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Giving you the choice to add the sports you love with the launch of Kayo

Entertainment

Posted on November 27, 2018

2 min read

As Australians, we love our sport – and there’s a lot of it out there to enjoy! That’s why we’re excited to be the exclusive telco partner for Kayo, the new all-you-can-eat sports streaming service from Foxtel that promises an unparalleled range of live sport and extra content.

Not only is Kayo built around a huge variety of live sports – over 50 different codes and leagues at launch – it also offers catch-up and on-demand viewing of full matches and highlights, as well as supporting content like documentaries, interviews and expert analysis.

It’s a service that’s built for sports lovers from the ground up – even to the point of including a ‘No Spoilers’ mode that blocks scores and news until you’ve caught up on the games and matches you love.

No matter what sports you’re into there’s an excellent chance Kayo has you covered — from AFL and cricket to the World Surf League and Formula One.

And you’ll be able to follow all your sporting heroes – from Neymar and Messi in European football to Simmons and James in the NBA.

Kayo is available as a no lock-in monthly subscription starting from $25 per month. And you can trial the service free for 14 days.

We’re making it simple to subscribe to Kayo. Post-Paid mobile and home broadband customers can add it to their Telstra accounts and have all their services on one bill.

This means you’ll be able to choose from the best of entertainment, sport, tech and accessories at Telstra, with the flexibility to add them to your account and pay as you go.

And today, we will add Kayo to our line-up of Telstra TV apps, too, so you can kick back on the couch and enjoy the action on the big screen.

We’re proud to be partnering with Kayo to bring you the best sports whether you’re streaming on the go using Australia’s best mobile network or kicking back at home.

You can find out more about Kayo here.

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It’s time for 4K cricket on Foxtel from Telstra

Telstra News

Posted on November 26, 2018

3 min read

Foxtel is now broadcasting the summer cricket season in 4K, with all men’s international matches and selected KFC Big Bash League matches showing on a new dedicated 4K channel. It’s the first year of a six-year agreement between Foxtel and Cricket Australia, and fans are the ones that benefit.

To mark the momentous occasion, as well as to celebrate Diwali – the multi-day Hindu festival of lights that celebrates the victory of good over evil and light over darkness – we welcomed Australian cricketing greats and FOX CRICKET commentators Allan Border and Ian Healy into our Parramatta store to meet our customers and share the spirit.

The legends were in town to mark Diwali with some avid cricket fans, giving out signed miniature FOX SPORTS cricket bats and cricket balls to customers, media and our own store staff. We also caught up with Allan and Ian to ask them their thoughts on the upcoming season which they’ll be commentating on.

According to the duo, you should be keeping a clear watch out for Shaun Marsh, Virat Kholi and Usman Khawaja this cricket season. Whichever match you tune in to, though, you won’t be disappointed – not only is Australia’s bowling solid, but the line-up of upcoming matches proves to make for a spectacle worthy of 4K Ultra High Definition.

4K offers four times the resolution of Full HD, which means you’ll be able to see more detail and a clearer, crisper picture when you tune in. After the debut broadcast of the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 Supercars race in 4K, cricket is the star of Foxtel’s new 4K channel.

You’ll be able to watch this summer’s cricket in 4K on Foxtel from Telstra using the new iQ4 set-top box, as long as you have a compatible 4K TV and are subscribed to a Sport and HD packages.

If you don’t have a 4K TV, you can still watch FOX CRICKET with a host of commentary, analysis and opinion, with the Foxtel from Telstra Sports package. The Entertainment + Sport + HD package, which includes both FOX CRICKET and the Foxtel 4K channels, starts from only $39 a month over 12 months, for new Foxtel from Telstra customers.

(Note that the minimum cost $568.03 includes $100 standard installation, $0 iQ box and a 1c per channel per year charge also applies for Chelsea TV, MUTV and LFCTV. After the first 12 months, you’ll roll over onto a $58/month, month-to-month subscription.)

