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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn February 19, 2021

What are you watching tonight? Stream the latest thrilling blockbusters, prestige dramas and laugh-out-loud comedies right now on Telstra TV.

Freaky (Telstra TV Box Office)

For a scarily fun new take on the classic body-swap genre, check out Blumhouse’s comedy-horror FREAKY – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Blockers) plays Millie, an unpopular seventeen year old high school student and occasional football team mascot beaver who spends her days hanging with her besties Josh (Misha Osherovich) and Nyla (Celeste O’Connor), enduring the taunts of bullies and flying almost completely under the radar of her crush. While waiting for a ride home from the homecoming game, she’s hunted down by the Blissfield Butcher (Vince Vaughn) – the town’s infamous yet elusive masked serial killer. After he attempts to kill Millie with a stolen magical dagger, the two wake up in each other’s bodies – and now he has the perfect disguise for his latest murder rampage. With just 24 hours to stab him back before the change becomes permanent, Millie will have to outsmart the Butcher in this gory game of cat and mouse.

Industry (BINGE)

Step inside the insanely cutthroat world of investment banking in the gritty new HBO/BBC drama series, INDUSTRY – with all eight episodes streaming now on BINGE. Shown from the perspective of five young and ambitious grads, each hungrily competing for a coveted place at London’s prestigious Pierpoint & Co, this unbelievably addictive series from Executive Producer Lena Dunham (Girls) sees the new kids thrown head-first into the high pressure world of trading – where the rules are unclear, boundaries are blurred and any slip-ups could be their last. We meet American outsider Harper (Myha’la Herrold) keen to impress her bosses Eric (Ken Leung) and Daria (Freya Mavor) with a bold client proposition that doesn’t turn out the way she thought it would, working-class Robert (Harry Lawley) who parties a little too hard for week one, straight-laced Gus (David Jonsson) who is having an affair with his mentor (Will Tudor), perpetually underestimated Yasmin (Marisa Abela) and Hari (Nabhaan Rizwan) whose non-stop approach to work leads to a draw-dropping first episode conclusion.

The Drowning (Stan)

New to Stan this month is the twist-filled crime drama miniseries, THE DROWNING – with all four episodes available to stream now. When a young boy goes missing during a lakeside picnic, the authorities file the disappearance as a drowning, despite dredging the lake and being unable to find any remains. Nine years later, we find the boy’s mother Jodie (played by Jill Halfpenny) still suffering – now divorced from her husband (Dara Devaney) and struggling to keep her landscape gardening business afloat. On her way to a pitch meeting with a potential client, she happens to spot a teenager (Cody Molko) on his way to school. And he looks exactly like a grown-up version of her son. Jumping on the school bus to get closer to him, she notices he even has the same scar below his eye as her son had. Slowly and surreptitiously working her way into the boy’s school and home life, she’s determined to find out the truth – in spite of the boy’s over-protective parents and the fact that nobody is willing to believe her.

Aftertaste (ABC iview)

Erik Thomson (All Saints, Packed to the Rafters) and newcomer Natalie Abbott star in the charmingly entertaining new Australian comedy series, AFTERTASTE – with new episodes streaming each Wednesday from 9:00pm on ABC iview. Thomson plays celebrity chef Easton West, an outrageously over-the-top character who has landed himself in hot water after monumentally walloping an unimpressed food critic with one full half of a pig’s carcass. With nowhere else to go – and no one else willing to put up with his abuse – he heads back to his country hometown. With the help of his disarmingly loveable nineteen year-old niece, Diana (Abbott) – herself a talented pastry chef, he sees an opportunity to revive his angrily out-of-touch image by partnering up to open a new restaurant. But it’s not long before he’s up to his old tricks again – screaming at the wildlife, clashing with the locals (including Rachel Griffiths) and managing to alienate his only remaining ally.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 12 February:

2 Hearts (Telstra TV Box Office)

Grab the popcorn and a box of tissues: New to Telstra TV Box Office this week is the tear-jerking romance, 2 HEARTS. Based on an incredibly inspiring true story spanning multiple decades, the film follows two parallel love stories ultimately brought together in a dramatic turn of events. Australia’s Jacob Elordi (from Euphoria, The Kissing Booth) stars as carefree college student Chris, who falls in love at first sight with kind-hearted freshman Sam (Riverdale’s Tiera Skovbye). Meanwhile, wealthy Cuban businessman Jorge (Adan Canto), who has suffered from a life-threatening lung disease since childhood, meets flight attendant and future wife Grace (Radha Mitchell) when she helps settle his nerves during take-off. Based on the book, ‘All My Tomorrows’ by Eric Gregory – the father of the real-life Chris character – the story proves that miracles really are possible.

