It is official. Foxtel has signed a deal with Telstra that will allow downloaded video content on the Xbox 360 to be unmetered for BigPond broadband customers, who will also get six new BigPond TV channels added to the servce, from today.
Users will now have access to several hours of Foxtel content without the need for a fixed term contract with Foxtel.
The unmetered video content will be added to TV shows from up to 30 Foxtel channels on the live TV streaming service, 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 new 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.
All ‘Get Started’ subscribers on the Foxtel on Xbox 360 channels will have the new channels added from today at no additional charge.
Patrick Delany, Foxtel executive director of product & sales, said:”This arrangement with Telstra is a big win for Foxtel on Xbox 360 users, allowing unmetered access to thousands of hours of great programming – all without a Foxtel fixed term contract.”
For the first time, Foxtel on Xbox 360 subscribers now get the benefit of both selected live coverage of sports via Fox Sports Play and ESPN, as well as streamed AFL and NRL games available on delay.
In addition, from June, games from the current season of AFL and NRL will be available on the service as Catch Up video on demand, and a highlights piece will also be available for each AFL and NRL game. Live AFL will come to Foxtel on Xbox 360 from the start of the 2012 season.
There are around 1.3 million Xbox consoles in Australia and getting unmetered access to Foxtel on Xbox 360 is now as simple as plugging into BigPond internet to give subscription TV a go.
Telstra’s executive director of media, J-B Rousselot said the deal was a “compelling reason to get online through Telstra. BigPond’s unmetered content is already a hit with T-Box, Samsung and LG customers, and we’re pleased to be bringing unmetering to customers connected to Foxel on Xbox 360.”
In addition, Foxtel is offering users a free month of usage by signing up any time in June. Users can watch over 35 live streaming channels with no installation and no fixed term contract over a broadband connection. Content is also unmetered on Telstra BigPond, which means there is no download limit.
Existing subscribers who don’t already subscribe to the showtime movies or Movie Network packages will also be given the opportunity to watch all movies from these channels for free throughout June.