Foxtel will launch Australia’s first 4K TV channel in October via a new iQ4 set top box.
The new channel, heralding premium pictures and sound, will feature Live Sport -including upcoming Cricket from November- Documentaries, Concerts, Movies and more.
4K will come as part of a Foxtel Platinum HD or Foxtel Sports HD subscription for satellite customers with an iQ4 and compatible 4K television set. 4K resolution is around 4 times the quality of 1080 HD pictures and 20 times the resolution of SD.
Foxtel in 4K will launch in October on channel 444 with Cricket screening from November 4.
Whilst Netflix and Stan offer some 4K content they are reliant on internet delivery, but Foxtel will deliver via satellite around the country.
The launch last night at FOX Studios marks Patrick Delany’s first big pitch to consumers since becoming CEO. There will also be further announcements over coming months.
“Innovation is in Foxtel’s DNA and we have continuously redefined entertainment for Australia putting us at the centre of connecting subscribers with the sports and the shows they love,” he said.
“Today’s news is just the first step into a 4K future – this incredible experience will continue to expand as we bring even more sport and entertainment programming to life in guaranteed 4K, making the most of today’s ultra-modern 4K TVs. It’s TV like never before.”
Also speaking at the event hosted by Yvonne Sampson were Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Head of Sports Steve Crawley, with a performance by US singer Alessia Cara.
From today subscribers should notice an improved end of playback experience on both iQ3 and iQ4, updates to error codes on both iQ3 and iQ4, and a few other minor bug fixes. At this stage the only major feature of release 7.5 is enabling 4K content to be delivered to the iQ4 set top box.
But Foxtel will also raise some prices from October 1 with Entertainment packages rising from $26 per month to $29 and Platinum HD from $137 to $139. Foxtel Sports HD pack is $65 a month.
Access to Foxtel’s 4K channel requires an iQ4 set top box, compatible HDMI cable and compatible 4K TV. Any other connected equipment must also be compatible with Foxtel’s 4K UHD Standard. Available to customers with Sports + HD packs starting in October 2018. For more info see Foxtel.com.au/compatibility. Foxtel and some services not available to all homes.
New Satellite customers that purchase either the Sport + HD tiers, or the Platinum HD pack, as well as the iQ4 will automatically receive the 4K channel as part of their subscription. Current Satellite subscribers with Sport + HD, or Platinum HD, will also automatically gain the 4K channel as part of their subscription. However they will need to be sure they have our iQ4 set top box, compatible HDMI 2.0 cable and a compatible 4K TV in order to enjoy Foxtel’s 4K content. Any other connected equipment must also be compatible with Foxtel’s 4K UHD Standard.