Soulmates (Amazon Prime Video)

How can you tell if your partner truly is “the one”? SOULMATES, the new six-part anthology series on Amazon Prime Video, imagines a future where you might be able to do just that. From the co-writer of Black Mirror, Will Bridges, and with an all-star cast including Sarah Snook (Succession), Bill Skarsgård (It), David Costabile (Billions), Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) and Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), the series covers six separate stories of modern relationships impacted by a new technology called “The Test” – a procedure that can determine, with scientific certainty, your life’s one true love. From happily married couples feeling peer-pressured into taking part, to surprisingly romantic detours on the road to finding love – and the struggle to put one’s trust behind being paired up with complete strangers, this suspenseful and often dark drama series is the absolute antithesis of romcom.

Emma (BINGE)

Before she became known for playing chess prodigy Beth Harmon in Netflix’s hit series, The Queen’s Gambit, Anya Taylor-Joy starred in 2020’s wickedly funny adaptation of Jane Austen’s EMMA – streaming now on BINGE – in a performance that earned her a Best Actress Golden Globe nomination just last week. One-time successful matchmaker Emma Woodhouse feels she has found her life’s true calling. Eager to put her skills to good use, she settles on finding a beau for her impressionable young friend, Harriet Smith (Mia Goth) – despite Harriet already having her eyes set on local farmer Robert Martin (Connor Swindells), Emma’s wiser friend Knightley (Johnny Flynn) urging her not to meddle – and her chosen match for Harriet (Josh O’Connor) unintendedly falling for Emma instead. And that’s just the beginning. Despite her best attempts at plotting the relationships of everyone else around her, has Emma been clueless about her own true love all along?
Looking for more date-night romance? Check out the All Loved Up BINGE Centre.

Malcolm & Marie (Netflix)

Streaming on Netflix and playing in select cinemas is MALCOLM & MARIE – a tumultuous “story of love” from writer and director Sam Levinson, the Emmy-winning creator of Euphoria. Zendaya (also from Euphoria) and John David Washington (Tenet) play the titular characters (actually the only characters) – a filmmaker and his girlfriend who, returning home after the premiere of Malcolm’s film, wait anxiously for the reviews to start pouring in. While Marie heads quietly to the kitchen to cook pasta, still glittering in her metallic red-carpet gown sans heels, a tuxedoed Malcolm obliviously rambles on about his own talent and the critics who don’t or won’t appreciate it. But Marie is furious. In a speech he gave earlier, he neglected to thank her. And it’s the perfect catalyst for her to vent what’s really on her mind. They fight, they make up, and then they dig deeper and go to war all over again in this gorgeously luxe cinematic experience.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 5 February:

Rams (Telstra TV Box Office)

Get the flock together for an Aussie comedy with a lot of heart: RAMS is available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Sam Neill and Michael Caton play brothers Colin and Les Grimurson, two sheep farmers in Mount Barker, Western Australia who love their prized herds, but can’t stand each other. Despite living on neighbouring farms, they haven’t spoken in forty years. And every year their bitter feud is reignited at the local Breeder Championship, where the valley’s best ram is judged and the two brothers are placed in direct competition. But when Les’s winning ram is later found to be sick with a contagious virus, the authorities step in and order a cull of every sheep in the area. Now the brothers will have to put their differences behind them if they’re going to save their family’s champion breeding legacy.

Walker (Stan)

There’s no Chuck Norris in sight, but fans of the 90s series ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’ will be happy the legend is continuing with the new reboot series, WALKER – streaming now on Stan. Jared Padalecki plays the new Cordell Walker, returning from a two-year undercover operation to face the reality he’s been avoiding. Shortly before leaving, his wife Emily (played by Jared’s real life wife and Supernatural co-star, Genevieve Padalecki) – a charitable woman who spent her life helping those less fortunate – was gunned down. Now Walker is fixated on finding her killer. Rebuilding a relationship with his teenage children, Stella and August, who felt abandoned in their hour of need, Walker’s also adjusting to a new partner, Micki Ramirez (Lindsey Morgan) – one of the first female Texas Rangers – and his former partner, Larry James (Coby Bell) being promoted as his boss.

