EXCLUSIVE: Foxtel Play launching HD in early 2017

All on-demand and IP streamed services switching to HD in 2017

With the news of Presto’s demise today, and the relaunch of Foxtel Play there’s been one problem raised with me today – “that’s no good because it’s not in HD”.  Tonight I spoke with Director of Corporate Affairs at Foxtel Bruce Meagher.

When asked directly if and when HD was coming Meagher told EFTM “It’s definitely in the product pipeline”…

“I haven’t got a specific date, but sometime early in 2017 we’d be launching HD for all of those on demand and IP delivered services.”

Additionally he confirmed the “mini’ set-top box for Foxtel Play access was coming “We’ll also introduce our own puk device, a small mini box that will be cheap to buy and that you can plug into a television to get access to the service”


And finally, when it comes to an Apple TV app Meagher told EFTM “we’re looking at all those sorts of options, I don’t know if Apple TV is in the offering just yet”.. “we’ve got a pretty open mind for wanting to make it easy for people to get access to our content”

All good news for Foxtel Play users – the next 12 months will be critical for Foxtel to reignite their innovation in this space.

To hear the full interview listen to Your Tech Life Episode 347


Trev produces two of the most popular technology podcasts in Australia, Your Tech Life and Two Blokes Talking Tech. He hosts a nightly radio show on Talking Lifestyle, 8pm Monday to Friday in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, appears on over 50 radio stations across Australia weekly, and is the Tech Expert on Channel 9’s Today Show and A Current Affair. Father of three, he is often found down in his Man Cave. Like this post? Buy Trev a drink!
3 Comments on this post.
  • Chuzz
    28 November 2016 at 5:26 pm
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    No HD no Deal.

  • Eion
    21 February 2017 at 8:11 pm
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    Early 2017 is up… still no HD!

    • Trevor Long
      22 February 2017 at 8:40 pm
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      I expect a March announcement.. that’s still very much early 2017

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