Telstra adds ABC iView to Telstra TV

Alex Kidman 14 December 2015

telstra_tv_roku

The addition of ABC’s very popular iView service means that all the major Australian streaming services will be available on Telstra’s tiny set top box.

When Telstra launched its Telstra TV set top box, it did so with the promise of supplying every major Australian streaming service from the one interface.

The two notable free to air omissions in its catalog of streaming services were Tenplay, which it launched back in late November, and ABC’s iView service, which will become available to Telstra TV customers from tomorrow.

Adding iView puts the Roku-powered Telstra TV in an interesting competitive position relative to streaming solutions such as Google’s Chromecast and Apple’s Apple TV. Both the Chromecast and Apple TV can have free to air programs sent to them wirelessly from a secondary device. Indeed, that’s the entire operating environment for the Chromecast, which isn’t much more than a fancy screensaver without an Android device to connect to it. Streaming to a device is workable but can be fraught with obtuse connection errors, so simply having a streaming app at the touch of a remote is a big plus.

Apple’s latest generation of its Apple TV box, meanwhile, does allow for easier app creation than in the past, so it’s likely we’ll see full new apps for all the major streaming services there, but for now, Telstra’s Telstra TV has the lead.

Telstra sells the Telstra TV for $109 outright or free with selected broadband plans. You do need to be a Telstra customer to buy one, but that’s not the same thing as having a Telstra broadband plan; any Telstra ID, even one associated with a prepaid mobile will suffice for registering a Telstra TV, although using it on a non-Telstra broadband service naturally means that the areas denoted as quota-free for usage don’t actually count as quota-free.

Here are the specifications for the Telstra TV, which is in itself a rebadged and firmware flashed Roku 2 set top box.

ProcessorDual Arm A9 1Ghz Processor 32KB L1 Cache
RAM512MB DRAM
Storage256MB Flash NAND
PortsHDMI 1.4, USB 2.0, MicroSD Slot,
RemoteRoku Standard infrared (IR) Remote with 2x AAA batteries

Data deals on finder

When will you get the NBN?
When will you get the NBN?

Find out when the NBN is coming to your area with our tracker.

More info...
Need more data?
Need more data?

Find plans with more than 10GB from Telstra, Optus, Virgin and more.

More info...
Norton Security Premium 5 Devices $89.99
Norton Security Premium 5 Devices $89.99

Protect your laptop, PC & mobile from viruses with Norton for $89.99.

More info...
Free streaming with Telstra
Free streaming with Telstra

Get a 3 month Netflix and Stan subscription free with Telstra.

More info...

Ask a Question

You are about to post a question on finder.com.au

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • finder.com.au is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Disclaimer: At finder.com.au we provide factual information and general advice. Before you make any decision about a product read the Product Disclosure Statement and consider your own circumstances to decide whether it is appropriate for you.
Rates and fees mentioned in comments are correct at the time of publication.
By submitting this question you agree to the finder.com.au privacy policy, receive follow up emails related to finder.com.au and to create a user account where further replies to your questions will be sent.

Ask a question
feedback