The Dig (Netflix)

Streaming on Netflix this week, and showing in limited theatres, is the stirring true story of THE DIG. Set in 1939 just prior to the onset of World War II, Carey Mulligan plays Edith Pretty – a widowed mother and wealthy landowner in rural Suffolk, England. Fascinated by archeology from a young age, she and her late husband purchased their country estate in Sutton Hoo because of a number of large earthen mounds on the land – considered by many to be ancient burial sites. Employing renowned archeological excavator, Basil Brown (played by Ralph Fiennes) to uncover what’s beneath them before the eventual outbreak of war, what they discover inside is nothing short of astonishing. Also starring Lily James, Ben Chaplin and Johnny Flynn.

Australian Open 2021 (9Now)

Watch every match, on every court with the AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2021 streaming live from Melbourne Park starting Monday 8 February on 9Now. Join Nine’s Wide World of Sports expert commentary team for a year like no other – as the world’s greatest tennis players come out of a strict period of quarantine to compete in this delayed, must-see two week tournament. Reigning ATP champion and seventeen-time Grand Slam winner Novak Djokovic returns to defend his title against contenders Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, Nick Kyrgios and Alex de Minaur, while Australia’s Ash Barty and current WTA number one will have to defeat a strong line-up of players like Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep and Serena Williams to take out her home title.

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Our ambition to be the best telco for Aussie gamers

By Kim Krogh Andersen November 24, 2020

There has never been a better time to be a gamer. From next-generation gaming consoles delivering unparalleled experiences, through to amazing indie and AAA titles available, combined with the next generation of technology at our fingertips. We’re helping to vastly improve the state of play with our plan to be the best network provider for Aussie gamers, bar none.

According to the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association, 91 per cent of Australian households have access to a gaming device, and the gaming industry now accounts for $7 billion in Australian retail and online sales annually.

Our talented engineers are making sure we have products, technology, and networks to make every game a fun experience, while supporting the local gaming and esports scene.

Making every session better

We know what makes gaming great because our team are gamers serving gamers. We have a dedicated gaming product development team that passionately co-collaborates with Australian and international gaming communities to build awesome new products on our award-winning network infrastructure.

For example, Telstra Game Optimiser is designed to help give gamers an edge. We have already taken steps to optimise our network for gaming, but the big opportunity is within your own home network. Powered by Netduma’s award-winning DumaOS on the Telstra Smart Modem Gen 2, customers can tailor and optimise their online gaming experience to help reduce lag spikes and join multiplayer servers that are closer to their house.

After a successful trial by gamers who experienced some great performance, we are now making Game Optimiser available to our eligible nbn customers. You can get it as a $10-a-month add-on to your Telstra nbn service, and the first month is on us.

We are also working hard to make our network infrastructure better for gamers. Microsoft hosts its game content in Azure’s Australian point-of-presence servers, so our network engineers have optimised our networking routes to the data centre to bring the data “closer” to the gamers that want it.

And our incredible 5G network has gaming written all over it. 5G’s faster speeds and ultra-low latency means more people will play the latest games inside their home and then easily continue playing on the go; 5G’s network slicing will also deliver service-defined experiences configured for AR/VR gaming and entertainment, helping to grow those categories.

We are also developing some great 4G network-optimised gaming experiences for our customers and will have more news to share soon.

Heads in the cloud

We are on the precipice of an historical gaming moment. This decade, cloud gaming will do what Netflix has done in the 2010s for affordability, originality, with more diverse content and better affordability.

Games today are developed for the processing limitations of the devices they’re played on, but if you can remove that barrier through cloud, the creativity of developers and the community will produce huge, real-time, open world and high-fidelity gaming experiences.

Combined with cloud gaming, Telstra 5G’s faster speeds and ultra-low latency will mean customers can play some of the latest games at home on their gaming console, and then continue playing on the go. 5G’s network slicing will also have the potential to deliver service-defined experiences for an even better gaming experience.

