XBox 360 owners are set to get an exclusive sports channel thanks to Foxtel. However they will be slugged $19.50 a month, on top of the monthly Live Gold subscription to watch it. They will also be hit with additional Internet costs of up to $150 a movie if they exceed their monthly Internet allowance watching content via the new service.
The service, which was developed in partnership with Microsoft and is exclusive to Xbox customers, will also hit customers with an additional $10 a month fee if they want additional content.
Director of Content at Foxtel, Patrick Delaney said the service would not be available to customers in regional areas as Foxtel’s program rights did not allow it. Users will also be prevented from copying content to an external storage device.
Among the content that Xbox customers will have access to is “The English Premier League and the A-League (soccer) will be on there,” Mr Delaney said. “We have paid extra to negotiate those rights. Other than the NRL and the AFL, I think Fox Sports has cleared almost all its sport to be on there.”
What Delaney has failed to identify is how much the service will cost if a user exceeds their broadband allowance. Calculations by SmartHouse reveal that this could run into hundreds of dollars if users exceed over 1GB of data watch the sports channel.
Xbox Director David McLean said that Xbox customer would only be able to receive the service, via the internet.
He told the Australian newspaper “I estimate 85 per cent or thereabouts of our subscribers will be able to get access from day one,” Mr McLean said.
According to the Australian no internet service providers have agreed to exempt Foxtel on Xbox 360 from counting towards a subscriber’s broadband download cap, which means users could be up for hundreds of dollars if they are keen sports fans with neither Foxtel, nor Microsoft receiving any of the addition Internet revenue.
Delaney said that one standard definition movie would use about 1.3 GB of data which if in excess of an Internet Cap will cost $150 based on most ISP’s charging $0.15 cents per Kb.
Subscribers can sign up for the service using their credit card on a month-by-month basis and there is no contract.