It’s a special Telstra-branded and customised version of the Roku 2 set top box for streaming video, which is hugely popular in the US but hasn’t been easily available in Australia until now. Aside from sticking their brand prominently on the front, Telstra has customised the box with entertainment apps that cover the range of Australian streaming options from Netflix to Nine.
What does Telstra TV offer?
The tiny little Telstra TV box hooks up to your TV and your home network, and offers a screen full of “apps”, like the Apple TV. These let you stream from a whole range of places on the one box – paid services like Netflix and Presto, free online services such as YouTube, the local TV networks’ “catch-up” services and, eventually, sports streaming including AFL and NRL. Read a full review of the Telstra TV Roku features and see users ratings here.
At launch, Telstra TV is missing an app for Stan, but that’s on the way before the year is out. The beauty of a device like this is that new capabilities can be added easily via updates over the internet. If you were hoping that this box would also be able to record shows for you like the Foxtel iQ box or Fetch TV, you’re out of luck – this device is for streaming video only.
Does it make Netflix better?
Yes, it does! The Roku is admired for its speed and reliability at streaming Netflix, and Telstra’s version is no exception. If you spend a lot of time on Netflix you’ll be especially pleased by how fast it is at skipping back and forth through a movie or show. However there is no way on the box to change setting so you can use a “smart DNS” service like UnblockUS. If you want to watch US Netflix with it, you’ll have to set it up on your modem.
How much does a Telstra TV cost?
Priced the same as the old version of Apple TV at $109, the Telstra TV is seriously good value – its closest competitor is the new 4th-generation Apple TV, and that’s a wallet-punishing $269. However to buy the Telstra TV you have to be a Telstra Broadband customer – not even Bigpond ADSL will do. If you’re a new or recontracting customer on the larger plans, a Telstra TV box is included for free.
Don’t miss out on the very best broadband offers from Telstra. To get in touch with the Telstra NBN Broadband customer service team, simply call 1800 007 769 for a direct line to their call centre. Inquire about their Unlimited Home Broadband Plan + Streaming plan, in which you can get a free Telstra TV included plus other perks!