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I have access to a Foxtel TV Set Top Box based in Australia. 

 

The set top box is a legitimate box with a paid subscription.  As part of the Foxtel service, the subscriber also gets to watch their Foxtel whilst away from their home, on a mobile device.  Eg. phone, tablet, laptop.

 

The name of the App is called Foxtel Go.  It is geographically blocked for use outside of Australia, but it works fine on my android phone and fine on my laptop, with the use of a VPN.

 

On the laptop, I can plug in a HDMI cable and watch it on my big TV screen, no problem at all. 

 

I then put the App on my Android TV Box, which is permanently connected to my TV,  for ease of access.  Installation is fine, but when you go to view content, a sign comes up saying something like "you can't use another screen. Disconnect HDMI cable."  Not exactly these words, but similar.

 

I Googled around a little and came up with an App called HDMI Virtual Switch.  I downloaded it and tried it, but it did not work.  Probably because I have a more recent version of Android than this App was intended for.   

 

Having a quick look on some forums, and the many complaints about this, it looks like Foxtel have some sort of code in the App to detect when the App's stream is passing through a HDMI port or cable.  Some are of the opinion the reason for this is so subscribers can not use the Foxtel Go App as a secondary service, in another room of the house, without paying for another Foxtel box.  Despite laptops being able to send to TV screens. 

 

Any of of you techies, geeks, IT gurus, hackers etc got a work around for this?  If not, any idea, in layman's terms, what Foxtel are doing to achieve this?  It's the first time I have come across it.

 

One suggestion was to try a HDMI to RCA cable.  This got me thinking is the code acting on the HDMI port on the Android box, or the HDMI port on the TV?  Could HDMI to RCA work? 

 

Obviously, I can't cast from the App either. 

 

Any thoughts?

 

 

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I have access to a Foxtel TV Set Top Box based in Australia. 
 
The set top box is a legitimate box with a paid subscription.  As part of the Foxtel service, the subscriber also gets to watch their Foxtel whilst away from their home, on a mobile device.  Eg. phone, tablet, laptop.
 
The name of the App is called Foxtel Go.  It is geographically blocked for use outside of Australia, but it works fine on my android phone and fine on my laptop, with the use of a VPN.
 
On the laptop, I can plug in a HDMI cable and watch it on my big TV screen, no problem at all. 
 
I then put the App on my Android TV Box, which is permanently connected to my TV,  for ease of access.  Installation is fine, but when you go to view content, a sign comes up saying something like "you can't use another screen. Disconnect HDMI cable."  Not exactly these words, but similar.
 
I Googled around a little and came up with an App called HDMI Virtual Switch.  I downloaded it and tried it, but it did not work.  Probably because I have a more recent version of Android than this App was intended for.   
 
Having a quick look on some forums, and the many complaints about this, it looks like Foxtel have some sort of code in the App to detect when the App's stream is passing through a HDMI port or cable.  Some are of the opinion the reason for this is so subscribers can not use the Foxtel Go App as a secondary service, in another room of the house, without paying for another Foxtel box.  Despite laptops being able to send to TV screens. 
 
Any of of you techies, geeks, IT gurus, hackers etc got a work around for this?  If not, any idea, in layman's terms, what Foxtel are doing to achieve this?  It's the first time I have come across it.
 
One suggestion was to try a HDMI to RCA cable.  This got me thinking is the code acting on the HDMI port on the Android box, or the HDMI port on the TV?  Could HDMI to RCA work? 
 
Obviously, I can't cast from the App either. 
 
Any thoughts?
 
 
Hi mate I have Foxtel Go on my android box connected to my tv via a HDMI cable and it works with no problems at all.Private message me and I will give you the low down.

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Bumping this thread.

 

I can confirm gaviny's information works and the Foxtel Go app can be viewed on a TV screen.

 

Any Australian members with friends or family back in Australia, who subscribe to Foxtel, maybe you can use their Foxtel ID and watch all the channels they subscribe to.  5 devices can be registered and 2 can stream at the same time. 

 

You will also need a VPN but that's pretty standard for many things. 

 

As gaviny did for me, I am happy to pass the word on how to do it, so feel free to PM me.

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Bumping this thread because I have had a few PM's recently, so there may still be some interest in this work around. 

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Bumping this thread because I have had a few PM's recently, so there may still be some interest in this work around. 
Still going good for you I guess , just helped another guy living in Jakarta , he's chuffed.

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2 minutes ago, gaviny said:

Still going good for you I guess , just helped another guy living in Jakarta , he's chuffed.

Sent from my Redmi Note 6 Pro using Thailand Forum - Thaivisa mobile app
 

Yes.  All good.  Thanks again. I'm doing my part, as you did for me, and helping others. 

 

Since I started this thread, Kayo Sports has come on the scene.  So no need to have Foxtel, but if a friend or family member has Foxtel, you can piggy back of their account for the Foxtel Go App. 

 

If someone didn't know anyone with a Foxtel account, Kayo Sports is worth a look.  You get all of Foxtel's sports channels, but for a cheaper price.  A VPN is still needed if outside Australia. 

 

https://kayosports.com.au/

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Hi, can someone help me ?

 

I’ve installed Foxtel go on my MX10 box but I get that HDMI error. I’d like the work around please.

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Hi,

Can someone help me if possible?

Just installed Foxtel Go to nvidia shield and getting the dreaded "Video playback is not available via an external display".

Any help would be appreciated :)

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Hi,
Can someone help me if possible?
Just installed Foxtel Go to nvidia shield and getting the dreaded "Video playback is not available via an external display".
Any help would be appreciated :)
Mate Foxtel Go only works on Minix branded box.

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Gday,

Is anyone here able to share the details on how to get foxtel go working on minix x8?

 

Cheers

Edited by Eddie1234
Autocorrect being a c@nt

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