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.

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Xbox All Access at Telstra
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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.

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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

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5 new movies for kids these school holidays

By Ryan Dunn April 3, 2020

Keep the kids entertained at home these school holidays, with the latest new release family movies available now on Telstra TV. Here are just a few of our kid-friendly favourites streaming right now.

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Onward (Telstra TV Box Office)

Released early this week on Telstra TV Box Office is Disney and Pixar’s heartwarming animated adventure, ONWARD. Set in a mythical world where magic powers are real but gradually became superseded by technology, shy teenage elf Ian Lightfoot (played by Tom Holland) receives an unusual gift on his sixteenth birthday – a magical staff, gem and a spell giving him and his brother Barley (Chris Pratt) the chance to spend a whole day with their late father, who Ian didn’t get a chance to know growing up. But when the spell doesn’t quite work out as expected and only the bottom half of their dad materialises, they find themselves in a race against time to find another magic gem to complete the spell. Also starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer.

Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal (Netflix)

Just like ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ but for kids, Netflix’s latest interactive movie – CARMEN SANDIEGO: TO STEAL OR NOT TO STEAL – sees the red-coated thief turned humanitarian Carmen (voiced by Gina Rodriguez) relying on the viewer to complete her latest mission. Through a series of branching choose-your-own-adventure-like options, you’ll help Carmen outsmart her former criminal colleagues at the Villains International League of Evil (V.I.L.E.) to rescue crew members Zack and Ivy before they become brainwashed into becoming V.I.L.E. Operatives. But until she can find where they’re being held captive, Carmen is forced to buy some time by stealing on behalf of V.I.L.E. Using your Telstra TV remote control, you’ll guide Carmen through a series of choices and ultimately control how the movie plays out.

Spies in Disguise (Telstra TV Box Office)

Will Smith and Tom Holland star in an electrifying espionage caper with a transformative twist – SPIES IN DISGUISE, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Suave and sophisticated secret agent Lance Sterling (Smith) is at the top of his game, traveling the world to foil the plans of the bad guys and doing it on his own terms. But when he goes off-book and disobeys the orders of his superiors, he finds himself framed as a traitor. When he seeks out the help of awkward young scientist Walter Beckett to help him evade capture, he accidentally ends up the subject of Walter’s latest game-changing experiment: “biodynamic concealment”. Instantly transformed into a pigeon, Sterling is now forced to work with Walter to save the world. And his unwanted new disguise might just turn out to be his most useful tool yet.

Steven Universe: The Movie (Stan, Telstra TV Box Office)

Based on the much-loved television series, STEVEN UNIVERSE: THE MOVIE is streaming now on Stan and Telstra TV Box Office with more fun, friendship and musical magnificence than ever. After defending every planet in the galaxy, a now sixteen-year old Steven is ready to return home to Beach City, hang up his shield and spend some quality time with his Crystal Gem pals. That is, until the maniacal Gem Spinel tracks him down, threatening to eliminate him and destroy every living thing on Earth. Together, the Crystal Gems must face their toughest threat yet – and they’ll do it with the courage, compassion and uplifting spirit the franchise has become well-known for.

Arctic Justice (Telstra TV Box Office)

Join Jeremy Renner, John Cleese, James Franco, Anjelica Huston and Alec Baldwin in ARCTIC JUSTICE, an animated family comedy with a timely environmental message – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Meet Swifty, a small arctic fox with big dreams of escaping the day-to-day monotony of the mailroom at the Arctic Blast Delivery Service to join the adventurous “Top Dogs” – an elite pack of sled husky couriers. To prove himself capable, Swifty sets off on his own to deliver a mysterious parcel to a secluded location. But while there, he discovers a secret lair run by the evil mastermind Otto Von Walrus – who is planning to drill into the snow and release the gas stored beneath. It’s a plot that will melt the arctic ice and put an end to life as they know it, so he’ll need the help of his friends PB the Polar Bear, Lemmy the albatross, otters Leopold and Bertha, and his cranky caribou boss Magda if he’s going to save the day.

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6 shows and films to get you in the Christmas spirit

By Katie Buttress-Grove December 20, 2018

There’s no better time of year to kick back on the couch, crank up the air-con and enjoy the sheer relaxation that comes from binge-watching a great series or heart-warming film. Here’s a selection of our current favourites on Telstra TV to tuck into these Christmas holidays.

