Vodafone unveils its new streaming box, Vodafone TV

Posted: 28 March 2018 9:04 am

A partnership with Netflix sets Vodafone's new streaming device apart from the competition.

If you weren't already overwhelmed by the sheer number of streaming media devices on the market, here's some news that might change that. Vodafone has today revealed that it's throwing its hat into the streaming ring with Vodafone TV, the telco's answer to devices like Telstra TV, the Fetch Mighty and Mini and the many other similar boxes nestled beneath TVs around the country.

Like a large number of competing devices, Vodafone TV will run on Google's Android operating system, with the ability to download apps from the Google Play store. Don't expect to play Fortnite or Pokemon GO on the Vodafone TV, though, as odds are the selection of compatible apps will be restricted to those currently available on Android-based Smart TVs.

In terms of general functionality, Vodafone TV will support 4K streaming along with Google Assistant voice search, allowing you to seek out your favourite content with a simple voice command. It'll also come with a physical remote for navigating through apps and a built-in TV tuner will provide access to free-to-air channels as well as online streaming services.

The kicker here that sets Vodafone TV apart from the countless alternatives is a partnership with Netflix. By purchasing Vodafone TV in conjunction with Vodafone's 24-month Essential Plus or Premium NBN plan, you'll score a 12-month subscription to Netflix. Adding Vodafone TV to any of Vodafone's 24-month plans will set you back an extra $5 a month, but you can also purchase the box outright for $120 if you'd prefer.

Importantly, you don't have to be a Vodafone customer to use Vodafone TV. It'll work with any high-speed broadband connection regardless of the company providing it, which is a nice departure from some of the other streaming boxes on the market.

Vodafone TV is set to launch next month, and will be available both directly through Vodafone and from retail Vodafone stores.

If you're interested in bundling Vodafone TV with a new Internet service, take a look at Vodafone's NBN plans below:

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