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Hands-on review — Foxtel Now Box

08 Novembre 2017

For that, Foxtel is this week launching a Foxtel Now box, a small "box" (if you can call it that) that will arrive with a version of Android on its hardware, and not only provide access to Foxtel Now's internet-based cable service, but other apps found on the Google Play Store.

There's apparently no universal search - yet - as per the new Telstra TV 2, and while voice commands are available, and there's even a microphone in the remote control, voice control is yet to be activated.

The Foxtel Now box is available to the consumer from 10 November.

One benefit of Android TV is that the Foxtel box is recognised as a Chromecast device for streaming from a wide range of apps, while the Telstra box's streaming options are very limited.

The Foxtel box does include Stan (co-owned by Fairfax Media) as well as a single HD free-to-air tuner and catch up apps from the ABC, Seven and Ten.

Can't pair with full Foxtel subscriptions: Foxtel views Foxtel Now and its much longer running full Foxtel subscription services as separate products, even though they're selling much the same actual content to watch.

Well, we're told the box features "built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to "cast" movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV". The Foxtel Now box also offers customers access to content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps. The sneak peek we shared at the Foxtel Now launch a few months ago created a huge amount of buzz and we are excited to announce the box's arrival so quickly.

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"Foxtel Now has already proven to be a hit with customers, offering the most flexible and affordable way to experience the best choice in live sport, new movies, TV and complete seasons", Tonagh said.

People buying the $99 box, then signing up for Fox Sports rather than relying on mobile streaming via Telstra will get a big screen viewing experience that was once unaffordable.

"For the first time, Australians can watch Foxtel on their TV with a Foxtel designed set top box that is completely powered by the internet offering a no lock-in contract, affordable and flexible way to see Foxtel's exclusive content both locally produced and from the world's best entertainment brands".

The new $99 Foxtel Now streaming box has been in the works for a while and goes on sale Friday, but unfortunately Telstra beat it to the punch with the slick Telstra TV 2. Self-installation is easy removing the need for a technician. If you've got a Foxtel home subscription you'll still need to pay for Foxtel Now in order to watch Foxtel on this new streaming box.

Tonagh said there has been an "incredible" response since Foxtel Now launched in June, offering five entry level packs including Drama and Pop for $15 per month or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids each cost $10 per month.

Foxtel Now's Movies pack is available for $20 per month in addition to an entry level pack and the Sports pack is available for an extra $29* per month, meaning Sports lovers can now get access to Foxtel's incredible sports programming for a little as $39 per month and movies for as little as $30 per month. You need a Foxtel Now account to activate it, but a free two-week trial will do the trick and all the non-Foxtel features will keep working if you let your Foxtel Now subscription lapse.