Since its launch some years ago, the Telstra TV has become an immensely popular way for people to turn their TV into a smart streaming hub, with everything you need to join the streaming revolution packed into the one small, easy-to-use box.
2017’s second-generation Telstra TV took the concept a step further, adding support for live broadcast TV direct from your antenna, along with smart content suggestions and the ability to search for content across multiple different streaming services and providers. We liked it a lot when we got to try it out for ourselves, and going by the amount of them that were sold, so did everyone else – over 1.4 million Telstra TVs are now out there in customers’ homes.
Designed to be Easy – and Smart
One part of the winning formula behind Telstra TV has been that it’s designed and made by the world’s leading designer of TV streaming devices – Roku. And in 2019, Telstra TV got to take advantage of the latest Roku tech yet again, with the arrival of the third-generation Telstra TV, which arrives accompanied by new broadband plans.
The latest evolution of Telstra TV looks like the second-generation box – but it’s smaller, thinner and easy to hide in an out-of-the-way location, something that’s even easier to do thanks to the “point anywhere” remote, which works via wi-fi rather than infra-red. And under the hood, there’s a device that’s the most powerful and capable Telstra TV yet, with very handy new feature that you’ll only find on the new model.
Stream TV with the Telstra TV 3
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Talk to Your Telstra TV
The universal “smart search” feature of the Telstra TV 2 has been carried over and enhanced on the new model, with the addition of a remote control that’s now got a microphone built right in, so you can control the Telstra TV 3 using your voice. Whether you’re wanting to search for a movie title, actor or anything else, you can pick up the remote and simply ask, and the results will appear on your screen (and like before, the search works across all your streaming services, from Netflix and Stan to Foxtel Now, free-to-air TV and Telstra TV Box Office (formerly Bigpond Movies)). To help new Telstra TV 3 owners feel welcome, Telstra Home Broadband customers that add the Telstra TV 3 get one month’s free Foxtel Now with the device – as well as 10,000 Telstra Plus rewards points.
That voice search doesn’t expect you to change the way you speak, either – it’s been specially designed for use by Australian customers, so if you pick up the remote and ask it to “chuck on Netflix” it’ll know exactly what you mean!
And one more new feature, especially handy for those who don’t like juggling remote controls: the Telstra TV 3 remote can also turn your TV on and off and control the volume.
Stream All the Things
As with previous models, Telstra TV 3 comes with all the apps needed to get streaming without hassle – Netflix, Stan, hayu, DocPlay, YouTube and more. There’s also the acclaimed sports streaming service Kayo, with its advanced streaming features that take full advantage of the increased power of the Telstra TV 3. You can subscribe to Kayo directly from your Telstra TV 3 as well, and have it conveniently added to your regular Telstra bill.
Telstra TV is also home to a superb Foxtel Now app, which lets you stream Foxtel channels live and on demand with a simple monthly subscription (again, directly available via the device). Telstra TV is the only platform that has apps for every major streaming service, including Foxtel Now, all in the one place – making it an ideal central hub for home entertainment that’s far more versatile and fully featured than even the smartest of smart TVs.
Of course, the new Telstra TV fully supports the latest 4K TVs and will let you stream at that extremely high quality where it’s available, including Netflix.
Video Review of the New Telstra TV 3
Getting Your Hands on a Telstra TV 3
The Telstra TV 3 is available to add to your Telstra Home Broadband plan for only $9 per month – or, if you’d prefer to buy it outright, you can own one for a one-off $216.
No matter which way you choose to get it, Telstra TV 3 is looking like a must-have device for anyone who spends as much time with streaming TV as they do with free-to-air and Foxtel. As a central smart hub for everything to do with entertainment and sport, now enhanced to be even easier and friendlier to use, it’s everything you need.
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.