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We’ve got foxtel free for three months because my husband is so keen. I was so jubious but it has surprised me. We don’t have normal TV connected. The recording feature has been awesome with my little boy… Lah-lah big live bands and peppa pig get recordings have been awesome! But it’s expensive for a single income family and I’m thinking we can’t justify it. I just feel so mean being the strict (possibly sensible) one and saying no! But the money spent doesn’t necessarily equal the value gained, and definitely isn’t a necessity. Just a nice novelty
Has anyone else found something like it worth it?


Posted by Mum7654321, 29th April 2016


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  • It depends on your interests whether Foxtel is worth the cost. An avid motorsport fan had it because it showed a wider variety than free-to-air. It had a lot of speedway racing which has several categories. It also showed more rallying. Not being intested in the constant repeats of other types of shows he cancelled it as the charges were increased, he became unemployed and couldn’t afford unnecessary expenses.

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  • We have presto but I have heard really good things about netflix. We had a free 2 month subscription to presto (check the back of shopper dockets) but I’m not sure if netflix has a similar free period? Perhaps have a google and see. Otherwise, look into your local library. We order so many DVDs the kids are interested in and they are free. We borrowed one of the new Barbie movies that have only just been released as well as Paw Patrol and Octonauts. All free. Of course, there’s no sport like foxtel but fairly recent movies pop up in the library.

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  • Would like Foxtel and we are thinking about it,alot of great movies and sport to catch up on!

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  • I think Foxtel is a little on the pricey side. Try subscription services like Netflix or Stan. They offer a range of movies and tv shows for all the family but they cost nowhere near as much as Foxtel.

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  • Never had Foxtel and never wanted it. Unless it was for a special interest that could not be accessed any other way, I simply would not bother. Far better ways to spend money and time.

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  • No… I’d prefer to just buy DVDs.

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  • You can catch up with sbs, channel 7 and channel 9. I tried to post the links but I am unable. Just google “catch up sbs” for example and you arrive to the right page.

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  • Yes, that is for ABC. Then you can catch up on Channel 9 here https://www.9now.com.au/
    And for Channel 7 you go here https://au.tv.yahoo.com/plus7/#page1
    Also SBS http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/
    The programs are not there forever, just for some weeks. It’s a wonderful way to catch up on series you missed.

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  • If you have an internet connection there is something on the ABC called iview that allows you to watch regular TV content for free. The link is
    http://iview.abc.net.au/
    and I think programs are kept there for a couple of weeks before they are replaced with new ones.

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  • Free to air TV and the library seems to have all of the shows and movies we need. Secondhand DVD’s are also so cheap and easy to purchase. No need for us to buy or spend on extra shows or movies.

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  • My hubby has tried several times over the years to get Foxtel, I’ve always put a stop to it tho, for exact same reasons as you. We have signed up to Presto and Netflix. Together I think they cost $15-$20 a month. Then, as mentioned below, there’s lots of catch up to available too

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  • I used to have Foxtel, but we stopped it 4 years ago. It was too expensive and we didn’t use it that much anyway. There is catch-up television nowadays, you can loan movies and series for free at the library, or occasionally rent a movie.. We are fine like that. But every case is different.

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  • We are dead against anything you have to end up paying for, due to free to air tv having so many good shows on, we struggle to watch what we have taped on our hard rive let alone letting morePAID FOR shows come into the picture…

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