Telstra TV 2 Review: Compare Options and Offers


Summary

Our Verdict

Telstra TV


Telstra TV delivers the very best of both worlds when it comes to watching free-to-air shows

 
Overall 84%
Content
Usability
Value

Based on the highly popular Roku streaming box available in the US, the Telstra TV 2 is the new and improved version of Telstra TV. It comes with a wide range of new features, and brings forth the future of television by making it more accessible to everyone.

Streaming television has taken the world by storm. Telstra TV 2 leads the pack when it comes to streaming devices that are most widely used within Australia. In fact, it has the first integrated live TV, catch-up and on-demand search function in the country, being the only device that you can use to simultaneously search for specific titles across live TV, free-to-air, and streaming providers such as Foxtel Now, Netflix, Stan, and BigPond Movies, just to name a few.

Start Watching and Streaming on Telstra TV

Telstra TV aims to help you find and discover more of what you love all in one convenient place. It pretty much puts TV back together, combining the very best of what both free-to-air TV and streaming TV have to offer.

The biggest improvement from the original Telstra TV to the Telstra TV 2 is the addition of free-to-air TV, making it your one-stop shop for all things television. In addition to free-to-air programming, you’ll find all your other favorite shows from major streaming providers like Netflix — in which Telstra ranks number one in Australia on the Netflix ISP index for streaming Netflix.

On top of that, Telstra has also added a bevy of other viewing options, so you won’t have to look anywhere else. This includes the addition of hayu reality TV, Garage, YouTube, and DocPlay among many others.

Telstra TV’s interface also makes it easy for users to navigate seamlessly across the apps. You can easily switch between watching live TV and watching on-demand TV without any hassle or buffering. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, the Telstra TV search function also allows you to look for specific titles of shows or movies and watch them whenever and wherever.

Get Telstra’s Broadband Bundle

Get the new Telstra TV 3 + unlimited data + $125 Telstra TV Box Office credit + 3 mths unlimited access to hayu, DocPlay, Garage, & AnimeLab — all for only $99/mth!

Where To Get a Telstra TV

There are two ways to get your hands on your very own Telstra TV. You can buy the hardware outright or get it for free as part of an all- inclusive broadband and entertainment bundle.

PlanInclusionsCost
Standalone
  • Australia’s first integrated live TV, catch-up and on-demand search function
  • Blended free-to-air and on-demand experience
  • Access your favorite shows and other content, at home or on the go
$192 outright
Home Internet Entertainment Bundle
  • Unlimited data
  • Telstra TV hardware included
  • Bonus 24-month Foxtel Now subscription
  • Get your first 2 BigPond Movie rentals for free (for new BigPond customers only)
$99/month
(min. cost $2475 over 24 months with standard installation)

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How to Set Up the Telstra TV

It’s fairly easy to get started in setting up your brand new Telstra TV. Once you’ve unboxed the hardware, all you need to do is configure a couple of easy connections starting with plugging the HDMI cable into the Telstra TV and your chosen HDMI input on your smart TV. Just connect the power adapter and turn your TV on.

Once you’ve got it all booted up, you’ll just need to follow a set of instructions in configuring your data — like TV viewing quality, time zone, and Wi-Fi details — to get it connected. The good news is, as long as you’re a Telstra broadband customer, activating the box will be fairly easy, as you just need to confirm your existing account details.

You’ll be glad to know that most big-name apps such as Netflix, Foxtel Now, Stan, and BigPond Movies are already pre-installed on the Telstra TV 2. Of course, you can still add on a couple more through their “App Store,” where  you’ll find other popular streaming services such as hayu and DocPlay. Installing apps only takes a few seconds and is basically a one-click process, so you shouldn’t find it hard to setup and customise your Telstra TV library.

Other Features: Telstra TV App

An added bonus in making your viewing experience via the Telstra TV 2 even more convenient, especially when you’re at home, is by using the Telstra TV app.

With the app, you can easily convert your smartphone into a remote control for your Telstra TV with just a few clicks. All you need to do is link the Telstra TV app on your phone to your Telstra TV and start using it to search for your favourite shows and navigate through your Telstra TV home screen.

Is Telstra TV Right for You?

Given all of these features and its affordable costs, the Telstra TV may well be worth your money, especially if you’re already an existing Telstra broadband customer.

Regardless, if you’ve been finding yourself leaning more towards the world of streaming television but still want to have the option of tuning into your favourite free-to-air channels and shows, then Telstra TV is a great addition to your home viewing. Getting the hardware as part of the Home Internet Entertainment Bundle also gives you more value for your money and it would definitely be a good place to start if you’ve just moved in to a new place as well.

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