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How to set up the best multi-screen sport experience

By Luke Hopewell June 12, 2020

Young professional working remotely flexibly at a restaurant with laptop, mobile phone and headphones

After an impromptu off-season filled with everything from dice footy to marble racing (it’s real, I swear), the footy is officially, mercifully back! During quarantine, however, the kids may be hooked on Xbox or streaming movies, meaning that the living room TV is on the bench for this weekend’s action. Thankfully, if you’re a Telstra fixed broadband customer, you can tweak your home Wi-Fi network to watch every second of the action, in lots of places! Here’s how.

To make your sports viewing experience one that can be done from the back bedroom, upstairs living room or even the pool room, you’ll need both a strong Wi-Fi network and the right apps on your smartphone.

Strengthen your Wi-Fi

Telstra Smart Modem 2

Telstra fixed broadband customers have the home-field advantage when it comes to streaming thanks to the Smart Modem 2. It’s more than your average modem, with beamforming technology that ‘locks on’ to your devices for better reception.

To make the most of your Smart Modem 2’s technology, locate where you’ve situated your modem and ensure it’s placed in a central location between your favourite devices. Wi-Fi signal going through walls is like playing four quarters running into the wind, so ensure there aren’t big walls blocking you off from your modem.

To ensure you’re getting the best Wi-Fi signal in your chosen area before the first bounce, download the Telstra Home Dashboard app to ensure you’ve got the right coverage around the house. The Home Dashboard app helps you make a map of your Wi-Fi signal based on the floorplan of your house. That way you know where the best spots for streaming are.

If you’re in a larger house or you’ve spotted a red zone that could be getting better coverage, you may want to opt for our new Smart Wi-Fi Booster Gen 2. It is specifically designed to work together with the Smart Modem Gen 2 to improve in-home Wi-Fi. With a simple two-button setup, the single booster will pair directly to the modem and boost wireless coverage, helping to reduce or resolve black spots and extending wireless coverage from the modem’s base.

Incredible, whole-of-home coverage is more than possible thanks to our awesome suite of fixed home connectivity gear, and once your connection is running smoothly you can fire up our exclusive collection of sport streaming apps for the best viewing experience.

Get the right apps

Telstra customers get the best sporting codes on offer through a range of different streaming apps.

Firstly, there’s Kayo. Kayo takes sports streaming to another level offering multiple sports on multiple screens for up to three users at once. With features like SplitView, customers can watch up to four events at once so they don’t miss a minute, even when scheduling conflicts for those big games clash. Kayo allows fans to follow the action on the go on mobile, at home through streaming devices like the Telstra TV, or on a PC or tablet.

And if you want more, there’s always Telstra Live Pass. Telstra mobile customers get access to every live match of the 2020 AFL season, live and data-free via the AFL Live official app. Normally worth $99.99 a year and free for Telstra mobile customers, the service is available for both Apple and Android users (live streaming limited to 7” screen viewing size).

Plus, when other codes return to the field to round out the 2020 season, you’ll also have access to them via the respective apps.

New and returning Kayo customers on Telstra consumer post-paid plans can get Kayo Basic for $15 a month for 12 months; saving $10 a month on the service for 12 months (data charges may apply).

Our customers get access to an incredible world of sport and whole-of-home connectivity when they sign-up, and as various codes all take to the field once again, it’s a great time to be watching.

Game on!

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The Footy is back in 2020, again!

By Michael Ackland June 12, 2020

AFL - Collingwood v. Richmond - Footy back in action - 11 June 2020

Extended customer offers for Kayo, and the introduction of the quest to find Australia’s fastest AFL player headline the anticipated return to play.

Good things come to those who wait, and while we have all endured a really challenging period these past few months, some aspects of our lives are returning to normal, underscored by the return of the interrupted NRL season on 28 May, and the AFL season last night.

While there were plenty of inventive ways to keep fans entertained over the break – like the inaugural Telstra Australian Dice Football League – we’ll admit nothing compares to the real thing.

It would have been almost unthinkable just four months ago if somebody told you the only way you could get your sporting fix was on a screen whether big or small, but with crowd numbers limited (or restricted entirely) Telstra has a number of solutions to keep you wrapped up in the action.

Cardboard cutout fans - AFL matches - The Footy is back for 2020
Image: westernbulldogs.com.au

Kayo offer extended

Firstly, the Kayo offer we announced in February giving Telstra customers who are new and returning to Kayo exclusive access to Kayo Basic for just $15 per month (normally $25 per month), and Kayo Premium for $25 per month (normally $35 per month) for 12 months has been extended from its original 30 June cut-off to 30 September. You can even cancel anytime for added peace of mind and flexibility.

With several sports around the world outlining plans for their return, Kayo is your ticket to the best seat in your house to watch live on your Telstra TV, computer, or mobile device. Remember, you can even add it to your Telstra bill, so all of your payments are in one place.

Kayo compliments our already existing streaming service, the Live Pass, giving eligible mobile customers access to matches from the NRL and AFL seasons on the go from their mobile.

