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Good News: Get 3 months Flash on us, on selected plans with Telstra

By Ryan Dunn March 11, 2022

There’s so much happening in the world right now, staying up-to-date and informed can often feel like a bit of a mission — especially with all of the different news sources currently available.

To help our customers keep on top of what matters most to them, we’ve teamed up with news streaming service Flash to provide an exclusive offer: From today, Telstra customers who are new to Flash and have a consumer post-paid mobile or home internet plan will get a three-month Flash subscription on us.

Read on to find out more about what Flash has to offer — and, for eligible customers, log in to hub.telstra.com.au/flash with your Telstra ID to get started. Flash monthly fees (currently $8/mth) apply after offer period ends unless you cancel. Cancel anytime, effective at the end of your monthly subscription period.

Stream more than 25 news channels in one place

News meets the Streaming Age with this first-of-its-kind service, offering live and on demand news content that’s curated for you from more than 25 local and global news channels including Sky News, BBC World News, CNN International, Al Jazeera, FOX News Channel, CNBC and many more.

Catch stories as they break or add them to your FlashLists to watch later, to make sure you never miss a moment of what’s going on in the world around you — from the latest headlines with Georgie Tunny, to in-depth expert commentary and the perspectives of your favourite pundits.

Stay up to date with the news topics that interest you

With Flash, you’re in control to get your news and opinions from the channels you trust. You can personalise the news delivered to you by selecting which channels you prefer, as well as what news categories matter most to you from a broad range of topics including politics, business and finance, science and technology, sport and entertainment, weather, health, travel and more.

News that follows you, whenever and wherever it suits you

Sign in to your Flash account from your favourite devices including Telstra TV, mobile, tablet, Apple TV, Chromecast or web browser and your curated, personalised news will always be just a tap away.

Whether you’re catching the morning headlines on your mobile during your commute, saving an interview from your desktop to watch later or settling in on the sofa to watch the entire day’s updates on your TV, your FlashLists will follow you across all your devices. Staying connected and on top of the news has never been more convenient!

Things you need to know

TELSTRA TV: 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.

FLASH OFFER: Flash monthly fees (currently $8/mth) apply after offer period ends unless you cancel. Cancel anytime, effective at the end of your monthly subscription period. Not compatible with some third party billing platforms. One redemption per customer account. If you cancel, you cannot restart the offer. Requires internet and compatible device and sign up to Flash Terms of Service. Data charges apply.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn September 25, 2020

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

Enola Holmes (Netflix)

Get set for mystery and adventure with the teenage sister of the world’s greatest detective, ENOLA HOLMES – streaming now on Netflix. Based on the novel series by Nancy Springer, Millie Bobby Brown and Helena Bonham Carter play Enola and her unconventional mother, Mrs Holmes. When Enola wakes on her sixteenth birthday to find her mother suddenly missing, she’s taken in by her brothers Mycroft and Sherlock, played by Sam Claflin and Henry Cavill. The pair send Enola off to finishing school to become a proper young lady. But it’s not long before she outsmarts them and escapes, teaming up with karate instructor Edith and the young Lord Tewksbury to solve the curious case of her mother’s disappearance.

Power Book II: Ghost (Stan)

From Executive Producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp comes the brand new season of Power – POWER BOOK II: GHOST – streaming now, only on Stan. When Tasha St. Patrick is arrested for the murder of her husband, her son Tariq finds himself truly on his own for the first time. With his mother in jail and his father in the ground, it’s now up to Tariq to get her out – and find a way to pay for the best defense lawyer he can find, played by Cliff “Method Man” Smith. As pressure from the US Attorney mounts, Tariq sees an opportunity to profit from the drug-fuelled parties at his Ivy League college. But getting into business with the ruthless Monet Stewart Tejada, played by Mary J. Blige, could end up changing Tariq in ways he never could have imagined. Watch new episodes of POWER BOOK II: GHOST weekly, only on Stan.

Lazy Susan (Telstra TV Box Office)

For an offbeat comedy with a lot of heart, take LAZY SUSAN for a spin this month on Telstra TV Box Office. Sean Hayes plays Susan, a self-absorbed slacker who spends her days making vision-boards, lying about jobs she doesn’t have and stoking a bitter rivalry with the local KMart manager Velvet, portrayed by Allison Janney. Sponging off her mother – Margot Martindale – to the annoyance of her brother, things take a turn when Susan strikes up a romance with the owner of a trampoline emporium. But when she’s evicted from her home and feels the sudden impact of her selfishness, she’s forced to clean up her act and finally get her life on track.

The Only Way Is Essex (hayu)

The drama continues as the lads and ladies from THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX return this month for a brand new season, streaming now only on hayu. The tans might be fake but the drama is certainly real, as our favourite Brit crew emerge fresh from lockdown to deliver plenty of piping hot romance, rivalries and riotous laughs. Celebrating its tenth anniversary season, expect a few former favourites to make an appearance – with more than a few surprises in store to keep you absolutely hooked.

