Tel­stra tunes in to TV stream­ing ser­vice

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TEL­STRA is beef­ing up its TV of­fer­ing with a new ser­vice that bun­dles stream­ing ser­vices from Net­flix, Stan and Presto.

The telco gi­ant is part­ner­ing US stream­ing de­vice maker Roku to launch Tel­stra TV, which will of­fer the big three on- de­mand stream­ing ser­vices from Septem­ber. New re­lease rentals from Big­pond Movies and TV catch- up ser­vices will help Tel­stra take on Ap­ple TV and Google’s Chrome­cast.

The new ser­vices ex­pand on Tel­stra’s cur­rent TV of­fer­ing which is based around its T- Box, a set- top box that al­lows view­ers to rent movies and TV shows as well as ac­cess pay TV ser­vice Fox­tel. Pric­ing and con­tent for the new ser­vice are yet to be fi­nalised, but the Roku 2 box is ex­pected to cost about $ 100.

A bun­dle price is re­port­edly be­ing ne­go­ti­ated that could al­low cus­tomers to sub­scribe to all three for less than $ 30 a month. The catch is that it will only be avail­able to Tel­stra broad­band cus­tomers.

And while the Presto ser­vice won’t count to­wards your monthly data limit, sub­scribers of Net­flix and Stan will be hit with data us­age charges.

Tel­stra media man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Joe Pol­lard says Roku de­vices are pop­u­lar with con­sumers in the US, Canada and the UK, but the Tel­stra TV one will be tai­lored for Aus­tralians.

“Rather than re­strict our cus­tomers’ choices, we want to host all the pop­u­lar stream­ing video ser­vices on our plat­forms and make it easy for them to get all the con­tent they want in the one place,” Ms Pol­lard said.

Net­flix and Presto will be avail­able im­me­di­ately upon launch, while Stan will be added soon af­ter.

SHOW TIME: Tel­stra is ready to take on Google Chrome­cast and Ap­ple TV with its latest of­fer­ing.

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