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  1. Not sure if I've posted this in the correct area but... I've just pulled the plug on my Foxtel service and now I have an unwanted Foxtel Hub box. Any suggestions for use or should I just I chuck it in the bin?
  2. Hello! We live in a block of townhouses that are serviced by telstra cable and we were fortunate enough to have our foxtel installer drop by and install our foxtel service. We have telstra cable internet, which, prior to the install was working. When I got home from work, my partner said the foxtel technician had been and gone, and that we were now able to access FTA channels through out IQ box, however, our wifi was not working. I looked into the roof access point and noticed that the technician had cut and split the coaxial cable that was previously directly routed into the study, where our modem lives. There is now a Hills diplexer installed. The source cable fed from the distribution point is connected to the in/out on one side of the diplexer. On the other side of the diplexer there are two points; FTA and SAT. The SAT connection was fed to the study, where the modem was connected and the FTA connection was fed to the FOXTEL point in the lounge. With this configuration, we could get both FTA and FOXTEL channels through our IQ box, but no internet. After calling up support and riding the foxtel says it's telstra's fault, telstra says it is foxtels fault merry go round, I decided to cut my losses and try playing around with the diplexer. When I swapped the SAT connection to feed FOXTEL, and the FTA connection to feed the modem, the modem connected to the internet but I lost FTA channels on foxtel (foxtel channels still worked). TLDR; -Cable Foxtel and Telstra Internet -Internet previously worked before technician installed foxtel placing a diplexer in roof -With diplexer configured (1) as: - SAT -> Modem = No Internet. - FTA -> FOXTEL IQ = FTA + Foxtel channels through IQ -With diplexer configured (2) as: - FTA -> Modem = Internet - SAT -> FOXTEL IQ = Internet/Foxtel channels only through IQ (no FTA) So I'm frustrated and confused. My options are: 1) get a splitter and split the FTA output of the diplexer to both the modem and the FOXTEL IQ and hope that I get both internet and FTA + Foxtel channels on IQ. Do you think this will work!??? 2) another option suggested by the brilliant people of dtvforum 3) spend the rest of my mortal life, being endlessly transferred between foxtel and telstra. Really looking forward to your help!!
  3. Hello! We live in a block of townhouses that are serviced by telstra cable and we were fortunate enough to have our foxtel installer drop by and install our foxtel service. We have telstra cable internet, which, prior to the install was working. When I got home from work, my partner said the foxtel technician had been and gone, and that we were now able to access FTA channels through out IQ box, however, our wifi was not working. I looked into the roof access point and noticed that the technician had cut and split the coaxial cable that was previously directly routed into the study, where our modem lives. There is now a Hills diplexer installed. The source cable fed from the distribution point is connected to the in/out on one side of the room. On the other side of the diplexer there are two points; FTA and SAT. The SAT connection was fed to the study, where the modem was connected and the FTA connection was fed to the FOXTEL point in the lounge. With this configuration, we could get both FTA and FOXTEL channels through our IQ box, but no internet. After calling up support and riding the foxtel says it's telstra's fault, telstra says it is foxtels fault merry go round, I decided to cut my losses and try playing around with the diplexer. When I swapped the SAT connection to feed FOXTEL, and the FTA connection to feed the modem, the modem connected to the internet but I lost FTA channels on foxtel (foxtel channels still worked). TLDR; -Cable Foxtel and Telstra Internet -Internet previously worked before technician installed foxtel placing a diplexer in roof -With diplexer configured as SAT -> Modem = No Internet. -FTA -> FOXTEL IQ = FTA + Foxtel channels through IQ -With diplexer configured as FTA -> Modem = Internet /SAT -> FOXTEL IQ = Internet/Foxtel channels only through IQ (no FTA) My options are: 1) get a splitter and split the FTA output of the diplexer to both the modem and the FOXTEL IQ and hope that I get both internet and FTA + Foxtel channels on IQ. Do you think this will work!??? 2) another option suggested by the brilliant people of dtvforum 3) spend the rest of my mortal life, being endlessly transferred between foxtel and telstra. Really looking forward to your help!!
