FOXTEL SCRAMBLE TO ADD NEW VIEWERS WITH 4K SATELLITE CHANNEL
When Netflix and latterly Stan arrived in town, Foxtel began haemorrhaging viewers, who were fed up with old content and ever-increasing prices.
Now Foxtel hopes to win back customers with the new iQ4 4K ready set-top box and from October 2018 Australia's first 24/7 4K channel.
However, Foxtel clearly has zero confidence in the NBN network, as Foxtel 4K will only come via Satellite, and even then not all broadcasts will be native 4K. Foxtel says it will broadcast its live events via a mixture of native 4K and up-scaled, or “up-res”, formats. Not good enough in our opinion.
The iQ4 box itself has all the usual stuff, Team Link, allowing you to series link your favourite sporting teams, Sports Menu which makes suggestions based on your favourite sports, three times the recording space of iQ2 which will be needed for 4K, and the ability to record up to 3 shows at once while watching a 4th show live.
The first chance to see if sports fans will spend 4K cash will be In November when Foxtel will air the Australia v South Africa cricket match in 4K. They are also boasting movies, concerts, documentaries and more, in addition to sports, but again. no promise of genuine 4K content
Assuming there's already a Satellite installation at your premises, the iQ4 box will cost $125, plus a monthly subscription. Plans including channel 444 have not yet been announced but won't be cheap.
GadgetNET says: Expensive, satellite only and probably upscaled. No Thanks.
Rob Follis has been writing about tech on and off for over 40 years, is a designer, photographer, information omnivore, gadget-head, Hi-Fi afficionado, owner of far far too many things and sadly an unsuccessful app developer. A born & bred Londoner now happily living in Melbourne. Email Rob.
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