We expect to see a shift of mobile casual gamers to cloud and console gaming, and anticipate younger generations growing up will increasingly focus on gaming as their preferred source of entertainment. As we have seen already, we expect to see even more growth in gaming as a social experience for inter-generational households.

Bringing next-gen consoles and Xbox All Access to more people

Our first wave of Xbox All Access next-gen Xbox Series X consoles was an absolute sell out with some Xbox Series S still available. We are now offering Wave Two Xbox Series X pre-orders to customers, most of which should be delivered this calendar year.

Growing the Aussie gaming community

Gaming is inherently social, and with the explosive growth of esports and community gaming, we want to ensure Aussie gamers can make the most of the rising interest.

That’s why we are also announcing a partnership with Fortress Melbourne, Southern Hemisphere’s biggest esports and games entertainment venue. Fortress is the new home of games in Australia, with entertainment for everyone, that includes gaming themed food and beverage offerings, live social gameplay and professional esports events.

We predict that cloud gaming to be key enabler for the continued growth in global esports, with the ability to compete against international players with reduced lag; streamers will also be able to play and interact in real time with their fans. We expect to see more non-endemic brands entering in this space and cross-overs with other industries and sports leagues in a way that cannot be achieved with traditional broadcast and sports.

We are also working on a number of other ways to support the gaming industry and community. This includes its recent sponsorship of PAX Online’s Australian tournament and becoming an Associate Member of the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association (IGEA), the first telco in Australia to do so.

Globally, Telstra has invested in competitive mobile games maker Skillz via Telstra Ventures and has recently released a white paper outlining how Telecommunications Plays a Critical Role in the Lifecycle of a Game, to help developers and publishers weigh several key network infrastructure and connectivity considerations.

We are absolutely committed to a multi-faceted approach to gaming in Australia, as we work to improve the network experience, deliver cutting-edge new products and services, all while working to grow the community and foster a spirit of play.

Things you need to know:

Telstra Game Optimiser: Eligible Telstra nbn customers will be able to add on Telstra Game Optimiser with a one-month free trial, then the subscription is $10 per month, plus your existing nbn plan charges. One-month free-trial for new Game Optimiser Customers. Monthly charging will start at the end of your trial period. Cancel at any time and receive a pro-rata refund for the month.  Requires Gen Smart 2 Smart Modem. Incompatible with Fixed Wireless, nbn Basic and Ultrafast speed plans.

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Stream the best of British telly with BritBox, now on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn November 23, 2020

BritBox has officially launched today in Australia, giving viewers the chance to enjoy the largest streaming collection of British drama and comedy on demand, all in one place – and best of all, you can find it now on Telstra TV. Here are just a few of our faves to get you started.

A partnership between BBC Studios and ITV, BritBox offers subscribers a unique experience, with thousands of hours of the greatest British dramas, comedies, docos and lifestyle shows at your fingertips.

Doctor Who

Since today is officially Doctor Who Day, what better way to start this list than with the iconic cult favourite British sci-fi series available in its 37 season, 727 episode entirety exclusively on BritBox.

Go back to where it all began on this day in 1963 for the First Doctor played by William Hartnell, all the way through to the latest regeneration, portrayed by Jodie Whittaker – as this shapeshifting, TARDIS-travelling immortal Time Lord journeys across “a big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff” to battle Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, The Master and Davros.

Spawning magazines, novels, and audio plays, the enduring appeal of the series has been its limitless genre-jumping storylines and low-budget nerdy charm, combined with a plethora of brilliantly talented cast members including Tom Baker, David Tennant, Peter Capaldi, Billie Piper, Catherine Tate and Kylie Minogue to name but a few.

All Creatures Great And Small

From one enduring favourite to the remake of another much-beloved classic, BritBox is also the exclusive Australian home of the 2020 reboot of All Creatures Great And Small.

Returning to our screens after 40 years, this enchanting new comedy-drama series was a ratings success when it premiered in the UK earlier this year. Based on James Herriot’s series of novels set in the 1930s, it follows the life of a recently graduated Scottish vet (played by Nicholas Ralph) who moves to the lush-green rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales in Northern England for work.

