February 25, 2018

Things to Consider When Choosing a Pay TV Provider

In this day and age when almost everyone goes online on a daily basis, it’s not surprising to see more and more people looking at internet TV for entertainment. There are several providers of pay TV, and their offerings vary. How can you choose the one that suits you best? One that enables you to access the shows that you want and at the same time, saves you money?

Here are some of the things to take into account when choosing a pay TV provider:

  • One internet TV option is to subscribe to a stand-alone service, or bundle your chosen pay TV service with your home broadband plan. In this way, you’ll be able to gain access to a long list of TV shows, documentaries, movies, and even live sporting events.
  • It’s important to know that there are two general categories in pay TV: subscription TV and streaming video on demand. Foxtel belongs to the first category, and it requires customers to sign up for a one-year contract, and pay for installation and equipment.

On the other hand, Netflix and Stan, which fall under streaming videos on demand services, do not require customers to pay installation costs. There are also no contracts. They even offer a free one-month trial. However, these services require internet access, which usually involves set-up costs and contract periods.

  • Different pay TV providers offer different sets of popular TV shows. That’s why it’s important to check the list of shows available before signing up.
  • What are the devices that you use? Note that there are providers which may not be compatible with your devices such as DVD players and gaming consoles.
  • Check if the pay TV provider has an app or a feature that will enable you to watch movies and shows from a portable device such as your smartphone or tablet.
  • The quality of the videos has an impact on the price you’re going to pay for the internet TV service. For instance, expect to pay a bit more for movies in HD, compared to shows that are of SD quality.
  • Your internet connection also plays a role in your viewing pleasure. It’s important that you have connection that’s fast enough to stream videos without interruption. HD content, for instance, needs fast internet connection. Otherwise, you’ll not enjoy watching movies even if the quality is good.

Do you have other ideas on pay TV or streaming TV online? Share your insights in the comments section.

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What is Fetch TV?

We’ve entered a new age of television thanks to the Internet TV technology.  Internet TV gives more variety through data connection than regular cable TV. You can use internet TV via subscriptions, and it comes with varying costs depending on the quality and content of your subscription.

Pay TV options in Australia have always been quite limited. Fetch TV is a recent TV subscription that serves as an alternative to Foxtel, with a wide range of popular TV channels to choose from and a large library of movies and TV shows. With broadband internet connection, the subscription is streamed to your TV through the Fetch set-top box, so you don’t need separate cables for pay TV and home internet.

Here are some of the awesome features of Fetch TV:

Fetch’s set-top box is the main drawcard. Hook it up to your TV and internet, and enjoy dozens of channels and loads of movies that the service offers.  It’s a versatile device as it is also a TV guide, a video recorder, and a movie store, perfect for your entertainment needs.

You can buy or rent movies from a catalogue of over 6000 movies including the latest blockbusters and classic movies. Fetch has an amazing movie store with unlimited availability with the touch of a button. Renting movies allows you to watch them for 48 hours, while buying gives you unlimited access.

Fetch also offers Premium Channel packs, such as Nickelodeon and National Geographic, with over 40 popular channels from the US and UK. For $6 a month, each pack contains a selection of channels. The Vibe pack has pop culture channels like MTV and E! and the Knowledge pack includes CNN and Food Network.

Aside from 49 channels across four Premium Channel packs, Fetch features special channels like Horse and Country and BelN Sports, as well as international TV packs from South Korea, China, Italy, and others. You can add or remove these from your subscription.

Recording live TV with Fetch is available on its Mighty version of the set-top box. Your can record your favourite shows in its built-in 1TB hard drive, capable of storing 585 hours of TV. The Series Tag function allows you to choose the shows for Fetch to record automatically. You will never miss an episode of your favorite show with the Mighty Box.

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Is Foxtel Worth the Money?

More and more Australians get internet TV subscription as it is a convenient way to get a continuous supply of movies and TV series at the comfort of their own home. There are several providers of streaming TV online. One of these is Foxtel, which replaced its streaming service with Foxtel Now, with Chromecast support and HD content. This new platform has a basic 12-month package worth $450. Is it worth it? Does Foxtel offer the shows and movies that you want?

Let’s take a look at the features of this pay TV service:

  • Foxtel Now was launched on June 7, 2017. It is still the same streaming service as Foxtel Play, though with new features. If you’re an existing member of Foxtel Play, you will be automatically rolled over to Foxtel Now. Bear in mind that a software update may be required, based on your platform.
  • With dedicated apps per platform, Foxtel Now is compatible with iPhone, Android, PC, smart TV, as well as games console such as PlayStation 3 and 4, and Xbox One.
  • With its new feature of Chromecast support, you can stream content from a mobile device to your big screen TV. Also, HD video is available on compatible displays.
  • From the old platform of three and one, Foxtel now enables five devices to be registered, two of which can stream simultaneously.
  • Foxtel stated that about half of its 16,000 titles in the library will be available for streaming on HD.

Aside from the $450 you will pay for the 12-month basic package, you also need to pay for the IQHD box and setup fees. With the new features Foxtel Now offers, it’s worth the money.  There is also the option to pay $120 per month for 92 channels across all seven packs. Another option is the Sport pack which is one of the most expensive offerings.

Final thoughts

In the end, it’s up to you, depending on your budget and preferences. Of course, when you know the types of shows that you like to watch, you will get significant cost savings by choosing only the pack that offers what you like. That is why it is important to carefully check your pay TV options. If it helps, you can read several reviews of those who have already availed any Foxtel Now packages, just to be sure that it’s worth the money.

Is Foxtel worth the money? Share your internet TV tips and preferences in the comments section below.

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What home renovation shows teach us about renovating

Internet TV has become a staple in many Australian households, and for good reason. It enables families to subscribe to their favourite shows so they don’t miss a single episode. And speaking of shows, subscription television offers a wide range of shows, from cartoons and sports to fashion and popular series. It also offers several home renovation shows for homeowners who are looking for an upgrade into their own houses.

What do home renovation shows teach us about renovating? In most cases, people watch these shows for entertainment, while sometimes, they secretly wish that they can do that kind of renovation job in their own homes. Here are other things that these shows teach us:

Home renovation trends in the country

If you’re planning to renovate a room or your entire house, you can get tons of inspiration by watching home renovation shows. For instance, The Block, which involves pairs who are given a budget and time to outdo each other in designing a room or an apartment, usually show off their design skills by incorporating the latest trends.

Renovating a home can be challenging

There are home renovation shows where you can actually relate to, showing real people facing real challenges when it comes to renovating a home. It may add a bit of drama but in the end, you’ll be inspired and motivated to finish the task and celebrate for a job well done.

Renovation tips and solutions

You will surely learn a lot from watching home renovation shows. It doesn’t matter if you just want to change the overall look and feel of your bedroom or you want to have a house that’s energy-efficient. Home renovation shows offer tons of solutions to a wide array of issues in renovating a home.

DIY renovation

A lot of people think that renovation costs a lot of money. That may be true in many cases, but this doesn’t mean that people who are budget-conscious will not be able to pull it off. Consider watching home renovation shows and you’ll learn a thing or two about do-it-yourself woodwork and crafts. You can make your own coffee table, bench or floating shelves made out of reclaimed wood. You can also create customised décor such as curtains as well as table runners and centrepieces. You’ll be surprised at how much you can do without shelling out more money.

Got other ideas on home renovation shows on internet TV? Share your insights in the comments section.

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