Foxtel Packages: How to get the best deal

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While it has plenty of competition when it comes to binge-worthy TV shows, Foxtel still has lots to offer for when you’re looking to spend some quality time relaxing on the couch. Whether you’re big on your sports or looking to stay up to date with new movie releases, Foxtel provides a number of packages – or ‘bundles’ as they’re now referred to – to choose from, each with a combination of channels so that you get your fix of drama, entertainment, movies, sport, or a mix of all four.

So, what packages does Foxtel have on offer, and how much do they cost? Read on to find out what’s available, and what you can expect with each bundle.

Foxtel Packages

In addition to services such as Foxtel Now and Foxtel Go, Foxtel offers a number of channel bundles to choose from, which includes similar content packaged together. Think of it as using the ‘Recommended for you’ section of YouTube or Spotify, because chances are, if you’re a fan of one sport, then you’ll be interested in keeping up with the results of another, or keeping up with similar movies or TV programs to that series you just binged over the weekend. Hence the Foxtel package.

With most of Foxtel’s packages, you’ll be given the option to either sign up to a no lock-in contract option, or a 12-month plan. Some of the 12-month plans waive the installation fee of the Foxtel iQ4 set-top box as an incentive for you to sign up for the year, as well as offer cheaper month-to-month costs, while the no lock-in contract option means you can always back out if you’ve watched everything that you needed to. However, it’s always best to read the full T&Cs before you sign up to any deal, or plan to avoid any nasty surprises when the bill comes around.

With a new range of packages available, here’s what you can sign up to with Foxtel:

Foxtel Package Costs

How much will each Foxtel package set you back and is there a difference between a no lock-in contract and 12-month plan? The table below lists the price of Foxtel packages under 12-month contract, and no contract:

Bundle 12-month plan (per month) No lock-in contract (per month)
Platinum Plus Bundle $139 $139
Premium & Netflix Bundle $96 $111
Sports HD & Netflix Bundle $71 $86
Movies HD & Netflix Bundle $71 $81
Foxtel Plus & Netflix Bundle $61 $61
Foxtel Plus Bundle $49 $49
Premium Bundle $84* $99
Sports HD Bundle $59* $74
Movies HD Bundle $59* $69

Source: Prices collected from Foxtel website, October 2019. *Special Offer at the time of writing, October 2019.

While the 12-month plan would save you a bit of money on a monthly basis, you’re locked in for the full year, meaning if you run out of TV shows to watch, you may be left paying for something that you don’t use, so a no lock-in contract may be wiser if you’re only looking to catch up on the latest season of your favourite show.

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Brand Subscription Type No. of Screens/same time viewing Advertised Cost^^/month
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Basic Subscription

  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

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Premium Subscription

  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 3 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $35 over 1 month

3No. of Screens /same time viewing $35
Advertised Cost/month
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Platinum Plus Bundle

The most expensive package from Foxtel, the Platinum Plus Bundle is also the BIGGEST available, which might be a suitable option for large households, or those who always seem to fight for the remote. The Platinum HD package includes 95 channels, including HD channels for those who only want the best of viewing. Costing $139 a month, the Platinum HD pack isn’t for the faint of heart, or those on a budget, but may be worth it for those looking for the most bang for their buck, or who just like having plenty to choose from for those nights in.

Channels included in the Platinum Plus Bundle:

  • Fox Sports
  • Fox League
  • Fox Cricket
  • Fox Showcase
  • Discovery Channel
  • National Geographic
  • E!
  • Cartoon Network
  • Premiere Movies
  • Netflix

Premium & Netflix Bundle

Another of Foxtel’s packages that will cost you over $100 a month, the Premium & Netflix Bundle offers a variety of channels that could prove ideal for when you want to keep up to date with plenty of shows, movies, news and sports. The final price tag of $111 per month may turn a few people off, but with lots of entertainment available, it may be ideal for large households.

Channels included in the Premium & Netflix Bundle:

  • BBC First
  • Fox Classics
  • CNN
  • National Geographic
  • Premiere Movies
  • ESPN
  • beIN Sports
  • Boomerang
  • Nickelodeon
  • Netflix

Sport HD & Netflix Bundle

Ideal for those who like catching all the sporting action in high-definition, the Sport HD & Netflix Bundle is the best middle ground for sports nuts and those who enjoy a Netflix binge. Costing $86 a month, the bundle includes 13 live HD sports channels, showcasing over 50 sports.

Channels included in the Sport HD & Netflix Bundle:

  • Fox Showcase
  • MTV
  • Lifestyle
  • BBC World News
  • Fox Sports News
  • Fox Cricket
  • Fox Sports 503
  • Fox Footy
  • ESPN
  • Netflix

Movies HD & Netflix Bundle

The option for movie-buffs, the Movies HD & Netflix Bundle offers a combination of both new releases and old-school flicks for you to choose from when it comes to your next movie night in. Costing $81 per month, this bundle includes 10 channels of ad-free movies, with Foxtel stating that they have over 1,000 movies On Demand, covering all of your bases regardless of what you’re in the mood for.

