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Foxtel with Sports HD (No Contract or Install Fees, Save $24) $50 P/M for First 12 Months & More @ Telstra

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I know Foxtel deals don’t go down too well on OzB… but footy season is about to start and I prefer instant on without issues compared to Kayo or the like.

Telstra has some good deals with no lock in contract and no minimum terms:

  • Foxtel with Sports HD $50 per month (Save $24 per month for the first 12 months)
  • Foxtel with Movies HD $50 per month (Save $19 per month for the first 12 months)
  • Foxtel with Sports and Movies HD and Kids Pack $70 per month (Save $29 per month for the first 12 months)
  • Foxtel Platinum Plus $99 per month (Save $40 per month for the first 12 months)

For new customers only. (NB: On sign up I was asked if I’ve had an active Foxtel connection within the last 3 months. I’m assuming that if you have and you still want this deal, you can get it by answering no.)

All these come with iQ4. I got the first version of the iQ4 box last year. My new installation occurred yesterday and I received the latest box and remote. It's a big upgrade with voice control (coming soon) and just seems much faster and smoother in general.

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  • +5 votes

    Kayo + Netflix is cheaper, and less ads.

  • -1 vote

    Not nearly as good as the 29 per month they offered a year ago

    • +1 vote

      That wasn’t HD and didn’t include free install ($25 for self
      Install was decent if you had that option)

  • +3 votes

    Murdoch’s anti-nbn monster.

  • +3 votes

    Is 4k worth double to you? I'd say no.

    Kayo is the best thing that's happened with streaming in Australia.

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      Ease of access, better quality, no buffering or internet streaming issues is worth double for me. And double being $25 (or $15) a month….

      • +4 votes

        Ease of access? One TV physically connected?
        No buffering? I've never had Kayo buffer and I'm on FTTN.

        • +1 vote

          Foxtel GO lets your stream on 5 devices. I have a HTPC connected to other TVs in the house. So have Foxtel in every room for same
          Price.

          I’ve only tried Kayo a couple times, but I’m not a fan of loading, clicking through, frozen streams etc.

          I’m ok with paying a bit extra to have my sport come through satellite and have the other options associated with having iq4

          I understand Kayo is cheaper. And if you want to save a few bucks, that’s fine. This deal is for people who prefer “instant” TV or who maybe don’t have fast internet

        • +1 vote

          Last NRL season I cancelled Kayo because I kept copping buffering during peak/popular NRL games. This was tested on different connections at different properties. It would work perfectly off peak, hoping its completely sorted this year

      • +1 vote

        Ease of use for Kayo, on TV remote, press Home, select Kayo, done
        Buffering: no buffering here on ABB 100/40 plan, doubt you'd get buffering on any ABB plan for that matter.

        • +2 votes

          I'm sure the Internet streaming is fine 99.9% of the time. But I've used it before and have had it freeze, app shut down, game is delayed by about a minute if not more at times.

          Again, I prefer the convenience of Satellite broadcast over saving a few bucks. As I'm sure there are others like me :)

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        no buffering or internet streaming issues

        you must have crap internet.

        i haven't had any issues with Kayo for over a year.

    • -4 votes

      I'd say yes if they have 4k content. 4k is the standard TV resolution nowadays.

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        4k isn't where the big improvement in PQ comes from. It's the things alongside it like HDR.

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          IQ4 does seem to have HDR settings within it. I haven’t had a deep look into it, but looking in the picture settings yesterday it showed what Tv model I had and CeC options, HDR, etc.

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            @Danstar: It may well, just pointing out that the biggest improvements in visuals aren't the number of pixels. Hdr, panel types etc etc are far more influential. 4ks big drastic improvement is for desktop real estate on a suitable size monitor.

    • +1 vote

      yes to free kayo

  • +5 votes

    So glad I have free access to Optus Sport for the only type of football I like to watch.

  • -1 vote

    Does it have football or not as that's on optus?

  • +7 votes

    beware that FOXTEL is like the cockroach motel, 'you can stay but you can never leave'.

