I’ve noticed recently that quite a few folks have been hitting getting down under via search engines using search terms such as Sky TV in Australia and How do I get SKY TV in Australia?
The only reason why I’d imagine Google and co are presenting GDU in these results is because of the the article I wrote whilst back in the UK titled ‘How to cut your SKY TV costs in half’?
Within this article I basically wrote about how willing the folks at SKY were to offer us great deals when we told them we were going to cancel our subscription.
In hindsight there wasn’t a lot the poor buggers could do really as we were moving to Australia for good, still it shows that they are willing to drop their proverbial pants to try and keep the business.
Anyway, to provide a slightly more useful article for those looking I thought I’d write an entry to really answer the question: Can you get SKY Satellite TV in Australia?
Well, for those interested, unfortunately you cannot get SKY TV here in Australia (boooo!). If you think about it, your SKY Satellite dish might be pointing skywards in the UK at the Sky Satellite deep in Space but down under, around the other side of the world we can’t even see this Satellite.
Thankfully though we are not only limited to the 5 terrestrial channels here in Australia. We have a Sky equivalent here in Aus called Foxtel.
Foxtel was formed through a joint venture between Telstra and News Corporation (Rupert Murdochs mates). With the Foxtel service you’ll find many of the same features you’ll be familiar with as a Sky user such as IQ (aka Sky+), the EPG and Red Button Active.
So What will you be able to Watch on TV here in Australia?
At time of typing the current channel line up is as follows:
News and Documentaries
Crime & Investigation
Sky News Australia
The History Channel
The Weather Channel
FOX SPORTS 1
FOX SPORTS 2
FOX SPORTS 3
FOX SPORTS News
Nat Geo Adventure
FOXTEL Box Office
HOW TO Channel
THE COMEDY CHANNEL
THE COMEDY CHANNEL+2
The LifeStyle Channel
Country Music Channel
And last but not least *cough*
Special Interests ;)
Adults Only 960 / 961
How much does it cost?
The packages start at $37.95 per month (approx £16) Rising to $64 (£27) for the full lot.
For those big Sky Sports fans who like their UK premiership games, you’ll find many of the big games on both the terrestrial channels and also on Foxtel.
However, don’t expect the full on Premiership coverage that you’d get in the UK. Here in Australia this precious airtime is handed over to sports such as AFL or similar.
So there you go.
Finally; remember the ‘Sky’ here in Australia has this big thing called Sunshine in it, so you won’t miss it that much ;)
Useful Resources : Foxtel Website (Opens in new window)