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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn March 26, 2021

Janet and Ryan from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream this month on Telstra TV.

The War with Grandpa (Telstra TV Box Office)

The wise guys take on the pint-sized in the brand new family comedy, THE WAR WITH GRANDPA – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Robert De Niro stars as the lovable Grandpa Ed. When a senior moment in a supermarket lands him in hot water, he’s invited to move into the family home of his daughter Sally, played by Uma Thurman. But when his grandson Peter is forced to give up his room and move into the attic, he declares war to get back what’s rightfully his. But Grandpa has a few dirty tricks up his own sleeve as well.

To celebrate the film’s release on Telstra TV Box Office, we’re giving you the chance to win a five-burner barbeque valued at $2,699 to take your family gatherings to the next level. Find out more and enter now at telstratv.com/boxoffice. (Entries close 21 April 2021. Conditions apply. See website for details).

Zack Snyder’s Justice League (BINGE)

Bringing to life the director’s original vision is the much-anticipated release of ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, streaming now on BINGE. After Superman’s sacrifice to stop Doomsday, and with Knightmares of the Earth in ruins at the hands of Darkseid and Steppenwolf, Bruce Wayne will need to assemble the very best to defeat mankind’s greatest threat yet. Together with Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and the Flash, this unparalleled team of superheroes will need to step up to save the planet from becoming a post-apocalyptic hellscape.

Coming 2 America (Amazon Prime Video)

It’s the comedy classic sequel 33 years in the making: Eddie Murphy reprises his role as King Akeem in COMING 2 AMERICA, streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. Having just discovered he has a son, King Akeem returns to where it all began in New York City. With the help of his valet Semmi (played by Arsenio Hall), the pair track down Zamunda’s rightful heir to the throne – bringing him back to their wealthy African nation, along with his mum played by Leslie Jones. But the new family dynamic causes some friction, especially with his daughter Meeka (KiKi Layne) who had her heart set on one day becoming queen. And with General Izzi (Wesley Snipes) looking to seize power, now is not a great time for division among the royal family.

Yes Day (Netflix)

Just in time for the school holidays is the adventure-filled family movie, YES DAY – streaming now on Netflix. Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez star as parents Allison and Carlos, who feel like they’re always telling their kids “no”. You see, they used to be fun – and to prove they still can be, they accept their daughter Katie’s challenge to a Yes Day. For 24 hours, they’ll have to agree to everything their kids suggest, from crazy makeup to carwashes with the windows down and an epic water balloon battle. To bring the family closer together than ever before, they’ll need to commit wholeheartedly – and maybe even enjoy themselves along the way.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 19 March:

Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar (Telstra TV Box Office)

Bridesmaids co-writers Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo team up with Jamie Dornan for the delightfully goofy comedy, BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR – available now via Express Release on Telstra TV Box Office. Culotte-clad, frizzy-permed Midwesterners Barb and Starbara are the absolute best of friends – sharing a gaudily decorated home together since Barb’s husband died in a shopping stampede and Star’s man left her for a woman with bigger toes. Both working at the “hottest place in town”, the Jennifer Convertibles furniture store, they spend more time sitting and gabbing than selling – and it’s not long before they’re laid off. Deciding it’s time for adventure in their lives, they blow their redundancy pay on a flashy trip to Florida where they meet the mysteriously suave Edgar (Dornan). But little do they know, their vacation spot is the target of an evil genius, hellbent on destroying the town and everyone in it.

Keeping Up With The Kardashians: The Farewell Season (hayu)

Get set for an emotional final chapter as we say farewell to the world’s most-watched family in KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS Season 20, streaming from Friday 19 March on hayu. For over 14 years, we’ve been invited into their homes as Kim, Kourtney, Khloé, Kendall, Kylie and Kris shared their lives, their loves, their joy and their heartache for the cameras. Whether they were “doing amazing, sweetie”, pranking each other, ugly-crying (“there’s people that are dying, Kim”) or beating each other up (watch out for that handbag), they’ve been our favourite brand of reality drama for so long it’s hard to imagine TV without them. Thankfully, there’s still one more season – and this one is sure to spill the beans on the breakdown of Kim and Kanye’s marriage, Khloé and Tristan’s plans to expand their family, plus much, much more.

Murder Among the Mormons (Netflix)

True-crime fans are in for a treat with the captivating new three-part docuseries, MURDER AMONG THE MORMONS – streaming now on Netflix. In October 1985, two deadly pipe-bombings sent shockwaves throughout the usually tranquil community of Salt Lake City, Utah. As police began investigating the attacks, they quickly discovered the victims were connected by their involvement in the lucrative and highly sought-after trade of historical documents relating to the Church of Latter Day Saints. With some of the pieces purportedly calling into question many longstanding tenets of the Mormon faith, the threat of institutional damage alone could have been grounds for motive. But when a third bomb exploded, almost killing the city’s most prolific historical documents dealer, investigators began to take a closer look into the work of a man who was seemingly at the centre of it all.

