Foxtel and Netflix are the biggest entertainment subscriptions in Australia
today. The main differences are that Netflix places an emphasis on TV shows and
not to mention their latest feature of downloading content to watch at a later
time using no data. While Foxtel provides the latest movies, exclusive live
sports and LIVE pause, rewind & play. Although both services seem to offer
great value for content, what do you prefer? What are you experiences with paid
Posted by on 05 Dec 2016
We have never watched paid tv however if we do we will choose the sport option.
We love sport. We cannot afford it because I am ill and on unpaid leave.
Both Foxtel and Netflix has its own advantages and fare share of disadvantages.
Foxtel has more varieties of films showcased but costs more to subscribe.
Netflix (Aus) is limited in movies and TV shows but costs a fraction of
Both Foxtel and Netflix, allows you to watch movies and tv shows on devices
such as iPads, iPhones and tablets.
With Netflix you can still watch movies and tv shows from overseas (if you're
in that country) without registering anew, also you can watch movies and TVs
shows available in that region.
Netflix hands down, you have a variety, unlike Foxtel who are over priced, have
that many repeats of the same show & not to mention you have to have the package
that has heaps of channels you would never watch. Until they offer some thing
like pick 10 channels that you want & only pat 10 - 12 dollars i would not even
look at them
I personally prefer Netflix. It has a great variety if TV shows and movies you
can view at any time over many different devices at only a fraction of the cost
of foxtel. Netflix makes it easier to binge watch my favorite TV shows anytime
I prefer Netflix because, although you can pause, rewind, etc. with Foxtel, you
still have to wait for certain times for shows. Also watching online uses more
data than downloading and watching later. Furthermore, Netflix can be used on
multiple devices with the same account, e.g. desktop computer, laptop, tablet,
instead of just watching on your TV, so you can get a subscription for the
family and not have them fighting over what to watch.
I recently changed from Foxtel to Netflix and count it as one of the best
decisions of my adult life. It's a fraction of the cost, the library is SO MUCH
larger, the convenience of watching what you want and when (let's be honest: to
all those that talk about the recordability of Foxtel, no, too often programmes
would have their endings cut even with extensions added)... All great. Also,
and I understand this mayn't help everyone, but I travel abroad a lot, so having
access to my streaming when away is a huge pro for me. Also, Netflix has just
added Downloads, so I can now use Netflix on the plane without wifi. Again, not
Lastly, not that one needs it that often, but Netflix customer service are
always available and friendly - no queues (including phone and webchat) and they
answer all questions simply.
The only downside is a slight delay in when movies are available compared to
Foxtel, but it's really not a huge difference from what I can tell.
Is either worth it? It looks as if from the comments already posted, that
there are too many ads on Foxtel. We had Foxtel some time ago, but cancelled
it as we did not use it as much as we thought. We have also had Netflix, but
cancelled that too, because we couldn't really find much that we wanted to
watch. If we cannot find anything to watch on free to air TV, we normally
watch a DVD.
We recently swapped from Foxtel to Netflix. We felt that in many occasions
Foxtel was repeating our already watched shows/movies and should go with Netflix
for more variety. What a disappointment. Very limited and are now using other
sites to get material from. Netflix very rarely add new items and only have
more recent than older content. At least with Foxtel it was easier to flick
through and see what was watchable and there's more variety.