Briefly: Foxtel Blasts Game Of Thrones Pirates, Astounding Abodes, Decomposition Explanied

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: Foxtel’s open letter to Game of Thrones pirates, get 20 per cent off ASOS clothing, the 10 best houses of the year.

Ask LH: Will Game Of Thrones Season 4 Be On Google Play?

Hey Lifehacker, Google Play has recently begun selling TV shows in Australia. I’ve noticed that some new-release episodes have been made available on the Play Store shortly after their broadcast in the US (namely The Walking Dead). Given that the new season of Game Of Thrones is beginning this coming Monday, I wanted to know if it will be made available on the Play Store. I’m aware of HBO’s exclusivity deal with Foxtel, and that it won’t be available on iTunes, but I’m definitely not going to take out a Foxtel subscription just for one show. Any insights?

Foxtel Presto: Everything You Need To Know

Foxtel’s Presto subscription streaming movie service officially launches on 13 March. Unlike regular Foxtel, you don’t have to sign up for a long-term subscription — but does that make it worth $19.99 a month? Here’s what you need to know about where it works, what it offers, and why there isn’t an Android version yet.

Is Foxtel's New Presto Movie Service Worth The Money?

Foxtel’s new online movie streaming service ‘Presto’ will be arriving on March 13 with prices starting at $19.99 per month. The service gives users unlimited access to the Foxtel Movies archive and seven live movie channels. New titles can be accessed on a pay-per-view basis. So is it worth the money? Lets see how the service stacks up against other no-contract offerings.

Get Game Of Thrones From Foxtel Play For $3 Per Episode (Sort Of)

The hotly-anticipated fourth season of HBO’s Game Of Thrones is set to debut in April. To the annoyance of many Australians, this year’s season will be shown exclusively on Foxtel, which means you no longer have the option of buying the episodes on iTunes shortly after transmission. Foxtel is offering an olive branch in the form of a Premium Movies & Drama package spearheaded by Game Of Thrones for just $10 per month. The downside is that you need to be a Foxtel Play customer to take advantage of the deal.

Foxtel Hikes Up Prices (Again)

Foxtel has announced it will be increasing the price of its Essentials Pack for new and existing customers, starting on 1 February 2014. Customers will have to pay an additional $2 per month.

iPlayer No More: The Future For BBC Content Online Looks Messy Down Under

The BBC’s iPlayer iOS app is a nifty (and legal) way for people outside the UK to access and download popular BBC content. However, it looks like plans for that service to expand to Android and potentially offer live content have been put to one side, with the BBC now planning to focus on a series of premium pay TV channels and streaming subscription content through its portal. For Aussie viewers, that means your main legal option is likely to be (gulp) a Foxtel subscription.

Catch Up With Foxtel Shows Online Via iQ EPG

Paying Foxtel customers can catch up with shows after their broadcast via Foxtel Go, but that works on a separate device rather than your TV. A new enhancement to the Foxtel iQ set-top box allows you to browse backwards in the on-screen electronic program guide (EPG) and watch shows you’ve missed.

Foxtel Presto, Foxtel Play, Quickflix, Fetch TV: How Do They Compare?

Foxtel has announced Presto, a $24.99 a month movie-centric streaming entertainment service. How does that compare with Foxtel’s existing Play offering and the rival services from Quickflix and Fetch?

Foxtel’s TV1 And SF To Close In December

Two of Foxtel’s most popular channels will go off the air at the end of the year.