Review of Foxtel broadband plans
Foxtel is best known as the premier provider of subscription pay TV packages in Australia, with swathes of exclusive entertainment and sports content that can’t be found anywhere else. With many customers juggling both their Foxtel and separate internet subscription, the company offers a range of broadband plans to provide you with a one-stop shop for home entertainment. Foxtel offers ADSL and NBN internet plans for customers around the nation, so read on to find out exactly what they include, and how Foxtel compares to our traditional broadband providers. Could you find better value in a Foxtel bundle?
Foxtel broadband plans
Foxtel offers three different broadband plans, all of which are available with both ADSL and NBN fibre connections, on a 12 or 24 month contract – the latter saves you $150 in equipment fees. The company utilises Telstra’s ADSL broadband infrastructure, meaning its coverage and reliability should be as good as any of the big providers. The major difference between the two connection types is that NBN-ready households can choose from one of four download speed tiers, and like with other service providers, a faster connection will cost you extra each month.
Foxtel ADSL2+ Broadband Plans
All four Foxtel broadband bundles come with home phone line rental and unlimited standard local calls. Foxtel’s big selling point is that each plan comes with its Entertainment TV Pack included as standard. You’ll receive 45 premium TV channels across a wide variety of genres, with add-ons such as Drama and Sport packs available at extra cost. The details of Foxtel’s range are summarised below:
|Price Per Month||What’s Included|
|$99||200GB data, sport bundle, plus entertainment|
|$120||Unlimited data, sport bundle, plus entertainment|
|$140||Unlimited data, Sports and drama bundles, plus entertainment|
|$192||Unlimited data, platinum HD pack (all of the 90 available channels)|
Source: Foxtel website
The fun doesn’t stop there, however. With these bundles you’ll get the Foxtel iQ3 set top box included, as well as Foxtel Go, which makes watching these channels on your phone, PC or tablet away from home a breeze. Plus, with each package you have the ability to add on Multiroom, which is a feature designed so you can watch Foxtel in a number of rooms in the home. Plus you can also add on a wide variety of call packs to your home phone bundle. This all comes with a $99 set-up fee, though, but you may find it’s worth that amount for a hassle-free installation.
Foxtel NBN Plans
These above plans are for good old ADSL2+, however those on the NBN are not left out! If you’re in the market for an NBN plan, then Foxtel offers all speed tiers. All include unlimited local calls. Keep in mind the three dearer unlimited plans all come with 25/5 speeds at a minimum, as well as unlimited national calls on top of local calls as standard.
- To jump into the next speed tier, expect to pay an extra $10 a month for each step
- Except going from 50/20 to 100/40 – this costs an extra $20 a month
- The cheapest plan possible is $99 a month, while the dearest would be the platinum package on 100/40 download speeds – this costs $222 a month
It’s refreshing to see that NBN users aren’t slugged with any unnecessary extra fees. Instead, you only pay more than ADSL2+ plans should you wish to jump into a faster speed tier.
What channels are included in Foxtel’s broadband plans?
There are three channel bundles to choose from, across four different broadband plans. All broadband bundles come with the Entertainment Pack as standard. The three other channel packs on offer are:
- The Sports Bundle
- Drama Bundle
- Platinum HD Bundle
This pack consists of 45 entertainment channels. Keep up with the Kardashians with channels like MTV, and get all of the goodness that Fox has to offer with Fox 8, and watch all the Simpsons til your heart’s content. For the kids there are channels such as Disney Junior and Nick Junior. For the inquisitive there are channels like the Discovery Channel plus National Geographic. You’ll also get a bunch of Sky News channels. Ordinarily this pack is available from $26 a month, and full details can be viewed here.
The Sports Pack is for… you guessed it – for the sports nuts. You’ll get great access to our homegrown sports leagues – NRL and AFL – on Fox Footy, plus various soccer leagues – including our own A League -on Bein Sports. You can also watch NBA and NFL with ESPN. There are 12 channels in total, with five Fox Sports channels, three Bein Sports channels, two ESPN channels and one Eurosport channel. Ordinarily this pack would cost $55 a month with no lock-in contract, so you might find these broadband bundles are serious value with this in mind.
If you’re more likely to sit down to a TV series like the Walking Dead than see what the Kardashians are up to then the Drama Pack may be for you. The drama add-on comes with six channels additional to the entertainment pack. The channels include: Showcase, BBC First, 13th Street, FX, Binge and Box Sets. You will get access to acclaimed shows such as Mr Robot, The Walking Dead, the Blacklist and Girls. This pack ordinarily costs $46 a month.