Vevo, available now on Telstra TV

Watch official music videos from your favourite artists with Vevo, available now on Telstra TV. Get free access to over 450 thousand high definition music videos and live performances from the world’s biggest names in music. And with curated playlists offering hours of music videos across every genre, there’s something to suit every mood. Visit the App Store on your Telstra TV to download the Vevo app today.

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.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 21 September:

Friends (BINGE)

Could you BE more excited? FRIENDS, one of the most iconic sitcoms of the nineties and noughties, is now available to stream on BINGE! Watch all ten seasons and 236 episodes of this much-loved Emmy Award-winning series following the eventful lives and hilarious quirks of New York roommates Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Joey, Ross and Chandler. In roles that made the actors household names, go back to where it all began for Jennifer Aniston, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Courteney Cox, David Schwimmer and Matthew Perry. And while you’re at it, why not check out the other great sitcoms BINGE has to offer including Seinfeld, Modern Family, The Office and The Big Bang Theory.

Ratched (Netflix)

Creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan are back again with a brand new ultra-stylish Netflix drama series, RATCHED. Starring Sarah Paulson as Nurse Mildred Ratched, the series was inspired by the notoriously callous character of the same name from ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’. Set in 1947, this prequel series begins with the meticulously-dressed Mildred arriving at Lucia State Hospital in Northern California to seek work as a mental health nurse. The facility is known for its disturbing experimental treatments and it’s not long before we find out that the manipulative Mildred has sinister ulterior motives for joining their ranks. Also starring Judy Davis, Sharon Stone, Cynthia Nixon and Vincent D’Onofrio, stream all eight episodes from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 18 September.

Des (Stan)

David Tennant stars in the gripping true-crime miniseries DES, with all three episodes available to stream now on Stan. When a maintenance worker discovers human bones in the drain of a London flat in 1983, Detective Peter Jay (Daniel Mays) begins questioning its occupant Dennis “Des” Nilsen. Intelligent, calm and completely forthcoming, the former police officer admits to a series of 15 murders committed over the past five years. Preying on vulnerable young men including addicts and the homeless, the otherwise unremarkable Des is unable to offer a reason for his crimes – attracting the interest of biographer, Brian Masters (Jason Watkins), who spent many hours interviewing Nilson to write, ‘Killing for Company’ upon which the series is based.

Unlocked (Telstra TV Box Office)

For an action-packed conspiracy thriller, check out UNLOCKED available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Noomi Rapace plays Alice Racine, a former CIA interrogator who left her job after being unable to stop a terrorist attack in Paris responsible for taking the lives of many. Now living in London and working undercover as a social worker to gather intel for MI5 Chief Emily Knowles (Toni Collette), she’s brought back into the fold by her mentor (Michael Douglas) when the agency – headed by John Malkovich – learns of another imminent terror plot in London involving biological weapons. But during an interrogation of a captured cell member, it becomes clear the operation is an elaborate setup and Racine narrowly escapes. Now on the run, she is forced to team up with a small-time burglar and former marine, Jack (Orlando Bloom) to work out who she can trust and ultimately put a stop to the potentially deadly attack.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 4 September:

Ava (Telstra TV Box Office)

Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell, John Malkovich and Common star in the action-packed assassin thriller, AVA – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Chastain plays Ava Faulkner, a highly-skilled black ops hitwoman with a penchant for talking to her targets and questioning the orders she’s given. When she’s tasked with executing a high-ranking German General and making it look like a heart attack, she’s caught in the act and forced to improvise – getting out, but ultimately blowing the secrecy of the operation. While her handler and mentor Duke (Malkovich) urges her to lie low while the situation calms down, his superior Simon (Farrell) goes into damage control and orders Ava to be taken out before the job can be traced back to the firm.

Away (Netflix)

Two-time Academy Award winner Hilary Swank stars in the stirring space saga, AWAY – with all ten episodes streaming on Netflix from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 4 September. Leading the first manned mission to Mars, astronaut Emma Green (Swank) is suddenly confronted with the reality of living out her dreams while being worlds apart from her husband, Matt (Josh Charles) and daughter, Alexis (Talitha Bateman) for the journey’s three year duration. As the dangerous high-stakes mission progresses, that sacrifice becomes increasingly difficult for Emma and her international crew – especially when her husband’s health takes a turn. From the acclaimed producer of ‘Friday Night Lights’, Jason Katims, this soaring drama series is both visually spectacular and emotionally compelling.

Raised by Wolves (Foxtel Now)

Acclaimed sci-fi director and producer Ridley Scott makes his television directorial debut with RAISED BY WOLVES, streaming weekly each Thursday on Foxtel Now. Set in a future where Earth has been almost entirely decimated, a pair of androids named “Mother” (played by Amanda Collin) and “Father” (Abubakar Salim) are planted on the uninhabited planet Kepler-22b to raise a colony of humans. But when their attempts to nurture the lives of six children fail until they’re left with only one boy remaining, Father decides the only thing left to do is to contact a group of survivors from Earth known as the “Mithraic” – led by Marcus (Travis Fimmel) – to take the child back to his own kind. Feeling betrayed and with fundamentally different beliefs to the Mithraic, Mother lashes out – determined to protect her son by any means necessary.