When he meets the town’s current unconventional vet, Siegfried (Samuel West), he’s put to the test right away – with hilariously mixed results. After being kicked over in the mud while mending a horse’s hoof and mixing up cats to be desexed after a few too many pints with the welcoming locals, James eventually makes good with the life-saving delivery of a calf, earning himself a permanent job in this idyllic rural community.

A Confession

Nobody does a harrowing crime drama better than the Brits, and A Confession is a prime example of one that combines intelligent writing, superb acting and a relentlessly gripping mix of intrigue and dread from start to finish.

Based on a true story, this six-part series from lauded screenwriter Jeff Pope stars Martin Freeman as Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, tasked with investigating the disappearance of twenty-two year old Sian O’Callaghan. When Sian fails to return home after a night out with friends, her boyfriend (Charlie Cooper) contacts Wiltshire Police.

As detectives retrace the girl’s movements from the night, a large scale search begins. Seeing the search on TV, Karen Edwards (Imelda Staunton) is reminded of her own daughter’s disappearance eight years earlier. But when a local taxi driver (Joe Absolom) is questioned, the case takes a worrying turn – and Detective Fulcher’s career ends up in jeopardy as a result.

Absolutely Fabulous

Also well-known for their dry, sarcastic and self-deprecating sense of humour, Britons have produced some of the best sitcoms to date – including revered comedies like Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, Keeping Up Appearances and The Office – all available on BritBox. But none are perhaps as uniquely absurd, incisively witty and hilariously quotable as AbFab.

Starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, the series follows the misadventures of a pair of Bolly-swilling, chain-smoking, aging London socialites who will do anything to stay hip. Edina Monsoon (Saunders) barely runs her own PR firm in between hungover mornings, liquid lunches with best friend and fashion mag editor Patsy Stone (Lumley) and constant arguments with her uptight uni student daughter Saffy (Julia Sawalha).

Her air-headed assistant, Bubble (Jane Horrocks) isn’t any help either, nor is her sticky-fingered mother June (June Whitfield). Outrageously over-the-top and yet incredibly endearing, it’s a satirical masterpiece befitting its title.

Attenborough and the Giant Egg

Sir David Attenborough is synonymous with the world’s best nature documentaries – his authentically warm and wondrous narrative voice conveying the marvel and majesty he clearly feels when exploring the world’s creatures and the environments they inhabit.

In 1960, Sir David traveled to Madagascar to film one of his first television series, Zoo Quest. He left the island with a giant egg in tow, once belonging to the largest bird in existence, the now extinct Elephant Bird. Half a century later, Attenborough returns to Madagascar to uncover more about the bird and what led to the demise of its species, hoping that knowledge could help save the island’s remaining natural fauna.

Combining archival footage, interviews with Madagascar’s wildlife preservation specialists and Oxford University scientists who are able to date David’s giant egg, the film provides a fascinating look into a creature that has personally captivated Attenborough’s imagination for almost half of his life.

Your Home Made Perfect

In what’s dubbed “the ultimate try before you buy” lifestyle series, Your Home Made Perfect is a home renovation series like no other.

Using virtual reality and lifelike visual effects, two rival architects present their unique remodelling visions to homeowners who have grown tired of their surroundings. Presented by Angela Scanlon, architects Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison meet with their clients and explore the space, before drawing up detailed plans to meet their goals, budget and council planning regulations.

Then, without lifting a shovel, knocking down a wall or buying a stick of furniture, they each use VR goggles to present their ambitious and very detailed plans to the owners – with the chosen option then being replicated for real.

Sign up to BritBox now for a 7 day free trial, followed by $8.99 per month thereafter (with no contract) or $89.99 upfront for a 12 month subscription. Find out more at britbox.com/au

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1917 on Telstra TV
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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn April 24, 2020

What are you watching tonight? Stream the latest action blockbusters and premium drama available right now on Telstra TV.

1917 (Telstra TV Box Office)

1917 on Telstra TV

As we mark the anniversary of World War I with ANZAC Day this Saturday and remember those brave souls who fought for our freedoms, the film 1917 – available now on Telstra TV Box Office – shares one such story of courage and sacrifice. Based on an account told to the film’s director, Sam Mendes, by his grandfather who served on the Western Front, the film closely follows young soldiers Lance Corporal Schofield (played by George MacKay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). Through what is filmed to appear as one single continuous heart-racing take, we join the pair as they’re given the dangerous task of crossing enemy lines alone together to deliver an urgent message to another British battalion. If they can make it in time, they will prevent a futile campaign and save the lives of 1600 fellow soldiers, including Blake’s older brother (Richard Madden). Winning this year’s Golden Globe awards for Best Picture and Director, as well as Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Visual Effects, this gripping film is a fitting tribute to the spirit of heroism and mateship within our armed forces.

