Old 20th May 2010, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Very interesting development here.

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Australian Xbox 360 owners will later this year get access to what Americans would call cable television, with a deal struck between Microsoft and Foxtel, a provider of satellite TV. While exact details like pricing and, more importantly, exactly what channels are available are thin on the ground, we do know that for a monthly subscription fee 360 owners will get access to Fox Sports, Discovery, Nickelodeon, Disney, MTV and ďother leading channelsĒ.
Doesnít sound like too big a deal, but in Australia, Fox Sports is king. Itís the home of Australian Rules football, Rugby League, Rugby Union, the English Premier League, the local A-League soccer competition and a lot of international cricket as well. For Britons, itís like Sky, for Americans, itís like NFL Sunday Ticket, NBA TV and MLB TV rolled into one.
As most Australians are still without a Foxtel subscription Ė itís a bit pricey Ė this should prove to be big business for both the 360 and Foxtel, provided a workaround can be found for the nationís stingy bandwidth limitations (hopefully Microsoft and Foxtel can lean on Australian ISPís to exclude Foxtel data from caps).
Aussie Xbox 360s Get Cable Television | Kotaku Australia

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Old 20th May 2010, 10:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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WOW!

This will be interesting to watch this one play out. With out cable or optic fiber broad band, I can't see how this will work though ... unless the resolution gets "nurfed" big time.

I have a feeling this may be the start of something bigger though as Telstra looks to change it's business model.

My biggest fear would be the heat effects on the console as it would be "on" for much greater periods.

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So would it be like normal foxtel where you pay for a package and get a bunch of channels, or can you choose individually?

The package thing is what puts me off getting foxtel again, felt like I was mostly paying for channels I never watch. If I could just pick the half dozen I wanted it'd be brilliant.
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The package thing is what puts me off getting foxtel again, felt like I was mostly paying for channels I never watch. If I could just pick the half dozen I wanted it'd be brilliant.
been with foxtel 16 odd years i think. and there repackaging over the years has not really satisfied my needs. but having it so long i'm reluctunt to cancel my subscription. customisable packages would be great. and like you i would probably whittle my fav channels down to about 10. also picture quality wise if it's anything like the PS3 ivew then i wouldn't bother
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I can't help but think this will be more like the Foxtel for Mobile service than the broadcast service.

I certainly can't imagine the full Foxtel experience being able to work with anything but dedicated cable / sat.
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I can't help but think this will be more like the Foxtel for Mobile service than the broadcast service.

I certainly can't imagine the full Foxtel experience being able to work with anything but dedicated cable / sat.
Interesting point. With so many "hacked" XBOX's out there, I am sure FOXTEL would be very concerned about the possibility of "free" cable TV.

I have a feeling it will have to work off their integrated PC service in some way??
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Here's the official Xbox Press Release:
Foxtel to be available via Xbox Live / Xbox World Australia | Xbox 360

Doesn't give too much more information though.
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You do need an internet connection ... and an XBOX Live Gold account ... and a Foxtel for Live account ... No word on costings yet.

I hope that this sort of deal pushes the expansion of high speed broadband services here in Australia.
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Pricing has been announced in a sort of kind of way

And as I expected, it's almost exactly like the foxtel for mobile that's available.

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SUBSCRIPTION TV AND NEW RELEASE MOVIES ON DEMAND WITHOUT A FOXTEL SET-TOP-BOX


FOXTEL and Microsoft today announced the channels and packaging for the much-anticipated FOXTEL on Xbox 360 television service.

From November, Xbox 360 owners in Australia will be able to watch over 30 of FOXTEL’s world-class channels through Xbox LIVE on their Xbox, via the Internet.

The FOXTEL on Xbox 360 television service will feature a range of FOXTEL’s popular channel brands and offer a mix of:

- Live streamed television channels

- Catch-up TV

- FOXTEL On Demand – FOXTEL’s recently launched Internet TV and movie pay-per-view service

The Get Started package of live channels streamed online through the Xbox are: FOX8, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel [V], LifeStyle YOU, Discovery, National Geographic Channel, TV1, SKY NEWS, FOX Sports News and CNN, available from FOXTEL for less than $20 per month. Popular programming titles include Gossip Girl, Jersey Shore, The Hills, The Simpsons, Hustle and WWE.

FOXTEL on Xbox 360 subscribers can also choose from a range of additional packages covering Entertainment, Sports and two Movies packages, which will offer both live streamed channels, a catch up TV service, and video On Demand content. Additional channel packages start at $10 per month from FOXTEL.

FOXTEL Chief Executive and Managing Director, Kim Williams, AM said: “FOXTEL on Xbox 360 offers a new and convenient way to get FOXTEL without a set-top-box and over the internet, which is one part of our overall internet television strategy.

