FOXTEL and Microsoft announce signing of ground-breaking deal

Today Microsoft Australia announced a huge deal with PayTV broadcaster, FOXTEL to bring Foxtel to millions of Australians via Xbox Live. Full details inside.

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PandemicPrawn02833d ago (Edited 2833d ago )

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.

Moonboots2833d ago

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.

PandemicPrawn02833d ago (Edited 2833d ago )


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.

Moonboots2833d ago

Oh, my bad. New Zealand it is then. sorry bout that.

darkmurder2832d ago

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.

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Government Cheese2833d ago

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.

Mc Fadge2833d ago

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.

RedDevils2833d ago (Edited 2833d ago )

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

Noctis Aftermath2833d ago

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.

JokesOnYou2832d ago

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.


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CraigGOA2833d ago

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.

cayal2833d ago (Edited 2833d ago )

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.

SuperStrokey11232833d ago

Thats pretty good if you are able to take advantage of this.

Claudinho692833d ago

and foxnews and msnbc are enemies lol.....

darkmurder2832d ago

In America, here Foxtel is pretty much the equivalent of cable.

Mo0eY2833d ago Show
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