From today Foxtel enables its iQ2 for internet connection, giving subscribers the option of television and movies on demand via home broadband.
Subscribers with an iQ2 set-top-box and broadband can connect the internet (via a modem) and access over a thousand TV episodes and hundreds of movies.
TV Episodes will be available for $2.95 each including Mad Men (MOVIE EXTRA), Jersey Shore (MTV), Australia’s Next Top Model (FOX8), The Hills (MTV), Tough Nuts (Crime & Investigation Network), Ice Road Truckers (FOX8), Summer Heights High (The Comedy Channel), Spirited (W), iCarly (Nickelodeon), :30 seconds (The Comedy Channel), Life After People Special (The History Channel), and Hoarders (Bio).
Some children’s programming will be $1.95 per episode such as Ben 10 (The Cartoon Network) and Dora the Explorer (nick jr).
$3.95 movie titles will include Toy Story, ET, Finding Nemo, Back To The Future, American Pie, Mystery Men, Twilight, 10 Things I Hate About You, The Sixth Sense, Pirates of the Caribbean, Psycho, Twelve Monkeys and many more.
New release movies will be $5.50 each (High Definition $5.95) including Date Night, Kick-Ass and Hot Tub Time Machine in October.
The number of titles will increase to over 5000 movies and TV episodes by 2011.
CEO Kim Williams, said, “Foxtel On Demand delivers further on Foxtel’s compelling consumer proposition of putting you in control of your television viewing and allowing you to watch what you want, when you want to and increasingly over a device of your choice.
“Foxtel has been investing in its technology to build on the suite of services available to our subscribers and with the launch of On Demand, Foxtel has moved to the internet and completed its offering which includes HD, 3D and Internet TV to become the home of entertainment.
“This is the perfect time for Foxtel to launch its On Demand Internet TV service as broadband is available at faster speeds, and internet plans are becoming more affordable. If you have Foxtel at home the iQ2 set-top-box is the only box you’ll ever need to watch TV and movies On Demand instantly, whenever you like.”
Once a title has been viewed the rental period will begin –48 hours for movies and an extended rental of 10 days for TV episodes, which will increase to a 60 day rental period from December. Inside the rental period multiple viewings are allowed.
Subscribers must have an eligible ADSL/cable broadband service with an available Ethernet port at a minimum broadband speed of 1.5MB per second. Telstra BigPond customers will have unmetered usage. Subscribers can start watching a show before it has completely downloaded.
Foxtel plans to roll the On Demand service out to selected Foxtel iQ set-top-boxes from December.
Subscribers should call 131 999 to activate the On Demand service once plugged in, or for advice on set-up.
UPDATE: Roll-out to iQ2 boxes begins today and will be completed by November 1st. However users can “force” the upgrade by calling 131999 and ask for assistance. iQ roll-out begins in December for select boxes (ie.post 2008 boxes).