Thursday, 17 October 2019 12:25

Official Spotify app arrives on Telstra TV Featured


Telstra has launched the official Spotify app on Telstra TV, expanding the range of audio content available on our very own streaming device for Free and Premium Spotify members.

If you have a Telstra TV, you can download the official Spotify app, allowing existing (Free and Premium) Spotify members to sign-in to their account and find all your playlists, while new members can easily create a free account via Telstra TV.

As Telstra reminds us, "Spotify is the world’s largest global music subscription service and its massive library is now available to over 1.4 million homes and living rooms around Australia through Telstra TV".

Rebecca Haagsma, Telstra's Media Executive for Product & Technology will shortly publish a blog post at Telstra Exchange, where she explains that the addition of Spotify means "an easier way to fit the right music or podcast for every moment on your Telstra TV".

Haagsma added that Telstra wants to "bring you a new seamless and unified entertainment experience" which is with Telstra has "teamed up with Spotify to combine the music and artists you love in one place for the perfect audio adventure".

Karen Lawson, MD for Spotify A/NZ said: “We are incredibly excited to be introducing the Spotify service to Telstra TV customers, enabling the ease and convenience of streaming our huge collection of music and podcast content, from their TVs. The addition of Spotify delivers yet another experience to discover and rediscover great audio content, and we look forward to bringing this to more Australian audiences with Telstra".

We're told that with the new Spotify app for Telstra TV, free and premium Spotify members can now access Spotify’s 50 million tracks directly from your TV - allowing you to host your own lip sync battles, do chores to the latest dance bangers, chill to some all-time greatest hits day and night, or expand your mind with over 450,000 podcasts - all from the comfort of your home.

Telstra notes that its Telstra TV Smart Search service, which is "Australia’s first integrated live TV, catch-up, and on-demand search function" also lest you "search simultaneously for movies, TV and people. This includes free-to-air, catch up TV, Foxtel Now, Netflix, Stan, Kayo Sports, Telstra TV Box Office, Hayu, Animelab, and DocPlay".

The company also reminds us you can take things up notch through the "voice control built into the Telstra TV’s clever Wi-Fi-enabled remote, you can control, play and search with your voice – just ask to search, play and pause movies and TV shows, switch between apps and much more".

If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can create a free Spotify account directly from your Telstra TV device. To access Spotify, Telstra customers can now download the Spotify app on Telstra TV.

With Apple TV and AirPlay functionality arriving on Roku TV set-top boxes in the US, upon which Telstra TV is based, I did cheekily ask a Telstra spokesperson whether the addition of this app presages the addition of Apple TV content functionality, but there's no word on whether that might also be an app addition later this year - or at least, not yet. Given the Roku foundations of Telstra TV, I've dubbed it a Telstroku TV, but we'll just have to wait and see... :-)

I have also asked Telstra whether the Spotify app is available on all three generations of Telstra TV models. My guess is that it is, and that if there was an issue with that, the company would have called it out, and will udpate this accordingly if needed. 

Until then, there's plenty of other TV shows, movies, documentaries, sport and other content, now including music and podcasts, so whether Apple's shows arrive on not, you'll still have plenty of entertainment options.


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