  4. I have a new house which has a home theatre system built in but it is about 5 / 6 years old. I am having issues with the remote control synching with the TV as sometimes it turns the TV off and not the Bose sound system etc. they go out of sync. The other major issue is that the bose audio enhancer which has HDMI inputs does not output a Google Chromecasts audio nor does my old TV. I am happy to buy a new Samsung (due to the fact I have another one, my current TV weights 80kgs, or any other recommendation welcome) Heres the equipment I currently have: 65" Panasonic TH-65PF11WK, Bose LifeStyle V30 / 20, Bose Personal Music Centre, Foxtel IQ 3, Google Chromecast Do I need to upgrade anything for the Bose System? Can I relay Chromecast audio through a new TV back to the Bose controller if the Bose controller doesn't support carrying the new audio? Attached some photos to hopefully help. Any suggestions appreciated, Thank you in advance!!
  5. There were news reports of a Saturday Night Live episode which was aired in the US on November 5, which was supposed to feature a sketch in which Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton put their differences aside, hold hands and walk off together. However, that sketch, which was meant to be the opening sketch of the show, was missing from the Comedy Channel's airing of the show on Saturday Night (November 12). http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/alec-baldwin-as-donald-trump-and-kate-mckinnon-as-hillary-clinton-make-up-on-snl/news-story/7e8c00c1f7248dad1e8e101dd193e358 Have they been cutting bits out of Saturday Night Live?
  6. Just loving the coverage of this years event on Foxtel on the dedicated Bathurst channel. All three practice sessions today, two more tomorrow and qualifying and everything else that's going on at the track. Ten or more hours of live coverage everyday. This is how you cover sport, commercial TV networks.
  7. https://www.avforums.com/news/sky-q-launching-ultra-hd-in-13th-august.12773?utm_campaign=July_2016_N... Sky UK are launching a 4K service showing EPL and movies. When is Foxtel going to offer customers some 4K UHD content?
  8. Hi all, Recently moved into a new home that basically has absoloutely no wall access due to the size and complexity of the way the house is built. I have access to the antenna splitter however. Basically, As only 1 rg6 coaxial is run to where the main tv is I can run my foxtel IQ there to its full potential. In theory, I could get my foxtel IQ box and just watch my regular foxtel channels minus my FTA (due to the dual tuner box). This however will take my ability away to watch FTA without the use of a signal to my antenna. Basically, wanting to feed a cable from the dish and antenna into a 2 way splitter which will feed out 1 cable taking it to the point in the wall. Then spitting out another splitter to hopefully split those signals - 1 to the tv and 1 to the foxtel iq. Possible? Secondly, would a device such as a smart serve fix my problem? Regards Jeremy Ps. will upload a picture if it needs to be made clearer.
  9. There's a new home shopping channel on Foxtel called YESSHOP on channel 180. According to the press release, it started at midday on February 29. YESSHOP is a NZ based home shopping channel that has been running for around two years. http://www.yesshop.co.nz/handler/main/Main-Media
  10. Since at least Good Friday, I've been able to watch all of Foxtel's HD channels except for Arts HD, even though I'm on the non HD package. Has anyone else been getting this? Is Foxtel doing an HD promo?
  11. Hi Guys … I have just purchased a Samsung Soundbar (HW-H551 for $229 from the Good Guys) and need some advice on how best to connect Foxtel, SD TV, Apple TV, use the Blu-Ray player I have and replace the home theatre speakers with the Samsung Soundbar. My set up is (including links to manuals for others that have been looking for them): - Panasonic 42" TV TH-P42G10A. Link to manual Refer p44-45 for connections diagram - Foxtel IQ2. Link to manual Page 80 for diagram - Apple TV2. Link to manual - Samsung Blu-Ray DVD player (part of the Home Theatre set: HT-BD1252W). Link to manual: Page 15 for diagram - Samsung Soundbar HW-H551. Link to manual. Page 14 for diagram. - Logitec Harmony One remote control. Link to manual I'm hoping to have all sound go through the Soundbar … grateful for any tips! Thanks in advance! Cheers, deers and happy-new-years from hurmeez and two bob
  12. Greetings, I have decided to write a post detailing the truth about BSA's foxtel traineeship. Having personally been through the program (although I did not fully complete it), and struggled to find info about it online, I feel it is my duty to inform others about what too and what not too expect. Hopefully this will act as a great source for those who may be contemplating on signing up. First off, I'm sure a lot of you have already heard of BSA throughout this forum. I've come across some posts from time to time, and most of the things mentioned are pretty negative. Well I can safely say that 90% of it is pretty accurate. Your life as a trainee will start out slow, you'll be assigned to attending theory lessons on a day to day basis for approximately 4-6 weeks. All the theory is very basic and purely intended to prep you for whats to come. It does do that to a certain extend eg. learning foxtels regulations and rules, but it fails to really tell you what to expect, how to handle certain situations etc. From here, you will be placed out in the field with either A) another trainee who incompotent of doing the job by himself or a contractor who is so under the pump he probably won't teach you much at all. I was fortunate enough to fall into category A (which I'm sure is borderline illegal by law), which allowed me some breathing space