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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

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Posted on November 30, 2018

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We’ve got something for everyone this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for an Aussie comedy, a gritty drama or the latest reality series, we’ve got you covered.

Crazy Rich Asians (BigPond Movies)


Just in time for date night is the romantic comedy box office smash we’ve all been waiting for: CRAZY RICH ASIANS is out now, fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu) is a born and bred New Yorker, so she’s understandably excited when her handsome boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) invites her to visit Singapore for the first time to attend his best friend’s wedding. What she doesn’t know is that Nick is the heir to one of Singapore’s wealthiest and most prominent families, also making him on the country’s most eligible bachelors. With a frosty welcome from Nick’s disapproving mother, Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), sabotage from his jealous ex-girlfriend and the threat of a family scandal looming, Rachel must rise above it all to fight for the man she loves. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, this delightfully flashy, lighthearted romp also stars Awkwafina (from Ocean’s 8) and Ken Jeong (The Hangover).

Introducing Kayo – the game-changing sports app now on Telstra TV


Kayo is the proudly Australian streaming service that gives you the ultimate way to get closer to the sports you love. With Kayo, there’s no watching from the sidelines. Just tell Kayo your favourite teams and you’ll get a never-ending stream of live and on-demand action. There’s over 50 sports including Cricket, Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Football, Rugby, Motorsports, Basketball and Tennis. Kayo’s exclusive features let you watch how you want – on all your favourite devices, big and small. Sign up now through the Kayo app on your Telstra TV, and if you’re an existing Telstra broadband or postpaid mobile customer, you can select to pay for your Kayo subscription on your Telstra bill.

No Activity (Stan)


The second season of the hilarious US version of NO ACTIVITY is now streaming on Stan, with all eight episodes available on demand for your binge-watching pleasure. Idle detectives Cullen (played by Patrick Brammall) and Tolbeck (Tim Meadows) are back and still stuck together in Car 27, keeping each other amused as they sit out a new stakeout – this time, a cockfighting ring. Back in the San Diego PD Dispatch office, Janice (Amy Sedaris) is accused of harassment and flips out at the accusation, while Fatima (Sunita Mani) is forced to deal with her temporary replacement. And J.K. Simmons returns as internal affairs detective Leon Fordham, investigating a colleague close to them all who he believes to be at the centre of a corruption case within the department. A Stan original, the show was initially based in Australia – before being picked up by Funny or Die for an American remake series. This season’s celebrity guest stars include Jessica Alba, Joe Manganiello and Max Greenfield.

Outlaw King (Netflix)


New to Netflix this month is the Netflix Original film, OUTLAW KING. Starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, this gripping historical epic is essentially the sequel to Braveheart and tells the story of one of Scotland’s most revered warriors – who became King of Scots and led his people in a bloody war to take back their country from the tyrannical King Edward I of England (played by Stephen Dillane) and his psychotic son Edward, the Prince of Wales (Billy Howle). The film begins just prior to the capture of William Wallace, when the Scottish nobles were forced to surrender to the English King in exchange for the return of their own land. As the King’s tax collector, Robert witnesses the growing resentment among his people – culminating in a riot breaking out at the public display of the mutilated, quartered body of Wallace. Compelled to take the Crown himself, he travels the country campaigning for support to fight in what will eventually become known as the First War of Scottish Independence. And while they’re outnumbered by the English, they have the spirit of the Scots and the advantage of fighting on home turf on their side.

The Little Drummer Girl (Foxtel Now)


New to Foxtel Now is the gripping spy drama, THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL – with episodes airing each Wednesday night from 8:30pm (AEDT) on BBC First and streaming on demand. Based on the 1983 novel of the same name by John le Carré – the acclaimed author of The Night Manager, which was also adapted into an Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries – this intriguing six-part thriller stars Florence Pugh as Charlie, a young actress who is lured into a dangerous plan by Israeli intelligence officers to infiltrate a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for bombing Jewish targets across Europe. Alexander Skarsgård plays Gadi Becker, a seductive and enigmatic Mossad agent who manipulates Charlie’s method-acting skills to elicit a real and trustworthy emotional bond with one of the terror cell’s key players. And Michael Shannon stars as Martin Kurtz, the spymaster behind the covert double-agent operation that continually blurs the lines between right and wrong and will stop at nothing (and no one) to win the fight. Chock full of nail-bitingly tense situations, gorgeous sweeping cinematography and compelling performances from its stellar cast, this is one premium drama series you won’t want to miss.

Find out more about the new Telstra TV and discover more of what you love.

Exclusive to Telstra broadband customers. Requires a compatible TV with HDMI port. A minimum internet speed of 3.5mbps is recommended. Antenna required to access free to air channels in your area. Subscription and data charges apply. Search not available across all apps.

