Foxtel introduces a FREE six-month Netflix trial for subscribers as it partners with the streaming service
- Foxtel subscribers can now access their Netflix accounts on their TVs
- The company announced the new partnership with Netflix on Wednesday
- Foxtel users who don’t have Netflix can sign up to the $13.99-a-month service
- They can also access a free six-month trial if their Foxtel bill is $49 or more
Foxtel subscribers will be able to access their Netflix accounts on their TVs from today.
The company announced the new partnership on Wednesday after rumours swirled last week.
Foxtel customers will still have to pay for Netflix but they can now access it via their IQ4 boxes as the company rolls out a new interface.
A photo of Foxtel’s new remote control with a Netflix button has been leaked online, sparking rumours the two rivals are about to join forces
What are the changes?
1. Foxtel users can access their Netflix accounts on their TVs
2. They can sign up to Netflix and pay the cost of $13.99 per month via their Foxtel account
3. They can also get a free Netflix trial for six months if their Foxtel subscription is $49 or more
4. A new remote control has a Netflix button
Foxtel has also released a new remote control that features a Netflix button to take the user straight to their account.
Under the new partnership, Foxtel users who do not have Netflix can sign up to the $13.99-a-month service and be billed under one account.
Foxtel customers who subscribe to a package costing $49 or more can also access a six-month free trial with Netflix.
Customers with the IQ4 box will receive software updates from today while those with the IQ3 box will have to wait until November.
The company made the deal as it tries to adapt to the popularity of streaming services which are growing at the expense of traditional TV.
Foxtel chief executive Patrick Delany said: ‘We want our customers to have the best of TV and on-demand in Australia all in one place.
‘With our new user interface, accessing Foxtel’s 16,000 hours of TV and on-demand content is as simple for customers as one click on the home of their existing remote.’
Explaining the thinking behind the partnership, he said: ‘Imagine if you just finished watching Big Little Lies… (and you thought) I want to watch something else. And, as we know, someone might say there’s another show, maybe on Netflix, to watch. Imagine if you could just simply press a button.
‘Netflix has been completely integrated into a very deep way into the Foxtel experience.
As well as Netflix, SBS on Demand will be added to the Foxtel interface later this year.
The new Foxtel iQ4 remote control has a dedicated Netflix button next to shortcuts for television shows, movies, and sport.
The new remote control will also have a microphone, which will allow subscribers to search for shows on their Foxtel iQ by using their voice.
Foxtel chief executive Patrick Delany (pictured) said: ‘We want our customers to have the best of TV and on-demand in Australia all in one place