Mrs America (Foxtel Now)

Mrs America on Telstra TV

Australia’s Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne star as opposing forces in the battle for Equal Rights in MRS AMERICA, new to stream this week on Foxtel Now. In the show’s stellar ensemble cast, Byrne plays feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who along with Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman), Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale), Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba) and Jill Ruckelshaus (Elizabeth Banks) led the women’s movement to campaign throughout the 1970s for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in America. Blanchett plays their unexpected but ultimately significant rival, the conservative housewife Phyllis Schlafly, who organised the STOP ERA campaign through “slippery slope” arguments of women being drafted into combat and gender-neutral bathrooms. Also starring John Slattery, Sarah Paulson and Niecy Nash, this nine-part limited series is packed full of dramatic tension, powerful performances and a groovy 70s soundtrack.

Extraction (Netflix)

Extraction on Telstra TV

Chris Hemsworth makes his Netflix debut in the explosive action-packed thriller, EXTRACTION – streaming from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 24 April. Hemsworth stars as Tyler Rake, a former soldier turned hired-gun employed by an imprisoned international drug lord to travel to the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka to rescue his young son, Ovi (played by Rudhraksh Jaiswal), who has been kidnapped by a rival crime boss. But it won’t be easy – and as he delves deeper into this seemingly impossible mission, he’s met with violent killers, corrupt police and gun-toting bad guys at every turn. Directed by Marvel stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave, this bullet-spraying, car-chasing, edge-of-your-seat blockbuster was reportedly the “most exhausting shoot” of Hemsworth’s career – and it’s easy to see why.

Reprisal (SBS On Demand)

Reprisal on Telstra TV

From the producer who brought us critically-acclaimed dramas such as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Fargo’ comes a stylish new ten-episode crime noir series, REPRISAL – with a double episode premiere available to stream now on SBS On Demand. When Doris Quinn (played by Abigail Spencer) is chained to a truck, dragged through a field and left for dead, she understandably comes back years later hellbent on revenge. The men she’s coming after for payback include her brother Bert (Rory Cochrane) and his ruthless gang of criminal buddies, known as the Banished Brawlers. Her plan? To infiltrate their gang using her former employee, Ethan (Mena Massoud) and recruit allies in the form of Johnson (David Dastmalchian) and Matty (Australia’s Rhys Wakefield). But she’ll have some competition, with the gang’s leader Joel (Rodrigo Santoro) struggling to keep the peace between rival gangs. Prepare for some unexpected turns in this relentlessly dark and twisted tale of chaos and vengeance.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 17 April:

Sonic the Hedgehog (Telstra TV Box Office)

Sonic The Hedgehog on Telstra TV

Gear up for a hyper-energetic, laugh-out-loud comedy movie the whole family can enjoy with SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the iconic and beloved Sega video game franchise, the film follows the intergalactic “Blue Blur” (voiced by Ben Schwartz) as he leaves behind his home planet for Earth to escape a band of power-stealing echidnas. But hiding out can be lonely and frustrating – and while blowing off some steam playing baseball by himself, he releases a burst of energy that inadvertently brings down the power grid, leading the maniacal Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to come looking for him. Now with the help of his hero and newfound friend, the local Sheriff (James Marsden), Sonic must evade capture and stop the super-villain Robotnik from swiping his power and achieving world domination. For even more fun, download and print out our Sonic the Hedgehog kids activity sheets.

One World: Together At Home (7plus, 10 play, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube)

Streaming live across the world this Sunday 19 April is the historic global concert special, ONE WORLD: TOGETHER AT HOME. Join the planet’s biggest artists and comedians as they pay tribute to the world’s frontline healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. With appearances curated by Lady Gaga and presented by Late Night talk-show hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, the stellar line-up of artists will include Elton John, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Sam Smith, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, The Killers, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and many more – as well as Australia’s Delta Goodrem and Keith Urban. Other celebrity guests set to appear from home also include Ellen Degeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Samuel L Jackson, David And Victoria Beckham, and Idris and Sabrina Elba. Watch on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video from 4am to midday (AEST), with a 2-hour television broadcast airing live on 7plus and 10 play from 10am (AEST).