The Christmas Chronicles (Netflix)

In another adorable Netflix Original Christmas film, you’ll quickly discover that the hilariously jolly Kurt Russell is the Santa Claus we all needed in our lives. The movie follows siblings Kate and Teddy who accidentally crash Santa’s sleigh, and are forced to work together with him to save Christmas before the morning. Armed with his loyal elves, the team set out on an adventure that will keep both adults and kids hooked until the end.

No Activity: Christmas Special (Stan)

Lovably dysfunctional, this hilarious police duo are back in this holiday special sure to have you in stiches. If you’re yet to get on board the AACTA Award-winning and Logie Award-nominated series that is No Activity, you’ll love the introduction to low-level detectives Hendy and Stokes (Patrick Brammall and Darren Gilshenan) as they tackle their latest police assignment. Combining raw Aussie humour with a lot of strong opinions about the holiday season, there’s plenty of laugh-out-loud banter between these cheeky cops.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (BigPond Movies)

It goes without saying that Disney’s Frozen is one of the biggest animated films ever made, and in this festive holiday sequel, all the cast favourite s are back. Join universally adored snowman Olaf for warm hugs and holiday cheer as he presents Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Packed full of four catchy new songs guaranteed to get stuck in your head, your little ones will love following their favourite characters on their adventure to rescue Christmas for Anna and Elsa.

The Great British Bake-Off: Christmas Edition (Foxtel Now)

For most families, Christmas and cooking goes hand-in-hand, and there are few shows more decadent than The Great British Bake-Off. Embracing all things sweet and fluffy, you’ll love joining popular former contestants and TV favourites as they battle for the title of Star Baker – this time, whipping up all the usual festive goodies. Sit back and drool over all the delicious holiday food, without having to slave in the kitchen yourself.

Carols in the Domain (7Plus)

With every year promising to be bigger than the last, getting into the Christmas spirit is easy when you’ve got much-loved Sunrise hosts David Koch, Samantha Armytage, and Natalie Barr leading the celebrations. Perfect for a whole-family viewing event, this year’s acts include everyone from The Wiggles and Micky Mouse to Aussie-favourites Samantha Jade and Thirsty Merc. Enjoy all the laughs, music and action live on 22 December on Channel 7 or catch up later on 7Plus.

The Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (Netflix)

Adorably corny and hilariously cliché, the original film gained a cult following on Netflix after introducing us to the unlikely relationship between magazine journalist Amber and royal Prince Richard. In this equally extravagant sequel, the couple are preparing to wed after a happy year-long engagement, but planning a royal wedding proves more political than Amber could have expected. Facing external criticism, strict etiquettes and the impending pressure of becoming Queen, prepare yourself for all the glorious ups and downs you’d expect from a glitzy Christmas rom-com.

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Plex and Kanopy on Telstra TV
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Plex and Kanopy bring a new world of entertainment to Telstra TV

By Campbell Simpson September 26, 2018

Our mission to bring you new experiences and an entirely personalised experience on Telstra TV continues with the release of two new apps – Plex, for your personal media collections like photos and home movies, and Kanopy, a free library of thousands of award-winning documentaries and Australian films.

Plex brings the media users love into one place, including personal media collections such as photos, videos and movies, plus video news, podcasts, and more.

It gives you greater control over your personal media – including putting it on the biggest screen in your house – and makes it easier to share digitally with friends and loved ones. To get started, simply download the Plex app from the Telstra TV App Store, create a free Plex account, and start streaming via Telstra TV.

Australian-owned on-demand video streaming service Kanopy is another new addition that provides free access to thousands of movies direct to our customers’ homes. Thanks to partnerships with libraries across Australia, Kanopy is free to users – just download the app on your Telstra TV, and you can use your local library membership to access a huge number of award-winning films and documentaries from Australian and international filmmakers alike.

Kanopy only requires the viewer to have a current library membership for activation at a partner public library or university. Queensland is the most recent public library to provide access to Kanopy, after other Australian public libraries in New South Wales, Victoria, and West Australia launched earlier this year.

Almost all universities in Australia have partnerships with Kanopy making the service widely available, and public library memberships can be quickly and easily completed online, so non-members can sign up with their local library and start watching films immediately at the Kanopy website.

Plex joins an ever-growing list of apps and content on Telstra TV, further underlining why the device is a central part of our living rooms, with over a million shipped since its introduction. Telstra TV brings together a broad range of content services, allowing customers to access on-demand TV and movies from a range of subscription services and free-to-air catch up apps, as well as watch live TV.

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