at least. This part of the traineeship lasts for roughly 2-3 months and is probably the happiest you will be. You get to work in pairs, you won't have jobs under your name, you won't have a tech code and you probably won't be allowed to climb ladders (although you will). Its also the time when you get to go home before 5pm, but don't get too use to that. Now its absolutely crucial for your survival as a tech to grasp as much info and practical experience as you can during this time. I should also mention here that you will be installing satelites. To learn anything else (eg. cable platform, commercial) your going to have to beg or possibly threaten to get. So yes, you'll be stuck doing satelite for 2 years!!! Fun! Back to your 'in feild training'. If you're lucky, you might get someone who cares and bothers to teach you correctly. I was fortunate enough in that repect, but I have seen countless others who have not be taught how to install mounts properly, drill through noggins, run cable correctly and fast, use appropriate tools etc. Unfortunately at this stage of the game, you have the mentality of a child, you don't know didly squat and will simply copy what you see. So if you're trained by a brainless goose...its all downhill. The next stage in your traineeship will involve going out into the field by yourself. Its right here that you can kiss your life goodbye...BSA has too make money off your ass now! Mark my words, they will. Before I go on any further, I just want to reiterate why this traineeship program exists. Basically, you are there to cover a big gap in the workforce. BSA is lacking in contractors and it doesn't take a genius to figure out why. Thats where the poor trainees come in. With this in mind I will continue. Each trainee is 'slowly' introduced into working by themselves. I use the word slowly very lightly here. In an ideal world you should be introduced to simple single story tiled houses, small multirooms, maybe no more than 2 jobs a day. But I have seen trainees on their first week alone getting slammed with 2 storey tin roof houses, multiple multirooms, 5 jobs a day etc. Its sink or swim time now! This part of your traineeship life will continue until you quit or have the balls to stay on. I break this part of your life into the follwing sections... Pay: Your pay rate will be around $14.80, it will never change. You'll be expected to work weekends, work long hours (50-60 wks), and still asked to pick up extra work. Staff will make you feel guilty and potentially punish you for not picking up work they need done. There is a 'bonus' incentive for people who work the extra mile, but I never saw it. Training: You training has pretty much ended as this stage. Don't be surprised to go a whole year not attending any theory lessons or classes. After you graduate, you will get a certificate III in telecommunications. I don't know what that means if all you've ever done is align a satelite dish and ran coax to it. Overall, the training is a joke and most things you will have to teach yourself. Having said that, if you stay on you will learn what you need too, you won't have a choice. Stress: At my time with BSA, I witnessed probably 60% of the people who signed up with or after me quit. When you're out by yourself its incredibly stressful. You'll be put in situations with angry customers (most likely cuz your running late) who expect you to still do the job even if its unsafe our extremely difficult to complete. You can expect to be under the pump daily, sometimes with twice the amount of work you can handle. Stopping for lunch is always a luxury even going to the toilet can become a luxury. You may even contemplate jumping of your ladder, perhaps buy yourself a vacation to improve your life, lol. Risk: 80-90% of the jobs you'll have to get on customers roofs. This is risky work. Sure you'll have safety equipment with you, whether you've been trained to use it is another story. More often than not, you won't have time to work safely as it can be the difference between finishing at 5pm or 7pm. No one works safe. Support: The support as a trainee is pretty abysmal. There are QA's assigned to you, but when they have 15 other trainees to answer to it gets pretty rediculous. There have been days where I've struggled to get a hold of my QA. When you first go out, you will come across scenerios you're not use too, guaranteed. The QA's are constantly overwhelmed with phone calls and other matters that it can be impossible to get them to help you, espeically when your on opposite sides of the city. Good luck! I've also seen QA's come and go as quickly as trainees...hmm Staff: Don't get me wrong there are some very good people at BSA, but unfortunatley they're few and far between. BSA have the philosophy of treating people like dirt. In the office they see you as cattle, units, you're not treated as a human being with emotions, feelings, etc. Just do the work and shut up is pretty much the moto here. I mean a $2 hooker would be treated better! If you speak up, they may try to shut you down. Its no wonder people quit. They will also blantantly lie to you, eg. tell you your getting penalty rates for working a public holiday while getting paid normal, never give you contractors rates when asked (gee, guess they don't want us seeing how much money they make off us). Always check your pay, and never trust anything they say to you, unless you know them personally. In conclusion, if you are serious about signing up to bsa's traineeship for foxtel, I suggest you highly reconsider. Your life will become a nightmare, you won't get anything until you finish either eg. open cable licence. My advice is to do what they do you to, use them. Work for 6 months, learn as much as you can, gain experience etc. then bugger off. Life after BSA is great PEACE
