Stream­ing de­vices help beat hol­i­day blues

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFE -

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.

Tel­stra TV

$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.

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