Ask LH: Has Foxtel Been Censoring 'Game Of Thrones' For Classification Purposes?

Dear Lifehacker, I know Foxtel doesn’t always show fully-uncut films on its movie channels. I’m wondering whether it also trims “inappropriate” content from TV shows? The reason I ask is because Game of Thrones is classified R18+ on DVD but only MA15+ on Foxtel’s Showcase channel. What’s going on? Is Foxtel editing the episodes to attain a lower rating?

CHOICE Doesn't Get The Difference Between Renting And Owning Media

Consumer advocate CHOICE has consistently argued that Australians get a raw deal when it comes to digital media. Unfortunately, the crux of its argument often consists of comparing entirely different products, which diminishes intelligent discussion on an important issue.

Foxtel Slashes Subscription Prices By Up To 50%

Foxtel has announced an aggressive new pricing strategy that will see subscription prices drop by as much as 50 per cent in November. The major pricing revamp coincides with a new IQ3 video recorder and the announcement of a “triple play” bundle that will combine television, broadband and home phone services into a single package. Here’s an overview of the new packages and services.

Foxtel's Presto Movie Streaming Halves Price To $9.99 A Month

When it launched back in March, Foxtel’s no-contract streaming movies service Presto cost $19.99. From Sunday, that price will drop to $9.99 a month.

How Many People Use Netflix In Australia?

Netflix is rumoured to enter Australia early next year (that was later essentially confirmed), but that doesn’t stop a few enterprising Australians from accessing it now. Actually, it’s more than a few.

Briefly: Best Steam Sale Deals, Celebrity Selfies, Fish-Killing Spiders

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: the best Steam Sale gaming bargains, the angriest anti-Foxtel rant you’ll ever hear, scientists discover that spiders kill and eat fish too.

Presto Coming To Android Tablets, Chromecast In July

Foxtel’s movie streaming service Presto will be coming to select Android tablets — and Google Chromecast — this July. This will provide Presto customers with a fuss-free way to watch movies on their TV screens with no cables required.

Briefly: Foxtel Pirate Jailed, Uber Adds Pizza, Tough Video Games

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Foxtel pirate gets six months in jail, Uber offers free pizza delivery for Melt customers, why do people “enjoy” difficult video games?

Why You May Need To Stop Watching Game Of Thrones

If you’re a fan of both the Game Of Thrones TV show and the fantasy books it is based on, we have some troubling news for you. Yesterday, Season 4 officially crossed over into uncharted territory, revealing plot details and characters that have yet to show up in the actual books (George R. R. Martin is still in the process of writing them y’see). You now have the unenviable choice of spoiling future books or blacklisting the TV show entirely.