Black Hands (Stan)

New to Stan this week is the five-part New Zealand drama, BLACK HANDS – telling the real-life story behind one of the country’s most infamous multiple homicide cases. Based on the popular podcast and subsequent book of the same name by journalist Martin van Beynen, the series details the events leading up to and following the 1994 murders of the Bain family in their Dunedin home. Luanne Gordon and Joel Tobeck play parents Margaret and Robin Bain, whose marriage was struggling in part due to Margaret’s paranoid conviction that her husband and children were infected by Satan, as well as her fixation with demolishing their house to build a sanctuary. Richard Crouchley plays David, their eldest son – a university drop-out who spent his days doting on his mother before claiming to have found his entire family gunned down upon returning from his morning paper route.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 12 March:

Roald Dahl’s The Witches (Telstra TV Box Office)

Anne Hathaway, Chris Rock, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci star in the delightfully fun new take on a family favourite: ROALD DAHL’S THE WITCHES, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. When a young orphaned boy (Jahzir Bruno) is approached by a strange woman offering candy, his grandmother (Spencer) warns him of the danger of witches and their sinister plot to exterminate all children. Fearing her grandson has been targeted by a witch, Grandma decides they should hide out for a while at a luxury coastal resort. But unwittingly, she picks the very same venue chosen by the Grand High Witch (Hathaway) for her upcoming convention – and they arrive just as the witches of the world begin to descend. As plans are unveiled to transform every child on earth into a mouse, it’s not long before the boy and his new friend Bruno fall prey. But with savvy Gran on their side, they just might outsmart these diabolical sorceresses.

Genera+ion (BINGE)

New to BINGE this week is the HBO Max Original coming-of-age series, GENERA+ION – with the first three episodes available to stream now. Executive Produced by Lena Dunham, the series takes a somewhat serious, somewhat tongue-in-cheek look into the lives of a group of high schoolers navigating love, loyalty and family. Shown from each of the unique perspectives of its characters, the very snackable 30 minute episodes introduce us to Chester (Justice Smith), the charismatic star water polo player testing the limits of the school’s dress code and its new guidance counsellor (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett); Nathan, who has a crush on Chester and meets him with the help of his friend Riley (Chase Sui Wonders); Nathan’s close sister Naomi (Chloe East), who discovers a secret her brother’s been keeping from her; and Greta (Haley Sanchez), who is struggling with her mother’s deportation to Mexico.

Making Their Mark (Amazon Prime Video)

Get a behind-the-scenes look into the AFL season that almost didn’t happen with the seven-part docuseries, MAKING THEIR MARK – streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. When COVID-19 reached Australia in early 2020, season preparations were already well underway and the league was forced to quickly rethink how the game could be played – and watched by fans – under a rapidly growing number of social distancing restrictions and health regulations. The series takes an in-depth look into how the season unfolded for the players, coaches and executives from six teams, their struggles with injuries, isolation from family, maintaining motivation and the intensity of competition – especially across the 20-day, 33-game “Footy Frenzy” condensed rounds – and culminating in an historic Grand Final, played for the first time in the game’s history outside of Victoria.

Manhunt: Deadly Games (Stan)

Discover the incredibly true story behind the case of the Olympic Park Bomber in MANHUNT: DEADLY GAMES, with all ten episodes available to stream now on Stan. During an outdoor rock concert to welcome the world’s spectators to the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, a pipe bomb was detonated from a backpack beneath a park bench – sending shrapnel throughout the crowd that killed one woman and wounded hundreds more. Many more could have died that day, if not for the actions of overzealous security guard Richard Jewell (played by Cameron Britton). But while Jewell is praised as an instant hero by the media, to the shock and delight of his mother (Judith Light), a former employer informs the FBI that the man is mentally unstable. Suddenly, Jewell becomes the prime suspect in what will become a five-year manhunt to track down the truth.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 5 March:

The Walking Dead (BINGE)

The final six episodes of THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 10 are here at last, streaming weekly on BINGE from Monday 1 March. Now that the Whisperer War is over, our survivors are left to deal with the aftermath. Fan-favourite Maggie is back (played by Lauren Cohan) – and given what Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) did to her husband Glen (Steven Yeun) back in season six, she’s understandably less than thrilled about him being released. And Negan should be worried too about what Maggie’s return will mean for his place in the community. But Maggie might just have bigger things to worry about than settling old scores – the survivors face a chilling new threat from a group called The Reapers and an as-yet unknown character named “Pope”, revealed by a Reaper attacker right before calmly blowing himself up.

