Streaming devices help beat holiday blues
FOXTEL, Telstra and Apple are pitching new internet connected set-top boxes to Australian audiences before the holiday season begins.
Media analyst Peter Cox said the holiday season was typically tough on TV viewers but the influx of new streaming gadgets could make it easier to access new shows even on “dumb” televisions, and discover TV dramas they had yet to watch.
More than 7 million Australians used streaming service Netflix by June this year, according to Roy Morgan. But there are other choices.
WHAT’S ON OFFER Foxtel Now
$99, foxtel.com.au Resolution: 4K Live TV: Yes
Apps: Foxtel Now, YouTube, Stan, Google Play Movies, Spotify, catch-up TV services.
Features: Delivers Game of Thrones
without a contract, tunes into free-to-air broadcasts, and acts as a Google Chromecast device to stream video from smartphones.
$192, telstra.com.au Resolution: 4K HDR
Live TV: Yes
Apps: BigPond Movies,
Foxtel Now, Netflix, Stan, Hayu, YouTube, Red Bull TV, catch-up TV services.
Apple TV 4K
$249-$279, apple.com/au Resolution: 4K HDR
Live TV: No
Apps: Netflix, Stan, DocPlay, MUBI, Curiosity Stream, AnimeLab, catch-up TV services.
Features: Suggests programming highlights, allows users to search across different platforms using their voice, and will show phone photo galleries and mobile games on the TV.
GET SET: Game of Thrones is available on Foxtel Now.