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Everything you need to know about Telstra TV

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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 NetflixPLUS7 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

Size
88.9mm x 88.9mm x 25.4mm
Weight
141 grams
Resolution
720p/1080p
Audio support
Dolby Digital 7.1
Wi-Fi
802.11n dual-band
Ethernet
10/100
Infrared
Yes
Video Out
HDMI
USB
USB 2.0
External Storage
MicroSD card slot
Internal storage
256MB Flash NAND
Processor
1GHz Dual ARM A9, 32KB L1 cache
RAM
512MB DRAM

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    TonyJuly 16, 2017

    I have a Windows 10 desktop PC (without HDMI) and a Panasonic Vieta TV, model TH-P50U30A (not a smart TV). What I want to do is stream Netflix through the PC to the TV. I have already attempted to do this using a Netgear adapter without success. My question is will Telstra TV achieve this streaming without driving me insane with “Geek Speak)?

    • Staff
      MattJuly 16, 2017Staff

      Hi Tony,

      Thanks for your question. Telstra TV will indeed let you stream Netflix to your TV with minimal fuss. You would simply need to connect the Telstra TV to your Panasonic TV, download the Netflix app from the Telstra TV’s digital store, then log in with your Netflix credentials to start watching.

      Just to clarify, this will not require you to use your PC at all. Telstra TV functions as a separate device, much like a set-top box.

      I hope this helps answer your question.

      Cheers,

      Matt

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    LaraNovember 15, 2016

    How much do Telstra TV remote control cost to replace? I broke mine so I need to replace it but I’m not sure where to get one and how much they are.

    Thanks!
    Lara

    • Staff
      JasonNovember 15, 2016Staff

      Hi Lara,

      Thank you for your enquiry.

      Telstra TV remote control costs $20. Please get in touch with Telstra to order a replacement remote control on 13 22 00 and say “Telstra TV” then “Faults”. Telstra will ask for the preferred delivery address and other possible charges will be discussed once you contact them. The standard delivery time is within 3-5 business days depending on the area.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jason

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    hugoJanuary 24, 2016

    so is there like a monthly payment to use telstra tv apart from the upfront cost, and do u have to have a seperate account for stan netflix presto and Bigpond to access their streaming libraries. finally does telstra tv give u complete access to the movie and tv libraries of the 4 services

    • Staff
      BrodieJanuary 25, 2016Staff

      Hi Hugo,

      There’s an upfront payment of $99 for the device itself, then an ongoing subscription for the services (e.g. Stan, Netflix, Presto) you’re subscribed to. Subscribing to these services is the same with or without the Telstra TV, so there is no difference in selection. Though, if you’re a Telstra broadband customer, the data used while streaming these services will not be counted towards your monthly allowance.

      Thanks,
      Brodie

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    RogerOctober 21, 2015

    Will Bigpond movies still be unmetered

    • Staff
      BrodieOctober 27, 2015Staff

      Hi, Roger

      Yes. Bigpond movies will still be unmetered on Telstra TV.

      Thanks,

      Brodie

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    GeorgeOctober 6, 2015

    I have a Roku 3 and a Bigpond internet A/C.
    Would I be able to access Presto through Telstra?

    Thanks
    George

    • Staff
      BrodieOctober 9, 2015Staff

      Hi George,

      There’s little information yet regarding whether customers who already own a Roku will be able to access the services of Telstra TV. I’ve reached out to Telstra with your question and will get back to you as soon as I hear back.

      Cheers,

      Brodie

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