Should you tune in to Telstra TV?


Since exploding onto the scene around the start of 2015, subscription video on demand services have taken Australians by storm. The term SVOD refers to subscription TV services such as Netflix and Stan, and the devices you need to watch them on. We assume you’ve heard of Netflix? Telstra TV may be your answer. Hit the link below to head straight to eligible plans with Telstra TV:

SVOD – or ‘streaming video on-demand’ – exploded in popularity so drastically that the future of free-to-air television – a long-held staple of the Australian entertainment diet – is now being questioned by people who are fed up with mindless programming and endless ads. It’s estimated that 160 hours of TV ads were avoided by Netflix users in 2015. That’s nearly one week of our time saved thanks to Netflix!

Now, consumers have the choice of all the mindless programming (along with some quality shows) they want to watch, instead of being stuck with what’s on the boob tube. If only there was an easy way to bundle all of these streaming delights into one tidy package? Oh hang on, it’s called Telstra TV. Find out what Telstra TV is all about below, how much it costs and how you can make the most of it.

review of telstra tvWhat is Telstra TV?

Telstra TV is a bundled TV content service from Australia’s largest telco, and is a drastically simple way to watch all of your streaming subscriptions. It’s provided on many Telstra broadband bundles, from $99 per month as part of a package, or $192 outright.

The device is basically a rebranded device from ‘Roku’ – a popular streaming and media player in the US. Think of Telstra TV like the DVD player for the 21st century, and your streaming subscription is the DVDs. With Telstra TV you can easily watch shows and movies from:

As well as the free services from the major free-to-air TV channels:

  • ABC iView
  • SBS On Demand
  • Nine Now
  • Yahoo 7+
  • TenPlay

Of course, there is also potential for future expansion of content into other areas, such as sports content, which is an increasingly lucrative market in the new media and one in which Telstra already has a significant presence.

With Telstra TV you’ve got easy access to both your paid subscriptions and free services like the ones mentioned above. It’s likely that Telstra TV will play a significant role in further introducing people to the popularity of SVOD. Time will tell how much and how quickly Telstra TV will change the landscape. It seems many consumers are still uncertain about the world of internet streaming, with Canstar Blue research showing that the majority of Australians are still not prepared to pay for TV content.

However, Telstra TV does have a range of perks, including:

  • It’s a one-stop shop for all your SVOD needs
  • It’s easy for the uninitiated into seeing what all the fuss is about with streaming
  • No wires or computers; it integrates perfectly with your TV like a set top box would
  • It’s bundled with many Telstra broadband plans
  • Bonus subscriptions to Netflix and/or Stan are often included
  • It’s run on an existing, successful platform – Roku

review of telstra tvWhat broadband do I need for Telstra TV?

A point of interest will be the sort of home broadband bundles Telstra will offer packaged with Telstra TV. If you aren’t interested in forking out nearly $200 for the box outright, Telstra does include the device on many broadband plans over $99 a month making it a good way to get unlimited data and all your entertainment needs in one package.

Consumers should also take into account the subscription costs of the various SVOD services. You may find that a separate broadband bundle, plus all your SVOD subscriptions and the device to stream it on costs a lot more than a Telstra bundle does per month.

NBN Plans with Telstra TV

Telstra TV is currently included on plans $99 and above. For this price you’ll get unlimited data on NBN Tier 2 as standard. This provides a maximum download speed of 25Mbps though Telstra says typical peak speeds are more like 15Mbps. Speed boosts can be added on from an extra $20 a month. Unlimited calls are available from $10 extra per month, and customers enjoy access to Telstra Air data and in some cases Foxtel packages.

ADSL & Cable Plans with Telstra TV

ADSL & Cable may be becoming a thing of the past, but Telstra still provides many competitive plans on the ‘old-hat’ technologies that include Telstra TV. Prices once again start at $99 a month, and many include Foxtel packages, as well as Telstra Air data and home phone call packs. As with NBN plans, set-up fees apply and 24 month contracts come as standard – to go on a month-to-month contract you will likely have to sacrifice most of the extra perks, including Telstra TV.

Telstra TV Competitors: How Does it Compare?

The combination of Telstra TV and a home broadband plan bundle may seem like a convenient option. However, depending on your data requirements and content consumption habits, other options may be more suitable. Apple TV and Fetch TV exist as the primary competitors to Telstra TV, as they both combine a device with a remote, and streaming capability, right out of the box.

Telstra TV Fetch TV Apple TV
Price From (RRP) $192 $199 $209
App Integration Netflix, Stan, Bigpond Movies, Foxtel, YouTube, catch up services Netflix, Stan, YouTube, FTA TV, catch up services Netflix, Stan, Presto, HBO Premium, YouTube, as well as Apple Airplay and screen mirroring
Packs & Bundles Can be purchased outright or bundled with Telstra internet from $99 Channel packs from $6, can be bundled with Optus or iiNet internet plans No, retail only

For maximum convenience, you can’t go past Telstra TV. As far as work on your own behalf, Telstra TV requires the least footwork as it’s in a bundle with broadband, home phone and Foxtel. If you figure, “Hey, I’m probably going to want those things anyway”, then Telstra TV is a good bet.

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Apple TV seems to be the best to access apps and the world of Apple and iTunes. Not only do you have access to the likes of Netflix, you also have access to the huge iTunes library of music and movies, as well as Apple’s comprehensive App Store, so you’re no longer relegated to your smartphone for gaming. This is all accessed via the remote, or through Siri, which is integrated as well.

Fetch TV offers a similar premise, but has its own channel packs available to subscribe to channels like ESPN, MTV and so on. Prices retail for just under $199, but to be able to record live TV you’ll need to shell out nearly $400 for the Mighty box, or bundle with an eligible plan below. Fetch TV and Apple TV are the two main opponents to Telstra TV, but the truth is they each cater towards slightly different segments of the SVOD market.

Is Telstra TV worth the money?

Telstra TV comes as part of a larger home entertainment bundle, and can be had from $99 a month on eligible Telstra plans. If you’re in the market for a new broadband plan then Telstra’s bundle might be a no-brainer. However, we imagine that paying $99 a month just to use Telstra TV to be a hugely expensive way to get effective SVOD – Apple TV and Fetch TV offer similar streaming experiences. Quite simply, Telstra TV is a convenient, if expensive way, to stream movies and shows especially if bundled with a home broadband plan.

  • Telstra TV is probably not a game-changer, but it will likely more than do its part to accelerate the adoption of SVOD by the masses.
  • Convenience will likely be a key selling point for the Telstra TV, with the consolidation of most streaming outlets into the one unit, packaged with broadband plans.

However, if you can’t justify the extra cost for convenience, there are several other means of obtaining the best SVOD and home entertainment. All of these options are well worth looking into, but at the end of the day, you may be paying for the convenience of Telstra TV.

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