Today Microsoft Australia announced a huge deal with PayTV broadcaster, FOXTEL to bring Foxtel to millions of Australians via Xbox Live. Full details inside.
While I appreciate Microsoft trying to expand the features available on XBL, I don’t like the idea of people having to pay TWO subscriptions to get it. It should be included in the current XBL price, or at the most a small increase to the overall subscription fee. I like the sound of what they are doing, but it all needs to under the one subscription. I hope Microsoft give XBL a huge shake-up soon and takes a look at how they are pricing it. Give the Gold subscribers the cross game chat, larger friend lists, the digital TV and maybe a free XBLA game every month. Upgrade the silver subscription to just provide bare bones online play and a capped friends list.
I take from your name you are from Australia? Nice to get perspective from someone from that region. I agree with you that I would like to see MS shake it some and try a new price model and give more to Silver. I'm from the US and if I saw this I would have the same reaction you did.
Nah. I'm from New Zealand. I just hate to see the poor old Aussies get taken advantage of. They have it bad enough as it is.
Oh, my bad. New Zealand it is then. sorry bout that.
nz will get this too
I would much prefer MS put in some dedicated servers than this stuff we get ripped off paying to play peer 2 peer games is essentially all we do. Bloody rip off.
I don't get why you don't like it. It is like saying Netflix should be free if you pay for Xbox Live as well.
But that you shouldn't need Xbox Live Gold to use it. Not sure about how NetFlix works on 360, but the same comment to it if you need Gold as well.
that meant you have to pay 3x more, which mean you have to pay Netfix on top of XBl, and now foxtel on top of Netfix which is already on top of XBL, hey I just see something it look like a pyramid :P
The way i look at this is, for those who have foxtel and an xbox you can set up the xbox in one room and the foxtel box in another and be able to watch foxtel on both without having to pay an extra fee for another foxtel box.
LOL! Don't use it then!
nah, that would be nice in fairytail land but in reality it doesn't work like that, these are two seperate business's, all micro is doing is allowing folks who already have or are interested in Foxtel's service to make it easy to use by intergrating it with Live. It's like saying DVD rentals should be free because you already pay for Live, NO 360 just allows you quick access to the movies but you don't have to use it, you can go rent or buy them by other means if you like. Online features for games, the robust Live community and the continous availability of so much content is what microsoft charges a subscription fee for, its up to each of us to decide whether or not its worth the price. As for micro's pricing for content on Live, YES they should make things cheaper if they really want to see it grow quicker. Some of the prices are just plain ridiculous compared to other current retail prices. JOY
Hi guys, I do think this is good news, especially for the people that don't have Foxtel on its own here in Australia. It does seem like Microsoft's attempt to compete with the PS3's PlayTV feature. As to how it will go, it is just a wait and see, especially concerning the pricing structure.
I don't think it provides any incentive to get it rather then just getting Foxtel itself. I also imagine that needing a broadband connection is a bit of a problem considering the crappy speeds we have here.
Thats pretty good if you are able to take advantage of this.
and foxnews and msnbc are enemies lol.....
In America, here Foxtel is pretty much the equivalent of cable.
To CriagGOA's point above: Will this be offered as a built in feature for all live users? or a tiered offering within the live framework? They could score some positive value points if played right.
this is a good deal for those that have unmetered internet. unfortunately im not one of them. I assume that existing foxtel customers wouldnt have to pay any extra fees. its a GREAT option for those that dont have foxtel. and this isnt anything like PlayTV, so dont even try and say theyre copying sony.
Microsoft state you need a Gold Xbox Live account, so silver users won't be able to access it most likely. Other than that it should be available to all Xbox 360 users in Australia that have a decent broadband connection to allow it to work. ADSL2+ would be the best bet for it to work. Whether ISP's will offer unmetered downloads for this particular service is yet to be announced, but Microsoft would be silly not to try and strike a deal with all ISP's as to make it a key feature for the 360, but we'll see.
your new name suit you better only you would defend a triple charge for a service that otherwise would be 1 charge if you live in their service area
oh yea i 4got about bungie....LOL epic fail for him since his troll name aint relevant no more...since bungie is multiplatform now LOL
I'm from Australia and I think it's a great idea having to have Foxtel coming to Xbox Live but the only disappointing this is that the payment.
don't get me wrong its a good idea since it almost as play tv or maybe better but since its a service like netfix that cost you money I don't see it taking up as much as MS would like to since there is less than a million 360 owners (according to the article) of those maybe half or less would be gold.
If the rumored Premium PSN comes to reality, it will deliver a huge slap to Microsoft's face. The reason is because with Microsoft's strategy to charge people for Xbox Live and making them to pay a separate subscription to use features while PSN users paying one fee to use all of the features...
I have no problems streaming abc iview on my ps3 with standard adsl i live in the mountains with poor tv reception so this just gives me more options sweet love the comedy show fox news funny stuff.
Thats pretty cool, but I'm also concerned about the price. For starters I have to pay for XBL gold when I dont want it. Why cant Silver users get it so you have more customers or would that mean M$ arent getting any of the pie? Couldnt Foxtel charge the fee and then substidise M$ for every customer? And how much would it be anyway? I cant imagine its alot cheaper than a standard Foxtel subscription or they would be ripping themselves off and losing customers in droves. It would have to be close to normal price and then I'd still have to get Gold and use my bandwidth. Another problem for me is the internet. Lots of places dont have ADSL2 yet. I'd get it in a second if I could, its cheaper and you get more download, but its just not available in my area. Lots of videos on the net dont even stream properly for me so I cant imagine this working very well on my connection. Finally, having my XB on everytime I watch TV? No thanks, that could be 8 hours a day and I just got a new one. I'll keep my eye on this, I actually like the concept, but I think the practicality, at least for me leaves to many crosses in the boxes. We'll see.
Pretty soon XBOX online subscription will cost more than the console itself
I got an idea... how about actually making some games?
MS is trying to make the x360 the living room hub, it is going down the road of the casual market and trying to appeal to the masses. Only problem is the cost factor may prove tricky, gold membership cost money, Foxtel cost money, internet cost money. The economy is Australia is OK but not great, interest rate is on the rise putting more pressure on disposable income for these kind of things. Also internet coverage and speed is also an issue here in Australia, until our gov't get their act together and finally build the national broadband network, not much is going to change anytime soon. And having worked for Foxtel, they are not cheap and the package deal will come with a load of channels you're not even interested in. I can say the top package (Platinum HD) which includes all standard channels cost about $135 AUD per month, the cheapest Family IQ package is $72 AUD. I guess we will have to wait and see.
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