  13. Howdy all, Just saw this in today's news, and discussed on TV Tonight website: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/media/broadcast/foxtel-signs-landmark-deal-with-hbo-to-gain-express-access-to-us-shows/story-fna045gd-1226501029200 FOXTEL is turning the tables on pay-television piracy and putting the heat on the free-to-air networks after signing a landmark deal with US TV giant HBO, maker of the popular hits like Game of Thrones, to give consumers access to shows within hours of them airing in the US market. In another Australian first, the national pay-TV operator will also launch a new app next month offering subscribers 21 channels on their iPads free of charge, after a successful trial of the technology during the London 2012 Olympics. The moves come as chief executive Richard Freudenstein, nearly a year into the job, looks to kick-start sluggish subscriber growth in a weak consumer environment. In a move designed to improve the quality of its service and combat rampant piracy, Foxtel has just inked a deal with HBO which boasts some of the most critically acclaimed and watched dramas on television, including Girls, True Blood, and Veep. The output agreement locks out free-to-air television and gives Foxtel subscribers exclusive first-run access, with dramas airing on a "broadcast express" basis, closing the window between the US and Australian on-air dates. The long delay, sometimes up to a year, is one of the main reasons some Australians illegally download shows on the internet before they air on television. "It's a long-term deal and we get all first-run HBO programming on Foxtel," Mr Freudenstein told The Australian. "You won't see programs like Boardwalk Empire end up on SBS in a couple of years. It removes their ability to sell in a second window to free-to-air television. That won't happen any more. You won't see those programs on free-to-air. "When we talk about express from the US we mean it very, very seriously. We're going to be putting things to screen often within hours or 24 hours after their first screening in the US. We think that's a service our customers deserve and we also think that it will continue to attack piracy, which is a big issue in this country." Mr Freudenstein said when Foxtel aired the second season of Sons of Anarchy within three hours of airing in the US at 3pm, it pulled a "very good audience". Foxtel played it again in prime time to another sizeable audience. The level of illegal downloading for the second season was less than the first season. "There are people that are always going to steal stuff and we can take legal action against them, but the vast majority of people are illegally downloading because they want to see things as soon as they are available, so we think it's very important to bring that programming to them straight away." Mr Freudenstein, who would not reveal the length of the contract, has been in tough negotiations with HBO for months after agreeing the deal in principle. "It's a deal that goes further in terms of rights than many have done in Australia before. We've got all the rights we want for catch-up TV, tablet and IPTV (internet via television) free on demand to customers," he said. He said the increased cost of the agreement had been budgeted for and was partially offset by bringing the Showcase and Showtime movie channels in-house with Premium Movie Partnership earlier this month. "We have a very big programming budget and we just have to make sure we manage that budget to pay less for stuff that doesn't make a difference to customers and pay for stuff that does make a difference. In terms of overall programming costs, this is within our planned numbers." HBO content will premiere on Foxtel's premium drama channel Showcase, which will be marketed as the "home of HBO". Subscribers will also be able to watch a library of classic shows such as The Sopranos and Six Feet Under. The company will soon move to a new ownership structure when News Limited (publisher of The Australian) lifts its stake to 50 per cent in the company. Foxtel is targeting "diverse and discerning viewers" who typically watch dramas and documentaries on ABC and SBS channels after tying up sports fans with new deals for the National Rugby League and Australian Football League. The strategy is one plank in Mr Freudenstein's armoury as he attempts to increase Foxtel's penetration of Australian households from about 34 per cent to 50 by 2017, and convince prudent Australian consumers that Foxtel is a premium service worth paying for. Mr Freudenstein is renegotiating deals with Hollywood studios to simplify Foxtel's channel mix and allow it to offer new price points and packages. It will also mean a slight increase in prices. "You won't see huge prices but you will continue to see average revenue per user very strong as people take additional services from us," Mr Freudenstein said. "Over the medium term will there be price increases? Yes. But we're very focused on the fact it is a tough consumer environment out there and we're not going to be ridiculous about what we do with our pricing." Under Mr Freudenstein's emerging two-pronged content and technology vision, Foxtel will launch a new app next month called Foxtel Go which will offer subscribers 21 live channels and a library of on-demand content on their iPads free of charge. This follows the huge success of its London 2012 Olympics app which achieved 160,000 downloads and about two million views for eight live dedicated channels. More channels will be added in February and the app will also migrate to laptops and other devices. "By February we will have radically expanded the channel line-up. It looks beautiful and works really well." What do you think the 21 channels will be? Will it include sport and movies? Cheers, Jabba.
