All the best & bye for now.

All the prices were correct at the time of publishing.