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6 shows and films to get you in the Christmas spirit

Entertainment

Posted on December 20, 2018

4 min read

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.

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

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

Entertainment

Posted on September 26, 2018

3 min read

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.

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.

Meet Thelma Plum, our new favourite artist

Entertainment

Posted on July 9, 2018

5 min read

Thelma Plum is an Indigenous Australian singer and songwriter from Delungra in northern New South Wales. She’s also the face of our new TV campaign, produced in partnership with Apple.

After cutting her teeth busking and performing in high school, Thelma hit the mainstream when Triple J Unearthed featured her music and she won the chance to perform at the National Indigenous Music Awards in 2012. Since then, she’s been nominated for a Deadly and an Unearthed J Award, and has toured around Australia.

Thelma released her first EP Rosie in 2013 and her second Monster in 2014; her new album is due out soon. Ahead of the launch of her new album, we caught up with Thelma to find out more about her history and the inspiration behind her music.


Thelma, hi, thanks for joining us. Let’s go all the way back to the start – where do you think your love of music came from?

I can’t really remember a time when I wasn’t singing, or wasn’t writing or playing music. My mum is just an avid music lover, so I was exposed to really great records and great music when I was younger. Watching Slim Dusty, Paul Kelly, Kasey Chambers, and artists like that… I feel like that had a huge impact on me wanting to be a songwriter, and wanting to do the music that I do. I don’t know what else I’d do (laughs).

It sounds like your love of music is really influenced by your family; when did it become a career, when did it become more than a hobby?

I really have always been like, “I’m gonna do music”. When I was in high school I was playing gigs a lot, as much as I could – coffee shops, and bars, and busking. Then I was luckily unearthed to play at the Indigenous Music Awards, just after I’d turned 17. That was really incredible, it opened a lot of doors for me; now I get to do what I do.

What inspires you – is it other artists, or is it something else in your life?

It’s just so many different things, y’know, I try to take inspiration from wherever I can. Especially being a songwriter, you’re always trying in every situation – “how can I make this about me, how can I take this and make it a song.

What would you say has been your biggest break-through moment in your career so far?

Look, I’m going to say writing with some of my favourite artists; I wrote a song with Paul Kelly on my upcoming album. That was something that was really special for me, I think it was a bit of a break-through moment. I was pinching myself after that happened.

How’s the new album going?

It’s going really well! It was a bit of a process, it took a little bit longer than I thought it would – but it’s something that I’m really happy with and I’m really proud of.

What do you think about music streaming, like Apple Music? How do you like to share your music with your fans?

I really like streaming, I’m a streamer myself. I love, obviously, when people buy a physical copy of my music – I’m a sucker for that – but it’s very accessible and it’s just so easy.

How did you come to be involved in our latest campaign?

Telstra asked me to be a part of this; I’ve never been a part of something like this before, so I thought it would be something really cool to do and it has been. I’m really glad that I’ve been able to do it.

What was it like crafting the Flight Facilities cover that you put together?

It was very fun, it was a very interesting process – the Flight Facilities boys sent over the track, and I got in the studio with a friend of mine, a producer called Ross James. We reworked it in a day; it was really fun to do, it’s a beautiful song.

How did you make it your own, what was the process of putting the song together?

I think I have a pretty, like, very Australian accent when I sing; that was actually something that I was very mindful of. Y’know, I think that I kind of made it my own in a lot of that, Thelma, ocker, accent. I feel like that’s made it quite ‘me’.

What do you think of the actual finished piece that you’ve produced?

I’m really happy with it! It’s beautiful, it was easy to do because it’s a beautiful piece of work.

Listen to Clair De Lune performed by Thelma Plum here.

How to watch the Royal Wedding on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on May 16, 2018

3 min read

You would have to be living under a rock to not know the big day is this weekend – but you might not know all the ways you can watch the event live on free-to-air or streaming services in Australia, all with your Telstra TV. So we’ve compiled you this ultimate viewing guide.

Nearly all of the main free-to-air channels will be broadcasting the wedding from either 7pm or 7.30pm this Saturday 19 May 2018, with the exception of Channel 10.

There are some important times to take note of for the wedding, especially if you’re planning a viewing party at home.

