Cable Technology Feature Article
Foxtel Launches IPTV Service
By Lavanya Rathnam, TMCnet Contributing Writer
Foxtel is an Australian company that specializes in providing cable, satellite and mobile television services to customers in Australia. Owned by Telstra (News - Alert) and News Corp Australia, Foxtel has been serving customers since 1995.
Recently, Foxtel announced its entry into Internet Protocol Television (IPTV (News - Alert)) industry with its Foxtel Play service scheduled to be launched on August 11. Foxtel Play is a system by which Internet users can watch the television programs aired on Foxtel cable and satellite services. With this service, users can enjoy more than 40 live channels, such as Fox Sports, Foxtel Movie, ESPN, Cartoon Network, Lifestyle, History, Discovery, Disney (News - Alert) Channel and so much more. Besides these channels, Foxtel Play also has hundreds of on-demand videos. Its Foxtel Go service will be available for Foxtel Play subscribers as well.
With this service, millions of Australians who have Mac and PC computers, Xbox 360s and Samsung (News - Alert) Smart TV models can all view television channels from anywhere. The subscription is $25 AUD per month for a basic package while sport, movie and drama channels will cost an additional $25 AUD each. Alternately, customers can choose from the genre-based packages that cost $25 AUD for one genre, $35 AUD for two, $45 AUD for three and $50 AUD for four packages. Current cable subscribers will get this service free of cost on two of their registered mobile devices such as iPads, Samsung model tablets and phones and iPhones. Foxtel offers this service on a month-to-month basis with no contracts or commitments, unlike its cable and satellite TV service.
This IPTV service has opened up the TV entertainment industry in Australia. It gives customers the flexibility to watch Foxtel's shows across multiple connected devices. They are no longer tied down to a TV or set top box or cables, so this new service is sure to be a hit.
Edited by Alisen Downey