Voda­fone joins Aussie stream­ing bat­tle

Western Times - - LIFE GADGETS AND GAMES -

VODA­FONE is the lat­est Aus­tralian telco to en­ter the stream­ing wars and the com­pany hopes an open plat­form ap­proach and part­ner­ship with Net­flix will be enough to en­tice con­sumers to its home en­ter­tain­ment prod­uct of­fer­ing.

The telco’s Voda­fone TV stream­ing box will be avail­able from next month, join­ing an al­ready crowded mar­ket. It will com­pete with Tel­stra TV, the Op­tus Fetch stream­ing de­vice and other smart TV plat­forms such as Ap­ple TV and Ama­zon’s Fire­stick.

The de­vice will be pow­ered by Google’s An­droid mean­ing users will have ac­cess to all their favourite apps and games via the Google Play Store. The telco has struck up a deal with Net­flix and will of­fer cus­tomers a com­pli­men­tary 12-month stan­dard sub­scrip­tion to the pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment ser­vice on two of its more ex­pen­sive 24 month NBN plans — Es­sen­tial Plus and Pre­mium — start­ing at $79 a month.

If you al­ready have a Net­flix ac­count you will be pro­vided with a code to re­ceive the next 12 months of your stan­dard sub­scrip­tion for free.

The Voda­fone TV de­vice is 4K com­pat­i­ble, has Google voice-search, of­fers one click ac­cess to Net­flix and YouTube us­ing the re­mote, and comes with a free-to-air TV tuner and dual-band Wi-Fi.

It can be added to a Voda­fone home broad­band post­paid ac­count for $5 per month over 24 months or bought out­right for $120 in-store. The de­vice will also work on ri­val broad­band con­nec­tions so you don’t have to be a Voda­fone cus­tomer to use it.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

EN­TRY: Voda­fone TV is pow­ered by An­droid.

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