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Foxtel alternatives

Discussion in 'The Pub' at netrider.net.au started by robbie55, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Have had foxtel for a few years now but in short they are cocks and I am keen to leave.

    There doesn't appear to be much if any competition though, only one I can think of is the Telstra TBox but it looks pretty ordinary and expensive at that. Does anyone use anything else?


     
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  2. I rang Foxtel last week to cancel citing repetetive scheduling and high cost. The reduced my monthly bill so I would stay. Win!
     
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  3. Call the cable guy (;
     
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  4. I got a free upgrade, which then ended up costing $200, but then they will reduce it to $100 but slug my card $300. Then my agreed plan was meant to be $88 or something but costs $97. The call centre can't understand my bill and neither can I but apparently thats OK because its been paid so there is nothing to worry about.

    Check your accounts your win is likely to be a FAIL.
     
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  5. ( eztv.it + uTorrent

    OR

    mytvnzbrss.com + an nzb downloader + a usenet server )

    AND

    ( MythTV

    OR

    XBMC )

    The other options are, Apple TV with TV shows and movies downloaded on demand, or a Tivo (no actual tv service, but lets you record the free to air stuff).
     
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  6. I don't know anything about the Telstra T-box but I do know that Telstra part own Foxtel so guess which programming supplier they'd use.

    Do Optus vision still take customers? I know that a few years ago Optus and Telstra merged their feeds so that you could get programming from both services regardless of who your primary provider was. Might be a way of getting the same thing but different.
     
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  7. Depends on what you have Foxtel for, there's a lot of choices now with the extra digital channels and bittorrent airlines...
     
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  8. Best alternative is high speed internet.
     
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  9. Thanks for the replies, I suppose I was looking for an alternative with a similar set up that is ready out of the box.

    From what I've seen there are some but with not much variety:
    *Fetch TV from iiNet,
    *Select TV
    *TransACT
    *TPG
    *T-Box etc

    There have been others such as HULU that seem to have a bit more but apparently can be tricky as you need to set up a proxy that gives it a US IP address otherwise it wont give access to the content (FFS I have no idea what that actually means so probably best I steer clear of it. I love google but for an idiot like me it raises more questions than it answers)

    So let me rephrase, where can a technical dunce go to get a thingy that you plug into a tv that lets you watch a similar array of channels and is controlled with a remote that where you select channel up or down and volume up or down?
     
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  10. I've got FetchTV, swapped over from Foxtel about a month ago, basically a set top box, recorder & streaming pay tv over your internet connection. Quota free, so it doesn't affect (effect?) your monthly download limit.

    Not as many channels as Foxtel, but mainly the ones I watch, so it's good for me.

    30 free movies every month (old & new), plus new release movies that you have to pay for.

    So far so good, watching less TV overall, but more movies & more shows I actually enjoy.

    I didn't look into the TBox because I wanted something cheaper, FetchTV is $29.95 rather than the 80 odd I was paying for Foxtel.

    Yep, FetchTV will do that. You do need an internet connection for it though, but I'm sure you can manage that ;)
     
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  11. did you have to get BoB or just through your current connection?
     
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  12. I already had the BoB, but you can do it with a standard modem.
     
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  13. Internet + MythTV = WIN!

    :cool:

    I've been running Mythbuntu for years and have never even contemplated getting Foxtel, all you need is a decent internet connection and lots of storage space.
     
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  14. Huge 150gig download allowance
    Eztv
    Enjoy.
     
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  15. OK so take me through these options, am I linking my pc to my tv (somehow), what sort of internet connection should I have? How much data allowance should have(piece of string?) Can I use a remote if and/or do I need an add on to my pc with a remote?

    Thanks for the info bear with me, just a basic run down so I have somewhere to start from am happy to do the rest of the research myself
     
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  16. try this

    looks interesting, certainly a better option (to me) than fox/optus
     
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  17. I run a HTPC into the TV and find that even with free-to-air my list of unwatched shows grows rather than shrinks. Add to that all the FTA broadcasters' iView websites for stuff I forgot to record and that's plenty for me. We don't watch much sport on TV though so YMMV
     
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  18. $100 western digital media player with remote and video out.
    Connect a portable USB hard disk.

    Use bit torrent to grab all the media you want and save to your portable drive.
     
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  19. Can someone explain mythtv in laymans terms?
    The site is way too geeky.
     
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  20. I'll cheat and simply copy from Wikipedia:

    MythTV is a free open source home entertainment application with a simplified "10-foot user interface" design for the living-room TV, and turns a computer with the necessary hardware into a network streaming[2] digital video recorder, a digital multimedia home entertainment system, or Home Theater Personal Computer.[3] It can be considered as a free and open source alternative to Tivo[4] or Windows Media Center. It runs on various operating systems, primarily Linux/Mac/FreeBSD.[5]

    Did that help?
     
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