Tuesday, 11 September 2018 21:18

Foxtel GO is back, 'better than ever before' in HD, live and on-demand

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Foxtel GO has received an upgrade, letting you watch on tablets, smartphones, select PC & Mac browsers, while Chromecast and AirPlay let Multiroom subscribers take the big screen experience with you, anytime, any place.

Foxtel has unveiled the supercharged arrival of its popular mobile streaming app, Foxtel GO. This marks the return of the "award-winning" app, bringing with it HD streaming, allowing customers to take their favourite sports and shows with them on the move and enjoy it, live and On Demand, in HD, at no extra charge as part of their subscription.

However, those who were using it without logging in, as a free way to watch the main Sky News channel, will find they now need to log in, so the free Sky News ride is, for those users, over.

Many can now watch Sky News on WIN TV in regional and rural areas, and while it isn't identical to the Sky News broadcast on Foxtel, it does have the most important programs along with sports news from the Fox Sports channel.

In any case, Foxtel tells us "Foxtel GO is designed for mobility, so customers never miss out on the big sporting moments or new drama, anytime, anywhere when they’re away from home and, from today, Multiroom subscribers can also take their big screen experience with them on the go with support now added for Chromecast and AirPlay.

"The move means these subscribers no longer need to restrict themselves to the small screen when staying in hotels, visiting family and friends, or wherever they have access to a large screen when away from home. Chromecast and AirPlay support comes as part of a Foxtel Multiroom subscription.

"Customers can register Foxtel GO on multiple devices and watch it on two screens at the same time, meaning much more access for every corner of the household.

"It is available for download on the App Store, for iPads and iPhones; Google Play for Android smartphones and tablets and can be watched on PC via the Google Chrome browser or on Mac using the Safari browser at the 'watch' part of Foxtel's website."

With Foxtel GO, we're told that "new customers can be up and running as soon as they sign up, without the need to wait for their main service to be installed".

"Foxtel GO also arrives with new features designed to personalise the viewing experience, including personal WatchLists, Closed Captioning and universal Continue Watching across Foxtel GO supported devices.

"The addition of HD and support for Chromecast and AirPlay on Foxtel GO are part of Foxtel’s ongoing wave of innovation for Australian TV that adds even more value to a Foxtel subscription."

Foxtel chief executive Patrick Delany said, “We’ve been working hard at Foxtel to ensure that this year is one like never before. We have momentum behind our push to improve the way our customers enjoy the high quality entertainment experience they are paying for.

“We got things started with our newly secured cricket rights that are set to bowl customers over with no ad-breaks during live play starting this November, and our recently announced 4K channel will bring the sights of sport, movies and docos to you like you’ve never seen this coming October.

“Today, we’re bringing a familiar name back to our mobile app, Foxtel GO, and giving it a high-def makeover while adding the ability for our Multiroom customers to share it with big screens when you’re away from home.

"Foxtel is a great entertainment option for a family who can watch it together or rip it apart so each member of the family can watch what they want, where they want and when they want.

“These changes are just the beginning as we continue to make the way customers experience Foxtel better than ever before.”

The company says "HD, AirPlay and Chromecast for Foxtel GO comes as Foxtel is gearing up for the arrival of its new, dedicated, 4K channel set to take to the air in October.

"Foxtel in 4K promises to bring a ground-breaking new way to enjoy sport, documentaries, movies and more through Australia’s only guaranteed 4K satellite signal. Foxtel in 4K will be delivered to compatible 4K TVs through its new iQ4 set top box to Sports HD customers."

You can see iTWire's full coverage of the Foxtel 4K launch event here

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