Foxtel today unveiled the pricing and content breadth of what is slated to be yet another internet television and video on demand play aimed at Australian consumers, with much of the pay TV operator’s content to be available for the price of $20 per month through Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console starting from November.
For $20 a month, Xbox 360 owners will be able to gain access to the FOX8, MTV, Nickelodeon, Channel [V]. LifeStyle YOU, Discovery, National Geographic, TV1, Sky News, FOX Sports News and CNN channels through Foxtel for “less than $20 a month”, according to a Foxtel statement issued today.
Additional channel packages — covering, for example, entertainment, sports and movies — will start at $10 a month.
The Entertainment package, for instance, will cover a number of live streamed Foxtel channels such as the Comedy Channel, the Sci-Fi channel and Disney. Sports will cover the Fox Sports Play, ESPON, Eurosport and more, while the Showtime and Movie Network packages will provide the Foxtel Showcase and Showtime Premiere, and Movie One and Movie Two channels respectively.
In addition to the paid channels, the Xbox 360 service will deliver customers a selection of what the TV networks refer to as ‘catch-up TV’ programs at no additional cost.
Customers who buy what Foxtel describes as its “Get Started” package — the less than $20 monthly plan — will be able to watch episodes from the associated channels as a catch-up TV option, and the same applies to the other channels. So for example, customers who buy the Movie Network package will be able to watch movies which have live streamed on the associated channels — but later on as a catch-up option.
A further offering which Foxtel will offer Xbox 360 customers is video content on demand, which lets customers purchase from a selection of movies and TV episodes on an ad-hoc basis. The company will charge customers $5.95 per movie, $3.95 for what it terms a ‘library’ movie from its archives and TV episodes for $2.95 each. Some children’s TV episodes will go for $1.95.
The company currently has “hundreds” of movies available and over a thousand TV episodes. But it’s planning to expand that combined total to over 5,000 by the end of 2011.
To utilise the Foxtel services on Xbox 360, the company is recommending customers have a broadband connection with a minimum speed of 1.5Mbps. In addition, the services is only available to Xbox 360 owners who live in the metropolitan areas services by Foxtel — and they need an Xbox Live Gold subscription as well.
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