It used to be that the only way to purchase Telstra’s impressive entertainment box was by subscribing to one of their broadband plans. It’s not the case anymore with the company announcing Telstra TV’s availability to eligible mobile customers — postpaid mobile or mobile broadband service — regardless of the Internet Service Provider (ISP).
Telstra has already delivered more than 1.4 million Telstra TVs around the country. That number is expected to greatly increase given that new and existing mobile and mobile broadband customers are now qualified to make a purchase even without a Telstra plan. If you’re currently enjoying Telstra’s postpaid mobile service and you love everything entertainment, the Telstra TV offers a great platform with excellent features you can take advantage of, especially now that it’s made more accessible.
How to get the new Telstra TV?
Eligible customers can purchase Telstra TV outright for $216. For a lighter payment option spreading the total cost, Telstra offers Telstra TV at $9/month over 24 months with no extra charges. You can also add this to your existing Telstra bill. The good news is that even without a Telstra broadband plan, customers can still get the free $125 Telstra TV Box Office credit to enjoy up to 20 new release rentals without paying a cent.
Free Telstra Perks
The offer can be redeemed by activating Telstra TV and registering before 26 August 2019. The 20 free rentals (based on standard-definition movies) will be valid for use 24 months after registration. For more perks exclusive to Telstra TV customers, you also receive three months of unlimited access to hayu Reality TV, DocPlay, Garage, and AnimeLab. Simply activate your subscription on Telstra TV and enjoy three months access to these great apps for free.
Telstra TV 3 Features
Everything you need in entertainment is neatly organised in one place with Telstra TV. You can access all the hottest streaming apps, including Netflix of Australia, online platform Foxtel Now, Stan, the Kayo Sports streaming service and a lot more with ease. There’s catch-up TV and more channels for you to enjoy during your downtime. You can even search across apps with minimal effort thanks to Telstra TV Smart Search.
The latest version of Telstra TV also boasts fresh features that’ll make watching a total breeze. You can pause live TV, sync it with your Google Assistant, and even watch your favourite shows on the go with the Telstra TV app. And the most notable upgrade is the 4K HDR streaming for a more excellent quality viewing that doesn’t take much toll on your broadband connection. On top of that, there’s now voice control built into a WiFi-enabled remote so you can control your viewing experience with your voice — all this for a one-off $216 or $9 per month over 24 months.
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, hayu 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.