Want to get premium ‘pay TV’ channels but don’t want to pay premium prices? Fetch may be your answer. Fetch grants you access to channels including MTV, ESPN, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, Universal, BBC, Disney, Nick Jr, and many more, starting at a low price of $6 a month. The Fetch set top box also acts as a media player, TV tuner, TV recorder, and allows you access to Netflix, Stan, YouTube and catch-up TV. And the best part is that all this can be added from a low monthly price on many internet plans – or even included in the price. Review your best options below.
Internet Plans with Fetch
There are currently five major providers that offer Fetch as part of some internet deals, either as part of the package or as an extra monthly cost. They are iiNet, Internode, Aussie Broadband, Westnet and iPrimus. Review what’s on offer below.
iiNet Plans with Fetch
iiNet includes Fetch across all its NBN plans as a optional extra. If you’re on an NBN 50, NBN 100, or ultra-fast NBN plan, a standard Fetch package is $0 per month for your first 24 months, after which you’ll pay $5 monthly. You’ll get a set top box, 30 pre-selected movies per month, and access to hundreds of shows and films, but you will need to pay a $59.99 setup fee if you sign up. You can also add additional premium channel packs – including Kids, Vibe, Variety, and Knowledge packs – from $6 per month, or all four for $20.
iiNet’s NBN plans start at $59.99 per month on the NBN 12 tier, with unlimited data available from $69.99 monthly on NBN 25.
Internode Plans with Fetch
As a subsidiary of iiNet, Internode unsurprisingly has a similar offering to its bigger brother. Selected plans allow you to add an optional Fetch Mini for $59.99 upfront, plus $0 per month for your first 24 months (and $5 per month thereafter). Channel packs are also available from an extra $6 per month.
Unlimited data NBN plans start at $69.99 per month for NBN 25 speeds, and all plans are month-to-month with no lock-in contracts.
Aussie Broadband Plans with Fetch
Aussie Broadband customers can add Fetch to any NBN plan, with prices beginning at $10 per month for the Fetch Mini and $15 per month for the Fetch Mighty set top box. Multi-room is available for an additional $10 each month, as well as add-on channel packs (including Kids, Knowledge, special interest and world channels).
Below are Aussie Broadband’s unlimited data NBN options, without Fetch added on.
iPrimus Plans with Fetch
iPrimus offers the option to add on Fetch to its range of NBN plans. For an extra $10 per month, you’ll get a Fetch Mini set top box, one premium channel pack, and 30 free movies each month, with the 4K capable Fetch Mighty also available from an additional $10 monthly. Fetch plans do require a $60 activation fee at set-up.
Is a Fetch internet bundle worth the money?
It is certainly a convenient, and potentially cheaper, way to get access to premium streaming channels. With Fetch you can watch NBA, NFL, Keeping up with the Kardashians, and a litany of documentaries and crime drama series usually only associated with pay TV provider Foxtel. Users can usually add a Fetch bundle with the providers above from about $5-$20 extra per month, and also get access to unlimited data.
At retail level, the Fetch Mighty box costs $499, while the Mini retails for $169, with channel packs extra. These upfront costs can be prohibitive, so it can make sense to bundle with a provider. However, the catches are:
- You are usually locked into a 24-month contract.
- Retail boxes cannot ‘talk’ to ISP boxes, meaning you can’t link them up around the house.
- There may not be enough of a financial incentive to bundle.
Overall, however, the convenience factor may more than outweigh the negatives. The next time you’re in need of a good dose of entertainment, you may want to consider your ISP.