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Foxtel goes 4K with new iQ4 set top box

NewsKevin Perry

The Foxtel iQ4
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Foxtel has announced the launch of a new, dedicated, 4K live broadcast channel, heralding the next wave of change in Australian television.

The arrival of Foxtel’s 4K channel is an Australian first for a live broadcast channel, with 4K content previously only available in Australia via streaming services such as Stan and Netflix.

The new channel will launch in October on channel 444 and will come as part of a Foxtel Platinum HD or Foxtel Sports HD subscription for customers with an iQ4.

The new channel will only be available to Foxtel satellite customers due to a shortage of available bandwidth via the Foxtel cable network. Customers will also require a new Foxtel 4K set top box, compatible HDMI cable and a compatible 4K TV to experience the new service. 

Any other connected equipment must also be compatible with Foxtel’s 4K UHD Standard.  Available to customers with Sports + HD packs starting in October 2018. 

At launch, the channel will start previewing 4K content – including live sport, documentaries, concerts and more, and over the next 12 months, Foxtel will continue to expand the selection of unique 4K content to its subscribers with live Test cricket and NRL matches expected to be key highlights.

The new iQ4 set top box is based on the design of the existing iQ3 box, but with a significantly improved processor, with Foxtel promising the box has been designed to be continually upgraded with newer, smarter features that make finding and streaming your favourite programming easier, while delivering the best in live television via Foxtel’s satellite service.

Foxtel is yet to confirm how much customers will have to pay to upgrade to new set top box, however they have confirmed the 4K channel will be included for customers subscribed to the Sports + HD package.

Foxtel in 4K arrives just in time for the November 4, Australia v. South Africa, Cricket ODI, which will kick off Foxtel’s sports coverage in 4K, bringing the sights of the game to fans like they’ve never seen it before.

The iQ4 and 4K announcement marks a wave of new innovations from with new CEO Patrick Delany keen to mark his stamp on the company. New streaming products are expected to be announced shortly.

“Innovation is in Foxtel’s DNA and we have continuously redefined entertainment for Australia putting us at the centre of connecting subscribers with the sports and the shows they love.”
“Today’s news is just the first step into a 4K future – this incredible experience will continue to expand as we bring even more sport and entertainment programming to life in guaranteed 4K, making the most of today’s ultra-modern 4K TVs. It’s TV like never before.” - Patrick Delany, Foxtel CEO

Foxtel customers can learn more at foxtel.com.au/4K to be sure they’re up and running for when the curtain goes up on 4K and live Cricket in 4K.