Mystery Road (ABC iview)

Mystery Road on Telstra TV

Back for its much anticipated second season is the award-winning Australian drama series, MYSTERY ROAD – starting this Sunday 19 April from 8:30pm (AEST) on ABC iview. Directed by acclaimed Indigenous Australian filmmakers Warwick Thornton (‘Samson & Delilah’) and Wayne Blair (‘The Sapphires’), the second season finds Detective Jay Swan (played by Aaron Pedersen) now in the seaside town of Gideon, having taken a case there to be closer to his family. The investigation centres on a decapitated body, found floating among fishing nets in the mangroves – and soon expands to an archaeological dig site, which is causing a lot of upset in the community. (Fans of the popular Danish/Swedish drama ‘The Bridge’ will recognise Sofia Helin, joining the cast this season as archaeologist Professor Sandra Elmquist). Along with his new partner Fran (Jada Alberts), Jay must uncover what hides beneath the surface in a town that is already teeming with secrets old and new. Also starring Tasma Walton, Callan Mulvey and Gary Sweet.

The Baker and the Beauty (Stan)

The Baker And The Beauty on Telstra TV

If you loved ‘Notting Hill’, then you’ll fall head over heels for new romantic comedy series, THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY – streaming weekly each Tuesday from 5pm (AEST) on Stan. Based on the Israeli series of the same name, the story follows handsome everyman Daniel Garcia (played by Victor Rasuk), who is working hard in his Cuban family’s bakery and trying to live up to the expectations of his parents and siblings. But when his girlfriend of four years proposes to him in one of the swankiest restaurants in Miami, he turns her down to disastrous effect. Taking pity on him in his soup-covered shirt, fellow diner and international supermodel Noa Hollander (Nathalie Kelley) invites him along for a night-out he’ll never forget. But when chemistry ignites between the pair, their new romance is suddenly thrust into the spotlight – and the couple are left wondering if they can overcome their very different backgrounds.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 9 April:

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The Hunt (Telstra TV Box Office)

Premiering in your lounge room this long weekend is the heart-racing blockbuster action thriller, THE HUNT – available for Express Release now on Telstra TV Box Office. When a group of unrelated strangers mysteriously awaken in a field and find themselves under fire, they soon discover they’re at the center of a sick and twisted game. They’ve been abducted by a group of wealthy individuals, who start rapidly picking them off one-by-one – seemingly just for fun. But what the “Hunters” didn’t anticipate is that among their prey is Crystal (played by Betty Gilpin), a quick-witted fighter fiercely determined to stay alive. She’s mad – and now she’s coming for them.

Bloom (Stan)

Returning for its much-anticipated second season is the Logie Award-winning drama series, BLOOM – with all six episodes streaming now only on Stan, just in time for your long weekend binge. Starring Bryan Brown, Jacki Weaver and Phoebe Tonkin, the series picks up three months after the events of last season – as word has gotten out about the flood-affected town’s miracle plant and its ability to restore youth, giving many a second lease on life. Now that the plant has mutated and its effects (and side effects) are more intense than ever, there are many who would rather see it destroyed before it tears their community apart. But as new arrivals descend upon the town, it ignites a conflict between science and faith that could ultimately change the course of humanity.

Love Wedding Repeat (Netflix)

Grab the popcorn and treat your special someone to a date night-in with the witty new romantic comedy, LOVE WEDDING REPEAT, streaming from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 10 April on Netflix. It’s Hayley’s special day – and her big brother Jack just wants to make sure everything is perfect. But while the gorgeously opulent country manor wedding gets off to a good start, it all begins to go a bit pear-shaped when an unexpected mystery man comes stumbling in threatening to ruin the reception. When the bride suggests he drop a sedative into the champagne of the uninvited troublemaker, Jack puts the plan into action. But with mounting distractions, including a bitter ex-girlfriend and the woman of his dreams both in attendance, things go horribly and hilariously wrong. Starring Sam Claflin, Eleanor Tomlinson, Olivia Munn, Joel Fry and Aisling Bea.

