Foxtel launches On Demand video download service

Subscribers can now purchase and download TV shows and movies directly from iQ and iQ2 set-top boxes

Foxtel has launched an online video-on-demand service for its Foxtel iQ2 set-top boxes, allowing subscribers to purchase TV shows and movies directly from the device.

More than a thousand TV shows and movies — including popular television programming such as the HBO series Mad Men and recent movies like Hot Tub Time Machine — will be available throughout October with additional content added regularly. Foxtel aims to have more than 5000 TV episodes and movies available to download by 2011. Television episodes will mostly be priced at $2.95 per episode, although limited children's programming will be priced at $1.95 per show. New release movies will be available to download from $5.50, with a high-definition option costing slightly more at $5.95 per download.

To access the service, Foxtel subscribers are required to connect their iQ2 set-top box to an Internet connection — such as their home's cable or ADSL connection — via the Ethernet connection on the box's back, with no wireless network connectivity option available. Support and activation for the Foxtel On Demand service will be provided through Foxtel's call centre.

Movie downloads will be valid for 48 hours once the title is first viewed, with television episodes able to be watched for 10 days after initially viewing them — although this will be increased to 60 days for all television content in December. Like TiVo's CASPA On Demand product, data downloaded through the Foxtel video on demand service will count towards users' Internet usage quotas, although Telstra BigPond subscribers will be exempt.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags IPTVfoxtelvideo on demand

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Campbell Simpson

Campbell Simpson

Good Gear Guide
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?