Telstra 5G Fastest Footballer Promotion

Telstra 5G Fastest Footballer

It’s our aim at Telstra to make sure that we stay true to our mission of using technology to give fans the best possible experience, and the introduction of the Telstra Tracker these past few years has been fundamental in giving us all some amazing insights into the athleticism, speed and endurance of Australia’s elite footballers.

Telstra’s player tracker technology will feature during every Friday night AFL fixture on Channel 7 in 2020, as well as through a rolling week-to-week competition encouraging fans to help predict the quickest player of the round.

More than just a number on a screen, fans will have the chance each week to guess the round’s fastest player, with a weekly prize being a brand new Samsung 5G device (S20) so that winners can experience the best mobile technology on Australia’s best 5G network.

Visit afl.com.au/5gfastestfootballer to find out more.

Things you need to know

5G Fastest Footballer: Promotion ends 24 September 2020. Open to Australian residents aged 18 and over. Permit numbers are NSW; LTPS/20/42880, ACT; TP 20/00412, SA; T20/355. Telstra 5G is now rolling out in selected areas. Visit telstra.com/coverage

Kayo: Eligible customers must sign up through http://hub.telstra.com.au/kayo or on Telstra TV. Standard monthly fees apply after the offer period unless you cancel. One redemption per customer account. Not available in conjunction with any other Kayo offers. Redeem by 30 September 2020. Requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply.

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Introducing the Australian Dice Football League

By Jeremy Nicholas May 7, 2020

We’re bringing footy back! Well, sort of. To roll into the new way of doing things, we’re proud to present the new Australian Dice Football League, featuring players from every AFL club and hosted by comedian Andy Lee.

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Introducing the Australian Dice Football League

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That’s right: grab your scarves and warm up a meat pie, because we’re bringing competitive play between footballers back to your screen in self-isolation. And with this game, you’ve got the home ground advantage.

It’s a stay-at-home substitute for the winter season, mirroring the fixtures that would have taken place between rounds 8-11 of the 2020 Toyota AFL Premiership Season.

ADFL matches will start rolling out from Friday 8pm, available at the AFL Dice Footy website and through the AFL Official App as well as Telstra social channels.

The first round of the Telstra Australian Dice Football League will see a 2019 Semi-Final rematch roll-off between GWS’ Stephen Coniglio against Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy.

And to top it off, presenter Andy Lee will bring in special guests to give predictions on all the action and round up the games.

The game follows the familiar format of a footy match:

  • Two opponents roll two dice each quarter;
  • The first roll determines the goals (6 points per goal), and the second roll the behinds (one point per behind).

For example, when Patrick Dangerfield rolls a four and a two, that would be four goals and two behinds, a total of twenty-six points for Geelong Cats for the quarter.

With footy on hold we wanted to find a fun and entertaining way to engage football fans in order to give them something to watch, and hopefully do while everyone is at home helping to flatten the curve.

We hope that it not only introduces a new pastime to families’ routines at home, but it also gives football fans the chance to see their favourite players in a more relaxed and personal environment whilst showing how proud Telstra is to be involved with the AFL and sport in Australia.

We hope the ADFL will be embraced by fans who have enjoyed the partnership between Telstra and the AFL since 2002, helping deliver digital experiences to fans through afl.com.au, the official AFL apps,  player and team performance through the Telstra Tracker, as well as streaming every game live through the Telstra Live Pass.

Round One Fixtures

Here’s who will face off to determine the inaugural Telstra Australian Dice Football League champ:

  • North Melbourne’s Ben Brown vs Hawthorn’s James Sicily
  • St Kilda’s Seb Ross vs Carlton’s Eddie Betts
  • Brisbane’s Lachie Neale vs Richmond’s Jack Riewoldt
  • Geelong’s Joel Selwood vs Essendon’s Dyson Heppell
  • Western Bulldogs’s Easton Wood vs Gold Coast’s Lachie Weller
  • West Coast’s Josh Kennedy vs Sydney’s Josh Kennedy
  • Adelaide’s Fischer McAsey vs Fremantle’s David Mundy
  • Melbourne’s Christian Petracca vs Port Adelaide’s Ollie Connor Rozee
  • GWS’ Stephen Coniglio vs Collingwood’s Brodie Grundy
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Sport for good as codes kick off bushfire relief rounds

By Genelle Sharples February 28, 2020

This fire season taught us that the spirit of community is stronger than ever in Australia. Nothing brings a community together like sport, which is why we’re buoyed by the upcoming rounds set to be played for bushfire charity relief in the NRL, AFL and Netball. Here’s how to get amongst the action and back local communities at the same time.

NRL

2019 NRL Round 20 - Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs v Penrith Panthers, Bankwest Stadium, 2019-08-03. Digital image by Nathan Hopkins © NRL Photos
Digital image by Nathan Hopkins © NRL Photos

Ahead of the official season kick-off in two weeks, the Parramatta Eels and Penrith Panthers are set to clash in the name of bushfire relief.

It’s the EISS Super Sapphire Trial Tribute round, also known as the “Best of the West”, set to be played at the Bega Recreation Ground on February 29. The trial game was moved from Penrith to Bega to support the local community in the wake of the fires. The NRL is also providing free tickets to Sapphire Coast residents who have registered at a bushfire recovery centre since October.