With a summer of sports and entertainment, we are making it really easy for customers to add Foxtel from Telstra to their plans. Find out how we’re giving customers more choice to add on the things they love.

4K and iQ4 – Foxtel from Telstra: From 4 November, for the first time, cricket will be broadcast in 4K on Foxtel’s new 4K channel when Australia takes on South Africa in the first ODI. Across summer, fans will be able to watch every men’s international Test, ODI and T20 match played in Australia plus 16 BBL matches in 4K on channel 444. To access 4K features you will need an iQ4, compatible HDMI cable, compatible 4K TV and subscription to the HD and Sport Packages (included in Platinum HD). Any other connected equipment must also be compatible with Foxtel’s 4K UHD Standard. For more info see Foxtel.com.au/compatibility. More about 4K and iQ4, customer eligibility, and Foxtel from Telstra is available at Telstra CrowdSupport.

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Vantage 2018: the business of sport

Telstra Vantage™ Entertainment

Posted on September 20, 2018

4 min read

Straight from Telstra Vantage™, hear more about how industry is transforming itself for the future from inspirational thinkers in an open discussion with host Adam Spencer.

Subscribe to the Telstra Vantage™ – Behind the Mic podcast now on iTunes, Whooshka or your favourite podcasting app.

Sport is changing, and the business side of it especially is in a constant state of flux. For AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and Foxtel CEO Patrick Delany, that’s what makes right now such an exciting time to be in it. Telstra Vantage – the pre-eminent business, ideas and technology experience makes its highly anticipated return this September, touching down at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre right in the heart of Melbourne’s iconic CBD.

Speaking in a Business of Sport panel at Telstra Vantage™ 2018, Delany noted that these days – at least from a broadcaster’s perspective – trends and changes happen so quickly that everything is urgent.

There’s been an uptick in the number of disruptors in the business over the past five years, he said, driven largely by new technology and changing media consumption habits. Viewership is shifting away from free-to-air broadcast into cable TV and a plethora of digital viewing options. And the stakes are large, with $20-30 million decisions in a landscape with hundreds of millions or billions of dollars in revenue each year.

On the technology front, the big ticket item is currently the emergence of 4K. High definition was a big step up – five times the resolution of standard definition – but 4K is another four times bigger than that.

Shifting, diverging audiences

Telstra Enterprise Group Executive Brendon Riley noted that this year was the one where mobile sports viewing took off, which puts pressure on traditional free-to-air and cable broadcasting. To McLachlan and Delany, that’s proof of how consumption is changing.

Of the 1.7 million people who watched the Melbourne vs Hawthorn AFL game last week, for instance, Foxtel had around 460,000 hardcore fans watching ad-free siren-to-siren with deep analysis, while Channel 7 offered more of a “for everyone” TV presentation style and Telstra’s mobile coverage of the game allowed fans to jump in and out as they went about their lives.

Delany noted that a lot of this digital growth is not new viewers. It’s not an ever-expanding audience pie but rather “mostly just pieces moving around,” he said.

Keeping fans engaged

The other side of the disruption in sport is this viewer-led change. It’s how sport is watched and engaged with by fans. McLachlan said that there are a million members paying more than $50 to support their favourite AFL clubs, and many of them don’t even attend the actual games. The key is evolving this emotional connection with fans, and growing the game by bringing in new fans.

The AFL has four key growth platforms for its long-term future: they want to be relevant to children, women, new Australians and to people in New South Wales and Queensland – where the supporter share is lower compared to other football codes.

Every business decision is filtered through these growth plans. McLachlan said that means looking at broadcast and sponsorship deals as long-haul partnerships, not billboards and eyeballs. And it’s much the same for Foxtel with their sports coverage. Delany said they favour sports governing bodies that see the long-view because that then allows more room for innovation with technology and fan engagement.

Moving forward

For Foxtel, 4K is just the tip of the iceberg. The cable TV giant plans to introduce a kind of “Netflix of sport” at some point, gamely disrupting its own business model in recognition of changing consumption patterns. And for the AFL, too, even on the back of a record year for attendances, there’s an understanding that change is a necessity.

