Foxtel packages for new and existing customers compared

How do Foxtel's residential packages compare for value these days?

Foxtel
Foxtel residential
Starts at
$60
/mth
  • pro
    Foxtel iQ5 set-top box included
  • pro
    Satellite installation available
  • Fire Emoji
    Discounts on 12-month plans
  • Fire Emoji
    Netflix included with Platinum plans
Foxtel Now
Foxtel Now
Starts at
$25
/mth
  • pro
    Build your own package
  • pro
    No contract or installation
  • con
    Foxtel iQ box not included
  • Fire Emoji
    10-day free trial
Brodie Fogg
May 20, 2024
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Foxtel may have had the Australian pay TV market in a chokehold for the better part of the last three decades, but its dominance down under began to falter when streaming video-on-demand services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video hit the Australian market. Despite the success of those services, Foxtel is still a popular medium for Australians looking for their small-screen fix.

Foxtel has tried its hand at this whole streaming thing a few times over now. Foxtel Now, Binge, Kayo, Flash and now LifeStyle (not to mention Presto, RIP) but throughout it all, the traditional residential product has managed to hang in there. How it's managed such a feat will be studied for generations to come but there's no denying that Foxtel is still an incredibly popular media product here in Australia. 

If you're one of the many loyal Australians researching Foxtel's current plans and packages, you'll find everything you need to know, including your best streaming alternatives, below.   

Graphic of Foxtel iQ5 box, Foxtel remote and a Television showing the Foxtel menu
Pictured: Foxtel iQ5 box

How much does Foxtel cost?


These days, Foxtel can cost anywhere from $60 per month to $140 per month. There are five different channel packs all priced separately with a sizable discount if you sign up for 12 months at a time.

Month-to-month customers will also fork an additional $35 setup fee and will have to front the $199 charge for the Foxtel iQ5 hardware too whereas those who sign up for 12 months will have those charges waived.

What is Foxtel Go?

Foxtel Go is a benefit for existing Foxtel customers. It's not a streaming service like Netflix but it does operate in a similar way if you already pay for Foxtel or Foxtel Now. 

Basically, the Foxtel Go app gives you access to your regular Foxtel content (on-demand and linear television) through another compatible device. 

If you've got your login details handy, you can instantly start watching all the content available with your regular Foxtel package on smartphones and tablets (iOS and Android,) or PC and Mac via Chrome and Safari web browsers. 

If you're already a Foxtel subscriber, follow this link to start streaming with Foxtel Go

Package
Month-to-month cost
12-month plan cost
Netflix Standard
Inclusions
More info
Foxtel Plus$70/mth$60/mth+$15/mth60+ channels for news, entertainment, lifestyle, documentaries, kids and more
Foxtel Movies$95/mth$69/mth+$15/mth60+ Foxtel Plus channels, 10 Movie channels, On-demand movies
Foxtel Platinum Plus$140/mth$99/mthIncluded60+ Foxtel Plus channels, 10 Movie channels, On-demand movies, 9 Sport channels, Netflix Standard included
Foxtel Sport$100/mth$69/mth+$15/mth60+ Foxtel Plus channels, 9 Sport channels
Foxtel Sport + Movies$125/mth$84/mth+$15/mth60+ Foxtel Plus channels, 10 Movie channels, On-demand movies, 9 Sport channels

➕ Foxtel add-ons

Above are the basic packages but there are a few other niche add-ons Foxtel offers. The monthly cost of each add-on will be added to the monthly cost of your selected package:

Add-on
Description
Price
See more
Antenna Pacific
Greek TV channel+$23/mth
Rai ItaliaRAI International
Italian news, drama and sports+$23/mth
Multiroom Foxtel iconFoxtel Multiroom
Additional iQ5 box for another room+$25/mth
+$199 equipment fee + $35 connection fee
Foxtel MagazineFoxtel Magazine
Monthly paperback Foxtel TV guide delivered+$5.95/mth
Netflix logo
Is it worth bundling Foxtel and Netflix?

Foxtel Residential customers can add a Standard Netflix subscription to their bill on any plan for an additional $15 per month, but if you're considering the all-inclusive Foxtel Platinum Plus package, a Netflix Standard subscription is included in the cost. 

That's not as generous as it seems. On Foxtel's side, there's no real difference between the $84 Foxtel Movies + Sport plan and the $99 Foxtel Platinum Plus plan. So you're still paying $15 per month for Standard Netflix, Foxtel is just putting it in a single bill. 

At the end of the day, the only benefit you get for bundling your Netflix with Foxtel is that both services will be billed as a single payment. 

Foxtel packages and channels


The Foxtel channel packages listed above each include some variation for three different channel packs. Those three packs are Foxtel Plus, the basics, Movies and Sports, pretty self-explanatory. The short version is the more you spend, the more you get. But if you don't fancy sport, you can save money by just taking the Foxtel Movies pack. If you don't need a Netflix subscription but want everything else Foxtel offers, you can save $15 per month by choosing the Foxtel Movies + Sports package. 