  14. So I don't know whether they are being mass produced yet but this photo from Krisnan Inu's Instagram account confirms existence of NRL club branded remotes: Anyone wanting to check this out for themselves, click here.
  15. Just looking to extend the RG6 signal cable from my foxtel box so I can move it to a higher shelf. If I go to Jaycar will I be able to purchase what I need and simply screw the bits together? Which bits will I need? I'm guessing this isn't something Foxtel would do. Despite paying a bucketload monthly http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=WV7392 http://www.jaycar.com.au/productView.asp?ID=WV7300
  16. OK so I have finished painting the mancave - located about 20 metres or so from the main residence. The builder planted coaxial cable when he laid the pipes and power to connect to the FOXTEL dish and antenna. However FOXTEL says it is "too far" from the main residence and I will need a new account. And so I am wondering about how they manage to pipe FOXTEL all around the Hilton Hotel... The antenna installer thinks he won't have a problem so long as the signal (Adelaide) is storng enough. So, I am dissapointed. I refuse to pay for a second account! What other options are there! I am sure someone has been caught with this before!
  17. Are my eyes deteriorating rather quickly or has the quality (which was poor to start with) of Sky News UK on the active service deteriorated significantly in the last couple of months? I think everyone knows why Sky News UK is not in full screen HD or even SD - It would show up how poor the local version is, but come on, if Singapore and Indonesia get Sky News UK in full HD and ours is so poor it is almost impossible to read the graphics on the screen, something is really wrong with Foxtel. I won't even mention the rise in advertising and repeats on all channels! With subscription prices rising yet again, it is getting harder to justify keeping Foxtel when IPTV from overseas is becoming more of an option.
  18. Hi All, I tried to do a lot of reading on this site and others to get to the bottom of this. I have been told in their system (Foxtel) I can only get a standard box. I live in a newish unit complex (bout 10 years old) with satellite and there is only a single cable in the wall (I guess pre HD). I have read that in some places a splitter is all that is required to get IQ to work and that a lot of channels were moved to the Horizontal in the recent past. I can get Free to air channels a bunch of the +2's, On Demand channels are showing (although I haven't tried). http://forums.whirlp...787893&p=2 I have asked them to send out a technician to try out an IQ2 but they refused...... Don't care if FTA or some +2's disappear but want IQ and HD (EPL and use a projector). I thought Satellite lite could get IQ and HD now, does it sound like I have extra lite, lite or something else? Channel changes for Foxtel lite customers - Knowfirst Foxtel Lite - Page 6 - Foxtel Digital - DTV Forum Australia - The leading audio visual and home theatre forum Foxtel Lite - Foxtel Digital - DTV Forum Australia - The leading audio visual and home theatre forum Box on the floor of the MDU: Matchmaster Multiswitch 3in (Sat H, Sat V, UHF/VHF), 8 out which all have cables plugged in, only 4 apartments on the floor though.... I am concerned Foxtel DB is wrong but the phone people can't look past it (they are probably not technicians) Do you learned people think IQ is possible? Is there a Foxtel installer out there in Brisbane that can remedy?
  19. Hi, I've started a blog, whenitsonfoxtel.com to track the premiere dates for new and returning shows on Foxtel. I also include key Free to Air season premieres, but the main focus is Foxtel channels. I started the blog after constantly missing the start of new seasons. I find it hard to search for new season premieres on the Foxtel TV guides – and the IQ doesn't transfer series links from one season to the next. It's just a hobby but I will update it every week as new premiere dates become available. I would be grateful for any feedback or corrections – either here or on the blog. You can find it here — http://www.whenitsonfoxtel.com/ Cheers! David
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