Making the Cut (Amazon Prime Video)

Fans of ‘Project Runway’ are in for a treat this month as Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return in Amazon Prime Video’s brand new fashion design competition series, MAKING THE CUT. They’re looking for the “next global fashion brand” – and to find them they’ve handpicked twelve already-established designers, who will be challenged beyond what they thought possible to produce both jaw-dropping runway couture and ready-to-wear items with mass market appeal. The stakes are incredibly high, with an astounding one million dollar prize up for grabs – and the winning look from each episode being made available for purchase immediately on Amazon in the Making the Cut Store.

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

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Giving you more for gaming on our network

By Nathan Gumley April 6, 2020

We’re on a quest to give customers access to some of the latest games and hardware available backed by our incredible network. That’s why we’re excited to announce with Xbox All Access, gamers can now get an Xbox One X at a new, lower monthly price, and we’re opening expressions of interest for the next-gen Xbox console.


Xbox All Access gives Telstra fixed and post-paid mobile customers the ability to choose from two different gaming packages. Both packages include a 24-month membership to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, which gives gamers access to over 100 great games and all the benefits of Xbox Live Gold, including online multiplayer. Gamers can choose between Xbox One S or Xbox One X bundles.

We’ve got a lot to update today about our gaming offerings, including more value with Xbox One X, and the lowest latency available on an Australian ISP.

Xbox One X available at a new low monthly price

We’re excited to share through the Xbox All Access program, gamers can now get an Xbox One X for only $34 a month (over 24 months) for new customers, giving you an incredible library of games; awesome multiplayer experiences and access to 4K graphics.

Xbox All Access includes a 24-month Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership, with access to Xbox Game Studios titles the same day as their global release. This includes the upcoming, highly-anticipated Minecraft Dungeons.

Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time and Minecraft Dungeons is an all-new action-adventure game with online and couch co-op for up to four players, inspired by classic dungeon crawlers and set in the Minecraft universe. Launching on May 26, it’s the perfect time to experience a new and exciting way to play Minecraft with the family.

Xbox Series X: coming to Xbox All Access Holiday 2020

Xbox Series X will be the fastest, most powerful Xbox console ever, designed for a console generation that has the player at its center. When it is released this holiday season, Xbox Series X will set a new bar for performance, speed and compatibility, all while allowing players to bring their gaming legacy forward with them and play thousands of games from four generations.

We have an expression of interest page live now for Xbox Series X on Xbox All Access, and we’ll share more information in the future.

And not only will you get the fastest console ever made by Microsoft, you’ll also get it on our incredible network with the lowest latency available on an Australian ISP.

MVP for gaming ISPs

When we exclusively announced Xbox All Access last year, we detailed how we’d been working harder than ever to make sure our network featured the best possible experience for gamers playing online.

Developing a best-in-class multiplayer gaming experience for our customers is a matter of speed and distance. If data travels quickly over shorter distances, the experience will be better for our customers whether that be playing online or downloading the latest game.

That’s what’s called latency: the speed at which it takes for data to travel to and from a server. In online racing or first-person shooter games where acting before your opponent matters, latency can mean the difference between being on the top of the table or the bottom. Low latency is crucial for this reason.

Just as the ACCC measures data speeds over the nbn, so too does it measure latency.

We’re proud to announce that we have been ranked #1 in Australia for nbn latency performance*, making Telstra the place to be for gamers.

Along with our new latency achievements for online gaming, we’ve long had a reputation for network download speed in the real world. We’ve consistently been named the fastest broadband provider nationally for both fixed and mobile networks by the global download speed test benchmarkers at Ookla. We’ve also been ranked #1 by Netflix over and over as the best provider for streaming content from its service.

These wins – including our new top rank for latency performance – represent years of behind-the-scenes work to ensure that it’s tuned for exactly what our customers want: top-tier performance for stuff that matters, when it matters most.

If you’re into gaming or if you want to just dabble in it, switch to Telstra and enjoy the fastest and lowest latency online gaming experience in Australia. We’ll have more information about Xbox All Access soon and more news about our commitment to gamers later this year – w00t!

* Measuring Broadband Australia, Report 8, ACCC, Feb 2020