Not all that long ago, your TV was for entertainment and your computer handled the internet, and the two rarely crossed paths. But in the last few years – especially since Netflix kicked the streaming revolution into high gear in 2015 – broadband internet and entertainment have gone hand in hand.
As Australia’s original broadband provider and with entertainment expertise dating back to their co-creation of Foxtel in the 1990s, Telstra is better positioned than most to deliver a well-balanced bundle that brings together broadband internet and the entertainment that’s enabled by it.
Streaming vs Satellite: What are your Options?
Telstra’s network, developed over decades and backed by an unrivalled network of high-speed links across the country, is a great fit for the streaming era. And these days, streaming is important even if you get your premium TV via satellite. So it’s not at all surprising that Telstra’s headline broadband bundles are all directed towards one thing – entertainment, and plenty of it.
But when it comes to how you want your entertainment delivered, you have a choice with these bundles – streaming, or satellite. Which one is the best fit for you? Read on to find out!
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Option 1 – Streaming Bundles
The first bundle we’ll look at is also the lowest-priced – up front, at least. Named the “Telstra TV + Unlimited Data” bundle (self-describing bundle names are definitely a thing right now) it gives you everything you need to get started with streaming. You get a fast broadband connection with unlimited data – important if you want to enjoy streaming TV without constantly checking your usage – along with a home phone line offering unlimited calls across Australia, even to mobiles. Keeping you connected is the Telstra Smart Modem, which comes with 4G backup so you’re never left without access to the internet. And bundled in with all this is the latest model of the acclaimed Telstra TV streaming box, which is your key to all the good stuff.
The Telstra TV (you can read all about its features in our extensive review) is designed to be a central hub for all your TV entertainment. You connect it to both your broadband and your TV antenna, and you can then watch live TV on it as well as streaming from all the big services – Netflix, Stan, Prime Video, Foxtel Now, Kayo Sports and more (you can even subscribe to Kayo directly on the Telstra TV and have its monthly subscription added to your Telstra bill). You can search for movies, shows, actors and more on the box and it’ll direct you to the right apps every time, too. Access to Foxtel’s premium channels is available in streaming form via the included Foxtel Now app.
The catch? The cost of streaming subscriptions isn’t included in your bundle. So on top of the $99/month cost, you’d want to factor in the monthly price of the streaming services you want to access. Many people are already subscribed to one or more, but if you’re coming to this bundle looking for a way to get started with entertainment, it’s something to take into account.
Of course, streaming subscriptions are all contract-free, so you can start and stop them as you like, even just using one at a time if you’d prefer to save money. And of course, there are free trials available for all of them so you can road-test them all without paying a cent.
The other thing you can’t do with this bundle is record TV. If that’s important to you, then the other option might be for you – satellite.
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Option 2 – The Satellite Bundles
If you’d prefer a rock-solid reliable (and more versatile) way of watching your entertainment – and you’re already figuring that much of your entertainment’s going to come from Foxtel – then the two Foxtel bundles from Telstra Broadband could be much better options.
You’ve got two choices that come with the same broadband plan and features mentioned above – the “Sports HD + Unlimited Data” and “Movies HD + Unlimited Data” bundles. Again, the names say it all (almost) with the former giving you the full Foxtel sports channel package, featuring a huge range of live sports including full coverage of the AFL and NRL seasons, Formula One championships, golf, tennis, a dedicated cricket channel covering the BBL, one-day internationals and tests, and much more. The new Fox Sports Ultra HD channel is also included in this bundle.
The Movies HD option, meanwhile, gives you 10 channels of non-stop movies, 24 hours a day, with no ad breaks during the movies. Channels are themed according to type – Thrillers, Drama, Premiere, Family, and so on. And there’s also a new 4K Ultra HD movies channel that you get access to if you have a 4K television to show off.
Both bundles include Foxtel Plus, the new “base” Foxtel channel pack that now includes Fox One and Fox Showcase (home of HBO and shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead) and over 50 other channels to keep you entertained, with HD included at no extra cost. All of this is delivered via the iQ4 set top box, which lets you record up to four channels at once and gives you full streaming access to all the on-demand content that Foxtel has to offer.
Installation is free, too, so if you’re living in a home or building where satellite is an option – and you’re keen on getting Foxtel’s channels at the best quality possible – then these two $140/month bundles could be exactly what you’re looking for. You can, by the way, add Netflix to your plan and stream it directly on the iQ4 box as well!
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Which Option is Best for You?
While you’re getting the same rock-solid reliable Telstra broadband plan no matter which option you choose, the choice is going to come down to the sort of stuff you like to watch. If you’re already a dedicated streaming service user and eagerly await the latest shows and movies on Netflix, Stan and Prime Video, the streaming option’s the way to go. It’s also a great option for those who can’t get satellite because of location. But if you’re looking for easy access to Foxtel at the highest quality possible – and like the idea of being able to record stuff to watch later – then the satellite bundles represent brilliant value for what you get. Whether you’re a streamer or set on satellite, you’re going to want to bookmark these bundles, as they’re a great option for getting set up with everything you need to be entertained and connected.