Kayo Sports: $25/mth for Kayo Basic. Requires internet and compatible device. Data charges apply. Subscription required. For use in Australia.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 26 November:

The Meg (BigPond Movies)


Get ready to dive deep into this year’s most terrifying underwater action movie, THE MEG, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Combining the sheer terror of Jaws with the prehistoric scale of Jurassic Park, the film star Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor – a deep sea rescue diver who retires after a mission goes horribly wrong and leaves him with visions of a mega shark that nobody else will believe. But when an underwater research facility suffers a similar mishap years later, they call upon Taylor to help investigate the cause and save their stranded crew. What they uncover is a living Megalodon, a whale-eating dinosaur shark thought to have been extinct for millions of years. And now that it’s been disturbed, The Meg is heading towards the mainland – and they’ll need to track and kill it before it devours everything (and everyone) in its wake. Also starring Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson and Australia’s Ruby Rose, it’s a crazy, scary, funny thrill ride that’s perfect for your next movie night in.

My Brilliant Friend (Foxtel Now)


For an emotionally absorbing, tumultuous tale of friendship and coming of age, check out the latest HBO premium drama series, MY BRILLIANT FRIEND – airing Tuesday nights at 8:30pm (AEDT) on FOX SHOWCASE and available to stream on Foxtel Now. Based on the international bestseller of the same name, the storyline of this critically acclaimed eight part subtitled Italian series comes from the first of four of Elena Ferrante‘s Neapolitan novels – all of which will be adapted for television. Over eight episodes, the series charts the course of a lifelong bond between Elena (played as a child by Elisa del Genio) and Lila (Ludovica Nasti). Growing up in the 1950s in a poor, violent neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples, the two girls couldn’t be more different. Elena is prim and timid, while Lila is incredibly intelligent yet gutsy and not afraid to stand up for herself. Elena, or Lenù as she’s known, is captivated by this quality and vows to become more like Lila to get through life in a community filled with brutality, backstabbing and fear of the ever-present danger posed by the local crime family. As the story unfolds, the series follows the girls into early adulthood and what will eventually become a friendship spanning more than 60 years – as seen at the start of the first episode as an elderly, present-day Elena begins writing the book about their history together.

The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon (hayu)


Fans of true crime series like Making a Murderer or The Jinx will be captivated by THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PHOENIX COLDON – available to stream in full this Saturday 24 November on hayu. In December 2011, Phoenix Coldon – a 23 year old African American woman with a bright future ahead of her – went mysteriously missing in the midwestern city of St Louis. Her car was found abandoned in the middle of the road, still running with the keys in the ignition and many of her belongings still inside. With little media interest, barely any attention from the police and no body ever found, the Coldon family have never been able to get the closure they deserve. In this two-part documentary miniseries, former news anchor Shawndrea Thomas and retired Police Chief Joe Delia shine a spotlight on the case – investigating new leads and theories, unearthing startling secrets and speaking exclusively to the family and friends closest to Phoenix about the circumstances leading up to her vanishing without a trace.

ARIA Awards 2018 (Nine)


Rock out live in your living room this week with the Australian music industry’s night of nights, the 2018 ARIA Awards, airing from 7:30pm (AEDT) Wednesday 28 November on Nine. Hosted by Keith Urban and broadcast direct from The Star, Sydney, the ceremony celebrates the achievements of Australia’s greatest musicians over the past twelve months – as well as honouring this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Kasey Chambers, who will also be performing on the night. And to top it off, there will be live music from local and international special guests including Rita Ora, George Ezra, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Amy Shark, Courtney Barnett and Dean Lewis, as well as international superstar Keith Urban. Get amongst it!

Our favourites streaming for the week of 19 November:

Incredibles 2 (BigPond Movies)

The Incredibles 2 on Telstra TV

It’s been 14 years in the making, but everyone’s favourite family of undercover superheroes are back with Disney Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. After the government shuts down the Superhero Relocation Program, the Parr family (aka The Incredibles) are left to fend for themselves. But when a wealthy media mogul (voiced by Bob Odenkirk) and his sister (Catherine Keener) come up with a PR plan to boost public opinion of “Supers”, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is suddenly thrust into the spotlight while her husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson) stays home to take care of their moody force-field wielding adolescent daughter Voilet, speedy rascal son Dash and baby Jack-Jack who is just starting to discover all kinds of new powers. But when a dangerous plot emerges to destroy them all, the family and their friend Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must don their super suits and reunite to save the day. Exquisitely animated and with an electrifying score, this is an action adventure film with heart that the whole family can enjoy.

