Foxtel Play is now available on Telstra TV

Alex Kidman 14 December 2016

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Telstra’s tiny box of TV tricks just added another option for your festive season viewing.

If you’re a Foxtel Play (now known as Foxtel Now) customer, or for that matter a Telstra customer with a Telstra TV set-top box, your entertainment choices just got a little wider. Telstra has long made it clear that it wants the Telstra TV to be the one-stop-shop for all your streaming TV needs, whether your tastes run to Netflix, Stan or ABC iView. It has just announced compatibility with Foxtel Play, adding yet another subscription streaming service to its arsenal. Foxtel Play is available in multiple packages, and on Telstra TV, applicable content can be streamed live in high definition.

The move comes after Foxtel Play recently rejigged its pricing structures, bringing the total cost of its streaming service downwards as it prepares to close down its Presto streaming service in early 2017.

Telstra has also updated the Telstra TV to include a cross-app program searching function that allows users to search for content across the five supported free-to-air catchup apps, BigPond Movies and Stan. That still leaves larger providers such as Netflix and indeed Foxtel Play out of the searching loop, but Telstra is promising that more providers will be added in 2017.

Telstra sells the Telstra TV outright for $109, while many of its broadband bundles include a Telstra TV unit as part of the deal. You don’t strictly need a Telstra broadband account to use Telstra TV, although some quota-free services won’t be quota-free if accessed from other ISPs, and you do need a Telstra ID to activate the unit in the first place.

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