Are you simply dying to watch your favourite series like Game of Thrones? The feeling that you get when kicking back after a long day at work is simply marvellous. If all of your friends and loved ones gather to watch the show at the same time, a huge smile being drawn on your face is pretty much a guarantee. But first things first – is your home Foxtel ready? If you aren’t the most tech-savvy type out there, we’ll teach you all you need to know.
Some areas are supported by Foxtel and some are not
The easiest way to find out if you’re living in a Foxtel-eligible area is to search for a location checker online (just go to their official website). Alternatively, you can simply call the company and ask, and they’ll give you the answers in a matter of minutes. That way, you’ll get the exact idea what services are available in your area. But even if you receive a ‘no’ as an answer, don’t worry, as there are more than enough things you can do about it!
There are plenty of alternatives to Foxtel
Before you start panicking, do know there are plenty of alternatives you can consider, some of which include Amazon Prime Video, Stan, and many others. All of these are internet streaming services that allow you to watch TV shows online. This allows you to tune in to favourite shows completely independently from what your current location may allow for. As long as you’ve got a decent internet connection, you should be fine. It’s easy to see why these are so popular; apart from what we’ve already mentioned, they’re rather affordable and don’t require a contract.
Does this mean you have to settle on the alternatives?
Of course not. If you’re determined you want to enjoy Foxtel and everything it has to offer, there’s always the option of getting Foxtel Now. This is Foxtel’s internet TV that grants you access to all the shows and series, as long as you have a working internet connection. Better yet, there’s a multitude of devices Foxtel Now is compatible with, including tablets, smartphones, and computers. To get a better idea if your device is compatible or not, feel free to visit their official website where every single compatible device is listed.
Foxtel device compatibility at a glance
While there are plenty of devices you can watch Foxtel on, there are some limitations you need to bear in mind. This may be completely unnoticeable to some, but nevertheless, the fact of the matter is that you can only watch Foxtel on no more than two devices at the same time. If you’re an Apple user, rejoice, knowing that Foxtel is available on Mac devices as well. If you’re a fan of the traditional PC, just make sure that you’re using Windows XP or a newer operating system (which covers the vast majority of the users, so there’s nothing to worry about). With Android and iOS support, smartphone users are covered as well. Even the console users are included; as long as you own a PS3 / Xbox360 or newer model, you can enjoy everything Foxtel has to offer. Again, for the full list of supported devices (even certain Bluray players are included), don’t forget to visit the official website.
The cost of Foxtel Now
If you’re familiar with the traditional Foxtel package, then you’ll feel right at home. Offering a plethora of channels you can subscribe to, Foxtel Now offers you the chance to construct your ultimate channel package. That way, you’ll be able to watch what you like and only pay for that, thus removing any clutter that you aren’t truly interested in. Compared to the regular Foxtel, this allows you to save plenty of your hard-earned money along the way. Ultimately, what you’re going to be paying depends on your preferences and needs.
What’s the minimum internet connection speed needed for Foxtel?
As long as your internet speed is at least 3Mbps or higher, you’ll have access to HD streams. If your internet connection speed doesn’t quite measure up, you can still enjoy most of the content in standard definition. There is one catch, however… some content is only available in HD, so you won’t be able to enjoy it with a slower connection.
Installing Foxtel on your own
To complete the Foxtel installation, here’s what you need to do (for this example, we’ve chosen the popular iQ4K model). First, check that you have everything from this list:
– A 4K compatible HDMI cable
– Ethernet cable
– Power pack with lead
– Remote and batteries
– Foxtel cables
– Remote and batteries
– iQ4K box
Then, you need to connect the box to your TV set. It’s best to stick to the diagram provided in the instructions since you’re going to need to connect all the cables in the right places. Once everything is in place, turn on the TV and switch to the HDMI channel. If all you see is a black screen, there’s no reason to panic; you’ll probably be staring at it for the next couple of minutes. After that, just follow the prompts.
The next step is to pair your Bluetooth remote. If you’ve done everything correctly, the blue light on your remote control should start blinking. Take the remote, hold down the home button (don’t just press it a single time and let go), then press the Bluetooth button on your iQ4K box. This will pair them up.
Once you’ve called 1300 732 681 to activate your box, you’re going to need to connect it to the internet. That way, you’ll be able to access all of its features. This can be done by navigating to the home menu and selecting ‘settings’. Finally, select ‘internet connection’, ‘WiFi’, select your network, and follow the steps from there. Simple and easy!
While it’s impossible to cover every single detail today, this should be more enough to give you an idea what’s required to get access to Foxtel and its endless array of entertainment. If you get stuck at any step, just fire up a search engine of your choice or give a call to their tech support, and everything should be resolved within mere minutes.
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