Wednesday, 07 November 2012 13:51

Go watch Foxtel Go – on your iPad

Foxtel Go - new iPad app to watch Foxtel channels Foxtel Go - new iPad app to watch Foxtel channels Image Credit: Foxtel

If you’re an existing Foxtel customer through satellite or cable, you can now watch up to 21 live Foxtel channels on your iPad, but only if you already subscribe to them – with Foxtel on Xbox 360, Internet TV or T-Box subscribers sadly excluded from Foxtel’s iDelivered fun.

If you’ve noticed that cable TV subscribers in the US have had access to subscription TV programming through their iPads and were wondering when Foxtel would get with the streaming iProgram down under, that day has finally come with Foxtel Go.

As you can imagine, you need to be a full Foxtel subscriber through cable or satellite to enjoy up to 21 live Foxtel channels on your iPad, and you’ll need to enter in your subscriber info to be authenticated – with up to two iPads able to access content at the same time.

That means any Foxtel subscribers via the IPTV delivery mechanisms of the Xbox 360, compatible Internet TVs (like selected Samsung models) or Foxtel on Telstra T-Box don’t qualify to use the Foxtel Go app.

That’s a disappointment, to be sure, but it’s to be expected – clearly, Foxtel is looking after its cable and satellite customers first, but hopefully its IPTV customers will get access at some point in the future – even if it requires additional payment.

Indeed, it would be nice for Foxtel’s IPTV services to be opened up to iPads directly, for a fee – and without needing to have cable or satellite Foxtel at all, but again, it’s clear that those moves aren’t up for negotiation yet, so we can live in hope that it will happen one day.

So, if you are a qualifying subscriber, which is the vast majority of Foxtel subscribers, and you have an iPad – all you need to do is to go to the App Store and download the free Foxtel Go app.

The 21 live channels include “lifestyle, kids, music, live English Premier League, and dedicated 24-hour news channels, plus catch up episodes from hundreds of titles with award-winning drama, documentaries, as well as the edgiest shows from around the world express from the US”, with those specific channels being:

“The LifeStyle Channel, A&E, Sky News, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, Disney, Cartoon Network, Channel [V], Cbeebies and dedicated sports channels such as SPORTS PLAY Powered by FOX SPORTS (live sport highlights are Rugby Union, Cricket, A-League and Tennis), FOX SPORTS PLUS 1, 2 3 and 4 which are four Barclays Premier League specially programmed football channels, and Eurosport.”

Foxtel says that its “catch up titles” include:

“ROVE LA (FOX8), The Walking Dead (FX), Magic City (SoHo), Territory Cops (CI Network), The Only Way is Essex (LifeStyle YOU), Project Runway Australia (Arena), Grand Designs Australia (The LifeStyle Channel), Aqua Teen Hunger Force (The Comedy Channel), Haven (13th Street), Duck Dynasty (A&E), MegaTruckers (A&E), Gossip Girl (FOX8), Vampire Diaries (FOX8), Wicked Tuna (National Geographic Channel), Deadliest Catch (Discovery Channel), Copper (FX), Married to Jonas (E!), The Amazing World of Gumball (Cartoon Network), Gravity Falls (Disney), Harry Connick Jnr. Live on Broadway (Studio) and Spooks (UKTV).”

Foxtel’s CEO, Richard Freudenstein, said in a statement that: “The TV landscape has changed, viewers are not just watching TV in the living room they’re watching TV on the way to work, at the beach or in another room of the house.

“Foxtel Go is the biggest thing we’ve launched since digital and iQ, it lets customers take their entertainment with them on the go, and as the App is included with a customer’s subscription, it’s a fantastic value proposition.

“We’re really excited and we think our customers will love this new way to watch Foxtel.”

Foxtel’s “Executive Director of Product”, Jim Rudder, said in the same statement that: “Foxtel has always been about giving our customers more value for their subscription. The new Foxtel Go App does just that. It’s easy to download on iPad and the user interface is simple and intuitive.

 “Today’s launch, however, is just the beginning of our mission to give our customers the content they love anytime whether they’re home or out and about. Over the coming months we’ll be announcing a number of initiatives which will extend our customers’ ability to take their Foxtel with them.”

Your iPad will need iOS 5 or higher, and you can use two iPads with Foxtel Go on the one account. Naturally, the ability to “remote record” to your iQ or MyStar is included, and you can use 3G/4G or Wi-Fi to access Foxtel Go, but video quality will vary depending on your bandwidth – and you’ll be responsible for the data usage incurred via your 3G/4G or Wi-Fi connectivity.  

More information on Foxtel Go here.

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