In what appears to be yet another customer-positive move for Australia's oft-maligned largest Internet provider, BigPond, Foxtel and Microsoft have announced that BigPond broadband customers will no longer be charged for metered data while using the Foxtel on Xbox 360 service. Additionally, they've also unveiled six new BigPond IPTV channels that will be joining the service from today.
This means all video content will be unmetered for Telstra BigPond customers when viewing the FOXTEL on Xbox 360 service, including watching TV shows from up to 30 world-leading FOXTEL channels on the live streaming television service, the six BigPond TV channels, Catch Up TV, and hundreds of new release films, library movies and TV episodes from the FOXTEL on Xbox 360 On Demand service.
The six channels from BigPond TV cover sport, racing and news including: FOOTY TV the AFL channel, LEAGUE TV the NRL channel, V8 Supercars Australia, RACING TV with TVN, BigPond Sport TV, and BigPond News. These channels will be available on the FOXTEL on Xbox 360 service to all Get Started subscribers at no additional charge.
The Foxtel on Xbox 360 service still requires that you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription and that you live in a Foxtel-enabled metro area (and not a regional Austar only area), but the removal of data metering for BigPond customers is certainly another step in the right direction, as paying for both a subscription and data costs was an unappealing proposition for many.
Read the complete press release
for more details and specifics on the new BigPond TV channels.