Telstra drags Roku Down Under with the new streaming platform Telstra TV, but is it worth your attention?
Telstra has released a new streaming platform, Telstra TV. This new service offers Netflix, Stan, Presto and Bigpond Movies through a Roku manufactured media streaming device – essentially acting as a hub for all your streaming video-on-demand (SVOD) needs.
What does Telstra TV offer?
In the US and UK, Roku offers a massive range of free and premium channels through the Roku Channel Store. Below are the streaming applications Telstra TV launched with:
Telstra TV Specs
Telstra TV is a rebranded version of the Roku 2 device that has been a hit overseas. Below are the specs for the Roku 2.
|Video Output||720p and 1080p HDMI|
|Audio Output||Digital Over HDMI (Dolby 7.1 and 5.1 surround pass through)|
|Power||12V-1A Power Adapter|
|Dimensions||3.5 x 3.5 x 1 inches|
|Network||Wi-Fi 802.11 with WEP, WPA and WPA2 support, 10/100 Base-T Ethernet Support|
|Internal Memory||256MB Flash|
|Expandable Memory||microSD (up to 16GB)|
|Processor||Dual Arm A9 1GHz Processor 32KB L1 Cache|
|Included Remote||Bluetooth- and Infrared-enabled Roku remote|
How much will Telstra TV cost?
If you register as a new Telstra home broadband customer before 25 December 2015, Telstra TV comes included in the $119/month plan. However, if you're already a Telstra customer, Telstra TV can be purchased outright for $109.
When can I get Telstra TV?
Telstra TV is available now through Telstra stores and online.
What is Roku?
Roku is an American company that manufactures digital media products for the home. Roku’s range of streaming media set-top boxes have taken off in the US, UK and Canada since the surge of SVOD services.
Much like the Google Chromecast, these devices are Wi-Fi enabled and allow you to stream and download digital content without needing a Smart TV or high-end Blu-ray player. Through the Roku Channel Store, users can pick and choose content to truly customise their viewing experience. Free channels from around the world include Crackle, NASA TV, YouTube and TED Talks, but the service also offers premium channels like Amazon Instant Video, NBA League Pass and WWE Network for a price.
We’ll have to wait and see what the Roku Channel Store will offer here in Australia, but it’s doubtful we’ll get the same range.
The international versions of Roku also support a small range of games to play straight from your Roku device. These include:
Note: These games are not available on Telstra TV. It is currently unknown whether Telstra TV will add support for games in the future.