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Post by Dan @ 11:21am 30/05/11 | 16 Comments
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.












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Hogfather
Posted 11:37am 30/5/11
F*** off the regional protectionist s*** ffs ><

Its funny we get some content through our T-Box that is very TV-like, including AFL and NRL matches ... makes me wonder whether they can just extend that?
Dan
Posted 11:27am 30/5/11
Agreed. Content rights logistics are the one main thing hurting more services like this. At least the ACCC seems to be aware of it.
Plasma
Posted 01:00pm 30/5/11
Nice move by BP.
andrewus
Posted 02:18pm 30/5/11
Anyone know If telstra business get the same deal.. Wishful thinking I know but come on! Lol
Whoop
Posted 05:14pm 30/5/11
So to get foxtel I can either pay: ISP bill, Xbox Live! membership bill and (presumably) foxtel bill

or

foxtel bill

gee wonder which one I'd choose.

Not that there's anything on foxtel worth watching anyway. It's always bloody repeats, new seasons of shows are out in america yet we're still watching repeats of season 1 ffs. No wonder people seek alternative methods of tv viewing.
Spook
Posted 05:18pm 30/5/11
foxtel through xbox is much cheaper than straight up foxtel, it would work out substantially cheaper doing it that way.

im interested in iinets pay tv service, but atm it has no sport.

the second it gets sport, im going to ditch foxtel and sign up!
Khel
Posted 06:01pm 30/5/11
So to get foxtel I can either pay: ISP bill, Xbox Live! membership bill and (presumably) foxtel bill


Well, considering I already pay an ISP bill, and already have XBox Live Gold, its pretty cheap for me, $19 a month for foxtel.

It does have downsides though, not being able to record stuff is the biggest imo. I don't know why they don't have that, I mean, xboxs generally have huge hard drives now, let us record stuff to the hard drive ffs.
FaceMan
Posted 06:10pm 30/5/11
Its market is the casual viewer.
Instead of heading to the Cinema you just rent the most current movie or even just watch whatever you want.
Wont appeal to Torrenters or people who already have Foxtel with an iQ.

Darkhawk
Posted 08:17pm 30/5/11
If it's in HD and ends up being cheaper than getting Foxtel, then Microsoft can still GF because they screwed me with their XBox Live Gold service auto-renewing without my knowledge! Did you know that when you sign up for even just a month the only way to opt out is to ring them? Not very economical if you only have a mobile phone, and definitely not if you pay for 6 month without using the service!

It's not the money, it's the shifty way they got $70 out of me. I will never pay to use XBox Live again. Why the hell do XBox users have to pay for something that is free everywhere else? Since then I have only bought XBox games second hand (except for AFL Live 2011 because some of the money I paid will go to Big Ant Studios to improve future offerings, I even bought it on the PS3 and will do the same for the Wii and PC. Well, MAYBE the Wii.)
ara
Posted 08:24pm 30/5/11
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.


I have this service already on bigpond cable and it already was unmetered. I just got it for the super rugby season and since it is just by the month I plan on dropping it once the season is over.

the quality of the picture is good, above a HDTV ripped divx i would say. the lag between changing channels (while it recaches the channel) is a little annoying but I think the biggest draw back is the foxsports channel is an amalgamation of normal foxsports1-3, which means sometimes the rugby isn't shown (like when the cricket world cup was on even though FTA were showing the same game.. grrr).
dranged
Posted 08:30pm 30/5/11
It's a shame they can't just offer Foxtel over IP via a basic transport stream to anyone on Telstra Wholesale or Bigbond, since they're all layer 3 now.

I suppose you have service level guarantees to think about but would it really cannibalize their existing foxtel base that much?

Personally I think using a computer to drive your TV gets old pretty fast - appliance all the way baby.

..Suppose we need an Xbox Live emulator for our discounted Foxtel now ;)
dranged
Posted 08:31pm 30/5/11
^ no kidding. I am out of the loop. How much per month for Super Rugby ara?
ara
Posted 08:57pm 30/5/11
^ no kidding. I am out of the loop. How much per month for Super Rugby ara?


$29.50/month + xbox live gold.

http://www.foxtel.com.au/xbox/packages/default.htm
Whoop
Posted 09:29pm 30/5/11
Personally I think using a computer to drive your TV gets old pretty fast - appliance all the way baby.

This makes no sense given that most, if not all PVR's these days are basically just media center PC's running custom operating systems. The PVR I bought runs linux.
dranged
Posted 07:33am 31/5/11
My pvr is Linux based also, but it conforms to a sigma designs reference implementation, and is built up from the ground up to be used as an appliance.
Embedded Hardware solutions like a tbox, xbox 360, ps3, where the smarts and digital rights management is co-operatively handled at the end point, are built (certainly at the interface) to be simple, hands-off and clutter/configuration free in normal operation.

I just think it's easier and less frigging around. I'm a system integrator for work, not play.

last edited by dranged at 07:33:26 31/May/11
natslovR
Posted 09:12am 31/5/11
My TV has an app for Bigpond TV, so I already get those channels unmetered. It would be good if the foxtel download service was quota free too.
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