Foxtel Go finally on Android, but not for the Galaxy S4

Foxtel Go comes to selected Samsung devices, PC and Mac computers

Foxtel's Go app is finally available on selected Samsung mobile and tablet devices, but does not currently support the flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone.

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The company announced today that its Foxtel Go app is available on selected Samsung Android tablets and smartphones, including the popular Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Note II and the Galaxy Note 10.1.

However, Samsung's current flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone is not supported. When questioned as to why one of the most popular smartphones on the market is not compatible, a Foxtel spokesperson said the company has not had enough time to develop the app for the handset just yet.

"Just like many customers, we only recently got our hands on the Galaxy S4."

"We are working as fast as we can to make Foxtel Go available on it, we’ll keep you posted.”

In addition to being available on selected Samsung Android tablets and smartphones. Foxtel Go is also available for PC and Mac computers.

Foxtel's executive director of product, Jim Rudder, said the company is pleased with the response to Foxtel Go, which was previously only available on iPhone and iPad devices.

"We’re really pleased with the response we’ve had since Foxtel Go launched late last year."

"Foxtel continues to add value for our subscribers and the increase in the number and type of devices consumers can use to access it goes a long way towards delivering on our promise to help even more customers enjoy Foxtel in the home or on the move.”

Foxtel has also increased the number of devices that can be registered to Foxtel Go from two to three.

The Foxtel Go app was first released as an iPad-only app in November 2012, before becoming available for the iPhone and iPod touch back in February.

It allows Foxtel home subscribers to stream up to 60 live television channels and watch catch-up TV content. It will also be available to Foxtel Play subscribers when that service launches in the coming months.

The app can also be used to remotely set recordings for Foxtel programming on any linked Foxtel iQ digital video recorder.

What do you think about the lack of support for Samsung's Galaxy S4 in Foxtel Go? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Ross Catanzariti

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9 Comments

Christian

1

I am so annoyed this isn't on the S4, or any other phone such as the One. Just make no sense that stood Apple users get to have extra features when Android users pay the same amount for the subscription, but get less. Annoying and seems like they care very little for the customer. Makes me question why I keep giving them my money

Peter

2

I can sort of understand their point of view that they only just rec'd the phone to test on - but samsung have had it for a while haven't they? and it's only available on samsung product? - that doesn't make sense.
Lift your game foxtel.

Justin

3

Christian, take a chill pill champ, you were paying the same for Foxtel before they introduced Go as you are now, it's not like you're paying for a service you can't receive. Yes Foxtel were slow to catch on to the Android platform surge, like many companies they drank the Apple KoolAid. But the problem remains that Android is on a hell of a lot more hardware devices than iOS, all with varying CPU and graphics processors, screen sizes and resolutions. This means a LOT more work for Android developers to cater for all these differences. Take a deep breath, they'll get there eventually.

Allan

4

While Foxtel Go would never be the deciding factor as to whether I bought the Galaxy S4, I assumed that it would be available for the phone after all the noise made about its availability for Samsung phones.

With Android cornering over 63% of the Australian smartphone market (compared to !OS 28%) as of June 2013, Foxtel is leaving a lot users behind, and potential advertising revenue on the table!

While I understand Justin's point about the huge variation in CPUs and graphics processors, I would have thought that a company with Foxtel's marketing nous would be working like crazy to get their product on as many devices as possible!

JasonB

5

Foxtel must have the worlds slowest developers. Working in IT where the company I work for turn out apps for nearly every android and apple device all year round providing video and audio content, streaming live video. I find their excuses hard to beleive. Pull your finger out foxtel.

Jono82

6

This is getting beyond a joke now! How long does it take to get Foxtel Go working on the S4? I mean legitimately, not by rooting it and changing the device type, thereby voiding your warranty in the process. According to the "Foxtel Help" twitter feed, it's in the "Final Stages of testing" - has been for nearly 2 weeks... Frankly I'm almost over it, and fortunately my contract is up, so I have no qualms about cancelling the subscription and saving $132 per month!!

denis

7

Foxtel go on samsung note III!!!!!! What the hell??? When is it going to be available??

Maxjaffa

8

The Note 3 was made for this App. It has be available soon. Make it so!

Denis

9

Anyone got a release date of foxtel go App on the Samsung note 3????

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