Guide to Autumn Entertainment on Foxtel: For Streamers, Cable-Lovers, and Those Impartial
Thinking about signing up for Foxtel this autumn/winter in Australia? You’re not the only one. With so many hugely popular shows coming out this season (especially a certain final season), thousands of Aussie customers are rushing to start their Foxtel subscription and book in a Foxtel installation.
So, find out exactly what’s going down on Foxtel this autumn, what the best Foxtel Package options are (and how much they’ll cost), and what’s involved in a Foxtel installation.
What’s On Foxtel this Autumn?
Game of Thrones Final Season
Let’s not beat around the bush. Game of Thrones is probably why you’re thinking about getting (or resubscribing to) Foxtel, if you haven’t already. Since the final season is exclusive to Foxtel in Australia, subscribing to Foxtel is the only legal and easily accessible way to watch this popular show.
This season is going to be a little different – 6 episodes, most of them closer to movie length. Here are the days/times and episode lengths released for each episode so you can plan ahead:
|Episode||Release time & date||Length|
|1||Monday 15th April, 11am||54 minutes|
|2||Monday 22nd April, 11am||58 minutes|
|3||Monday 29th April, 11am||82 minutes|
|4||Monday 6th May, 11am||78 minutes|
|5||Monday 13th May, 11am||80 minutes|
|6||Monday 20th May, 11am||80 minutes|
Don’t worry – if you miss an episode or you work Mondays, Foxtel has plenty of replays scheduled and other ways to catch up.
Just in case you’re looking into Foxtel for something other than GOT (or you’d like to get your money’s worth by watching other shows as well), here’s what’s coming up in March, April, May 2019:
|March 1||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
Walter Presents: The Lens
Marked For Death
The Day After Tomorrow
Austin Powers in Goldmember
Fun Mom Dinner
That’s Not Me
In the Valley of Elah
The Lost City Of Z
The Thin Red Line
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Indiana Jones And the Kingdom of the Cry
Indiana Jones And the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones And the Temple of Doom
Raiders of The Lost Ark
Shock and Awe
My Old Lady
The Female Brain
Clear and Present Danger
It Comes at Night
Out of Time
The Hunt for Red October
The Sum of All Fears
|March 2||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
The Limehouse Golem
|March 3||Foxtel Now||Streaming||Solo: A Star Wars Story|
|March 4||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
Secret City: Under the Eagle
|March 5||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
|March 6||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
Selling Houses Australia S12
21st Century Serial Killer
|March 7||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
|March 8||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
Back to The Future
|March 9||Foxtel Now||Streaming||Back to the Future II|
|March 10||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
Friday Night Lights
Back to The Future III
Breaking and Entering
|March 11||Foxtel Now||Streaming||A Lot Like Love|
|March 12||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
The Longest Ride
|13th Street||Drama||Dannemora Prison Break|
|March 13||Foxtel Now||Streaming||Maid in Manhattan|
|March 14||Foxtel Now||Streaming||Victoria S3|
|FOX Sports||Sport||2019 NRL Telstra Premiership|
|March 15||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
Project Runway S17
|FOX Sports||Sport||2019 FIA Formula One World Championship|
|March 16||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
|March 18||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
Thank You For Your Service
|Lifestyle FOOD||Entertainment Plus||MasterChef The Professionals S11|
|March 19||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
Better Things S
Great Kiwi Bake Off
|13th Street||Drama||Dirty John, The Dirty Truth|
|FOX SHOWCASE||Drama||Better Things S3|
|March 20||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
|March 21||Foxtel Now||Streaming||Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists|
|FOX Sports||Sport||2019 Toyota AFL Premiership Season|
|SyFy||Entertainment Plus||Aftermath S1|
|March 22||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
|March 24||Foxtel Now||Streaming||Con Air|
|March 25||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
|Nickelodeon||Kids||2019 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Awards|
|March 26||Nickelodeon||Kids||Knight Squad|
|March 27||Foxtel Now||Streaming||Cults and Extreme Beliefs|
|Crime+Investigation||Docos||Cults and Extreme Belief|
|March 28||Foxtel Now||Streaming||The Conjuring 2|
|March 29||Foxtel Now||Streaming||Something’s Gotta Give|
|TLC||Entertainment Plus||People Magazine Investigates: Crimes of Fashion|
|March 31||Foxtel Now||Streaming|
I Feel Pretty
Ted Bundy: Serial Monster
|April 1||FOX SHOWCASE||Drama||Veep S7 (Final Season)|
|Animal Planet||Docos||Attenborough Month|
|E!||Entertainment Plus||Keeping up with the Kardashians S16|
|April 2||FOX8||Entertainment||DC’s Legends of Tomorrow S4|
|April 5||Foxtel Movies||Movies||BlacKKKlansman|
|April 7||beIN Sports||Sport||Barcelona v Atletico Madrid|
|April 13||Cartoon Network||Kids||O.K. KO!|
|April 15||FOX SHOWCASE||Drama||Game of Thrones S8 (Final Season) + Thronecast|
|April 19||Foxtel Movies||Movies||Harry Potter Pop-up|
|Nick Jr.||Entertainment||Paw Patrol: Mission Paw|
|April 22||Lifestyle FOOD||Entertainment Plus||Celebrity MasterChef UK S13|
|April 24||Crime+Investigation||Docos||Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath S3|
|April 25||13th Street||Drama||Smiley Face Killers: The Hunt for Justice|
|April 28||Crime+Investigation||Docos||Confessions of a Serial Killer|
|May||To be confirmed|
See more up-to-date info on What’s Coming Soon at Foxtel.
