Foxtel disabling RF output? Apparently not.

My brother emailed this link the other day to a forum discussion in which it was alleged that Foxtel had been performing firmware updates on its various set top boxes which, for unaccountable reasons, were disabling their RF output. Obviously RF output is used by only a small proportion, but some find it useful for multiroom setups and such. (Theoretically one might be forced to use this if the only TV one had was an old analogue model devoid of A/V inputs, but that seems particularly unlikely in practice.)

I put the claim to Foxtel, which replied today denying it. Specifically:

FOXTEL is not disabling the RF output in set top boxes. Not all models of FOXTEL set top boxes are provisioned with RF output (these include all iQ2 set top boxes and iQ set top boxes installed in subscriber homes from October 2008), but for those that are, the RF output is not being disabled. Should the RF output stop working, the customer should put the set top box into standby and then take it out of standby, the set top box should then tune to the required RF channel.

That seems pretty clear. I’m not signing up to the forum to correct the original report, but any readers who are signed up to Whirlpool Forums might want to post a correction, linking back here.

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6 Responses to Foxtel disabling RF output? Apparently not.

  1. Simon Reidy says:


  2. Stephen Dawson says:

    Thanks Simon.

  3. Michael says:

    My RF out is not working again. Is anyone else having the same problem?

  4. dave says:

    great assistance – thank you – solved the problem, and put an end to hair tearing. Many thnaks.

  5. kirbs says:

    2 years on I have the loss of RF signal due to a power outage. After a half hour searching and trying no luck, until found this link. Put decoder on Standby, turned back on as suggested above and picture was back. Great work.

  6. Ronald says:

    Easy when you know how, THANKS

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