Foxtel has unveiled its new iQ5 streaming set top box cutting cable making the switch to an internet connection alone.
The smaller, sleek design is a plug & play device with no traditional cable or satellite installation required.
The new plug & play device features detachable a 1TB hard drive, 4K Ultra High Definition and software enhancements.
The Foxtel iQ5 device requires no install, subscribers can simply plug in and start streaming sport, dramas, movies and 100+ live channels.
Included streaming apps include Vevo, Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube, YouTube Kids, ABC iView and SBS OnDemand.
The iQ5 device will be available to select Foxtel subscribers from early September 2021 and more widely available later in 2021.
Set-up takes just minutes which to record shows, for personalisation, navigation and recommendations based on viewing preferences and history.
Third part apps include Vevo, joining Netflix, YouTube*, ABC iView and SBS On Demand later this month and the recently announced addition of Amazon Prime Video launching later this year to iQ3, iQ4 and now iQ5.
The change will mean pay-TV subscribers will no longer need satellite dishes installed or HFC cables connected.
Foxtel iQ5 is only available to “select Foxtel subscribers” from early September 2021. It will become more widely available later this year.
Foxtel iQ5 offers the choice of receiving Foxtel channels via a satellite dish on your roof or streamed over the internet (not cable). To clarify, right now Foxtel customers receive Foxtel over satellite or HFC cable. iQ5 receives from an internet streaming signal over HFC or a broadband connection.
BUT… there are NO free-to-air channels. If you want to watch and record free-to-air, you need to connect the Foxtel iQ5 to your aerial wall socket.
A detachable 1 TB hard drive on the Foxtel iQ5 should be good for 345 hours of SD recordings, 172 hours of HD or only 45 hours of Ultra HD.
Personalisation and recommendation features plus, you can use the remote to browse and search using voice commands
No Disney+, Apple TV+ or Stan.