Foxtel Has Jacked Its Streaming Prices By Up To $94 A Month

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Foxtel has changed the way it prices its streaming-only Foxtel Now service, and not for the better. A change to the structure of its already confusing entry packs and starter packs means that the cheapest possible subscription has jumped from $10 to $25, with the Pop pack (which houses Game of Thrones) going from a $15 commitment to a $25 one. And Sport? Where once you could unlock it for $39 the minimum price is now $54 a month. Boooo.

Previously, Foxtel Now worked on a two tier system. You bought an entry-level pack, either Kids, Lifestyle or Doco for $10 each, or Drama or Pop for $15 each. Then you could add the premium packs on top of one of these: Movies for $20 or Sport for $29. So if you only wanted Sport, for example, you could get one of the $10 packs as your base.

Now, Foxtel Now has switched to only one entry pack - a combination of Pop and Lifestyle that will cost you $25. While this pack thankfully contains Foxtel's one staple Game of Thrones, it also means people who previously were only subscribing for Game of Thrones now have an extra $10 channel they never asked for.

Sport fans aren't going to be happy about this change either - with the $15 raise in the entry level plans, the already expensive Sports channel has raised its minimum monthly price to $54, where before it could be had for only $39. Drama is now a $10 add on to the $25 base price.

But the most egregious price raise comes for those invested in the Kids or Doco packs. Where both of these could once be subscribed to for $10 each, they are now only included if you buy every single pack. Yes, the minimum price for these packs has increased from $10 a month to $104 a month - an increase of 940 per cent. Sorry, kids, Peppa Pig is not worth that kinda cash.

The only good news is, if you're already a subscriber you will continue to pay your original subscription fee. However if you're one of the people who cancels after Game of Thrones is finished and then signs up again the next year, you're in for a cool $50 for the show's final season.

When questioned on the change, a Foxtel representative on their official community forums indicated that the change was made to simplify the pricing structure: "We now provide one default entry pack which has combined the Pop & Lifestyle pack together. This gives customers a wider selection of content at entry, which includes Foxtel originals, showcase and Arena (all included in the Pop & Lifestyle entry pack)."

"Reducing the package combination options will help us eliminate confusion about which channels are available in which pack (e.g. showcase and Arena are currently available in multiple packs)."


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    They still don't get it. Terrible service just got more expensive.

    $15 a month for one show was already pushing it. Gonna have to find a different way to get my GoT fix.

      Google play. approx 4 bucks a show or buy the whole season for about 35.

      Just pirate the sh%t out of it, torrents are your friend.

    For $95 I can get a one year Usenet subscription which can be used to download anything on the internet (Usenet has more files than bittorrents) and at the higher quality than the shitty Fox stream.

      This is a very good point. Traditionally, "legal" channels have suffered from the following:
      1) Stupid prices
      2) Lesser quality, no surround etc.
      3) All sorts of complex hoops and restrictions (I remember one stupid service would only allow a maximum number of locked in devices that could only be changed, once a month on a horribly designed UI)

      All of which appeared to be constructed around the needs of the business model rather than the consumer. And when contacting them about any issue it always felt like I was being 'educated' about 'their needs' even though I am paying the money (sounds like renting property doesn't it - something I sure don't miss either!).

      Whereas, they are competing with 'illegal' channels which are:
      1) Higher quality - often in full resolution and high quality surround sound
      2) More user friendly
      3) Cheaper

      Spotify busted this model right open by constructing a service around (GASP) the consumer, and the rest is history. I now know few people if any who even bother to download music when they can just pop open Spotify on *any* device and stream away - in high quality audio. Not the crappy DRM low-bitrate difficult to use junk the industry tried forcing on us.

      Even Digital Radio (dead at birth) - all set up around broadcaster needs. Guess how that's going (it's not).

      With Netflix (and to a lesser extent, Amazon Prime Video). It just works. Price is reasonable. And has high quality streaming - and Dolby Surround from the Windows app..

      Then...

      This...

      The final death-throes of a dying business model that once pulled in rivers of cash in a captive market and they ... just ... can't ... let ... go - despite the model collapsing around them.

      Like newspapers refusing to believe classifieds would ever go to this InterWeb eBay thingy and then trying to force their self-centred business models online, and failing.

      Idiots.

      I predict that within five years we will occasionally hear "Does anyone remember that Foxtel thing? Oh wow, that's so retro" - like all the other failures down this path.

      They never seem to learn do they.

      Last edited 05/10/18 6:35 am

        On top of that the way some individual content providers are handling things:

        Cricket Australia : $30 / year to stream all the locally played cricket and some international tour matches. Sure it has some weird restrictions but it's a good start, and the video quality is better than Foxtel's.

        Rugby Pass : $50 / year. Yes it's region locked due to broadcast rights - ie can't watch Super Rugby / Wallabies matches in Australia - but that's where a VPN works. Again video quality is better than Foxtel.

        The point is for single interest requirements, they are reasonable prices. I'm not paying $54 / month for the Super Rugby season when a pirate stream of Rugby Pass is BETTER QUALITY than the official Australian broadcaster.

        Not disagreeing with what you wrote, but I'd toss iTunes into the mix for busting the industry wide open as well. Napster showed there was a market there for single songs at a relatively low cost, which Apple commercialised.

        That was thanks to the industry refusing to adapt to the change to digital, and trying to close Pandora's Box instead of embracing it. Now look at the music industry, the sales it relied on are a distant third to streaming and live music.

        Netflix and Hulu have done the same with video, and while the alternative options have been faster to pop up, the industry has still missed the point as you say. I don't think Foxtel will disappear any time soon myself, they own too much content (notably sports), but this feels like a last ditch effort to cash in on the cable days.

      Hey Shush up about Usenet!!

        Thanks for reminding me where my next subscription will be going (not to Murdoch's crappy Foxtel).

    Greedy Murdoch at it again. And this is why people download. With repeats this service is just not worth it when you can get Netflix, Hulu and Fetch for less. Wonder what the'll do when GOT has finished? Probably go the way of Murdoch's papers?

      Well if your read The Australian's self-congratulatory BS they hold the keys the universe and see and know everything and if only the likes of Turnbull had listened to them then everything would be fine.

      Meanwhile, most of us don't bother reading that angry tabloid rubbish anymore.

      Foxtel will go the same way.

    Yeah, I'll just download them and pay later through a service that is not Foxtel. Happy to pay a reasonable price for the content. Don't want a package I will never use except for a single show.

    Foxtel's death spiral... the more people leave their crappy service, the more they have to hike the price for anyone who stays. Can't have the CEO lose out on their bonus!!!

    Right. Because this is the best thing to do with a service that is failing to get customers.

    i can imagine the board room meeting now:

    "Hey guys, I know we are struggling. But i think the best way to attract new customers is to make it even more expensive! Thats sure to make people want to sign up!"

    EAD Foxtel.

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