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 such as 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 five key providers that offer Fetch as part of some internet deals, either as part of the package or as an extra monthly cost. They are Optus, iiNet, Internode, Dodo and iPrimus. Review what’s on offer below.
Optus Plans with Fetch
Optus is one of the premier providers of entertainment and internet, and from $90 a month users get access to Fetch and unlimited data. Customers on the NBN get the Standard Plus speed as standard, with the Premium speed $30 a month extra.
- As part of the entertainment bundle you get the Fetch Mighty box with one Fetch channel pack. You also get Optus Sport, granting you access to English Premier League soccer.
Users can also add a Fetch Mini box to cheaper plans for $5 a month extra, the difference being that with the Mighty you can store and record TV shows. There is also a $10 discount for customers who have an active Optus phone plan.
iiNet Plans with Fetch
iiNet’s approach is a little different in that a Fetch bundle can be added to a fair few broadband plans for an extra $5 per month. With this you’ll get a ‘Mini’ box and the standard Fetch fare. As a promotional offer with some unlimited plans, Fetch is included at no extra cost.
- Unlimited data starts at about $70 a month, while a speed boost to Standard Plus costs an extra $10, and boosting again to Premium another $20.
No channel packs are included with this fee – instead you can add them on as normal from an extra $6, which will show through on your bill.
Internode Plans with Fetch
As a subsidiary of iiNet, Internode unsurprisingly has a similar offering to its bigger brother. For an extra $10 a month, users can add a Fetch Mini box and one channel pack.
- Unlimited data again starts at about $70 a month, while speed boosting starts at an extra $10.
If $10 is a bit much, users can pay just $5 extra for the Mini box minus the channel pack. Like its bigger brother, Internode offers a fairly comprehensive entertainment package.
Dodo Plans with Fetch
Dodo is known for providing some cheap, cheap internet, but it also provides some entertainment plans through Fetch. They are among the cheapest out there, and the most straightforward.
- For just under $45 on ADSL, customers get unlimited data, a Fetch Mini and one channel pack. Users can upgrade to the Mighty for an extra $5.
- NBN customers will pay just under $75 for the same, with the NBN Standard speed tier and speed boosts starting at an extra $10.
Users will need to be willing to sign up for 24 months on these plans, but they are certainly treated to some cheapish entertainment and unlimited data if they do so.
iPrimus Plans with Fetch
iPrimus is under the same umbrella as Dodo – Vocus Communications – yet its offerings are slightly different. Starting at $80, iPrimus offers unlimited data plus a Fetch Mini box and one channel pack.
- NBN customers get the Basic speed, with a boost to Standard Plus an extra $10 a month.
Customers also get unlimited national calls as standard, while the activation fee costs $55. The first month is free but customers will be signed up for 24 months to get access to entertainment.
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, 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 just under $400, while the Mini retails for around $160, 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! And we don’t mean calling their call centre for a chat!