    You can sign up with Telstra, but when you try to leave you are dealing with Foxtel and that is very difficult.

    1. you contact Foxtel and advise them you are cancelling the service, and are advised that's okay…next month you find you are charged again.

    2. you contact Foxtel to find out why you are still being charged and they have no record of the previous contact…next month you are charged again.

    3. you contact Foxtel to find out why you are still being charged and they advise you need to an additional step (something like speak to 'accounts' and not previously mentioned)…next month you are charged again.

    4. you contact Foxtel to find out why you are still being charged and they advised they are waiting on equipment to be returned via post (you need a return post number, again not previously mentioned).

    After 4 months of extra payments you have finally free of the Foxtel cockroach motel.

    • +7 votes

      I get foxtel every year and disconnect every year after footy season is done. And i get the usual spiel to try keep me on board, but I just say I'm moving overseas permanently

      When I return to post office, they give you a receipt saying you have returned equipment. As long as you've done that, their shouldn't be a problem….

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        Why do you need to give an excuse for disconnecting if you aren't getting another deal out of it?

        • +2 votes

          They are trying to give me another deal / ask me to keep my service on hold. So to stop them talking I give them that excuse

          Although, they’ve asked if I wanted to transfer my box to a family member a couple times now 😂

          • +2 votes

            @Danstar:

            they’ve asked if I wanted to transfer my box to a family member

            Tell them that's too personal and that you are not Tasmanian.

  • +1 vote

    You might want to mention this is for new customers only.

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    Are there in disadvantages getting Foxtel through Telstra as compared to direct?

    • +1 vote

      Negotiation options are more limited with Telstra in between.

      •  

        Thanks mate, not really an issue for me as my negotiation skills are limited anyway :D
        But if I still get Foxtel Go, 4k etc then it might be the way to go

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      None at all. Only difference is you get billed by telstra instead of Foxtel. Still managed by Foxtel

      Similar to how JB sell telstra deals.

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    Where is the deal. Streamed services are still cheaper

    • +4 votes

      This isn’t a streaming service deal.

      That’s like saying why go movies when you can wait for it to go on Netflix or FTa Tv

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    I’m using Kayo which is now $15/month through Telstra and I share with another person so this is quite a hard sell. The 4K sport is somewhat interesting and might be worth trying this for a month or two. Is Foxtel still delivered via HFC, or will they want to install a satellite dish?

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      They'll install satellite, they are phasing out cable connections totally

      •  

        As a renter wondering how the whole satellite dish thing works. Any links as to how this is done? Does it have to be fixed to roof or can I put it on my balcony or some other alternative?

  • +2 votes

    OP, you don't need to defend your deal, within the framework of what Foxtel provide it's a resonable deal.

    With that being said, people are perfectly within their rights to comment about alternatives.

    It's an apple vs oranges comparison of course, but people depending on their circumstances and preference would benefit from streaming options vs Foxtel.

    I notice you are trying to reply to a lot of comments, you don't need to defend the deal, it's solid. But people should be aware of other options out there they feel may be better.

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      I’m not defending the deal to say it’s better than any alternatives.

      I’m replying with my opinion.

      If people want to save a few dollars via Kayo then go for it. I’m sure everyone is well aware of the alternatives.

      Do you go to every deal and suggest alternatives / what you prefer ?

      Ps. I’m at work in front of PC all day. Passes the time replying on here to random people’s comments :D

      • +1 vote

        You keep saying save a few dollars, How is $50 v $25 is a few dollars. Also even if you use a BetEasy offer just once that 3 months free + $25/month. Assuming one only care about a season of your chosen sport (F1 for me) that's only 7 months I have to pay for:

        So 7 X 25 = $175 vs 10 X $50 = $500.

        Yep, $325 savings over a season of F1 is a few bucks LOL.

        •  

          Maybe $325 is considered a few bucks for some….

          I also actually watch the footy shows on fox footy and sky news

          •  

            @Danstar: Maybe a fool and his money are easily separated? Dunno.

