Game-changer as Foxtel offers subscriptions on the Go

By David Knox on March 14, 2013 / Filed Under Pay TV, Top Stories 20

photofpFrom June you will be able to subscribe to a range of Foxtel channels for viewing on smartphones, tablets and PC and Mac computers without the need for a traditional home installation.

Currently the Foxtel Go app is available as a free add-on to home subscribers.

But potentially opening up to entire new customer markets, the new offering expands the range of products that have been available through Xbox, T-box and Samsung connected TVs.

The announcement by Richard Freudenstein at the ASTRA Conference today could break the wall of those who have hesitated to have Foxtel installed, or been unable to.

To be known as a ‘Foxtel Play’ subscription, the new offering comes with over 40 channels, no lock in contracts and a range of genre based channel packages starting from $25 per month via the Foxtel Go app.

“Foxtel Play is the next step in the evolution of our entertainment offering. Our core subscription service, which remains the cornerstone of our business, has recently been augmented by a greatly enlarged On Demand offering and, of course, Foxtel Go, both included for residential subscribers,” said Freudenstein

“Foxtel Play develops our “off the box” internet TV products by expanding on the existing Foxtel on Xbox 360 and Foxtel on Internet TV services to provide one Foxtel internet TV offering across multiple devices.

“This is a perfect new way for those people who have not yet experienced Foxtel to enjoy our popular content at flexible price points offering value to suit varying budgets and needs. Foxtel Play combines the ease and portability of internet connectivity with fantastic entertainment to welcome a whole new set of customers to Foxtel.”

From launch Foxtel Play customers will be enabled to receive the revolutionary Foxtel Go, included with their subscription, on their compatible PCs, Macs, iOS and selected android smartphones and tablets showing their entitled channels based on the channels they subscribe to on the Foxtel Play service.

Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go will be available over 3G/4G networks as well as WiFi. Recommended Internet speeds apply. Internet connection required to view Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go. ISP and data charges may apply. Video quality may vary according to 3G/4G and WiFi service. Only available for use in Australia. Foxtel and some services not available to all homes.

Further information including channels and pricing and packaging will be announced closer to launch.

20 Comments »

  1. max March 17, 2013 at 11:03 pm -

    Still not good enough, cheap enough, or flexible enough. The alternatives are still light years ahead. Keep trying. Foxtel.

  2. kazza March 15, 2013 at 11:51 pm -

    Now that Sky Go has an Android App, there is no excuse for Foxtel Go not to introduce their Android App before this month is out.

    It is now 4 months since the IOS App was released! The only reason for a delay from my perspective is a ‘sweet heart’ understanding with Apple to delay the Android App as long as possible.

  3. pdsalter March 14, 2013 at 11:34 pm -

    So the one time I thought this would be good for, while on holiday overseas… It’s blocked.

  4. Mr DH March 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm -

    The reason there’s no Android app is because the Android API’s for live video streaming are completely munted and fragmented across not only Android versions, but Android device vendors.

    That’s why the Olympics app was certified for certain Samsung tablets. That’s why the BBC iPlayer and the ABC iView and countless others don’t have Android apps.

    The HLS API’s have been built into iOS since version 3, and are quite stable, hence why these types of apps are always iOS first.

    I’m not associated with Foxtel in any way by the way.

  5. Secret Squirrel March 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm -

    Argh, I read the first para and got all excited. Then I saw that they’re only offering “packages” and they’d start at $25/m. No thanks, I’m not paying for 90% that I don’t want. Ditto re their piss-poor servicing of the Android market. I know it’s somewhat fragmented but it’s much larger than iOS.

    So, a small step in the right direction but we have some way to go yet. Get back to me when I can purchase access to individual programs or, possibly, single channels.

  6. Cam Reed March 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm -

    I wish with these they would offer things like an AFL Seasons Pass or at least the Sports Package as a stand alone, with my X-Box you have to buy the Basic Package, then the Sports Package (includes AFL). If that happened I would gladly buy it, I have no interest in watching anything else, so I decided not to go with it at all as I cannot justify the extra 19:95 cost (around a grand a year) and I bet there are others doing the same.

  7. barrett March 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm -

    Can’t workout lazy pathetic Android rollout……June????Considering S4 release tomorrow and current Samsung S3 screens are larger with larger capacity battery than iphones 4,4S & 5 are Apple feeding Foxtel $$$$

  8. David Knox March 14, 2013 at 5:24 pm -

    It’s probably later versions of android.

  9. jesicka309 March 14, 2013 at 5:18 pm -

    Alas, that is too late for me to watch Game of Thrones this year. :( Unless for some reason they have all the episodes on catch up so I can watch upon launch.
    I’ll give it a go next year though, though I’d only subscribe for April-June, then I’d cancel – which is probably what most people would do. They’ll be able to tap into the market of people who only want to watch 1/2 shows per year on Foxtel, which could help the downloading issue many networks are facing.

  10. laurie March 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm -

    ah love the use of words now its “Selected” Android smartphones and tablets

  11. laurie March 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm -

    Just wait till customers find out that Foxtel has disabled the HDMI port on tablets to stop them viewing on a large screen ? its a Portable app

  12. David Knox March 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm -

    Yes this is clear it will be avail on selected androids by June in the copy above. Was optimistic it might be earlier.

  13. tvtwitic March 14, 2013 at 4:33 pm -

    Foxtel just announced on their Facebook page that Foxtel Go will be available for Samsung Android devices in June.

  14. laurie March 14, 2013 at 3:50 pm -

    Currently the Foxtel Go app is available as a free add-on to home subscribers.
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    Sorry for sounding like a broken record that quote is incorrect its available to Some subscribers, if Foxtel going to keep Android users waiting until they have done all Android devices its going to be a long wait Foxtel please release Android devices as they become available :mad:

  15. retrojunkie March 14, 2013 at 3:35 pm -

    Without support for unmetered viewing (a bigpond tie-in? are foxtel and telstra friends??) this will chew through way too much data across a months worth of viewing.

  16. Craig March 14, 2013 at 3:23 pm -

    I trying the foxtel/austar catch up website the other day on my new iMac with a decent 7-8Mbit ADSL and it was so choppy it was unwatchable. Why can iView got this kind of service working but other still struggle?

  17. seriouslysquare March 14, 2013 at 2:36 pm -

    Sort out there channels, programming and pricing before launching something else.

  18. zemule March 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm -

    Heading in the right direction for sure, but the iPad app desperately needs full AirPlay video support to be a real contender, not just audio.

  19. fromthedale March 14, 2013 at 2:24 pm -

    I just commented last night that they should do this. Good stuff :)

  20. MarrkDaviid March 14, 2013 at 12:48 pm -

    It is good to see Foxtel embracing change, by offering the service on a number of different platforms that do not require a traditional Foxtel subscription.

    I am still waiting for the PC and Mac apps to be released, as well as a few additional channels for the Foxtel Go service.

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