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I believe, and please anyone correct me if I'm wrong, the standard Foxtel installation cost for the HD IQ is $199.

I meant that I already have Foxtel HD. Is it costing me more or less to change to Optus HD over a 12 month contract?

I wonder if Optus will waive the HD installation fee.

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Looks like they are getting ready to sign up HD customers. I got the following email today: -

You recently registered your details on optus.com.au and asked us to notify you when IQHD and High Definition channels were coming to Optus TV featuring FOXTEL Digital. Well, we've got some exciting news - IQHD set top boxes are now available!

What is IQHD?

With a new IQHD set top box you can do all sorts of amazing things:

You can pause and rewind live TV

With the included 320GB hard drive; you can record up to 90 hours of standard definition programming and 30 hours of high definition programming.

You can record 2 programs at once while watching a third.

And coming soon - only with IQHD, you'll be able to watch High Definition channels.

What's Next

Within the next 10 business days, we'll give you a call on the phone number you provided to discuss our new IQHD offers.*

When are High Definition channels available?

High definition channels will be available in the coming months. We'll be in touch to let you know when these new channels are available to you.

Thanks for being part of the Optus TV Family.

Kind Regards,

The Optus Team

Nothing earth shattering in the email. The decision for me will be based on price.

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Looks like they are getting ready to sign up HD customers. I got the following email today: -

Nothing earth shattering in the email. The decision for me will be based on price.

Please keep us updated Kiwi :)

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Nothing earth shattering in the email. The decision for me will be based on price.

After the huge amount of rain last night, the fact that the line will never drop out on cable will also be a factor for me...

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After the huge amount of rain last night, the fact that the line will never drop out on cable will also be a factor for me...

I wouldn't say "never" - it can still drop out in really bad storms, but it will be a hell of a lot less frequent than Satellite drop outs.

My main reason for switching will be to get all the FTA channels via Optus Cable that I can't get on Foxtel Satellite (Sydney).

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I wouldn't say "never" - it can still drop out in really bad storms, but it will be a hell of a lot less frequent than Satellite drop outs.

My main reason for switching will be to get all the FTA channels via Optus Cable that I can't get on Foxtel Satellite (Sydney).

If I am no worse off price wise on a 12 month contract with Optus HD (after 'installation' costs of Optus IQHD) compared with my current Foxtel HD, then the extra FTA channels and lack of dropouts will be enough to change.

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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)

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Total $137.90/mth

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).

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On a bundled package, Basic + Sports + HD is $70/month & $100 for installation on a 12 month plan, which is $14/month cheaper than Foxtel.

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So is this new Foxtel on Optus deal allow me to get it in Austar regions? It says no where about where I can and can't get it.

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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.

Because you're paying too much. Your package can be had around $70 from Foxtel. There is no way you can go that low with Optus.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1496480

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On a bundled package, Basic + Sports + HD is $70/month & $100 for installation on a 12 month plan, which is $14/month cheaper than Foxtel.

Are you sure?

My reading of their pricing for Basic + Sport is $60 per month + IQ2 $100 for equipment and $10 per month + HD when it is available a further $10 per month, would equal $80 per month.

I'd like to be wrong...

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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)

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Total $137.90/mth

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)

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Total $157/mth

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.

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While Foxtel charge $200 for a new IQHD install, and $100 for an IQ standard install.

Just blink and they will waive the IQ fee, and reduce the IQHD fee to $100. Will Optus be doing that?

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Because you're paying too much. Your package can be had around $70 from Foxtel. There is no way you can go that low with Optus.

http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1496480

My 2 year contract with Foxtel just ended, so I was all set to go the bargain route with Foxtel until Optus came back into the picture.

The key is that I am on Foxtel Satellite, but would be on Optus Cable.

I spent the whole of last year watching F1 on tiny internet streams because we don't get OneHD on Foxtel Satellite and I can't get OneHD on Digital FTA either due to reception issues at my location.

I guess it comes down to how much I am prepared to pay to get OneHD. Perhaps I should stick with Foxtel and use the monthly savings to pay for some work on my FTA antenna to try to get OneHD reception.

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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)

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Total $157/mth

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.

I didn't write down the name of who I was talking to. When I rang Optus and went through their IVR system they didn't even have an option of new Digital TV sales. I think I ended up going through Broadband Sales and when I got a human, told them I was ringing about Digital TV.

Strange that we got totally different pricing. Also I was told there would not be any additional charge for the HD channels once they became available.

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I didn't write down the name of who I was talking to. When I rang Optus and went through their IVR system they didn't even have an option of new Digital TV sales. I think I ended up going through Broadband Sales and when I got a human, told them I was ringing about Digital TV.

Strange that we got totally different pricing. Also I was told there would not be any additional charge for the HD channels once they became available.

The price is $99 to get the IQHD and then $10/month. This is what I got told also and this is also on their website.

Re HD channels, couldn't get anyone being able to tell how much they would cost, but wouldn't expect more than $10 additional (that's just my hope).

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The price is $99 to get the IQHD and then $10/month. This is what I got told also and this is also on their website.

Interesting - I was quoted $199 and then $20/month. I couldn't find anything on their website. Are you able to post a link?

Thanks.

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Interesting - I was quoted $199 and then $20/month. I couldn't find anything on their website. Are you able to post a link?

Thanks.

It is difficult to post a link to the Digital TV pages on the Optus website because they work on sessions that expire.

To find the Digital TV prices on their website, follow these steps.

1. Go to www.optus.com.au

2. Click on the BUNDLES tab.

3. Click on the 'yes' Fusion Bundle

4. On the left hand side in the blue box, the last item on the list is DIGITAL TV - click on that and you are at their Digital TV pricing page.

Edited by Zelig96

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It is difficult to post a link to the Digital TV pages on the Optus website because they work on sessions that expire.

To find the Digital TV prices on their website, follow these steps.

1. Go to www.optus.com.au

2. Click on the BUNDLES tab.

3. Click on the 'yes' Fusion Bundle

4. On the left hand side in the blue box, the last item on the list is DIGITAL TV - click on that and you are at their Digital TV pricing page.

Found it - thanks for that. Totally different to what I was told on the phone yesterday. I'll have to ring them again armed with this info.

Thanks.

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