Tell Me Your Secrets (Amazon Prime Video)

From the Executive Producer of Big Little Lies and The Undoing comes the intensely gripping psychological thriller series, TELL ME YOUR SECRETS – with all ten episodes available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video. Lily Rabe stars as Emma, a woman working to rebuild her life with a new identity in the Witness Protection Program after her boyfriend Kit (Xavier Samuel) was sent to prison for murdering several women in Louisiana. By day she’s trying to fit in without getting too close to anyone – and at night she’s troubled by horrific visions, but unclear about whether they’re just nightmares or actually memories of her involvement. Meanwhile, Amy Brenneman plays Mary, a mother desperately trying to find her missing daughter, who was taken seven years earlier. Hiring a convicted serial predator (Hamish Linklater), just out of jail and looking to redeem his soul, the lines between right and wrong are dangerously blurred in this compelling and mysterious series.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2021 (SBS On Demand)

It’s that time of the year again: The annual LGBTQI+ celebration that is the SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS PARADE is on this Saturday 6 March, streaming live around the world (that’s right, no geo–block) from 7:30pm (AEDT) on SBS On Demand. If you were wondering if the pandemic was going to rain on this parade, then think again. As one of the first significant Pride events in the world to be staged since COVID-19 hit, to ensure the social distancing of spectators and participants this year the parade will sashay on over from its usual Oxford Street parade route to the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground. Hosted by comedians Joel Creasey and Zoë Coombs Marr, drag performer Courtney Act and television presenter Narelda Jacobs, there won’t be the large floats we’re used to – but you can be sure there will still be an abundance of fabulous costumes and glittering performances to brighten your night.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn February 26, 2021

Action blockbusters, a chilling crime drama, an Aussie comedy and a great sports offer: check out our top picks of the month on Telstra TV.

Wonder Woman 1984 (Telstra TV Box Office)

Dust off your shoulder-pads, grab your parachute pants and get set for adventure with the Express Release of WONDER WOMAN 1984 – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Gal Gadot plays the ageless Diana Prince, now in the 1980s working as a curator for the Smithsonian, while secretly keeping the Washington DC streets – and shopping malls – safe as Wonder Woman. Envied by her awkward colleague Barbara (played by Kristen Wiig), life starts to change for the pair when the museum acquires an ancient wish-granting Dreamstone. But when the artefact falls into the hands of a failing businessman played by Pedro Pascal, a new supervillain emerges with an endless appetite for unrestrained power.

Clarice (Stan)

Dig deeper into the story behind infamous FBI Agent Clarice Starling in the gritty new crime drama series, CLARICE – streaming now, only on Stan. Australia’s Rebecca Breeds plays Clarise, a talented yet tormented FBI recruit – returning to the Bureau a year after solving the very disturbing and high-profile case depicted in The Silence of the Lambs. Now working in the Violent Crimes Apprehension Unit under the command of a resentful new boss, she’s tasked with tracking down a new serial killer, all the while confronting her own trauma head-on. Watch new episodes of Clarice weekly, same day as the US, only on Stan.

The End (Foxtel Now)

Streaming on Foxtel Now this month is the new Australian comedy-drama series, THE END – with the complete season available to watch now on-demand. Dame Harriet Walter plays Edie, an elderly widow determined to check out of life on her own terms. But when things don’t quite go according to plan, she’s shipped off to the Gold Coast to live with her daughter Kate and grandchildren – played by Frances O’Connor, Morgan Davies and Ingrid Torelli. Or at least that’s what she’s expecting. Instead, Kate – a palliative care doctor with mixed feelings about euthanasia – places Edie in a nearby retirement village, where she learns a thing or two about living – from rebellious fellow resident, Pamela, played by Noni Hazlehurst.

Greenland (Amazon Prime Video)

Brace for impact! Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin star in the thrilling new disaster movie, GREENLAND – streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. As the world watches and waits for interstellar comet “Clarke” to fly closely past the Earth, a large fragment breaks off and collides with central Florida – decimating cities and sending shockwaves across the state. With news of even larger fragments on their way – capable of wiping out mankind altogether, engineer John Garrity and his family are offered refuge in an exclusive underground bunker in Greenland. But with the world in chaos and time running out, they’ll have to fight hard to stick together and stay alive.

Kayo: An exciting offer for Telstra consumer customers

Stream over 50 sports live and on-demand with Kayo, the game-changing sports app on Telstra TV. Whether you’re into the footy, cricket, basketball, motorsports or all of the above, sport lives here – and you can catch all the action, available in HD, including match and race replays, game highlights, award-winning documentaries and more – streaming on your Telstra TV and across your favourite devices.

Plus, Telstra consumer customers can get Kayo Basic for only $15 per month for 12 months – that’s a saving of $10 per month off the standard monthly price for a whole year! And it’s month to month, so you have the freedom to cancel at any time. Sign in to hub.telstra.com.au/kayo with your Telstra account to find out if you’re eligible and redeem this offer by the 31st of May 2021. Then, simply log into your Kayo account on your Telstra TV to watch the action on your big screen.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 19 February:

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?
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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.

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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.

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