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Entertainment streaming services like Stan and Netflix offer access to a wide range of content cheaply and at the viewers’ preferred time. So where does this leave traditional Pay TV models like Foxtel? Whatever strategy is employs, its road into the future is going to be treacherous — and costly.

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With Netflix kicking down the door for affordable streaming prices in Australia, Foxtel is more desperate to woo new customers than ever. One of its chief carrots is the popular HBO series Game Of Thrones which remains exclusive to the pay TV network during its initial run. In a bid to entice fans of the show, Foxtel Play is knocking $20 off its monthly Premium Movies & Drama package — just in time for Game Of Thrones season five. The process is a bit finicky, however.

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One of the stranger features of the Australian TV landscape is the anti-siphoning rule: a list of key sporting events which free-to-air TV essentially has exclusive access to, blocking out pay TV platforms from bidding. Despite current plans to deregulate much of the local TV industry, the Federal Coalition government appears to have no plans to change that.

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Next year, Foxtel will once again be the only place to watch Game Of Thrones legally in Australia thanks to an extended partnership with HBO. (Boo!) For those who refuse to pirate, there is one small consolation: from today, Foxtel is dropping its subscription prices by as much as 50 per cent. It's also adding some new channels, including the on-demand BoxSets. Here's a recap of what's new.

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Foxtel is adding nine new entertainment, sports and educational channels to its HD lineup, bringing the total to 36. Customers with an IQ2 or MyStarHD set-top box will gain access to the new HD channels, including Arena, Fox Sports News, History and the Universal Channel. Having a social life is probably overrated.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Foxtel has officially launched its long-promised Foxtel Play service, promising no-contract pay TV through your internet connection. But which channels are excluded, how much bandwidth will you chew up, which channels can you watch for free, what devices will be supported in the future, and is it worth it? Find out with our exhaustive guide.

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As our weekend guru Logan predicted, Foxtel Go — the catch-up service which lets you watch Foxtel content on your mobile — is now available on Android, albeit only if you're running some Samsung Galaxy devices. It has also been made available for Windows PCs and Macs. Of interest to everyone using the service: you can now register it on up to three separate devices, up from the previous limit of two.

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Foxtel has announced a deal that would give it exclusive access to content from the BBC from mid-2014 onwards. That means that BBC Comedy and Drama shows will be moved away from their traditional home on the ABC and onto a new channel from Foxtel. So what does this mean for Doctor Who fans?

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Dear Lifehacker, I was subscribed to both Showtime and Movie Network for eight years. I wish to make a complaint to the ACCC (or other organisation) regarding the cut in service without a reduction in charges. To this end, is it possible to get a full list of the channels that were in the old Showtime & Movie Network packages? To complain, I believe I will need formal evidence of the old and new packages. Any advice? Thanks, Frustrated With Foxtel.

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In some ways, this is the argument that never ends. Over the weekend, American director David Petrarca stated that he wasn't fussed about people pirating Games Of Thrones, because it creates a "cultural buzz" around the product. I'm not entirely convinced.