Platinum HD Bundle
This is for the most uncompromising TV enthusiast. Never get off the couch again! You’ll get all of the aforementioned packs, plus Entertainment Plus, Docos, Kids and HD packs. The HD pack is perhaps the most noteworthy bundle, as you’ll finally be able to watch a variety of channels in glorious HD. Channels include most of the Sports channels, plus a variety of movie and documentary channels. This bundle is available from $137 per month on a no-contract basis, and you’ll likely find value by bundling it with a broadband plan.
How does Foxtel compare to other broadband providers?
It’s difficult to compare Foxtel’s broadband plans to more traditional service providers given the comprehensive entertainment bundles it includes, which can’t be matched by anyone else. While these packages seem expensive, it could be the case that a broadband plan and Foxtel bought separately work out to be more expensive. Nevertheless, there are a few other providers worth looking at for broadband plans bundled with entertainment options.
Funnily enough, Telstra seems to act as a direct competitor with Foxtel. Either that or they are in tandem with one another. Telstra offers several ‘Entertainment’ bundles that include Foxtel, either on an ADSL2+ or NBN connection. While you won’t get unlimited data, you will get a hefty 1000GB, plus Foxtel’s Entertainment Pack from around $100 a month. In this instance, Telstra works out to be pretty comparable with Foxtel’s offering, however unlimited data is tempting, and you have the option of adding on extra packs – rather than being relegated to just the Entertainment Pack.
Direct competitor Optus of course has a line of entertainment bundles. You don’t get Foxtel, but you do get something comparable – Fetch TV. This is under the guise of ‘Entertainment’ plans, and you’ll get unlimited data, plus ‘Yes TV’ by Fetch, a Fetch TV entertainment pack with over 30 channels (offering somewhat of a medley of channels found on Foxtel), plus Optus Sport. Optus has the rights to English Premier League soccer, which is especially handy for fans to have this included in the bundle. While these plans run at over $100 a month, you might find unlimited data plus a semi-Foxtel equivalent in Fetch is well worth it. Soccer fans may also rejoice. These plans are all available on ADSL2+, Cable and NBN connections. With NBN, by opting for the dearest plan you’ll be afforded 100/40 speeds, which is outstanding.
iiNet has also partnered with Fetch TV to deliver some interesting entertainment deals. While there are no bundles as such, you can opt for a Fetch TV box from an extra $5 a month, or choose the box plus Entertainment Pack option for $24.95 extra a month on any plan. What’s most interesting is that data used from streaming Fetch will not count towards your limit, in effect enabling some customers to get away with a data-capped plan. You can pair Fetch TV with any iiNet plan, including ADSL2+ plans as well as NBN ones. NBN on max speeds can be had from about $100, which bundling with the dearest Fetch plan will bring you close to $130 a month.
“The internet that flies” has also partnered with Fetch to beef up its entertainment plans and compete better with both Telstra and Foxtel. You can get Dodo Fetch TV on either ADSL2+ or NBN plans. ADSL2+ plans cost from about $45 a month, where you’ll get a Fetch Mini box but no entertainment pack. NBN plans start at about $80 for the same deal.
Is Foxtel broadband a good move?
Foxtel broadband packages offer maximum entertainment with an asking price to match. In bed with Tesltra, these two entertainment giants seem to offer the most unbridled broadband + entertainment bundles in Australia. Optus comes close, but Fetch TV is ultimately limited as to what it provides, and you will be using your data, while with Foxtel it’s legitimate TV.
If it’s the proverbial whole hog you’re after, then Foxtel’s massive Platinum HD bundle is your last stop. The huge $200+ price tag can’t match Optus’ $140 My Entertainment Plus pack for value, but the huge quantity of TV and movies included in the price should make it well worth it for media junkies. iiNet and Dodo also entered the race, but again, we suspect hardcore media junkies will want the Foxtel packages from both Foxtel and Telstra.
Foxtel is an entertainment company first and foremost, and its primary focus is reflected in its latest broadband internet products. With all plans bringing Foxtel channels as standard, and with no naked or mobile broadband plans on offer, the plans cater to a specific range of households – those with the time and money to utilise such a subscription. For unmatched entertainment, choose Foxtel, but be prepared to pay for it.