TV Set-Top Boxes Australia Timeline

NameLaunch DateComments
1. Foxtel1995In 2004, Foxtel (Live stream+Free to air) switched from analog to digital technology, then in 2005 Foxtel iQ set-top boxes, with iQ2 enabled for Internet in 2010.

In 2013 Foxtel Now, launched as Foxtel Play, provided an IPTV video streaming service.

On 7th September 2021 the iQ5 was launched, accessible via satellite cable and NBN modem.

In June 2021, subscribers to Foxtel via cable and satellite were 1.88 million. Subscribers to Foxtel's streamed products were Foxtel Now (219,000), Kayo Sports (1.054 million), and Binge (733,000).

2. Optus1995In 2004 Optus switched to digital using Foxtel iQ set-tops, see above. However, with the NBN, Optus support ceased.
In its place since 2012 Optus became a major onseller for Fetch live stream TV.

Fetch TV originally launched in 2010 using iiNet as its ISP. Based in Sydney, owner Astro Malaysia, it provides customers with a Fetch Mighty (m616T) set-top box with Fetch Mini also available, rivals to Telstra/Foxtel TV.
And in 2021 it is also available through RSPs Dodo, iPrimus, Aussie Broadband and Internode, though not currently through TPG.

In 2019 Fetch TV's customer base was estimated at about 760,000.
Streaming services include US YouTube and Australia FTA & Catch-up TV

Since 2015 subscriber-paid on demand services in Australia have included the Australian company Stan (2 million subscribers in 2020) and the US companies Netflix (5.4 million), also Hayu, and Amazon Prime (1.7 million).

Disney + (1 million) launched in the US in November 2019, but in Australia not available on Foxtel iQ or Fetch.
Instead it runs on

  1. Set-tops Telstra TV (launched 2019), or Foxtel Now (launched 2017), direct rivals to Fetch TV above
  2. Smart TVs: including LG & Samsung TVs, plus the following three major devices below Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast / Android TVs
  3. Computers: Windows, Mac & Google Chrome
  4. Mobiles and Tablets: Google Android, Apple iPhone & iPad
  5. Game Consoles: Sony Playstation (PS4 & PS5), and Microsoft Xbox (One & Series X & S)
3. Apple TV2007Set-Top Box developed by Apple.
In 2016 Apple TV app released for iPhones, iPads and in 2019 the Mac.
In 2019 Apple TV+ launched, a video service running on devices similar to Disney + above.
4. Fire TV2014Set-Top Box developed by Amazon.
5. Google Chromecast 2020Set-Top Box using a modified Android TV operating system. Android TV is successor to an earlier Google TV platform in use 2010-2014. Both operating systems are deeply integrated with Google TV video service.

 

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