Castle Rock (Foxtel Now)

Castle Rock on Telstra TV

New to Foxtel Now this week is Stephen King’s psychological thriller anthology series, CASTLE ROCK. Produced by J.J. Abrams and set in the chillingly creepy woodland town of Castle Rock, Maine, the series follows death-row lawyer Henry Deaver (played by André Holland) who is called to Shawshank Prison after a guard unwittingly stumbles upon an inmate (Bill Skarsgård) who has been hidden away for 27 years in an abandoned wing of the prison. Who is the mysterious prisoner, why was his captivity covered up and what mind-bending connection does he have to Deaver? Fans of Stephen King will recognise several nods to his previous works – from the more obvious settings of Castle Rock and Shawshank Prison, to the recurring character of Sheriff Pangborn and casting of actors like Bill Skarsgård (from the 2017 remake of It) and Sissy Spacek from Carrie. As the series unfolds, a number of visual cues, costume choices and musical references all allude to the greater Stephen King “multiverse” – with the intricate character exploration and impressive plot originality we’ve come to expect from the master of horror fiction.

Escape at Dannemora (Stan)

Escape at Dannemora on Telstra TV

Starting on Stan this Monday 19 November is the riveting eight-part limited drama series, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA – with new episodes streaming weekly, same day as the US. Directed by Ben Stiller, this intense heist drama is based on the true story of a 2015 prison break from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York where convicted murderers Richard Matt (played by Benicio del Toro) and David Sweat (Paul Dano) escape thanks to the help of prison employee Tilly Mitchell (Patricia Arquette), who is carrying on an affair with both men. Sparking a statewide $23 million manhunt, their elaborate getaway plan has been compared to the Shawshank Redemption in its astonishing ingenuity. With extraordinary performances from Academy Award winners Arquette and del Toro, as well as Golden Globe nominee Dano, this incredibly real and gritty drama is one you won’t want to miss.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix)

The Ballad of Buster Scraggs on Telstra TV

And available to stream this Friday 16 November is the superbly strange yet sensational Netflix Original film, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS. From acclaimed directors Joel and Ethan Coen, this dark and twisted Wild West anthology movie ties together six separate short stories that will leave you in stitches or sobbing or shocked to the core – and sometimes a combination of all three at once.Tim Blake Nelson stars as the titular offbeat gun-slinging singing cowboy, while James Franco plays a bank robber who walks into the wrong town and faces frontier justice for his crimes. Liam Neeson plays the bitter manager of a one-man freak show, whose limbless star (Harry Melling) is no longer drawing in the crowds, while Zoe Kazan’s character is confronted with the prospect of love during a wagon ride to her arranged marriage to a rich old man. And Tyne Daly plays an uptight Victorian woman who finds herself on a stagecoach accompanying two bounty hunters as they the transport a dead man. Superbly crafted, wonderfully cast and thrilling to watch, it’s everything you would expect from the Coen Brothers and more.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 9 November:

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (BigPond Movies)

Mission: Impossible - Fallout - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

For a heart-racing movie night in, grab the popcorn and strap in for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, this time assigned to prevent the exchange of three stolen nuclear weapons in Berlin. But when a member of his team is taken hostage, Ethan attempts to save him and the bad guys manage to make off with the plutonium. With the fate of civilisation now in their hands, Ethan and his IMF crew track the warheads to Paris, where they team up with CIA operative August Walker (played by Henry Cavill) and former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) for an action-packed dash to prevent nuclear catastrophe.

And to celebrate the film’s release on digital, BigPond Movies are giving you the chance to win an amazing holiday for two to Paris, France – including flights, transfers and accommodation. Simply buy^ (or rent from 21 November) Mission: Impossible – Fallout on BigPond Movies for your chance to win. Entries close 4 December 2018. ^See website for full details and conditions, including what “Buy” means.

Waco (SBS On Demand)

Waco - SBS On Demand - Telstra TV

New this month to SBS On Demand is the entire six-episode miniseries, WACO. Based on the real life events surrounding the 1993 siege in Waco Texas, the story follows David Koresh (played by Taylor Kitsch) and his religious sect, The Branch Davidians, in their ill-fated standoff against agents from the FBI and ATF. When the group are suspected of stockpiling weapons, the agencies surround their compound. But when Koresh and his devoted followers stand their ground, it’s up to FBI negotiator Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon) to convince the men, women and children of the commune to come out peacefully. Unfortunately, ATF agent Mitch Decker (Shea Whigham) and his boss Tony Prince (Glenn Fleshler) have more heavy-handed tactics in mind to force the group out. The series is cinematic in scale and genuinely gripping, with an all star ensemble cast including Andrea Riseborough, Julia Garner and Rory Culkin as David Thibodeau – whose 1999 book was used as the basis for the series.

