Monday, 03 November 2014 11:19

Foxtel boxes in Netflix with BoxSets


Seeking to pre-emptively SMASH Netflix Hulk-style, Foxtel has brought BoxSets to the binge watching party with 22 TV shows with multiple seasons during November, some live but all On-Demand with the Anytime feature.

Watch out, Netflix! You might be here ‘illegally’ at prices that surely make Foxtel weep, and you’re set to launch locally in 2015 with what will surely be a vastly poorer library than what is available in the US, but the Foxtel Empire is striking back.

Sure, Netflix might be a new hope for cord-cutters who have simply replaced a co-ax cable or wireless Satellite connection with an ADSL or NBN ‘cord’, but the Foxtel empire isn’t going to let its dominance slip so easily.

Foxtel is trying the televisual equivalent of the Death Star, and while it might not be complete with every TV series on Earth, it is, as of today, fully operational, and ready to wipe out the rebel scum.

Recently announced but now live on Channel 116, the pay TV juggernaut says Boxtel (sorry, BoxSets) is “dedicated to offering subscribers live and Anytime access to some of the most popular programming available from the subscription service”.

Details of what's on in November are below, and here at Foxtel's Community page. 

You have to be a qualifying Foxtel customer, you need to be a Foxtel Cable or Satellite subscriber with the Drama pack, or a Foxtel Play customer with the Premium Moves and Drama Pack.

If you’ve got Foxtel Go and have one of the Foxtel subscriptions listed above, you’ll also be able to watch.

Boxtel - I mean, BoxSets, offers “complete seasons of library drama and complete past seasons of returning drama series on a regularly updating basis”.

Emperor Freudenstein’s minions say BoxSets “massively increases the volume of catch up programming available to Foxtel and Foxtel Play customers”, with “the representative cost to purchase all of the series available at launch, via iTunes or DVD, would be around $1,600”.

Let’s hope some or all of these seasons will be available beyond November, or those wishing to watch it all might find there isn’t enough November to watch it all.

Titles available live and in Anytime (On-Demand) include:

- Game of Thrones – Seasons 1-4
- The Sopranos – Seasons 1-6
- Big Love – Seasons 1-5
- The Newsroom – Seasons 1-2
- Rome – Seasons 1-2
- Band of Brothers - Miniseries
- Entourage – Seasons 1-8
- Wentworth – Seasons 1-2
- Angels in America – Miniseries
- The Pacific – Miniseries
- Luck – Season 1
Titles only available in Anytime (On-Demand) include:

- Absolutely Fabulous – Seasons 1-5
- True Blood – Seasons 1-7
- Boardwalk Empire – Seasons 1-5
- Getting On
- Looking – Season 1
- Girls – Seasons 1-3
- Dexter – Seasons 1-7
- The Borgias – Seasons 1-3
- Sex and the City – Seasons 1-6
- Devil’s Playground – Season 1
- Morden – Season 1
Finally, you can always record the shows you want to watch on your Foxtel iQ box and them play them back at your convenience - and whichever way you watch, may the box be with you!

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