Vodafone joins Aussie streaming battle
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.
ENTRY: Vodafone TV is powered by Android.