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What is Telstra TV?
Telstra's Telstra TV set top box is a 4K-capable media streaming device capable of playing movies and TV shows from services like Netflix, 7Plus 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 customers. If you don't have a Telstra broadband 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 7Plus work in much the same way, with the added benefit of being free to access, although as with any video streaming services, they will consume data when you're watching programs through them.
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 7Plus, 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 TV supports full search for content across multiple services, and it's markedly easier to do so from the app with a full keyboard rather than the on-screen display with a remote.
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's 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 current bundling offer provides a Telstra TV at no additional cost to any contract customer on a plan costing $99 per month or higher.
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 $192 from the Telstra website or through your local Telstra store.
Telstra TV review
We've run the 2nd generation Telstra TV through its paces in our comprehensive review:
"Telstra's second take on a streaming box covers all the basics"
What's the difference between Telstra TV and Telstra TV 2?
The current generation Telstra TV is technically the Telstra TV 2, because it's Telstra's second generation Roku-powered set top box. While the range of streaming services across both Telstra TV set top boxes is essentially identical, the larger second generation box also adds support for 4K video as well as an integrated TV tuner so you can watch live free-to-air television.
The 2nd generation box also substantially changed the user interface from the rather plain first generation box, although Telstra has promised that this aspect of the Telstra TV will be available to download and update the older Telstra TV models already sold. The first generation Telstra TV is no longer available for sale, but was provided bundled with broadband contracts or outright for $109.
- Product Name
- Telstra TV 2
- Video formats
- 2160p 4K UHD / 1080p HD / 720p with HEVC support
- Audio support
- Dolby Digital 7.1
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac dual band wireless or 10/100 Ethernet port
- Quad-core MStar C2
- 512MB Flash NAND
- HDMI 2.0, USB 2.0, MicroSD Slot
- 16x16x2cm (approx)