+ Sunday December 15th, 2019

A long time ago in a country very very close a pay-TV provider and Netflix didn’t get along. Now though, they’re best of friends with Foxtel recently adding a Netflix app on their IQ3/IQ4 boxes, and now the launch of Netflix on Foxtel Now hardware – a long, long, long (long, long, long, long) overdue addition.

Not only is Foxtel finally allowing the NetFlix app onto their Android TV-powered streaming set-top box, resolving our major complaint against the box when we reviewed it in 2017 they’ve also released new hardware with a dedicated Netflix button.

New customers can buy the updated version of the Android TV-powered Foxtel Now Box (that will include the Netflix app and a new remote) for $99. Existing customers will soon (next few weeks) get an over-the-air download of the Netflix app.

Overall this is great for consumers who choose to use Foxtel’s streaming service as the new Foxtel Now Box offers an almost-all-in-one solution for online entertainment. Remember, the Foxtel Now Box also includes an antenna input so you can watch free-to-air broadcast TV without switching inputs. If you’re a Foxtel Now subscriber, perhaps this is the Set-top box you’ve been waiting for – I have to admit it’s now seriously piqued my interest.

The Foxtel Now Box retails for AUD$99 from Foxtel, via Foxtel’s eBay store or from JB Hi-Fi, Kogan, Betta Electronics, Officeworks, Harvey Norman and David Jones.

A word of warning, though: if you’re not a Foxtel Now customer, this might not be the Android TV device for you – the UI is customised for the Foxtel Now service heavily geared towards Foxtel’s content, and you will need to sign into a Foxtel Now account during setup.

Duncan Jaffrey   Associate

Duncan Jaffrey

Duncan has been interested in technology since coding "Mary had a little Lamb" in Basic on his ZX Spectrum. A fan of all things Android, most days you'll find Duncan trawling the web for Android news or quietly editing away on Map Maker.

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jjcoolaus
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@Rick no it’s having a strong resurgence this year with a lot of new customers added and actually the foxtel now platform has gained many more paying monthly subscribers this year than the sports only kayo service has.

Clint Diston
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Clint Diston

I’ve been using the Netflix app now for about 3 months after sideloading it. It appears in the apps section of the menu like it was meant to be there.

GrKTcB
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GrKTcB

$59 at JB-HiFi

Ray Kavanagh
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Ray Kavanagh

I am an existing foxtel customer (23years)I would like to have a talk to foxtel to help me understand the packages available

Rick
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Rick

Oh give it up Foxtel…pay tv is dead to the bones 🙂

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