Why I am ditching Foxtel Now

I am at the end of my contract with Telstra for my NBN plan that included Foxtel Now Pop and Lifestyle. Instead of costing $25 it was $10 per month. Unfortunately, even at $10 I found Foxtel Now poor value. Compared to the other streaming services Foxtel Now is behind on nearly everything. To make it worse they charge the most and throw in advertisements.
So why are they not worth the expense?
Foxtel always claim they charge higher because of their premium content. I don’t believe they have better content than their competitors. In fact I believe Prime TV and Netflix leave them for dead at a much lower price.
Every streaming service gives you the lot for the one price. Not Foxtel where it is broken into separate packages. Twice I had a show I was watching moved to another package where I no longer had access. If you want to watch a lot of new release movies try Prime TV at a fraction of the cost.
You can’t watch on 4K. In fact I have to watch on the lowest setting. I am getting a consistent 60 mbps on Ethernet to my smart TV. I am watching in Super high definition on other streaming services but even in high definition Foxtel Now constantly buffers. Frequently on the low setting it doesn’t work. This has only been since the pandemic with a lot of internet authors accusing Foxtel of not providing enough bandwidth. That’s my best guess as well.
Finally is the technology. I can’t skip the recaps at the start of the show or the credits at the end. I also cannot download shows to watch off line which I can do on Stan, Netflix and Prime TV. Whenever someone mentions this to Foxtel on their community site Foxtel states they are looking into it. Two years on they really need a bigger magnifying glass to find improvements before they become obsolete.
I did try Foxtel Now before my Telstra contract. On cancelling they had changed their service to cancel on the day. Rather than run out the prepaid month they kept the money and cancelled your service. Now they have returned to cancelling at the end of the month. If there is a show I really want to see I will wait for the whole season to drop then binge watch for a month and get out again. Suggest you do the same.


What do I give for a tenth wedding anniversary?

Congratulations that you are approaching your 10th wedding anniversary. This is a big occasion so you will want to get it right. I don’t know about you but my partner can never quite hide a look of disappointment so I really want to get it right. The traditional gift for a 10th wedding anniversary is Tin with some cultures using Aluminium.
Let’s be honest, even for a traditionalist handing over a tin or aluminium gift no matter how well it is boxed is going to be hard to impress. Would you want a tin cup or an aluminium broach for your anniversary? Probably not unless perhaps it was a key to a new car and that may be going over the top especially if they find out it is really a lease for the business passed off as a great gift.
Fortunately there are still many gifts made of tin (pewter) and aluminium specially for gifting as an anniversary gift. For example a picture of you both in a pewter frame or an aluminium sculpture that commemorates your relationship.
If you want to splash out then the best way is to take the modern approach. The modern gift for a tenth wedding anniversary is a diamond jewelry. Doesn’t have to be big but it does need to have a diamond. You are not going to get a gift more memorable than a diamond so if you can afford it why not?
Anniversaries are very important especially in a modern world where relationships don’t seem to last. Make it important to celebrate every one and give something than can be enjoyed and remembered for many years to come. Congratulations!.

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Does acupuncture hurt?

Simple question with a rather complex answer. When it comes to measuring an individual’s pain tolerance it can be compared to “how long is a piece of string?”. Given that everyone feels pain differently we then need to add the practitioner to the formula as there are many styles of acupuncture. So the best solution is to choose acupuncture that suits you.

If you have a fear of needles it is unlikely you will be drawn to acupuncture but if you feel you must use acupuncture then maybe laser acupuncture is for you. Instead of needles a laser device which uses a low-energy laser beam. I would describe the sensation as being similar to the feeling of a mosquito bite.

The smallest needles used are in Japanese acupuncture. The needles are so thin and placed so superficial in the skin that many people report not even feeling the needle being inserted. The Japanese style of acupuncture has been shown to be as effective as any other style.

Traditional Chinese acupuncture uses a slightly thicker needle. Even so the needles make a hypodermic needle look like a rolling pin in comparison. Although some therapists use superficial treatments, many Chinese practitioners will place the needle deeper into the body and twirl or manipulate them to improve energy flow. This can be quite uncomfortable if not painful.

Over the years I have been treated by all styles and although I don’t like pain will return to the practitioner who gives me those most relief. For different ailments I have used different styles. If it doesn’t help go back. My philosophy is “the treatment can’t be as bad as the ailment”. What’s yours?

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