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              @BlinkyBill: Unless you buy the 'no name' brands for your groceries, have the most economical car for your budget, never eat out, never do activities that cost money, don't have a high end mobile, buy a coffee a day, etc. etc. etc.

              Maybe a fool can only be noticed by other fools

  •  

    As of last week, you can now log in to the Foxtel app using your satellite details if you have mulitiscreen or multiroom.

    The app is available on TVs, the Vodafone TV, the Foxtel Now Box, the Nvidia Shield, and other Android TV boxes via sideloading:

    https://www.foxtel.com.au/support/products-and-features/the-...

    https://www.foxtel.com.au/shop/upgrade/multiroom.html

    •  

      Yeh. I tried logging into the Foxtel app on my Samsung TV. Said I need to pay to use it ($15 a month) which is stupid considering I can just use my HTPC to stream it to the Tv anyway

      •  

        Yeah - if you have a PC for each tv then you would just use those for Go without additional cost, or alternatively, use the Kodi add-on, which also does not cost anything more, and can be configured to use only one out of the five device slots, regardless of how many devices are using Kodi:

        https://www.matthuisman.nz/2019/05/foxtel-go-kodi-add-on.htm...

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          Yeh tried Kodi once before. But in all honestly, I’m quite lazy when it comes to watching sports. I just want to slap on the TV and have it start and on without issue. Also like the pause function when I need to go to the loo or get a beer 😅

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      Could you not just sideload Foxtel Go and avoid the extra fee altogether?

      Genuine question, I've never tried it. My experience with stooging Foxtel is running coax under the house from the VCR about 15 years ago and shoving an HDMI splitter in the back of a box a couple years back and running a 10 metre HDMI under the house to another room.

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        From memory there was only ever one or two Android boxes that you could load Go on without getting an "external display connected" error, and those needed to be forced to landscape and you had to use a mouse.

        IMO the best way right now is to use the Kodi add-on with a box that has a remote, like the Vodafone TV or Nvidia Shield

        •  

          Look I've never used Kodi but I have a Shield. If you could point me to a guide or something I'd check it out and be v grateful bud.

          Or don't, I'll probs Google it tomorrow if I remember.

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              @kirt: Just did it before, should have done this ages ago, took me longer to remember the login than to set it all up. Cheers, dude.

              I had the 20 buck a month deal through JB for basics and movies until September last year when they said the best they could do me was 29 to renew (still decent but didn't care, swore I'd pay no more than 20), all I watched was taped Simpsons and threw on the odd kid show for the 4 y/o. Paid for a year of Disney+ the second it came out for my unlimited fix of both, so Foxtel's of a bit less use now (oh yeah, I logged in with the old man's account, you'll never get him into the streaming age), but still pretty cool to cheat the system like this. Will definitely use to watch State of Origin with the missus in a few months since Kayo doesn't have it live and I get no god damn FTA reception in this house. Thanks again.

  •  

    I'm still on the $39 Sports + HD deal from years ago but it's getting harder and harder to get it back. I managed to renew it last year without much worry but this year they really played hardball and would only give me 4 months. $39 for satellite sport (split between two mind you) is the sweet spot IMO. Glad to see this deal out.

  • -2 votes

    Its quite funny that people are talking about buffering and stream quality.

    Like usual people who pirate get a more convenient, higher quality service without buffering or waiting.

    I have no idea why anyone would think this is a deal unless they are in a regional area.

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      You'd be surprised to see many of the regionals you talked of have fttp, not those hfc/fttn craps that most metro people have to deal with daily

  •  

    we Pay $15 a month for Foxtel, tacked on multicast to a friends subscription, I pay the $15 a month, Foxtel go add on on Kodi and have perfect streaming on tv, Kayo free for 3 months with the BetEasy deal haven’t paid for it for the last 6 months and just redid for the next 3. So currently $180 a year for all Foxtel channels, and $0 for Kayo.

  • -2 votes

    What happens to Foxtel cable when NBN comes along?

    We're going to be forced onto NBN soon. They've been digging up the streets and destroying all the nature strips over summer.

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