I am at the end of my contract with Telstra for my NBN plan that included Foxtel Now Pop and Lifestyle. Instead of costing $25 it was $10 per month. Unfortunately, even at $10 I found Foxtel Now poor value. Compared to the other streaming services Foxtel Now is behind on nearly everything. To make it worse they charge the most and throw in advertisements.
So why are they not worth the expense?
Foxtel always claim they charge higher because of their premium content. I don’t believe they have better content than their competitors. In fact I believe Prime TV and Netflix leave them for dead at a much lower price.
Every streaming service gives you the lot for the one price. Not Foxtel where it is broken into separate packages. Twice I had a show I was watching moved to another package where I no longer had access. If you want to watch a lot of new release movies try Prime TV at a fraction of the cost.
You can’t watch on 4K. In fact I have to watch on the lowest setting. I am getting a consistent 60 mbps on Ethernet to my smart TV. I am watching in Super high definition on other streaming services but even in high definition Foxtel Now constantly buffers. Frequently on the low setting it doesn’t work. This has only been since the pandemic with a lot of internet authors accusing Foxtel of not providing enough bandwidth. That’s my best guess as well.
Finally is the technology. I can’t skip the recaps at the start of the show or the credits at the end. I also cannot download shows to watch off line which I can do on Stan, Netflix and Prime TV. Whenever someone mentions this to Foxtel on their community site Foxtel states they are looking into it. Two years on they really need a bigger magnifying glass to find improvements before they become obsolete.
I did try Foxtel Now before my Telstra contract. On cancelling they had changed their service to cancel on the day. Rather than run out the prepaid month they kept the money and cancelled your service. Now they have returned to cancelling at the end of the month. If there is a show I really want to see I will wait for the whole season to drop then binge watch for a month and get out again. Suggest you do the same.