“We are innovating in the packaging and delivery of FOXTEL expanding across multiple devices to provide customers with more ways to enjoy television programming, sport and movies. With the addition of the FOXTEL on Xbox 360 Internet TV service FOXTEL is at the forefront on entertainment technology and will now offer Australians mobile, HD, 3D and Internet TV.

“FOXTEL is moving beyond the set-top-box and we are delighted to be joining forces with Microsoft on the Xbox platform to allow a new generation of customers – who traditionally may not have been able to get FOXTEL – to explore our fantastic programming. FOXTEL on Xbox 360 includes some of the world’s best channel brands such as FOX8, Disney, Nickelodeon, CNN and SKY NEWS, indeed we have secured a channel line-up to rival any competitor.

“FOXTEL on Xbox 360 is affordable, easy to use, and will provide instant access to live and catch-up TV, current and library movies, and video On Demand with no fixed term contract and low cost packages.”

David McLean, Managing Director of Xbox Australia said, “We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with FOXTEL – an organisation with more high quality film, television and sports content than any other in Australia. Together we’re pioneering the delivery of Internet TV on a scale not yet seen in this country. We have sold over a million Xbox 360 consoles already in Australian homes. FOXTEL on Xbox 360 will be available to all Xbox LIVE members in FOXTEL serviced areas.

“Besides access to great content, users will no longer need to wait until the following day to discuss their favourite shows. With Xbox LIVE, you can see what your friends are watching, watch together or even voice chat without ever leaving the experience. FOXTEL on Xbox 360 will bring interactive entertainment to a whole new level for Australians.”

LIVE TV

In addition to the Get Started package of live channels, FOXTEL on Xbox 360 subscribers may elect to subscribe to any of the following packages; Entertainment, Sports, showtime and Movie Network, each including live streamed channels mirroring the channels broadcast on the FOXTEL television platform.

The Entertainment package offers these live streamed channels: MTV Hits, MTV Classic, [V] Hits, UKTV, Disney, The Comedy Channel, Discovery Turbo MAX, Nat Geo Adventure, Universal Channel, BBC Knowledge, and SCI FI. Popular programming titles include The Chaser, Tosh.0 and Robot Chicken.

The Sports package offers these live streamed channels: FOX SPORTS PLAY, ESPN, Eurosport and FUEL TV. FOX SPORTS PLAY is an Xbox 360 unique channel that will be specially programmed to feature a collection of Australia’s most-loved sports programming including Hyundai A-League Football, Barclays Premier League Football, Rugby Union Spring Tour involving the Wallabies, KFC Twenty20 Big Bash, India v New Zealand Test Cricket, Live Boxing, ATP World Tour Tennis Finals and many more.

showtime and Movie Network will offer two separate movie packages for FOXTEL on Xbox 360 customers that will provide two live channels each, and catch up TV programming. The showtime movies package offers two live streaming channels – showcase and showtime premiere. The Movie Network package offers two live streaming channels Movie One and Movie Two.

CATCH UP TV

Subscribers to the FOXTEL on Xbox 360 live TV service can access a selection of catch-up TV programming at no additional cost.

The Get Started package offers the following channels that will provide a wide and diverse range of catch-up TV programming: FOX8, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel [V], LifeStyle YOU, Discovery, National Geographic Channel, SKY NEWS and CNN.

The Entertainment package enables customers to view catch-up TV programming from the following known and much-loved brands: UKTV, Disney, The Comedy Channel, Discovery Turbo MAX, Nat Geo Adventure and BBC Knowledge.

Catch-up movies from Movie Extra, Movie One, Movie Greats, Starpics, FMC, and online channels Movie Comedy, Movie Action and Movie Drama will also be available as part of the Movie Network subscription at no extra cost providing a choice of around 100 movies each month.

Catch-up movies from showtime premiere, showtime comedy, showtime drama, showtime family, showtime horror and showtime action will also be available as part of the showtime movies subscription (at no extra cost) providing the choice of not less than 70 movies each month.

FOXTEL ON DEMAND

A range of FOXTEL’s On Demand content including new release video on demand movies, library movies and TV Series will also be available on FOXTEL on Xbox 360. New release movies will cost $5.95 to rent each, library movies for $3.95 each, and TV Series episodes for $2.95 each, with some children’s TV episodes available at $1.95.

FOXTEL On Demand lets you watch what you like from a choice of hundreds of movies and over a thousand TV episodes, with the number of titles expanding and increasing to over 5000 movies and TV episodes by 2011.

All packages will be available by subscription from FOXTEL, registration will be available on the website www.foxtel.com.au from November 1, 2010.

FOXTEL recommends Xbox LIVE subscribers wishing to receive the FOXTEL on Xbox 360 service have an eligible ADSL/cable broadband service with a minimum broadband speed of 1.5MB per second.

[1] Only available to Xbox 360 owners who live in FOXTEL areas of Australia and who subscribe to both the Xbox LIVE service and the FOXTEL on Xbox 360 service. Xbox LIVE Gold subscription required for all live TV packages.

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