Telstra is making it easy for its customers to stream content from sites such as Presto, Netflix, Plus7, 9JumpIn, SBS On Demand, YouTube and several others, with a very simple to use interface on its new Telstra TV.
About half the size of an Apple TV, if not a bit smaller, missing apps such as Stan are coming in November, while iView, TenPlay and others aren’t available either - but are ‘coming soon.’
The only channels you can watch that will be unmetered are Presto and BigPond Movies, and unlike the now discontinued (but still supported) Telstra T-Box, there’s no digital TV tuner or PVR (personal video recorder) included.
Arriving in Telstra stores on Tuesday, 27 October, Telstra describes its new TV box as an ‘easy to use streaming player that allows Telstra home broadband customers to watch the most popular streaming services, rent the latest blockbuster films from BigPond Movies and catch up on their favourite TV shows on their compatible TV.’
Telstra TV, at launch, provides access to 15 ‘channels’, although I count only 14 listed in its media release: 1) Presto, 2) Netflix, 3) SBS On Demand, 4) Plus7, 5) 9JumpIN, 6) YouTube, 7) Red Bull TV, 8) Awesomeness TV, 9) Wall Street Journal, 10) GoPro, 11) Vimeo, 12) Crunchy Roll, 13) Dropbox and 14) Roku Media Player.
As noted above, the Stan streaming service arrives in November, and that appears to be the 15th channel.
Joe Pollard, Telstra Chief Marketing Officer and Group Executive Media noted that ‘Telstra TV responds to the growing demand for simple and flexible home entertainment that allows consumers to access their favourite TV series, movies and content directly to their television.’
Pollard said: “Telstra TV puts our customers in control of what they watch and gives them even greater value entertainment choices in the home. “Whether you love to binge watch the latest television series, enjoy a family movie night, or catch up on free to air shows you missed during the week, Telstra TV is the simple way to stream your favourite television on demand.
“The powerful combination of our world-class networks and quality, differentiated content, and ease of use give our customers an entertainment experience that is truly world class.”
Here’s the video from today’s Telstra TV launch - the article continues thereafter with specs and more - please read on!
The Telstra TV streaming box is actually from Roku Inc, which is a very successful streaming TV platform in the US, with hundreds if not thousands of TV streaming channel apps, the vast majority of which are not available in Australia - or at least, not yet.
Andrew Ferrone, Vice President of Pay TV at Roku said, “We are very excited to unveil Telstra TV, which is powered by Roku, and give Australian consumers a simple and flexible way to stream their favourite content direct to their television. With Telstra TV, consumers have more choice and control over what they watch and when they watch it.”
So, following al; that, Telstra TV is simply a new way to watch some of your favourite movies and TV shows, and is available in addition to other products Telstra sells, such as ‘Foxtel from Telstra.’
Telstra TV will be priced at $109 per streaming player, or included as part of selected L and XL broadband bundles.
The company advises its customers that if they ‘take up a Telstra TV before 25 December, they will ‘receive a $15 BigPond Movie voucher, a bonus three months subscription to Presto and a bonus three months subscription to Stan, when Stan becomes available in November.’
Telstra TV Features:
- Speed – Roku’s fastest processor to date
- Apps – Access to a huge range of local and international video
- Video & Audio Support - 720p/1080p HD and Dolby Digital 7.1
- Connectivity - 802.11n dual band wireless or 10/100
- Ethernet Port Remote - Infrared (IR) Remote with quick replay button
- Extra Storage - MicroSD slot and USB port for additional storage
- Mobile Integration – Support screen mirroring with Miracast and 2nd screen ‘casting’ with Netflix and You Tube Telstra TV
- Processor – Dual Arm A9 1Ghz Processor
- 32KB L1 Cache RAM
- 512MB DRAM Storage
- 256MB Flash NAND
- HDMI 1.4
- USB 2.0
- MicroSD Slot
- Roku Standard infrared (IR) Remote with 2x AAA batteries
- Power Adapter
- 1.5m HDMI Cable