Time to Get Foxtel Installed?
There’s so much happening on Foxtel this autumn. If you don’t want to miss out, now’s the perfect time to book your Foxtel installation.
But wait – what if the show you want to watch is already airing or about to start? The great thing about Foxtel is that all packages include on-demand streaming options. So, you can (probably) get replays of shows that you’ve missed and start watching your favourite shows right away (while you wait for your Foxtel installation).
And don’t worry, you can still get free-to-air channels along with your Foxtel installation. So, you’ll still be able to catch any shows you’ve been watching on free-to-air TV without disruption.
What Are Your Package Options and How Much Does Foxtel Cost?
You have two main options for watching Foxtel and lots of different price points, depending on the shows and channels you want to watch.
Option 1: Stream
Foxtel Now is Foxtel’s version of Netflix/Stan. It allows you to stream shows on-demand via your internet connection. You can choose from a basic Essentials Pack ($25/month), add on a Sports Pack ($40/month), or include all available Foxtel Now Packs ($79/month).
You can watch Foxtel Now on any supported device, including:
- Your Smart TV
- Your digital TV via a Foxtel Now box ($99)
- Using the Android or IOS app on your phone or tablet
- On your computer via the browser
- TV via Google Chromecast
- Apple TV via Airplay
- Telstra TV
Option 2: Satellite
Most of Foxtel’s live TV comes via a satellite subscription. That is, the signal is bounced off orbiting satellites, before traveling to your satellite dish and receiver on the roof of your house. With satellite, you get live programming (kind of like regular TV) but you also have access to Foxtel GO (app/website) streaming options so you can watch on demand, too.
Costs vary for satellite, depending on the type of hardware you get, what packs you subscribe to, and how much your Foxtel installation costs. You’ll need to start with the Entertainment pack and then add any other optional channel packs you like. Here’s a rough summary of costs:
|Entertainment plus pack||$10/month|
|All channel packs in HD||$137/month|
|Specialty channels (varies)||$5-$30/month|
|iQ4 set–top box||$125|
|iQ3 set–top box||$125|
|iQ2 set–top box||$75|
|Foxtel installation standard fee||$100|
|Add on multi-room installation||$15-$25|
What About Cable?
Technically, there used to be a third option for Foxtel installation – cable. But Foxtel no longer offers this to new customers. These days, it’s all about the satellite, with Foxtel moving customers from cable to satellite.
Why Not Just Stream Via Foxtel Now?
Foxtel Now is cheaper than a satellite subscription and it also offers the convenience of streaming on demand. But Foxtel installation via satellite (and the equipment it comes with) are still popular for many reasons:
- The experience of watching episodes live
- The option to record content on your set–top box device (even remotely, when you’re not at home)
- Start over function
- Series linking
- Movie store
- Included access to Foxtel GO, which provides on-demand and live streamed content on your device
- Not relying on an internet connection to watch content (or chewing through downloads/bandwidth)
- Not getting your favourite show interrupted by the NBN dropping (again)
- Being able to just switch on and watch whatever’s on (without having to decide what to watch first)
- Being able to watch in guaranteed 4K (if your TV can handle it)
If the above features would help you get more out of your Foxtel subscription, it might be worth investing in a satellite Foxtel installation.
What’s Involved in a Foxtel Installation?
All Foxtel installations now require a satellite installation. When your technician turns up, they’ll:
- Assess your home and recommend the best position for your TV to allow for access (generally it’ll need to be an external wall)
- Check the reception and position your satellite dish facing north to get a clear signal
- Run cables from your satellite dish, along your external wall, before bringing the connection inside to a wall plate (similar to an antenna installation)
- Use a fly lead cable to connect your set–top box to the wall plate
- Set up your set–top box to ensure it’s receiving the correct channels with clear reception
- Consult with Foxtel’s procedures and guidelines to ensure a compliant Foxtel installation
Of course, this is just a standard Foxtel installation. You might have other needs, like:
- Multi-room installation (on a single subscription)
- Foxtel connection through to an internal wall
- TV wall mounting
- Home theatre setup
- Moving or installing new TV wall points
- Combining your Foxtel setup with CCTV camera systems
- Commercial installation
- Tall buildings or large apartment complexes
It’s important that you get an experienced Foxtel technician in to set up your satellite Foxtel installation, no matter how big or small the job. There’s a lot of technical know-how involved in setting up the system and incorporating the right parts for your needs. And while you may be able to book your Foxtel technician direct through Foxtel, it’s worth getting an independent technician with a broader range of experience. They can help with a range of complementary services and more complex needs beyond a standard Foxtel installation. And a lot of the time, they’ll get you booked in a lot sooner, too (which is important if you want to catch that new show when it comes out!).
Book Your Professional Foxtel Installation
Ready for your best autumn of Foxtel entertainment yet? Book your Foxtel installation with Install My Antenna. We can help no matter how complex or custom your installation needs are. Call our friendly service team on 1300 800 123 for a free quote or to book your service today.