I'm a pensioner not PC literate, my thinking is to.
.. 1) cancel Pay TV Austar 2) Consider Internet/xbox/foxtel conection however with present IP aanet ADSL1500 plan, unsure if I am able go the way I wish. Home TV is Smart setup and Desk Top PC is wireless setup with Lap Tops. I have a web site, Domain/Hosted with aanet, not sure what would happen if I move from aanet. Information would be welcome, advising possible options, many thanks in advance. Keith.
I think you are underselling yourself! You sound pretty tech savvy to me. You are asking two questions: one about a smart TV set-up and another about your web hosting services from aanet. I'll start with the Foxtel question.
Foxtel recommends a speed of at least 2Mbps, so you may find your service gets interrupted on a 1.5Mbps plan. I have performed an initial check on your number and it looks like up to 20Mbps is available at the Warneet exchange. I would recommend either upgrading with aanet or taking a look at other providers for a faster plan.
If you intend to use Foxtel, be aware that it can be a very data hungry service, especially if you want to view shows at the highest quality available.
The high setting (this is the default) will use 1,300MB per hour, medium 950MB per hour and low 800MB per hour. On the highest setting, you could easily eat through 40GB a month by watching just 1 hour of TV a night. The service is unmetered through BigPond but if you use any other Internet Service Provider (ISP), I would recommend a heavy plan with 100GB or more available in the peak time.
TPG offers a 200GB ADSL2+ off-net plan for $59.99 in your area, although you will need a home phone service with another provider first. You can call us on 1300 106 571 for more details. Alternatively, Dodo has a regional Unlimited plan for $59.90, which is ideal for a heavy user. Call Dodo on 1300 136 793.
Another good provider for regional areas is iPrimus. You can call iPrimus on 1300 137 794 to find out how much plans cost in your area.
When did you buy your smart TV and what brand is it? If it is a Samsung Smart TV, you won't need an Xbox as a Foxtel service can be accessed directly through the TV. If it is a Samsung and you bought it after July 1, you can trial the Get Started package for 3 months for free. There are 30 channels available, including Fox Sports, and the package costs $19.50 a month. Extra channels, such as the Olympic Games channels, can be added for a one-off fee.
As for your second question, I asked aanet about web hosting and was told web hosting is separate to your internet plan, so you can switch ISPs without affecting your website hosting service.
Hope this helps,