Foxtel Now Box: Pricing, Specifications And Release Date

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Today, Foxtel lifted the lid on the Foxtel Now box - a new Android TV streaming device that plugs into your TV. Equipped with a 4K-capable Chromecast receiver, a free-to-air tuner and a range of non-Foxtel streaming apps (including Stan), it wants to be the central hub to your entertainment system. Here are the specs, release date and pricing details!

What Is The Foxtel Now Box?

As its name suggests, the Foxtel Now Box is a streaming entertainment centre designed for Foxtel Now customers. It provides live and on-demand access to video content from Foxtel Now's library (subscription required), free-to-air television and third-party streaming apps. It also boasts Chromecast functionality which allows you to beam movies, music and photos from your mobile device to your TV - including 4K video. (Provided your TV supports that format, of course.)

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The box works with any Foxtel Now account which means there are no lock-in contracts. You won't find Netflix on Foxtel Now Box, but the inclusion of Google Chromecast means you can still access the app - and watch your favourite Netflix shows - on your TV through the device.

Foxtel Now Box Specifications

Foxtel Now box
OS Android TV
Video 4KP60 UHD 10-bit HEVC (SD or HD, up to 1920 x 1080; 4K P50/60 UHD up to 3840 x 2160)
Output Video - HDMI Tx 2.0 with HDCP2.2; Audio - SPDIF
Storage 8GB System FLASH (NAND)
Memory 2GB RAM DDR4 RAM
Interfaces DVB-T, USB 3.0, Bluetooth 4.1, 802.11 ac WiFi 2.4 Ghz / 5 Ghz,
Weight 270g
Dimensions 104 x 83 x 72 mm
Remote control Infrared, Bluetooth (13 Keys)
Remote batteries 2x AAA batteries (included)

Foxtel Now System requirements

Here are Foxtel's recommendations:

  • An internet connection is required to access Foxtel Now, the Google Play Store and to set up and use the Foxtel Now box
  • A Foxtel Now account is required to set up and access the box and a Foxtel Now subscription is required to watch Foxtel content.
  • A Google account is required to download apps from the Google Play Store.
  • Free-to-air channel viewing requires a TV aerial to be connected to the Foxtel Now box.

Here's the Foxtel Now Box user interface. Note the addition of third-party apps like Stan, YouTube and Spotify.

Foxtel Now Box Pricing And Availability

The Foxtel Now box costs $99 (plus the monthly subscription fees for whatever services you've signed up for.) It will be available from this Friday (November 10.) You'll be able to order it from Foxtel's official eBay store. Look out for a review, coming soon!

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Comments

    So it's the same Phone based technology as a thousand other devices out there that you can buy dirt cheap without the restrictions. Seems to me they're grasping at straws.

    While it's good to see Foxtel embracing rather than forcing out the competition, this does smack of their obsession with putting their hardware in people's homes.

    I'm struggling to see the relevance of this.
    1. every TV has a FTA tuner
    2. a Foxtel Now subscription isn't included
    3. a 4K chromecast is the same price with no branding

    Last edited 08/11/17 5:07 pm

      In fairness you can do a bit more with Android TV based devices than you can with a Chromecast. Assuming there is full access to the google play store you can game (I have SNES, NES and PSX emulators via retroarch), use Kodi for local/networked media + their extensive library of addons and more. And in regards to the TV tuner that actually makes this device highly apealing as my projector doesn't have a tuner. If they can get Netflix onboard this device will be on the want list.

      you forgot the most important part. Foxtel now doesn't actually provide 4k content (not even 1080p content actually)
      hopefully this signifies that better quality content is actually coming.

      They are wanting to take over the TV's HDMI1 input (just like Telstra is with the Telstra TV), most people would rather have FTA + catch-up and Foxtel channels in the one place. The Foxtel Now Box is better value than a Chromecast Ultra if you can live with the Foxtel branding, due to the FTA tuner, Android TV apps, physical remote etc.

    It is just a generic box called the skipper by a european company called technicolor, heaps of euro isp's sell them rebranded.

    When foxtel first announed this they said it was going to be AndroidTV but it looks like they decided to make their own interface.

    Given its a known piece of hardware in europe id take a guess this will be unlocked and rooted within a day and people will be sideloading netflix and other stuff foxtel wont want you doing to it.

    So they talk up the 4K capability of this device but the Foxtel now service still only 720p?

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