blog Welcome to the IPTV club, Paul Budde. The well-known Australian telecommunications analyst revealed on his blog this morning that his household recently terminated its Foxtel service. Budde writes (we recommend you click here for the full blog post):
“After a year of procrastination and 14 years of using the Foxtel (and Austar) service we have decided to cut the cord … we had started to use the digital ABC and SBS channels more and more – in particular I enjoy the increase in historical documentaries. At the last European Football Championship Foxtel forced me to pay yet another fee on top of my already hefty subscription, and I found out that I could actually see the games on the Internet, and I connected the laptop to the plasma screen … with smart TV access via our DVR we now have access to the Quickflix movie database, which is many times larger than the limited, mainly C-rated, movie choice provided by Foxtel.”
To people in my generation (basically the older part of Generation Y) and younger, signing up for Foxtel is anathema unless you really need the sport. I don’t really know anyone my age who has ever signed up for a Foxtel subscription. However, everyone I know watches ABC iview, and many people also have Internet subscriptions to online services such as Crunchyroll (for anime), GomTV (for StarCraft II matches), Quickflix (for streaming movies) and so on. It just makes a lot more sense than the whole Foxtel system.