While it can be a tough choice to decide which streaming service you should subscribe to, choosing a plan or package can be even tougher, with each service offering plenty to choose from. As one of the bigger players in the local market, Foxtel has had to adapt to combat new competitors on the scene, with the brand offering a number of packages to entice customers to switch the channel over to Foxtel. One such option is Foxtel Now, but what is it and is it worth the money? Find out in this Canstar Blue guide.
What is Foxtel Now?
Launched back in 2013 as ‘Foxtel Play’, the service underwent a name change in 2017, switching to its current name of ‘Foxtel Now’. The big difference between Foxtel Now and the traditional Foxtel setup is that Foxtel Now requires less setup and installation, meaning you can stream just like you would with Netflix or Stan, ideal for when you want to crash on the couch as soon as you get home.
What shows are on Foxtel Now?
What shows you can watch on Foxtel Now will depend on which entertainment packs you add to your order. Some of the biggest and best shows include:
- Game of Thrones
- The Walking Dead
- Big Little Lies
- The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
- True Detective
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Mayans M.C.
In addition to TV shows and movies, you can also catch plenty of sports broadcasts, including American sports such as the NFL and NBA, along with Aussie broadcasts for the NRL and AFL.
Foxtel Now Packages & Prices
After a 10-day free trial, Foxtel Now starts from $25 a month with the Essentials base pack, which includes the Pop and Lifestyle packs, giving you shows such as Watchmen, Batwoman and The Great Australian Bake Off. You can also add other packs to your order, giving you more shows and movies to tune into. Additional packs include:
- Sport ($29) – Includes channels such as Fox League, Fox Sports, ESPN, beIN SPORTS and Eurosport.
- Movies ($20) – Includes channels such as Movies Premiere, Movies Kids, Movies Action, Movies Family, Movies Hits and Movies Greats.
- Drama Extra ($10) – Includes channels such as UKTV, Fox Crime, BBC First, Universal and FoxOne.
- Kids ($10) – Includes channels such as Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Cartoon Network and Disney Channel.
- Docos ($10) – Includes channels such as Discovery, National Geographic, Earth and History Channel.
- All Packs ($104) – If you can’t decide which packs you should get, or you like a bit of everything, Foxtel also offers all packs in the one subscription for a slightly cheaper price.
You’ll be able to pick and choose which packs you’d like to add to your order, meaning you can customise to suit your preferences when it comes to zoning out on the couch. While having plenty of choice is a good thing, you’ll have to be careful which packs you add, as you may quickly rack up a hefty monthly bill as well.
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How can I stream Foxtel Now?
Like many streaming services, you’ll simply have to log into Foxtel Now, find something you want to watch and then you’re good to go – provided you have a stable internet connection. Either log into Foxtel online or through the Foxtel Go app – a recent change with the demise of the Foxtel Now app – where you’ll be able to watch your favourite shows and movies.
What devices are compatible with Foxtel Now?
A streaming service isn’t much help if you can only watch it on one particular device. Thankfully Foxtel Now is available on a number of devices to help ensure that you don’t miss out on your favourite shows. Compatible devices include:
- Foxtel Now Box
- Sony Android TV
- Telstra TV
- PlayStation 4
- Chromecast or Airplay
- iOS and Android mobile, tablet and computer devices
If you have an older device, it’s always best to read the fine print on whether it’s compatible with Foxtel Now, as it may save you a bit of heartbreak and hassle further down the line.
What’s the difference between Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now?
With a number of products and options available, it can be tough to decide what you need when you’re signing up to Foxtel, and what the difference is between each product and plan. So, is there a difference between Foxtel Go and Foxtel Now, or is it all just marketing?
The main difference between the two services is that Foxtel Now is a standalone product from Foxtel, while Foxtel Go is an add-on when you sign up to a regular Foxtel service, meaning it becomes more of an argument between Foxtel Now and a regular subscription. However, this is where it all becomes a bit murky, as both offer multiple packages and plans to choose from, meaning what you want and how much you’re willing to spend will be a big factor in your decision.
With the cheapest Foxtel Now subscription available from just $25 per month, there is a bit of price difference, as the cheapest Foxtel Package costs around $60, depending on whether or not Foxtel has a special going. However, both offer you the chance to customise your order, meaning if you’re after a sports package, or you’re looking to get the latest movies, you can add them to order – for a price.
In addition to the price, device compatibility and available channels are also the biggest difference between the two, although this will come down to which package you purchase, as well as which device you’re hoping to watch your Foxtel shows on. As a result, it’s always best to read the fine print to ensure you’re getting what you’re after, and that your plans for a quiet Friday night in aren’t ruined.How does Foxtel Now compare to Netflix and Stan?
How does Foxtel Now compare to Netflix and Stan?
|Netflix (Basic Plan)||Stan (Basic Plan)||Foxtel Now (Essentials Pack)|
|Number of screens||1||1||2|
Source: Respective brand websites, November 2019
While Foxtel Now costs twice as much as a base subscription to either Stan or Netflix, the amount of content available may be what sways viewers. While Netflix and Stan have their own original series and productions, Foxtel has a host of exclusive content such as Game of Thrones, which simply isn’t available anywhere else (legally, anyway). And with live sports and new release movies, the bigger price tag may be justifiable if you can’t wait for a particular show or movie to pop up on another streaming platform.
Foxtel Now vs. Fetch TV
As well as facing competition from Netflix and Stan, Foxtel Now also has to battle Fetch TV. But what’s the difference between the two?
|Foxtel Now||Fetch TV (Mini Player)||Fetch TV (Mighty Player)|
|Initial Cost||$25/month for Essentials Pack||$169 RRP plus $1 activation fee||$449 RRP plus $1 activation fee|
|Additional Packs Costs||$10-29/month||$6/month for one, or $20/month for all four||$6/month for one, or $20/month for all four|
|Netflix & Stan integration||No||Yes||Yes|
|Number of screens||2||2||2|
Source: Respective brand websites, November 2019
While a more expensive initial cost, Fetch TV’s additional packs do come at a cheaper price, which does offset some of the hurt to your back pocket. However, Fetch TV has a number of deals and offers with multiple internet providers, meaning you can potentially pick it up for a discounted price, or simply have the cost added to your monthly internet bill.
In terms of content, both offer live TV, as well as options for sports, new release movies and shows, as well as stuff for the kids, meaning both may be worthwhile for households, provided you don’t mind shelling out a bit.
Is Foxtel Now worth the money?
Choosing a streaming subscription can be tough, especially with so many options available on the Aussie market right now. While it could be tempting to simply sign up with Netflix or Stan, they may not offer the shows and movies that you’re after.
Foxtel Now may be better suited for those who aren’t sure about signing up to the full Foxtel experience, but still want to keep up to date with new releases, documentaries and sports. While more expensive than other streaming services, Foxtel Now does give you the option to also pick and choose packages, meaning you can customise to your liking, meaning fighting over the remote or scrolling for ages looking for a worthwhile show to watch may become a thing of the past.
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