I read an article about 4 months ago how Microsoft and FOXTEL were partnering up so that you could stream FOXTEL via the xbox360. Seeing as my ISP iiNet has launched an IPTV service that didn’t require a contract I started to research it a bit more, there are a lot of shows I watch and finding the channels I needed to cover the most number of shows was proving difficult if not impossible. Foxtel has traditionally been a contract based subscription service, they sign you up to 2-3 year contracts slogging you for $100+ a month for 80 channels of which 20 I actually want. iiNet’s fetchTV service was closer to what I wanted at the price I wanted but requires a $400 set top box and my housemate didn’t think it was worth it.
The Xbox recently had a major system update that changed a bunch of stuff and today when I powered it up I noticed the FOXTEL app link and decided to check it out. No contract, packages at a decent price in a setup I liked. So I signed up and slapped down my $34.50 to give it a test run for a month. The channel selection is ok and based on a couple of hours of testing, it’s actually pretty good. It’s not as fast as switching on a set top box but for a streaming service I’ve not had a single buffering problem. Nice work FOXTEL and Microsoft.. I never thought I’d hear myself say those words. I’ll keep testing and report back at the end of the month.
One thing to note its got advertising, so there is still room to improve. But I’ll let that slide for now.