Foxtel has formally unveiled its new iQ5 streaming set top box as it moves further towards a cord-cutting, streaming company.
The smaller, sleek design is a plug & play device with no traditional cable or satellite installation required.
Set-up takes just minutes for the device which features detachable 1TB hard drive to record shows, 4K Ultra High Definition (where applicable), and software enhancements for personalisation, navigation and recommendations based on viewing preferences and history.
Third part apps include Vevo, joining Netflix, YouTube*, ABC iView and SBS On Demand later this month and the recently announced addition of Amazon Prime Video launching later this year to iQ3, iQ4 and now iQ5.
Patrick Delany, Foxtel Group CEO, said, “The launch of the Foxtel iQ5 is another major step in our evolution as Australia’s most dynamic streaming company.
“The iQ5 is another proof point for Foxtel as the all-in-one place heart of the contemporary Australian home. The iQ5 not only makes it easier for our existing 1.7 million customers to enjoy the best Foxtel has to offer, this streaming iQ opens up Foxtel’s premium experience to another group of Australians who could not access cable or didn’t want satellite.
“This latest innovation requires no install, so subscribers can simply plug in and start streaming the best Australian and international sport, acclaimed dramas, blockbuster movies along with our selection of 100 live channels.
“This is the ultimate streaming machine with even more of the best streaming apps with Vevo and the recently announced Amazon Prime Video, to become available on iQ3, iQ4 and iQ5 set top boxes in the coming months. They join the existing suite of apps available on Foxtel including Netflix, YouTube, YouTube Kids, ABC iView and SBS OnDemand.
“We believe the future of the premium Foxtel brand and the iQ5 together with a wider set of integrated apps confirms our strategy for Foxtel to be the Australian aggregator of the world’s best streaming content,” he said.
Foxtel indicates the iQ5 device will be available to select Foxtel subscribers from early September and more widely available later this year.
*YouTube and YouTube Kids is currently available on iQ4 and iQ5 set tops only.