In the days of cheap, barebones NBN and Netflix, it can be all too easy to assume the old internet and pay TV bundle is now a thing of the past. Not so. You may not know this, but Foxtel has its own suite of broadband plans now and the exciting thing is they come with Foxtel packages. Combining the two can often yield cheaper results than if you sourced internet and pay TV separately and they exist alongside Foxtel Now products. So, what does Foxtel offer in the bundled department, and how does it stack up against its rivals?
Foxtel Bundles – Pay TV & Internet Plans
Foxtel offers four key entertainment and internet bundles, starting at a touch over $100 per month. Foxtel claims you can save upwards of $300 over the life of the contract, which is certainly an enticing proposition. All plans come with unlimited data and come on the ‘Standard Plus’ NBN speed tier as standard, yielding up to 50Mbps download speeds:
- Internet with Entertainment Bundle: $101 per month
- Internet with Sports Bundle: $130 a month
- Internet with Drama & Sports Bundles: $150 a month
- Internet with Platinum HD Bundle: $202 a month
Starting at about $100 a month, you can dive into the world of entertainment goodness, with access to shows such as Game of Thrones and others from the HBO network. The sports bundle grants you access to every AFL and NRL game live every week, plus ESPN to watch hockey, basketball, American football (both college and NFL) and more.
- The Platinum HD bundle gives you every package with the addition of being in High Definition – once you go HD you never want to go back.
All plans also come with unlimited home phone calls to national and local lines. You also get a choice of either a 12 or 24-month contract, with costs as follows:
- 12 Month Contracts: $190 equipment fee (iQ3 box and modem) and $199 activation fee
- 24 Month Contracts: $50 equipment fee and $100 activation fee
As you can see, there is incentive to sign up for longer, and in some cases, Foxtel slashes these prices further during promotional periods. Foxtel also gives users the opportunity to change their plan once a month at no charge, plus have access to a 24/7 ‘Fix Squad’ to diagnose any issues.
An upgrade to the Premium (100/40Mbps) speed tier might also be available for an extra $20 a month, but you will first have to see if you are regularly maxing out your 50Mbps connection first.
How do Foxtel bundles compare to other providers?
Two additional providers spring to mind when you think about internet and entertainment bundles – Optus and Telstra. With all three telcos, to get an entertainment bundle, you’ll be looking at spending at least $80 a month, but the propositions are slightly different.
- Optus offers its own Fetch packages, along with Optus Sport, granting access to live English Premier League Soccer and other sports. Fetch also has access to entertainment packs from $6. You can get entertainment and internet from $80 per month, with NBN Standard Plus added for $0.
- Telstra offers Foxtel packages. Its $99 plan comes with Foxtel Now, while its dearer packages come with ‘Foxtel from Telstra’ (i.e. traditional Foxtel). The unlimited data, entertainment and sports bundle can be added for about $130 a month, with NBN Standard Plus speeds provided as standard.
As you can see, among the three telcos, each has something slightly different to offer. Optus benefits from having exclusive rights to EPL soccer plus Fetch – a streaming service with similar entertainment channels to Foxtel Now.
- Telstra benefits from having a plan under $100 with Foxtel Now, in case you wanted to stream, rather than watch traditional cable. Telstra also has one of the more competitive cable Foxtel Sports plus unlimited data packages out there.
Still, however, for all-out entertainment going straight to the source (Foxtel) may be a good option but be expected to pay for it – especially if you want a Platinum pack!
Is a Foxtel entertainment & internet bundle worth the fuss?
Foxtel offering internet plans may be a bit of a surprise to some people, but it does so to offer bundling benefits to customers. Bundling both internet and entertainment can make for a single convenient monthly bill and potentially save some money along the way. For unrivalled entertainment, it’s still pretty hard to past Foxtel, just be prepared to pay for it.
- The cheapest plans are over $100, while the dearest is just over $200 a month.
- If you’re more into EPL soccer, Optus may have what you’re after for cheaper. However, if you want every AFL or NRL game, it’s hard to go past Foxtel or Telstra.
While you get a fair bit for your money, first consider if it’s worth it. For NBN customers, Foxtel goes the extra mile to provide NBN 50 speeds as standard, which stacks up well against Optus and Telstra. Optus offers cheaper plans but with a slightly different proposition, while Telstra also offers Foxtel packs with varying inclusions and prices. Overall, Foxtel is still arguably the king of entertainment in Australia, but in the days of cheap unlimited internet, you will have to consider if bundling is a worthy proposition.