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Foxtel Now Delivers Hot New $99 Puck

Foxtel has unveiled their new $99 Puck which unlike the Telstra TV offering is at this stage devoid of access to Netflix.

Running on the Android TV OS the device which we exclusively revealed last week is set to be used to drive entry level streaming customers to Foxtel and can only be purchased online.

Existing Foxtel customers who want to use the device in an office or holiday home will have to pay extra to get access to the content according to Foxtel customer support.

From the hands-on demonstration that ChannelNews has seen the device which is made by Technicolour, is a simple plug-and-play device that provides access to Foxtel Now in HD.

We got our device up and running in seconds, we initially had to tune the remote to the box by pressing two buttons and within seconds an update was downloading to the device.

It then prompted me to access Google on my Samsung Not 8 and within seconds of confirming the connection we had full access to Foxtel Now.

The new Puck is a simple plug-and-play device that provides access to Foxtel Now in HD, however, one issue was that the device defaulted to a low resolution Full HD.

I had the device plugged into a Hitachi UHD TV so all I did was go to setting and change the display to 1080p/60Hz in the Foxtel Now settings and the display quality to the screen immediately improved over the default setting.

You also get access to free-to-air channels via a built-in free-to-air tuner and access to SVOD app Stan as well as free-to-air streaming apps, ABC iView, PLUS7 and ten play.

The box features built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to ‘cast’ movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV.

The Foxtel Now box offers customers access to a world of content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh told ChannelNews that he was confident that the new Puck would deliver new customers to Foxtel. He said the future for Foxtel was all about content. He said, ” We need to deliver the best sport, International drama, and Lifestyle programming”

He said that Foxtel was currently working on creating a Lifestyle brand that would appeal to females.

He added “After the success of Foxtel Now, we’re delighted to lift the lid on our new Foxtel Now box. The sneak peek we shared at the Foxtel Now launch a few months ago created a huge amount of buzz and we are excited to announce the box’s arrival so quickly”.

“For the first time, Australians can watch Foxtel on their TV with a Foxtel designed set top box that is completely powered by the internet offering a no lock-in contract, affordable and flexible way to see Foxtel’s exclusive content both locally produced and from the world’s best entertainment brands. Self-installation is easy removing the need for a technician. Simply bring the box home and sign up to Foxtel Now to start watching.”

You can purchase the Foxtel Now box for $99 starting Friday November 10. It can be ordered directly from Foxtel at www.foxtelnow.com.au or via Foxtel’s eBay store, and will be available from other outlets in the near future.

Foxtel Now is Foxtel’s SVOD service, offering an affordable and flexible way to sign up and stream Foxtel, instantly, in HD^, live and on demand. Foxtel Now features flexible bundles so customers can sign up to Foxtel’s incredible content with the ability to cancel at any time.

Foxtel Now offers five entry level packs to match viewers’ interests including Drama and Pop packs priced at $15 per month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at $10 per month each.

Foxtel Now’s Movies pack is available for $20 per month in addition to an entry level pack and the Sports pack is available for an extra $29* per month, meaning Sports lovers can now get access to Foxtel’s incredible sports programming for a little as $39 per month and movies for as little as $30 per month.

Foxtel Now comes with a two-week free trial. For more information visit: www.foxtelnow.com.au

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