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Rewarding a rising star in Australian ballet


Posted on December 3, 2018

2 min read

Jade Wood, senior artist with The Australian Ballet, has been selected as the winner of our annual Telstra Ballet Dancer Award for 2018, and will receive a $20,000 prize. Now in its 16th year, the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award recognises emerging talent in the field of ballet, encouraging the dancers to thrive in their pursuit of excellence in the art form.

Jade started dancing at the age of three in Cairns, Queensland and has dedicated her professional life to ballet since. After attending the Australian Ballet School in Melbourne from 2004, she toured with The Dancers Company in 2009 and 2010 and then joined The Australian Ballet a year later. Since then, she’s travelled to the US, China and UK for performances and was recently promoted to senior artist with the company in 2018.

The 2018 Telstra Ballet Dancer Award winner, Jade Wood.

Over the 16 years that we have funded the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award, it has become a key metric for success in the art and a career highlight for some of Ballet’s finest talent. It is one of the longest running arts partnerships in Australia, alongside our ongoing sponsorship of the Telstra NATSIAA.

We’re incredibly proud of our partnership with The Australian Ballet, connecting audiences to the grace and joy of the art and enabling Australia’s best ballet dancers to excel in their already outstanding careers.

Our judges included Telstra’s Carmel Mulhern (Group Executive, Legal and Corporate Affairs) and myself, Libby Christie – Executive Director of The Australian Ballet and David McAllister – Artistic Director, as well as journalist Cecily Ryan from the Sunday Telegraph.

The winner of the Telstra Ballet Dancer Award was announced on stage at the end of the opening night performance of Cinderella at the Sydney Opera House. As part of the Award, public voting also saw Jade announced as the winner of the Telstra People’s Choice Award, with an additional $5,000 prize.

The six dancers nominated for the award this year were coryphée Nathan Brook, coryphée Corey Herbert, soloist Brodie James (also a 2016 nominee), soloist Rina Nemoto (2014 nominee), senior artist Jade Wood (2016 and 2014 nominee) and corps de ballet Lucien Xu.

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


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.

Tags: Foxtel, Kayo, sport,

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 More about 4K and iQ4, customer eligibility, and Foxtel from Telstra is available at Telstra CrowdSupport.

Tags: cricket, Foxtel, sport,

A-League kicks off for 2019: watch more football live, fast and data-free


Posted on October 15, 2018

3 min read

We’re adding even more talent to our Telstra Live Pass roster with the launch of the 2019 A-League season on our My Football Live App. The first game between Adelaide United and Sydney FC will kick-start the A-League’s 14th season, and we think it’s the most exciting one yet.

For the first time, we’re bringing the A-League and other fixtures like select FFA Cup, Westfield W-League and Caltex Socceroos and Westfield Matildas games to Telstra Live Pass in the 2018/19 season. Whether you’re more into a high-profile clash between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory, or you’re a grassroots supporter of the W-League, you can catch the action live, fast and data-free on Live Pass.

Kane Washington, our GM of Sport – Product and Consumer Experience, is understandably excited for the season kick-off – and for the extra value it brings our mobile customers. “We’re thrilled to finally see the Hyundai A-League make its debut on our network this weekend, and expect the addition of the world game to really appeal to our customers.”

Following the announcement of the deal between Football Federation Australia and Telstra in May, the My Football Live App has already streamed select domestic and international fixtures in the lead up the A-League 2019 round one fixture between Adelaide United at home against defending minor premiers Sydney FC.

We’ve secured the live mobile rights for Hyundai A-League games until 2023 – and that means a year-round spectacle from Australia’s leading football codes on our network, no matter what you’re interested in.

Washington says that 2.3 million viewers already stream sport through our various NRL, AFL and Netball Live Passes, and this new streaming deal is going to help that number rise, saying “we expect that number to grow further with the addition of the My Football Live App.”

A record-breaking weekend of streaming saw us deliver video to over 1.2 million of our customers using our sports apps, and even on a regular weekend over 40 million minutes of sports streaming shows that Aussies are keen to watch their favourite codes wherever they are. Those numbers are only set to rise, too – this year alone we’ve seen a 58 per cent jump in the overall numbers of customers streaming games.

We’re making it easier than ever for our mobile network to handle this load, too, using innovative technology like LTE-Broadcast on our AFL Live Official app for better quality video and audio, even in high network traffic areas. This also frees up capacity and bandwidth on the network for other customers, as well as for future growth and new services.

The live, fast and data free streaming of the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League season will be available to all Telstra mobile customers. Non-Telstra customers can purchase a $99.99 annual Live Pass, $16.99 monthly Live Pass, $4.99 weekly Live Pass.

Benefits for Telstra customers don’t end at access to streaming on the go, with the inclusion of $20 Telstra Thanks® tickets to select A-League matches, as well as a number of Socceroos and Matlidas home fixtures from as little as $15, so fans can experience the thrill of football live.

You can now download the My Football Live App from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Newcastle Knights win 2018 Telstra NRL ‘Most Streamed Team’ Award


Posted on September 27, 2018

3 min read

The Newcastle Knights have taken out the award for the 2018 Telstra NRL ‘Most streamed team’ at this year’s Dally M Awards ceremony.

In just its second year, the award recognises the team that had the highest number of viewers streaming their matches using the Telstra Live Pass on the NRL Official App across the entire home and away regular season.

To claim the distinction, the Knights – watched by a cumulative audience of 1.7 million fans throughout the season – had to fend of challenges from last year’s winning team, the Manly Sea Eagles, as well as the New Zealand Warriors and Melbourne Storm, who all made the top four.

The Warriors’ run into the final-four places was aided in no small part to playing in the year’s most streamed game – their round seven home clash against the St. George Illawarra Dragons.

Telstra’s multi-sport Live Passes currently deliver year-round action to 2.3 million subscribers – a 92% increase on last year – allowing eligible Telstra mobile customers access to matches live, fast, and data-free.

The NRL Official App delivered almost 400 million minutes of exciting rugby league action to a fan base that grew by an incredible 60 per cent this year.


In the battle of the states, rugby league fans in New South Wales can claim bragging rights over their Queensland rivals both on and off the pitch this year, with just over half of all streams being consumed within the blue state.

Queensland led Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, and the ACT for the minor places, but promisingly for the expansion of the game nationally, there is good interest in rugby league mobile streaming coast-to-coast.

Presenting the Award to Knight’s Captain, Mitchell Pearce, was Telstra Head of Marketing, Jeremy Nicholas.

“This great growth really has a lot to do with how close many of the games were this year, and how they were decided in the final moments of the match,” he said.

“We’re always looking at new ways to engage fans and customers who love rugby league, and when we can, provide them with unforgettable experiences like attending the Grand Final in person.

“The demand for streaming on the go is unparalleled, and we are committed to continuing to bring games to life in more places, live, fast, and data-free, on Australia’s best mobile network.”

2018 NRL ‘Most Streamed Team’

The Newcastle Knights

Most Streamed Game of 2018

Round 7, NZ Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons

Top three ranked states for streaming


Most streamed game for award finalists

  • Newcastle Knights, Rd 7 vs Wests Tigers
  • NZ Warriors, Rd 7 vs St. George Illawarra Dragons
  • Manly Sea Eagles, Rd 12 vs Canberra Raiders
  • Melbourne Storm, Rd 2 vs Wests Tigers

Download the NRL Official App now from the App Store or Play Store and register for NRL Live Pass to stream 2019 Telstra NRL Premiership matches live, fast and for Telstra customers, data-free.