Exclusive to Telstra customers, is Telstra TV a media box worth signing up for?
What is Telstra TV?
Telstra TV is a media streaming device capable of playing movies and TV shows from services like Netflix, PLUS7 and BigPond Movies on your TV. Similar to other boxes like Apple TV and Fetch, Telstra TV connects to your home network either through Wi-Fi or via an ethernet cable and streams video from the Internet to your TV over HDMI. Unlike the competition, though, Telstra TV is only available to Telstra broadband or mobile customers; if you don't have an active Telstra account, you won't be able to use the device.
How does Telstra TV work?
To stream online content to Telstra TV, you'll first need to download the relevant app from Telstra TV's app store. Services like Foxtel Now and Stan each have their own app, and provided you're already a paid subscriber, you can watch their complete libraries from the comfort of your couch. Apps for catch-up TV services like 9Now and PLUS7 work in much the same way, with the added benefit of being completely free.
In addition to online streaming services, Telstra TV can also access videos, music and photos stored on your home network or on USB devices. By connecting other media devices to your home network, or by plugging them into Telstra TV via USB, you can watch video files, listen to music and view pictures on the big screen.
Controlling Telstra TV is a simple matter, too. Switching apps and searching for content can be handled via the included infrared remote, with a universal remote or through the Telstra TV+ mobile app.
What can I watch on Telstra TV?
Telstra TV supports a wide range of free and paid streaming services through apps on its app store. Some of the most popular services are:
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What is Telstra TV+?
Telstra TV+ is the mobile companion app for Telstra TV – basically it's an interactive TV guide for everything you can watch on Telstra TV. Available on iOS and Android devices, the app rounds up the latest movies and TV shows available on services like Stan, BigPond Movies and PLUS7, along with schedules and highlights for select Telstra-sponsored sports like AFL and NRL.
If you're not a fan of the included remote, you can use the Telstra TV+ app to control your Telstra TV instead. The app interface makes it a lot easier to find the shows and movies you're looking for, especially if you need to do any typing.
Telstra mobile customers can also use the Telstra TV+ app to redeem special entertainment offers tied to their mobile plan. These offers typically include cheap movie tickets, BigPond Movies rentals and free trials for a variety of entertainment services.
How much does Telstra TV cost?
Since Telstra TV requires a valid Telstra broadband or mobile account to function, it is only available to buy directly through Telstra. If you're not already a Telstra customer, Telstra TV is included with a number of Telstra's broadband bundles. The cheapest of these is currently the "Best Bundle Ever", which will run you $99 a month for 1,000GB of data and free local, national and mobile calls within Australia. On the upside, using Telstra TV through a Telstra broadband connection gets you unmetered streaming of any content on BigPond Movies and select sports services like AFL Live.
If you're already with Telstra, you can buy Telstra TV outright for $109 from the Telstra website or through your local Telstra store.
Telstra TV specs
- 88.9mm x 88.9mm x 25.4mm
- 141 grams
- Audio support
- Dolby Digital 7.1
- 802.11n dual-band
- Video Out
- USB 2.0
- External Storage
- MicroSD card slot
- Internal storage
- 256MB Flash NAND
- 1GHz Dual ARM A9, 32KB L1 cache
- 512MB DRAM