Getting out to the ground throughout the weekend festivities is a treat for anyone who can, with a wide-ranging weekend of sport and entertainment. The three-day festival of footy will feature a number of games, as well as a free performance from Aussie ARIA winner, Amy Shark.

We’ve rolled out networking and broadcast gear for the game, so fans can have great connectivity on the day. Fans not able to get out to the game can watch the match through the NRL Live Pass, data-free for Telstra Mobile customers.

AFL

AFL 2019 Round 16 - Fremantle v West Coast
Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos

Of course, if you prefer your footy to be AFL-flavoured, there’s a charity round for you also.

The AFL is set to host an unprecedented State of Origin round to raise funds for disaster relief, alongside a $2.5 million donation made by the league.

The match played between Victoria and the All Stars will take part in the charity State of Origin at Marvel Stadium on Friday February 28.

Tickets are currently on sale, and Telstra mobile customers can watch the match live, fast and data-free through the AFL Live Pass.

Netball

Netball fans can also get in on the action thanks to its own bushfire charity match. The match will showcase the best Aussie Netball has to offer on March 1 when the Australian team will take on the All-Stars.

Super Netball’s pre-season is also working hard to raise money for bushfire recovery also, with funds set to go to the Red Cross bushfire appeal and other recovery projects.

Netball fans can get all the action from Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena live and data-free to their mobile using our Netball Live Pass.

We continue to support the communities and first-responders who are affected by the unprecedented bushfire season.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the bushfires, assistance can be sought from our Bushfire Assistance hub.

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Backing community leadership with the AFL

By Genelle Sharples September 26, 2019

This year’s Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award was Stephen Coniglio of the GWS Giants

We’re a team that’s built on strong values. Values that shape how we engage with our community, backed by our vision to build a connected future so everyone can thrive. One recent initiative to bring our vision and values to life was to align with the Jim Stynes Foundation and its Community Leadership Award.

Jim Stynes’ legacy is one that continues to shape the charitable direction of the AFL and its players. The iconic player used his on-field prowess to help shape the lives of disadvantaged youth. After his passing in 2012, the Jim Stynes Foundation was established to continue his work. Public in nature, the Jim Stynes Foundation distributes 100% of its funds to worthy causes and charities in the local community.

As part of their great work, every year the Foundation presents the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award. The award is presented annually at the Brownlow Medal ceremony to recognise AFL and AFLW players who embody the community spirit of the award’s namesake, Jim Stynes. Players who demonstrate a commitment to their community and helping others to make a difference are nominated for the award. Each year the winner receives $40,000 to donate to the charity or community organisation of their choice, and runners-up each receive $10,000 to do the same.

We’re proud to expand our partnership with the AFL to support the Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award and our AFL sporting heroes can continue to do their powerful work in the local community.

The winner

This year’s Jim Stynes Community Leadership Award was Stephen Coniglio of the GWS Giants. Stephen Coniglio has been recognised for his role across a range of programs that engage the multicultural communities of Western Sydney.

Stephen has worked closely with the NSW Government to develop the Coniglio-Farrugia Community Program and holds ambassadorial roles with the Fairfield Falcons Football Club, All Nations Cup, Bachar Houli programs and the Lighthouse Community Support program, to promote AFL and social cohesion in Western Sydney over years eights.

Stephen’s involvement in the NSW Government community program has opened up opportunities for more than 3,000 multicultural students from 20 schools to experience Australian culture and the healthy and active lifestyle from key AFL and AFLW mentors.

Stephen works tirelessly to use his profile to promote inclusivity and his generosity also extends to giving back to the community on this 25th birthday last December, where he personally visited 25 junior GIANTS members at their own homes with thank-you gifts.

“This is an incredible honour for me and to be recognised by the wider AFL family as someone that demonstrates the values of Jim Stynes is truly humbling,” he said.

“I’m very passionate about the multicultural communities that make up Western Sydney and helping the next generation realise the opportunities they have in front of them.

“I’d like to acknowledge the other finalists for the fantastic work they do and I look forward to continuing to build strong connections across Western Sydney and helping those around me realise that anything’s possible.”

Runners-up for this year’s award include:

  • Jessica Hosking, for her work with her own charity 2Boots, as well as work with Interplast, Cleft Pals Victoria and Red Dust Health Living;
  • Jamaine Jones, for his work with the Barwon Child Youth & Family’s Foster Care campaign, and
  • Travis Boak, for his work as an ambassador for the Childhood Cancer Association.

These incredible athletes will receive a $10,000 grant to distribute to the charity of their choice.

This year’s judging panel included Sam Ludbey-Stynes; Luke Darcy (Network Seven & Triple M); Neil Mitchell (3AW); Kim Williams (AFL Commissioner); Andrew Dillon (General Counsel/General Manager Game Development); Sarah Fair (AFL GM, People); Jude Donnelly (AFL, Head of Government Relations & Corporate Social Responsibility); Jennie Loughnan (AFL Ground Operations Manager), and Brent Hadley (AFL PA Representative).

We’re proud to support the AFL and its players as they seek to make a difference in their local community and honour Jim Stynes’ legacy.