Foxtel has just announced the pricing and availability of their Xbox 360 offering. Are you ready for Pay IPTV?
The 'Get Started' package, which is the basic connection you'll need to watch Foxtel through your Xbox, costs $20 a month and includes 11 channels: FOX8, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel [V] , LifeStyle YOU, Discovery, National Geographic Channel, TV1, SKY NEWS, FOX Sports News and CNN. The service includes live streaming of all 11 channels.
For an additional $10 a month each, subscribers can add extra packages like Entertainment, Sports, and two different movie packages. Included in each pack are the following channels: Entertainment: MTV Hits, MTV Classic, [V]Hits, UKTV, Disney, The Comedy Channel, Discovery Turbo MAX, Nat Geo Adventure, Universal Channel, BBC Knowledge, and SCI FI Sports: FOX SPORTS PLAY, ESPN, Eurosport and FUEL TV Showtime: showcase and showtime premiere Movie Network: Movie One and Movie Two
In addition to the live streaming channels, there's also Catch Up TV offerings on selected channels, which allows customers to watch programming on their own terms. Not every channel has a catch up TV offering, but those that do include: FOX8, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel [V] , LifeStyle YOU, Discovery, National Geographic Channel, SKY NEWS and CNN from the Get Started package; UKTV, Disney, The Comedy Channel, Discovery Turbo MAX, Nat Geo Adventure and BBC Knowledge from the Entertainment package, plus about 100 movies a month from the Movie Network package and about 70 movies a month from the Showtime package.
Finally, there will also be on demand content across the board, with new release movies costing $5.95, library movies costing $3.95, TV episodes costing $2.95 and some kids TV episodes available for $1.95.
The entire service will be available from early November, but will only be available to people who canalready get Foxtel. You'll also need an Xbox Live Gold account, and a minimum of 1.5Mbps home broadband speed.
Overall, it's significantly cheaper than a full Foxtel subscription, but it's still more than many might be willing to pay. There's also question marks over the video quality - it's certainly not going to be HD. But on the upside - more IPTV services are always welcome, even if you have to pay for them. Right?