Guests will begin arriving at the Chapel from 9am, which is 6pm Australian time (AEST). Meanwhile, members of the Royal Family are expected to start arriving around 8:20pm AEST.

The ceremony is set to begin at 9pm AEST.

Here’s how to watch it all, live on your Telstra TV.

Nine Network and 9now

Royal Wedding on 9Now on Telstra TV

7pm, Harry and Meghan: The Royal Wedding. Presented by Georgie Gardner and Karl Stefanovic, this special event will capture all the action from key locations across Windsor and London. Royal insiders and Nine Network reporters will take viewers into the inner sanctum of the Royal Family.

SBS and SBS On Demand

Royal Wedding on SBS on Telstra TV

7:30pm, Royal Wedding Live. Comedian Joel Creasey and TV and radio presenter Myf Warhurst will team up with legendary journalist Ray Martin. Filmed in front of a live studio audience in Sydney, the panel will discuss topical issues and chat to a royalist and republican.

Channel 7 and 7Plus

Royal Wedding on 7Plus on Telstra TV

4pm, Royal Wedding: Prince Harry & Meghan. Melissa Doyle and Michael Usher will have live coverage on Channel Seven and 7PLUS from a purpose-built studio overlooking Windsor Castle.

ABC

Royal Wedding on ABC on Telstra TV

7.30pm Royal Wedding: Prince Harry & Meghan Markle. Hosted by Annabel Crabb and Jeremy Fernandez joined by former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond as they cover every aspect of the momentous occasion.

Foxtel Now

Royal Wedding on Foxtel on Telstra TV

7.30pm, E! Live From The Royal Wedding. Hosted by pop culture expert Giuliana Rancic, celebrity fashion stylist Brad Goreski, royal expert E! News chief correspondent Melanie Bromley, and E! UK TV host Sarah-Jane Crawford. E! Entertainment is available as part of your Foxtel Now ‘Lifestyle’ starter pack.

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

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Sit back because Suncorp Super Netball is back

Entertainment

Posted on April 27, 2018

3 min read

Netball is back on our screens from tomorrow, and this week we chatted to the team captains about how pumped they are for season two, as the league pursues its goal of being the best women’s netball competition in the world.

After a long off-season, the captains are itching to get back out on the court. “We’ve put in a really solid pre-season but for us it’s just about quality netball, and it all starts from game one,” said Kate Moloney, Captain of the Vixens – who will be up against the Magpies in the opening match of the season at 3pm AEST tomorrow.

One of the other huge matches for the weekend ahead will be the 2017 Grand Final rematch between the Lightning and the Giants at 1pm on Sunday. Talking about the form of the defending champions, Lightning captain Geva Mentor told us, “I’m definitely ready to unleash my girls on the Giants” – and all eyes will be on Giants Captain Kim Green returning from 14 months’ rehab after knee surgery.

Netball Australia also shook things up this week announcing new rules in season two that will see teams earn bonus ladder points for winning each quarter of a match. Netball coaches can roam freely courtside as basketball coaches do, which should make for some interesting viewing in tight moments.

Catch every game live, only with Telstra

As the best netballers in the world converge on Australia from April to August, Telstra mobile customers can stream every game live, fast and data-free through the Netball Live Official App which is available in the Apple and Google Play Stores.

And Telstra TV customers can also watch every game live on the big screen. Two live matches each round will also be made available on the Telstra TV Netball App, and two live matches each round will be available on Nine and 9Gem through the live TV tuner on Telstra TV2.

Telstra mobile customers get every game live on mobile included as part of their plan, and there is no additional fee to pay to watch netball live on Telstra TV or TV2.

Telstra TV is available for Telstra broadband customers only.

Growing this elite sport in Australia

At Telstra, we’re proud of our association with Suncorp Super Netball and our ability to bring this exciting competition to fans. Netball is the most popular team sport for women and girls, Netball Australia reports. The most recent annual snapshot shows 563,000 women and 324,000 girls, not counting girls playing school netball, played netball in the course of the year.

We are providing netball fans with more reasons to interact with their favourite sport as part of our commitment to creating new and better ways for fans to connect with netball. By broadcasting to an engaged audience of fans across Australia we are helping Suncorp Super Netball get the exposure it deserves attracting even more sponsorship and funding in order for the game and the athletes to thrive.

Find out how you can catch every game of Suncorp Super Netball live.