Telstra TV: What can Telstra’s tiny set top box do for you?

Alex Kidman 16 October 2015

Vale, T-Box. Telstra has replaced it with Telstra TV -- but what is Telstra TV?

You may have noticed that there's a lot of choice when it comes to streaming media services these days, with both international players such as Netflix and more locally grown offerings such as Stan and Presto vying for your entertainment dollar. It's lovely to feel wanted, but there's an issue with these services if you want to access them on your TV.

That issue is that nobody's got a TV set -- no, not even a Smart TV -- that will connect to all three services. Netflix is on most new sets, but Stan and Presto have struggled to get Smart TV compatibility up and running, and outside of Chromecast for Stan and Presto and Apple TV for Stan only, they've struggled on set top boxes as well. That's the market where Telstra's pitching the Telstra TV set top box, a one-stop solution to accessing multiple streaming services.

What is Telstra TV?

While the older T-Box was Telstra's own hardware, Telstra has partnered with set top box maker Roku for the Telstra TV. In essence, it's a rebadged and slightly modified Roku 2 set top box with the following specifications:

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

Which streaming services does it support?

The specs aren't really the point of the Telstra TV, however; that's in the multitude of connectivity options to streaming services it offers. It will support both Presto and Netflix out of the box when it goes on sale from Tuesday 27 October, with Stan compatibility to be added in November. Being Telstra branded, it should be no surprise that it's also going to support Telstra's own BigPond Movies platform.

At launch, it will also let you watch SBS on Demand, PLUS7, 9JumpIn, YouTube, Red Bull TV, Awesomeness TV, Wall Street Journal, GoPro, Vimeo, Crunchy Roll, Dropbox and Roku Media Player for media playback.

In the local catchup space that does leave ABC iView and TenPlay out of the picture, but Telstra has indicated that it hopes to have those services up and running by the end of the year.

How much will it cost?

Outright, the Telstra TV will sell for $109 and will also be offered to Telstra customers who sign up to L or XL broadband bundles, or those who recontract on those plans.

You'll have to be a Telstra customer to buy a Telstra TV, but that includes both Telstra broadband customers and Telstra mobile customers.

Is there anything else I should know?

Telstra has indicated that if you're a Telstra broadband customer, your use of Presto and BigPond Movies will be unmetered, but all other services will count against your usage quota.

As an additional sweetener, Telstra is offering customers who grab a Telstra TV before the December 25 $15 worth of BigPond Movie rentals and three months of free access to both Presto and Stan.

I don't want Telstra TV! What are my other options?

The problem that Telstra TV addresses doesn't have a lot of easy solutions if you're keen on streaming media, but you do have some choices.

Netflix, Stan and Presto all support Google's tiny Chromecast media streamer, but you'll need a PC or Mac running the Chrome browser or an Android tablet or smartphone to stream to a Chromecast connected to your TV.

The Apple TV supports both Netflix and Stan as direct client applications, but to access Presto you'll need an iOS device (an iPad or iPhone) to stream your Presto selections from via AirPlay.

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10 Responses to Telstra TV: What can Telstra’s tiny set top box do for you?

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    Megan | August 11, 2016

    im wanting to know if there is another Telstra signed up using my information.

    • Staff
      Brodie | August 12, 2016

      Hi Megan,

      If you have any account concerns, I would recommend contacting Telstra directly on 13 22 00.


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    Suzanne | August 7, 2016

    I have a old T box and it only supports catchup TV for SBS and +7. Is there any way I can watch catchup ABC iview on this T box?

    • Staff
      Chester | August 15, 2016

      Hello Suzzane,

      Thanks for your question.

      Please be advised that we are a financial comparison and general information website.

      What you may do instead is you may need to seek assistance from Telstras’s T-Box Technical Support so that they can configure it in their end.You may call them directly at 1300136841.

      hope this helps.


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    isabel | July 2, 2016

    Hi. Can we watch free to air through telstra tv?

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      Alex | July 4, 2016

      Hi Isabel,

      Unfortunately not; the Telstra TV doesn’t have a direct digital free to air tuner. It does support the catchup services of the major players, however, so you could watch content from the free to air providers that way.



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    Kirsten | May 24, 2016

    Can Telstra TV be set up on an old tv with a HDMI to composite connection cable?

    • Staff
      Alex | May 31, 2016

      Hi Kirsten,

      While that may be technically feasible, we can’t say we’ve ever tested one that way; aside from the obvious downscaling in visual quality the obvious issue would be whatever DRM the Telstra TV box outputs from its HDMI output; it’s feasible that it might detect the composite cable as a rights violation and therefore block sending images or sound. But that’s without having specifically tested it; Telstra certainly sell it with HDMI as an effective minimum specification.



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    Frank | May 19, 2016

    So, can my T-Box view Telstra TV?

    • Staff
      May | May 20, 2016

      Hi Frank,

      Thanks for your question.

      T-box has been replaced with Telstra TV. But it doesn’t mean that you can no longer use it. All you need to do is register your T-box so that you will have access to the full features of your T-Box including free-to-air TV channels in your area as well as you will have the ability to rent the latest movies and TV episodes using your high-speed Telstra home broadband.

      If you want to register and set up your T-box, please check the page I’ve sent to your email.


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