Foxtel launching Netflix rival

foxtel-iq3Foxtel has confirmed that it will launch its iQ3 set-top box in Australia on March 23rd. Its availability comes as US rival Netflix gears up to launch its streaming service in the country on March 31st.

The new iQ3 set-top-box has been under development for some years and combines broadcast derived programmes and online streamed content “into one seamless experience”.

The iQ3 includes intelligent discovery features that let subscribers know what’s trending, and offers suggestions based on what household members have viewed in the past. It also offers a ‘start over’ capability, where a viewer can go back to the beginning of a TV show that’s already started.

The new box has both Ethernet and WiFi connectivity and can store 345 hours of standard definition recordings. The revamped remote control connects by Bluetooth rather than infrared. Viewers therefore don’t need a direct line of sight to the iQ3 to operate it.

Foxtel is set to release pricing and more details on Monday.

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