When asked if the AFL will change its rules, McLachlan admitted that they’re thinking about it. “If we’re not changing things, in real terms, we’re going backwards,” he said.

The key for them is to continue to take the business forward – to follow the market – without breaking the heritage links with the traditions and history of the game, which means the same thing it does for all businesses with a long history – to look at the core product and enable it to be the best it can be through good research and inclusive customer (or in this case AFL fan)-focused processes.

To watch the full panel session at Telstra Vantage™ 2018, see below.

Oscars 2018: Where to stream this year’s winners and nominees

Entertainment

Posted on March 6, 2018

3 min read

As the 90th annual Academy Awards rewarded the film industry’s finest this week, we look at which of this year’s Oscar winners and nominees are already available for you to stream in the comfort of your own home.

From films and documentaries to television series, here’s where you can find these Oscar winners and nominees on Telstra TV.

Get Out (BigPond Movies and Foxtel Now)

Get Out on BigPond Movies and Foxtel Now

Oscar Winner: best original screenplay

The perfect balance of suspense, comedy and sheer terror, it’s no surprise Get Out took out the top prize for ‘best original screenplay’ at The Oscars. The film follows a young African-American man who visits his rich, Caucasian partner’s family estate, only to uncover the terrifying intention behind their invitation as they struggle with their daughter’s interracial relationship.

Icarus (Netflix)

Icarus on Netflix

Oscar winner: best documentary feature

Winning the Oscar for ‘best documentary’ of 2017, this intense thriller delves into the dark truth behind illegal doping in sports. Filmmaker Bryan Fogel films his chance meeting with a Russian scientist who unveils some of the biggest scandals in sports history. As Putin’s ‘most wanted’ whistle-blower, the scientist reveals everything from swapping out dirty urine, unexplained deaths and undeserved Olympics medals.

Dunkirk (BigPond Movies)

Dunkirk on BigPond Movies

Oscar winner: best sound editing

Deservedly taking out the Oscar for ‘best soundtrack’ in 2017, Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk is a must-watch. With a stellar cast including Kenneth Branagh, Harry Styles and Tom Hardy, excellent talent is accompanied by an incredibly powerful score to produce one of the best modern war films in years. Prepare to experience a string of emotions as the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire 106 minutes, giving real insight into the terrifying World War II battle.

Blade Runner 2049 (BigPond Movies)

Blade Runner 2049 on BigPond Movies

Oscar winner: best visual effects

Winning ‘best visual effects’ at this year’s Oscars, this brilliant sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic does serious justice to Ridley Scott’s original film. Set over 30 years later, new LAPD Officer K (Ryan Gosling) is searching for retired blade runner Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), to help him solve a massive conspiracy following the revelation of a well-protected secret. Packed full of incredible cinematography, A-list actors and show-stopping action, this is one film you can’t miss.

Boss Baby (BigPond Movies)

Boss Baby on BigPond Movies

Oscar nominee: best animated feature film

As much for the adults as it is for the kids, Boss Baby is showing no sign of slowing down as one of the year’s most popular animated films. Coming up only behind Coco at The Oscars, this hilariously universal story follows the impact of a new baby’s arrival on a happy family. Voice overs led by a stellar cast including Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi and Tobey Maguire promise a witty, upbeat dialogue that’ll have you laughing out loud.

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ACCC announces clearance of the Foxtel and Fox Sports merger

Telstra News Entertainment

Posted on December 7, 2017

1 min read

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced this morning that it ‘has decided not to oppose the proposed merger of Fox Sports and Foxtel after finding the transaction would not substantially lessen competition’.

In August 2017, Telstra and News Corp announced our intention to combine Foxtel and Fox Sports Australia into a new company, ‘one that is well positioned to deliver premium sports as well as home-grown, original and international entertainment’.

We today welcomed the ACCC’s decision to clear the combination of Foxtel and Fox Sports into a new company.

The transaction remains subject to the conclusion of definitive agreements and the satisfaction of certain other conditions.

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