Foxtel Plus is the foundation for every package. It's the required channel pack that costs $60 per month on its own (on a 12-month plan) and includes over 60 channels of generalist content (FOX 8, Showcase, LifeStyle, etc.) Foxtel Sports is available from $69 per month and includes nine sports channels (FOX Sport, ESPN, etc.,) as well as everything included in Foxtel Plus. Foxtel Movies includes all the Foxtel Plus channels in addition to 10 movie channels and an on-demand movie library from $69 per month on a 12-month plan. All of that bundled together (plus a Netflix Standard subscription) will cost you $99 per month on a 12-month plan. 

Click on the channel packs below to reveal the complete list of channels available with each pack: 

  • Showcase
  • BBC First
  • BBC UKTV
  • FOX8
  • Universal
  • Arena
  • WWE
  • Real Life
  • TLC
  • A&E
  • Foxtel ONE
  • Crime
  • Comedy Channel
  • Docos
  • Classics
  • Sleuth
  • Box Sets
  • History Channel
  • Discovery
  • BBC Earth
  • Crime+ Investigation
  • Investigation Discovery
  • Discovery Turbo
  • LifeStyle
  • LifeStyle Food
  • LifeStyle Home
  • CBeebies
  • Cartoon Network
  • Dreamworks
  • Boomerang
  • Animal Planet
  • Fox Sports News
  • Sky One
  • Sky Two
  • Sky Thoroughbred Central
  • Racing.com
  • BBC News
  • CNN
  • Aljazeera
  • CNBC
  • MSNBC
  • Bloomberg Television
  • Sky News
  • Sky News Extra
  • Sky News Weather
  • Sky News UK
  • FOX NEWS Channel
  • China Global Television
  • Network
  • CGTN Documentary
  • NHK World Japan
  • MTV Hits
  • Club MTV
  • MTV 80s
  • Nickmusic
  • CMT
  • TVSN
  • Expo
  • Aurora
  • GOOD
  • SBN
  • Daystar
  • Movies Premiere
  • Movies Family
  • Movies Action
  • Movies Comedy
  • Movies Drama
  • Movies Hits
  • Movies Greats
  • Movies Romance
  • Movies 4K Ultra HD
  • Lifetime Movie Network
  • Fox Cricket
  • Fox League
  • Fox Sports 503
  • Fox Footy
  • Fox Sports 505
  • Fox Sports 506
  • Fox Sports More+ 507
  • ESPN
  • ESPN2
What about Foxtel Main Event?

Foxtel Main Event is Australia's destination for premiere pay-per-view sporting events. These days it's mostly concerned with UFC, Boxing and AEW (wrestling) but at the time of writing, there are no boxing events scheduled. Main Events are available through Foxtel or Kayo and are typically priced between $49.95 and $59.95. 

For up-to-date Main Event programming, head over to the official website


How much does Foxtel Now cost?

Now that we've discussed Foxtel residential packages, it's worth considering your alternatives. If you're not too attached to your iQ5 box and have decent WiFi speeds, you could save yourself some money with Foxtel Now.

Foxtel Now is the company's answer to on-demand streaming services like Netflix. It features most of Foxtel's most popular content on a variety of cheaper streaming plans with no contract.

The one major difference is that Foxtel Now is BYO device, unlike traditional Foxtel which includes an iQ5 set-top box.

Foxtel Now features most of the same content as Foxtel at every plan tier, but not everything. It also caps out at HD streaming (no 4K here) and doesn't offer Foxtel Rewards or Foxtel's Netflix offer.

With that said, the plans are definitely cheaper and come with a 10-day free trial so you can try before you buy. Ranging from $25 per month to $84 per month, Foxtel Now isn't priced to match most other streaming services but it's still a good deal cheaper than traditional Foxtel. Here's how much bundled Foxtel Now packs cost:

Service
Details
Monthly price
More info
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$25/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now Essentials + Drama Extra
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels
Drama Extra: 7 premium drama channels
Deal: 10-day free trial
$35/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaEssentials + Movies plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels + Movies on-demand
Deal: 10-day free trial
$45/mth
Foxtel Now | 2022 logo | Reviews.org AustraliaFoxtel Now All Packs plan
HD streaming
2 streams
Access to over 30 channels + Movies on-demand + Live sports + Drama Extra, Kids and Docos
Deal: 10-day free trial
$58/mth*
*First 12mths. Then $84/mth

What about Hubbl?

Foxtel's most recent product is an odd one. When Foxtel subsidiary Streamotion launched its range of Hubbl hardware (a streaming box and smart TV,) the company took the opportunity to rebrand. The name Streamotion landed on? Hubbl. So Hubbl is a company, a new line of streaming hardware, but also an entirely new platform that aggregates multiple streaming services. Clear as mud. 

