We've known for a while that Optus was planning to offer its own version of the FetchTV platform, and it finally goes on sale this week. For $9.95 a month (over a 24-month contract), you get a set-top box with a one-terabyte hard drive and the ability to schedule recordings across FetchTV's channel suite.
Optus says the basic service charge of $9.95 a month will be "credited back" if you sign up to its $109 a month phone and broadband bundle. You also have to pay a $35 set-up fee. Additional on-demand movies are the usual FetchTV prices ($5.95 for new releases, $3.95 for older titles), as are additional channel packs for kids, music and documentary ($6.95 each a month, and you can switch them on or off at will).
The main service goes on sale later this week; the minimum connection speed is 3Mbps, which might knock out a lot of regional customers. Mobile apps to control the platform are promised in November, while existing Optus services such as Go Places and Smart Safe will be added to the set-top box at a later date.