The Bold Type (Stan)

The Bold Type - Stan - Telstra TV

Fans of Younger or Girls will love THE BOLD TYPE, with all 20 episodes from seasons one and two available this Friday 9 November only on Stan. Set in the fast-paced world of fictional women’s magazine, Scarlet, this intelligent and very current comedy/drama series focuses on journalists and work friends Jane (played by Katie Stevens), Kat (Australia’s Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) as they strive for success and live life large in the Big Apple. Reporting to their driven but supportive boss Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin) – a character based on the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Joanna Coles, and who sometimes walks her office treadmill in heels – these smart and capable women help each other to learn and grow through the ups and downs of life, love and friendship.

Don’t Stop the Music (ABC iview)

Don’t Stop the Music - ABC iview - Telstra TV

And starting this Sunday 11 November 2018 is the new Australian documentary series, DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – airing on ABC from 7:30pm (AEDT) and streaming on ABC iview. Hosted by Guy Sebastian, James Morrison and music educator Dr. Anita Collins, this inspiring series explores the benefits of learning music in the classroom and the effects it can have on improving academic performance, attendance and confidence. Over three one-hour episodes, a number of prominent international musicians attest to the power that music has had in transforming their lives – as they mentor the teachers and students of Challis Community Primary School in Armadale. After months of training and lots of practice, the show culminates in the students showcasing their school’s new music program with a performance at the Perth Concert Hall.

Find out more about the new Telstra TV* and discover more of what you love.

Exclusive to Telstra broadband customers. Requires a compatible TV with HDMI port. A minimum internet speed of 3.5mbps is recommended. Antenna required to access free to air channels in your area. Subscription and data charges apply. Search not available across all apps.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 2 November:

House of Cards (Netflix)

House of Cards - Netflix - Telstra TV

Back for its sixth and final season, this week is the critically-acclaimed and ruthlessly dark political drama, HOUSE OF CARDS – with all eight episodes streaming from Friday 2 November on Netflix. It’s Claire Underwood’s turn now, as the frosty former First Lady becomes the nation’s first female President, stepping into the leading role we’ve all been waiting for. With a truly breathtaking performance by Robin Wright, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show, this season we reach the pinnacle of a lifelong career of conspiracies, carnage and cover-ups wrought by Washington’s modern-day Machiavellians. With her husband Frank now dead under suspicious circumstances, their henchman Doug behind bars for Zoe’s murder and reporter Hammerschmidt still investigating the power couple’s malevolent rise to the top, Claire’s enemies are mounting and the public wants blood. But this incredibly cunning commander-in-chief won’t be bested – and the results are deliciously terrifying.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (BigPond Movies)

Ant-Man and the Wasp - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies this week is Marvel’s ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, the hilarious action-packed sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. Serving out the final days of his house arrest for his crimes in Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) is kidnapped by his former mentor Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and asked to once again don his superhero suit, giving him the ability to instantaneously shrink and grow in size and strength. This time he’s teaming up with Pym’s daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) – who is suited up in her own super Wasp outfit to rescue her mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm, an alternate dimension accessible only by subatomic shrinking. But to do that they’re going to have to face off against the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a molecularly unstable villain searching for a cure to her own condition. Don’t worry, it’s not all as heavy as it sounds. Thanks to the brilliant chemistry between the mismatched titular characters, the film is loads of fun for the whole family – with plenty of tongue-in-cheek gags and witty one-line zingers.

My Dinner with Hervé (Foxtel Now)

My Dinner with Hervé - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

If you’re familiar with the eighties catchphrase, “Ze plane! Ze plane!”, then you won’t want to miss MY DINNER WITH HERVÉ on Foxtel Now – a film based on the true story behind the rise and fall of the world’s most famous dwarf. Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage plays Hervé Villechaize, the French actor who rapidly rose to fame on the set of the iconic television series, Fantasy Island. When a recovering alcoholic journalist (played by Fifty Shades’ Jamie Dornan) is sent from London to LA to interview Villechaize, Hervé lures him into a wild night about town in his limousine – recounting the triumphant, tawdry and tragic details of his life story that took him from shame to fame and back again. Dinklage expertly portrays a man whose success was fueled by an unrelenting desire to overcome pain and vulnerability, and whose eventual undoing came about from the bitterness that pain bred. And as the initially dismissive but ultimately intrigued reporter, Dornan’s character is both challenging and compassionate in his quest to draw out the truth.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup Live (7plus)

The 2018 Melbourne Cup Live - 7plus - Telstra TV
It’s the race that stops a nation – and this year, you can stream the MELBOURNE CUP live via the 7plus app on Telstra TV. Tune in from 3:00pm (AEDT) this Tuesday 6 November to catch all the excitement of Australia’s premier thoroughbred horse racing event, broadcast live around Australia from Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. Hosted by Bruce McAvaney, Francesca Cumani and Richard Freedman, the Cup offers up a full day of riveting races, fabulous fashions on the field and international music acts including Sam Smith and The Presets.

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