It's difficult to compare Hubbl with Foxtel and Foxtel Now because Hubbl itself isn't a streaming service, but rather a platform that supports its various streaming apps like Binge, Kayo, Flash and LifeStyle. Still, if you were to subscribe to all four services, you'd get access to almost everything Foxtel offers, and if you do so via the Hubbl platform (exclusive to the Hubbl streaming box and Hubbl Glass smart TV,) you would be eligible for a decent discount thanks to the Stack & Save feature.

If you outlay the money for a Hubbl streaming box or Hubbl Glass TV ($99 and $1549, respectively) you'll get access to Stack & Save. This feature gives you a tiered discount if you subscribe to select streaming apps (Binge, Kayo Sport, Flash, LifeStyle and Netflix are all eligible.) 

Here's the Stack & Save discount structure: 

  • Stack 3 apps: Save $5 per month
  • Stack 4 apps: Save $10 per month
  • Stack 5 apps: Save $15 per month

And here's the starting price for every eligible service: 

Streaming service
Starting price
Stack & Save
Single View Billing
More information
$10/mth
Icon Yes  DarkYes
Icon Yes  DarkYes
$25/mth
Icon Yes  DarkYes
Icon Yes  DarkYes
$8/mth
Icon Yes  DarkYes
Icon Yes  DarkYes
$8/mth
Icon Yes  DarkYes
Icon Yes  DarkYes
$13.99
conNo
Icon Yes  DarkYes

There's no Hubbl discount without the Hubbl hardware, however. So you're going to have to fork out for the Hubbl streaming box or Hubbl Glass Smart TV if you want to take advantage of the Stack & Save discounts. Here's how much Hubbl and Hubbl Glass cost and where you can buy them: 

Device
Colours
Price
Availability
More information
Black$99Harvey Norman, JB HI-FI and Hubbl.com.au
Anthracite Black, Ceramic White, Ocean Blue, Racing Green or Dusky Pink$1549Harvey Norman and Hubbl.com.au
Anthracite Black, Ceramic White, Ocean Blue, Racing Green or Dusky Pink$1995Harvey Norman and Hubbl.com.au

Foxtel deals for new customers

If you're a legacy Foxtel customer, you might get frustrated at this next part. But if you're coming to Foxtel fresh, good for you. Unfortunately, Foxtel rewards new customers much more than it does existing customers.

New customers can save up to $41 per month if they sign up for a 12-month plan. For example, Foxtel Platinum Plus (the all-inclusive Foxtel plan) is discounted to $99 per month from $140 per month if new customers sign up for 12 months. Existing customers don't get the same deal for signing up for another 12 months and new customers will pay full price if they decide to go month-to-month straight off the bat.

The same applies for all of Foxtel's 12-month deals. So if you've already got Foxtel and you're looking to switch your package, you'll pay full price no matter which plan you choose.

Here's the list of discounted Foxtel package pricing for new customers who sign up for a 12-month plan:

Package
12-month plan cost
Inclusions
More info
Foxtel Plus$60/mth60+ channels for news, entertainment, lifestyle, documentaries, kids and more
Foxtel Movies$69/mth60+ Foxtel Plus channels, 10 Movie channels, On-demand movies
Foxtel Platinum Plus$99/mth60+ Foxtel Plus channels, 10 Movie channels, On-demand movies, 9 Sport channels, Netflix Standard included
Foxtel Sport$69/mth60+ Foxtel Plus channels, 9 Sport channels
Foxtel Sport + Movies$84/mth60+ Foxtel Plus channels, 10 Movie channels, On-demand movies, 9 Sport channels

Foxtel deals for existing customers

Image of existing Foxtel Rewards

Foxtel isn't as generous towards existing customers, it seems. In place of the generous savings listed above, Foxtel introduced a loyalty rewards program. Previously known as Foxtel First, Foxtel Rewards grants long-time subscribers with a series of increasingly valuable benefits the longer they've been a customer. It's not really comparable to the discounts for new customers but it's something. 

The longer you've been a Foxtel customer, the more rewards you get. Here are the tenures for each tier: 

  1. Bronze: 0-3 years
  2. Silver: 3-8 years
  3. Gold: 8-15 years
  4. Diamond: 15+ years.

There's a standard set of benefits for all Foxtel Rewards members that includes cheap movie tickets, a complimentary movie rental from the Foxtel store, discounted concert and event tickets and exclusive deals through ICONIC and Readly, but the tiered rewards are subject to change. 

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Brodie Fogg is the Australian editorial lead at Reviews.org. He has covered consumer tech, telecommunications, video games, streaming and entertainment for over five years at websites like WhistleOut and Finder and can be found sharing streaming recommendations at 7NEWS every month.

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