Today’s internet is more than just about data. Providers such as Optus offer entertainment bundles on some plans, so you can not only browse the web but enjoy streaming and premium TV as well. Read on to find out what bundles Optus offers and how they stack up to others – such as Foxtel and Telstra – in the internet and entertainment game.
Optus Bundles – Internet, Entertainment & Sport
Optus offers a simple approach to internet bundles. From $85 a month, customers get access to unlimited data, Optus Sport and Fetch Mini (plus a WiFi Booster for better signal throughout your home). The Fetch part of the equation yields a Fetch multimedia player with which you can watch several exclusive channels, although if you spend $90 a month, you can get a Fetch Mighty and one channel pack (ordinarily worth an extra $6). From there you can watch premium channels such as MTV, Discovery Channel, ESPN, National Geographic and more, depending on what pack you get.
- Optus Sport is the only way to watch every English Premier League game live.
- Fetch is one of the cheapest ways to watch NBA, NFL and MLB games live.
Fetch’s services are offered via streaming. Through Fetch you can have remote control access to Netflix, HayU, Stan, catch-up TV and live TV as well. You also get access to 30 free movies a month in the ‘Movie Box’, and you can also connect your own content via USB or portable hard drive.
Plans are available on a no lock-in contract, which includes a $99 setup fee and a $252 modem charge. However, stay with Optus for 36 months, and your modem is included free. All in all, Optus shines with its entertainment package, especially in the live sport department.
The following table features selected Optus NBN plans from Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of cost from lowest to highest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a wider range of providers.
How do Optus bundles compare to Telstra and Foxtel?
All three providers offer internet and entertainment deals, but when you look at the details, each paints a slightly different picture. The other two are priced higher than Optus, but have slightly different bundles to offer:
- Telstra offers unlimited data from $90 a month, and Telstra TV can be added for an additional $9 monthly. Telstra also offers bundled-in Foxtel packages, including Movies and Sports, from about $125 per month (including your broadband plan) on a 12-month contract. Telstra customers can also add streaming services such as Foxtel Now, BINGE and Kayo Sports to plans from an extra $10 monthly.
- Foxtel offers bundles with unlimited data from $124 per month. You’ll get unlimited NBN 50 data with the Foxtel Plus entertainment bundle included in this package; about $149 monthly will get you the Broadband + Sports bundle, while the $164 per month plan includes the Premium HD bundle, featuring every channel available.
Overall, Optus obviously exists at the cheaper end of the scale, but for this you do miss out on a few key areas: HBO shows such as Game of Thrones, and every NRL or AFL game live. If you’re a stickler for these types of premium content, then you likely have no choice but to side with Telstra or Foxtel. However, if you’re just looking for American sports or EPL and some light entertainment, Optus with its Sports and Fetch bundles work well.
Is an Optus bundle worth the money?
Optus certainly presents its case well – $85 per month, and you get access to premium streaming through Fetch AND every EPL game? That sounds pretty tough to beat, and for EPL nuts alone it may be worth the fee. However, Optus faces some stiff competition, and it’s not so much about price but more so about what’s on offer.
- Telstra and Foxtel are priced higher than Optus but both offer bundles with Foxtel in them, including access to the Sports packages. Basic entertainment starts at about $100 each month, while for sports you’ll be paying closer to $130 per month.
With these two you also get access to HBO, something which Optus cannot provide. Ultimately it comes down to what you’re after. If you’re after EPL and entertainment, it’s hard to go past Optus. However, if you want NRL, AFL and HBO, it’s tough to go past Foxtel or Telstra. All have their unique selling points, it just comes down to what provider fits your needs best.