Telstra has responded to the growing demand for streaming video on-demand services and released Telstra TV – a device that brings them all together in one place for even easier access.
The tiny device also brings the viewer some of the free-to-air catch up services and Bigpond Movies where they can rent the latest releases.
Out of the box the Telstra TV, about the same size of an Apple TV, is easy to connect to your TV with a single HDMI cable.
Next connect the power cable and you’re up and running.
You can connect Telstra TV – actually a Roku device that was adapted for Telstra – either with an Ethernet cable or wirelessly to your home network.
Next thing you need to do is download the software update and then activate it with your Telstra broadband ID.
It’s here where we should point out that non-Telstra customers will not be able to use Telstra TV.
Without a Telstra ID from a Telstra broadband account, Telstra TV is an expensive paperweight.
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Once activated, Telstra TV allows users to set up their homepage with apps including Netflix and Presto and Stan towards the end of the year.
There’s also YouTube, Red Bull TV, GoPro, Wall Street Journal and the catch-up TV apps that can all fit on the Telstra TV home page.
And the remote is small and simple – there are hardly any buttons on it – just the essentials to navigate the menus and get you back to the home page.
From a convenience point of view, Telstra TV brings all of these services in one place. No one else has done that – yet.
If you already own a smart TV, there’s a way to download catch up and streaming apps to the panel. And with this option it doesn’t matter who supplies your broadband.
It’s the same thing for Apple TV – connect any broadband network and you can access a whole lot more apps including Netflix and Stan among a plethora of other content. And at $109 – it’s the same price as Telstra TV.
That’s not including the price you’ve got to pay each month for the streaming TV services you subscribe to either.
The latest Apple TV will be released later this month and it is sure to deliver even more content choices.
But for you Telstra customers Telstra TV still represents great value and a good quality service.
The device can stream full HD video and Dolby Digital 7.1 and it is powered by a dual arm 1Ghz processor with 512MB RAM onboard.
On the rear panel is a HDMI 1.4 port, a USB 2.0 port and a microSD card slot so you can expand the onboard 256MB storage capacity.
The Roku model used for Telstra TV is actually an older unit.
The newer units already released in the US can handle 4K so that might become the Telstra TV 2 in the near future.
The Telstra TV will be priced at $109 and will go on sale on October 27.
If you’re a Telstra customer and you’re looking to enjoy all of the SVOD services in one place along with catch up TV and other content apps, then the Telstra TV is an affordable way to do just that.