Just spoke to Optus about pricing.
I currently have Foxtel Satellite (Sydney) on the Platinum HD package plus one multi-room outlet (standard box).
I pay $130/mth for the Platinum HD and $15/mth for the 2nd outlet (standard box) = $145/mth.
Same set up with Optus TV will cost the following:-
Platinum $106.95/mth (bundled price - I have home phone & cable internet with Optus, otherwise add $10).
iQHD Box $10.00/mth
Multi Room $20.95/mth (standard box)
With Foxtel PlatinumHD you also get access to Foxtel Download, but I have never used it. No mention of Download with Optus.
Foxtel also gives you the magazine - not sure about Optus, but I never read the magazine anyway so don't need it.
If we make the switch, I will probably go with 3 outlets now that we have a High Def LED TV in the bedroom. Might as well make all 3 outlets iQHD too (so the kids can record every episode of SpongeBob on their own QHD box instead of cluttering up our main iQHD box).
On Optus, that will cost $157.90 per month (ie another 2 x $10/mth for 2nd & 3rd outlets to be iQHD boxes). It was a little unclear if there is no monthly Multi-Room charge for the 3rd outlet or whether they were giving it to me for free, but I'm happy either way.
To get 3 x iQHD with Foxtel would cost $180/mth (ie $130 for Platinum HD plus 2 x $25 for 2nd & 3rd outlets to be iQHD boxes).
I'd love to know who you were talking to. I was just quoted (for the same package you mentioned):
Platinum $127/mth (Not bundled price - presume take $10 off if bundled)
iQHD Box $20.00/mth
Multi Room $10.00/mth (standard box)
Note - this does not include pricing for the HD programming. Optus woman (who seemed very uninformed) had no idea when HD would come out, but said it would cost an additional amount to the above quote - ie the $20/month extra for iQHD box is just for the box, not for any additional content. She tried to tell me to install now, so I'd be "ready" when HD was released - in other words, I'd be paying $20/month for a bigger hard disk.
In addition, there would be an install fee of $199 for the HD iQ, and $99 for the standard iQ.
They already don't seem very interested.