As 2019 progresses, the Australian broadband market is introduced to new, simplified plans by the country’s largest network. The revamped plans retain certain elements while also adding some exciting ones — the new Telstra TV 3, for instance.
Telstra’s latest broadband deals also saw the telco removing their internet products from the 24-month contract term and turning them onto month-to-month setup plans. This move aligns to the ongoing necessity of providing freedom to broadband customers through a no lock-in contract arrangement.
What are the new broadband plans?
The new NBN plans have now been simplified to only two options — Essential and Unlimited. With the former, you get 100GB of data on the 25/5 speed tier at $70/month while the latter delivers unlimited data on the 50/20 speed tier at $90/month. The previous plans were categorised according to contract terms. However, the new ones see a complete break from lengthy contracts as both essential and unlimited plans have no minimum term.
To get connected, customers will just have to settle the upfront fees — $216 for the modem and $99 for the connection fee. If you sign up online, the connection charge will be waived, saving you a great deal of money. With no lock-in contract, you can change or cancel anytime. You just need to pay out your modem if you leave before 24 months.
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Telstra TV Box Office
Telstra aims to expand their offerings via their own streaming service, hence, the rebranding of BigPond Movies to Telstra TV Box Office. Signing up to a broadband plan with the included Telstra TV 3 also scores you a $125 Telstra TV Box Office credit. That’s up to 20 new release rentals fresh from the cinema for free! The offer is available for both new and existing Telstra TV Box office customers wherein you need to register before 26 August 2019. Free rentals to be used within 24 months of registration.
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Internet + Foxtel from Telstra
Another notable feature that the new broadband plans currently have is that they can be now bundled with Foxtel from Telstra. With Telstra’s internet plus Foxtel packages, you can score unlimited data while also enjoying your favourite sports or TV shows. Unlimited data is at $90/month while Foxtel from Telstra packages start from $29/month.
This sport season, you can take advantage of the Entertainment + Sport pack at only $39/month for the first 12 months. If drama is your ultimate escape, there’s Entertainment + Drama at only $30/month for the first 12 months. With the included internet package, that also buys you other perks — Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2, unlimited calls to local, national, and mobile calls, and discounted international calls. There’s also Broadband Protect, a form of online security that’ll help keep your family safe included in all of Telstra’s internet plans.
The All-New Telstra TV 3
Telstra TV’s latest generation, the Telstra TV 3, continues to find innovative ways to deliver the best kind of entertainment to Australian customers. Its 4k HDR streaming, for starters, gets you started on the way to a perfect viewing experience. It also delivers utmost convenience, like pausing live TV if you have to or stopping and rewinding free-to-air for up to 30 minutes.
The new Telstra TV is offered as part of Telstra’s internet + entertainment bundles for an additional $9/month on a 24-month contract. Customers also have the option to purchase a standalone unit for a $216 one-off fee, which still includes the bonus $125 Telstra TV box office credit.
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Internet + Telstra TV 3
Entertainment and broadband bundles remain a staple in Telstra’s internet service lineup with great updates. It used to be that the only way you can get the included Telstra TV and other streaming perks is if you go for the unlimited plan. That’s not the case anymore. Even the Essential plan with 100GB of data can be turned into an entertainment bundle for $79/month. The Unlimited plan + Telstra TV, on the other hand, remains at $99/month. Included in both plans is a $125 Telstra TV Box Office credit. For a limited time, the Essential plan also has an added 100GB bonus data so you have a total of 200GB.
Frequently Asked Questions about Telstra TV
Based on the hugely popular Roku boxes that are the biggest-selling streaming devices in the US, Telstra TV is a powerful yet easy to use device that’s designed to be a complete hub for both streaming services and live TV. Plug one into your TV and connect it to your antenna and broadband, and you’re able to seamlessly watch live TV and stream from all the major streaming services, with Telstra TV’s universal search making it easy to find the stuff you want to watch, fast.
Telstra TV is designed to be quick and easy to set up. Just connect the HDMI output to your TV, connect the device to broadband internet either via Wi-Fi or with an Ethernet cable, and optionally plug in your free-to-air antenna as well, since Telstra TV has a built-in digital TV tuner and program guide. The on-screen setup instructions appear the first time you turn your Telstra TV on, and walk you through getting up and running in no time.
With support for every major streaming service including Netflix, BINGE, Disney Plus, and Stan, all the free-to-air networks’ catch-up apps, specialised free streaming services like YouTube and full support for premium services like Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports, there’s not much that you can’t watch on Telstra TV! Thanks to the free-to-air TV tuner, you’ve also got all the broadcast TV channels to surf through if you’re looking for something new.
Because it’s mainly a streaming device, Telstra TV doesn’t have the ability to record live TV. However, as you watch any live TV channel, you can pause for up to 30 minutes, with the channel “recording” to internal memory in the background. That means you can hit pause to answer the door and not miss a moment of your show. You can also use an “instant replay” feature to skip back 10 seconds instantly if you missed something.
You’ve got two options if you’re looking to get a Telstra TV – either buying it outright, or getting it as part of your Telstra mobile or broadband plan. For outright purchase, Telstra TV costs $216 either online direct from Telstra, or from any Telstra shop. If you’d rather not pay up front, though, you can add the latest Telstra TV to your mobile or broadband plan for $9/month over 24 months, with the final cost also ending up as $216 in total.
Before you set up your Telstra TV, plug the antenna cable from your wall into the socket on the back of the Telstra TV (if you still want the antenna to go to your TV as well, you can buy an inexpensive device called a “splitter” from any hardware store). Then during setup, you’ll be prompted to scan for digital free-to-air channels. Once that’s completed, just head to the Live TV section in the menu to watch TV!
While the most popular streaming apps come pre-installed on Telstra TV, there are others available for you to use if you want – and you’ll find them in the App Store menu. You can browse through the available extra apps and read descriptions of what they do, and if you want to try any of them, simply click the Download button and the app will be automatically set up for you.
Yes, using your Telstra TV is completely free aside from the cost of buying it – and as well as free to air TV, many streaming apps also offer free access. However do keep in mind that paid streaming service such as Netflix, Kayo, BINGE and Stan require a paid monthly subscription. Some of these – like Kayo and BINGE – can be subscribed to via your Telstra account so it’s quick and easy to sign up, and the monthly subscription is automatically added to your Telstra bill.