Channels included in the Movies HD & Netflix Bundle:

  • Fox8
  • UKTV
  • Sky Racing
  • BBC Earth
  • Fox Classics
  • Premiere Movies
  • Kids Movies
  • Thriller Movies
  • Family Movies
  • Netflix

Foxtel Plus & Netflix Bundle

Costing $61 a month, the Foxtel Plus & Netflix Bundle features over 50 channels, primarily surrounding Foxtel’s entertainment and drama packs, with documentary, lifestyle and reality channels also included within the bundle.

Channels included in the Foxtel Plus & Netflix Bundle:

  • 13th Street
  • Nick Jr.
  • TLC
  • Lifestyle
  • Max
  • National Geographic
  • Foxtel Music
  • Sky News
  • Aurora
  • Netflix

Foxtel Plus Bundle

With more than 50 channels from Foxtel’s entertainment and drama packages, the Foxtel Plus Bundle is the cheapest option available, setting you back $49 a month, which if you’re big on your documentaries, music or news, may be well worth the price tag.

Channels included in the Foxtel Plus Bundle:

  • Fox Showcase
  • BBC First
  • Arena
  • E!
  • Fox8
  • UKTV
  • National Geographic
  • MTV Music
  • Fox Sports News
  • CMC

Premium Bundle

Costing $99 per month, the Foxtel Premium Bundle includes a variety of channels to keep all the family entertained, whether you’re looking for a movie, TV show or sports event to keep everyone happy. With over 50 different sports available via 13 HD channels – along with multiple movie channels to find that one film you’ve been meaning to watch – the Premium Bundle may take the stress out of family time in front of the TV.

Channels included in the Premium Bundle:

  • BBC First
  • Fox Classics
  • Lifestyle
  • Discovery Channel
  • Premiere Movies
  • Family Movies
  • Fox Cricket
  • Fox League
  • Discovery Kids
  • Cartoon Network

Sports HD Bundle

Including 13 live HD sports channels with a dedicated Fox Sports Ultra HD channel for when you want to catch the best bits in high definition, the Sports HD Bundle may be worthwhile for those who enjoy any and all sports. Costing $74 a month, the Sports HD Bundle includes a number of entertainment channels for when your team has a bye week.

Channels included in the Sports HD Bundle:

  • Fox Cricket
  • Fox League
  • Fox Footy
  • Fox Sports
  • ESPN
  • beIN Sports
  • Eurosport
  • Fox Sports News
  • BBC Earth
  • Fox Showcase

Movies HD Bundle

The Movies HD Bundle might be an option for those who are keen to keep up to date with new movie and TV shows. Costing $69 a month, the Movies HD Bundle includes over 1,000 movies on demand for those days on the couch, with HD quality available to give you the full experience.

Channels included in the Movies HD Bundle:

  • Premiere Movies
  • Action Movies
  • Comedy Movies
  • Masterpiece Movies
  • Movie Greats
  • Boomerang
  • Lifestyle
  • Foxtel Music
  • TLC
  • Fox8

What else do the Foxtel Bundles include?

In addition to the channels that come with each bundle, you’ll also have access to the Foxtel Go app, which allows you to watch TV live and on-demand, as well as the MyFoxtel App, which allows you to manage your account and access support.

Can I build my own Foxtel bundle?

If none of the above bundles catch your eye, Foxtel gives you the option to build your own, meaning you can get exactly what you’re after. You can choose between a 12-month plan or no lock-in contract, with two base options available to start with – the Foxtel Plus bundle, or the Foxtel Plus with Netflix bundle.

Once you’ve chosen your base option, you can add the Sports HD package ($25/month), Movies HD package ($20/month), Kids ($5/month) or the Favourites package ($20/month) to keep you and your household entertained with the shows and movies they want.

You can also add on Multiroom Casting ($15/month) to watch multiple streams in multiple rooms of the home, as well as the HD option ($10/month) for those who want the very best quality. You can even add the Foxtel magazine ($3.95/month) to your order to make sure you don’t miss a program.

Foxtel also offers specialty channels to be added to your order, including Antenna Pacific ($23/month) for your Greek TV needs, RAI International ($23/month) for Italian content as well as Sky Racing + ($5) for those after a few racetrack thrills.

  • While you won’t be able to remove channels from each package or bundle, you’ll still be able to personalise your bundle to suit your entertainment needs.

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Is Foxtel worth it?

With plenty of competition in the streaming market, it can be tough to decide what to chuck up on the big screen for your night in. While other streaming options such as Netflix or Stan are certainly cheaper alternatives to Foxtel, the ‘original’ big name in home entertainment in Australia still has plenty of value on offer, but it all comes down to finding the right package for your needs and budget. Give thought to which channel packs you’ll actually use – they might all sound great on paper (or online) but remember that there are only so many hours in the evening, and you’re unlikely to get to watch everything. Focus on what you REALLY want – you could always add in extra channels later on.

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