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 six 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 Optus, iiNet, Internode, Aussie Broadband, Dodo and iPrimus. Review what’s on offer below.
iiNet Plans with Fetch
iiNet includes Fetch on its Liimitless Data NBN plans as a optional extra. 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 Liimitless plans start at $69.99 per month on the Basic Evening Speed tier, and all include unlimited data.
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, customers can add a Fetch Mini box and one channel pack. Unlimited data again starts at $69.99 per month for Basic Evening Speed, with speed upgrades a further $10.
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 NBN options, without Fetch added on.
Dodo Plans with Fetch
Dodo is known for providing cheap internet, but it also provides entertainment through Fetch. If you’re on Dodo’s $70 unlimited data plan, you can add the Fetch Mini from an extra $25 per month on a 12-month contract, or from $35 per month for the Fetch Mighty. As with iiNet, premium channel packs are available from an extra $6 per month, as well as special interest channels including Hillsong and BeIN Sports and world channel packs such as Chinese, Pinoy and Korean.
iPrimus Plans with Fetch
iPrimus offers the option to bundle Fetch TV on its unlimited data plans, which start at $70 per month for NBN 25 speeds. For an extra $10 per month, you’ll get a Fetch Mini set top box, premium channel pack, and 30 free movies each month, with the 4K capable Fetch Mighty also available from $20 monthly. Fetch plans do require a $55 activation fee at set-up.
Optus Plans with Fetch
Optus is one of the premier providers of entertainment and internet, and from $79 per month users get access to Fetch Mini and unlimited data on the Internet Entertainer Lite Plan. You’re also able to upgrade to the larger Fetch Mighty, plus one premium channel pack, from $90 per month. Customers on the NBN get the Standard Plus Evening Speed as standard, with a Premium Evening Speed (NBN 100/20) boost available for an extra $20 per month.
You also get Optus Sport, granting you access to English Premier League soccer and Optus’ OS Fitness home workout content.
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.