Foxtel has outlined the pricing for its Foxtel on Xbox 360 AFL broadcasts, which let you watch matches live through your console. It’s not cheap, but it is cheaper than getting a full-blown pay TV subscription.
The Footy Play channel launches on February 17, and will offer eight live games a week (which means one game a week will be a delayed broadcast). Up to five of those will be ad-free throughout the match. There will also be ad-free broadcasts of 25 NAB cup matches, plus access to a range of Foxtel’s existing AFL panel programs. A Footy Play+ catchup channel will show some games when there’s a clash with multiple live games at the same time. The announcement release doesn’t mention what happens with semi-finals and grand finals.
The service is free for existing Foxtel on Xbox 360 subscribers until March 17 (when the NAB Cup finishes). After that, you’ll need to be signed up to the Sports Pack (which costs $29.50 a month) and then pay an additional $20 a month for Footy Pass. You can sign up for the whole season of Footy Pass for $100 (which gives you two months free). That works out to a total cost of $306.50 for the season.
That’s certainly cheaper than signing up for full-blown Foxtel, though the latter gets you a lot more channels. You’ll also want to be on BigPond (which doesn’t count Foxtel on Xbox 360 against download totals) or have a very large data allowance.
Some other tweaks have also been made to the basic Foxtel on Xbox 360 service. All subscribers now get access to ESPN2, while CNN has been dumped from the basic package and replaced with Cartoon Network, which is one of the odder swaps I can imagine.