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.
Foxtel Go launched as an iPad-only app in November last year, offering a mix of live channels and catch-up programming. In January Foxtel promised iPhone, Android, PC and Mac versions. The iPhone version came quickly, but we’ve had to wait until now for the other platforms.
The restriction to Samsung Galaxy S III, Note II and Note 10.1 devices is annoying and somewhat unexpected. While Samsung is the dominant Android platform, we’d like to see it expand to other platforms (and indeed to the S4). Luke over at Gizmodo chatted to Foxtel and was essentially told “no news at this time” for rival Android platforms, but that work is progressing on the S4.
Perhaps reflecting that broader range of devices, you can now register a single existing Foxtel account with Go on up to three devices. Previously, customers were limited to two. However, you can still only use the service on two devices at once. I predict family fights in some households.
As that restriction shows, one thing that hasn’t changed is that you still need a full Foxtel subscription to access Go. Unfortunately, you can’t buy it as a standalone product.