I Am Woman (Stan)

Be swept away by the uplifting life story of Australian singer-songwriter Helen Reddy in the Stan Original film, I AM WOMAN. Played by Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Reddy begins her journey in 1966 when she leaves Australia’s shores for her chance at a big break in New York City. A single mother at the time, she struggles to gain a foothold in the music industry with a number of male executives outright dismissing her. But that all starts to turn around when she befriends journalist Lillian Roxon (Danielle Macdonald) and meets aspiring young talent agent Jeff Wald (Evan Peters), with whom she falls in love and eventually marries. Gaining superstar status with a slew of hit singles including the titular women’s movement anthem “I Am Woman”, the film is an inspiring look into the drive and dedication of one woman to make her mark on music history.

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10 of the most iconic music videos to stream with Vevo on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn September 9, 2020

With over 450,000 music videos and live performances now available to stream with Vevo on Telstra TV, we pick 10 of the most classic, creative and celebrated to help get the party started in your living room.

Bad – Michael Jackson

Directed by one of Hollywood’s most influential filmmakers, Martin Scorsese, the Prince of Pop’s second single from the album of the same name was given the royal treatment with the production of an 18-minute short film written by screenwriter Richard Price (of HBO’s ‘The Wire’, ‘The Night Of’ and ‘The Outsider’) and shot by Michael Chapman (‘Ghostbusters II’, ‘Kindergarten Cop’ and ‘The Fugitive’). One of the most expensive of its time, the music video was inspired by the movie ‘West Side Story’ and features an elaborately choreographed dance battle designed to prove to a fellow gang member – played by Wesley Snipes in one of his first roles – that the buckle-clad, moonwalking MJ still has street cred despite cleaning up his act at school.

Girls Just Want To Have Fun – Cyndi Lauper

From one of the most expensive to one of the thriftiest, the music video for Cyndi Lauper’s debut single was reportedly made on a shoestring budget – filmed and edited on borrowed equipment from ‘SNL’ producer Lorne Michaels and starring her own mother, brother, manager and a colourful cast of friends including Dan Aykroyd as Beldar Conehead and WWF manager Lou Albano who played Cyndi’s father. The cameo actually led to a crossover wrestling match on MTV, with Lauper wielding her “Purse of Doom” in the ring. As the feminist anthem for a generation, it’s not surprising that the video was the very first to be awarded MTV’s Video Music Award for Best Female Video at the network’s inaugural VMA ceremony.

Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) – Beyoncé

Fast-forward 25 years and you might remember a controversy surrounding that very same VMA for Best Female Video. During Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for ‘You Belong with Me’, Kanye West stormed the stage, snatched the microphone and said, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!” And look, he’s not wrong. Choreographed by Frank Gatson Jr, who has won the most VMAs of any choreographer for his work with artists like Beyoncé, Salt-n-Pepa and En Vogue, the video’s hugely popular dance routine was inspired by Broadway legend Bob Fosse’s ‘Mexican Breakfast’ dance number performed on the Ed Sullivan Show back in 1969. Thankfully, ‘Single Ladies’ went on to win Best Video of the night and all was made right in the world.

Learn to Fly – Foo Fighters

And if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then parody is taking that appreciation to a whole new hilarious level. Directed by television director Jesse Peretz (‘Girls’, ‘Nurse Jackie’, ‘Orange Is the New Black’), the video is set aboard a jet flight reminiscent of 1970s movies ‘Airplane!’, ‘Airport 1975’ and ‘Airport ’77’. When the drug-smuggling cleaning crew played by Jack Black and Kyle Gass from Tenacious D inadvertently spike the coffee, the entire crew and passengers (almost entirely played by the Foo Fighters themselves in moustaches, wigs and fat suits) end up off their faces, forcing Dave Grohl, Nate Mendel and Taylor Hawkins to land the plane and save the day. A well-deserved winner of the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Short Form Video.

So What – P!nk

Directed by Dave Meyers, the prolific director behind iconic pop videos like Missy Elliott’s ‘Work It’, Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy, Katy Perry’s Swish Swish, Ariana Grande’sNo Tears Left to Cry’, Harry Styles’ Adore You and many more – ‘So What’ sees Australia’s favourite pop-rockstar flipping her middle finger to the world following a separation from husband Carey Hart. Holding up traffic as she rides down Sunset Boulevard astride a lawnmower, chainsawing down trees carved with love-hearts, streaking on red carpets and having her own hair set alight in the salon, the video offers the perfect mix of defiant individuality and self-deprecation P!nk is loved for.

Upside Down & Inside Out – OK Go

Known for their creatively elaborate music videos mostly filmed in one take and without any visual effects, alongside Vevo you’re also likely to find OK Go’s artistic music videos playing in renowned galleries like the Guggenheim and New York’s Museum of the Moving Image. Directed by lead singer Damian Kulash’s sister, director and choreographer Trish Sie, the hugely ambitious video for ‘Upside Down & Inside Out’ was shot in zero gravity – achieving the band’s acrobatic spins and flips thanks to a Russian cosmonaut training aircraft flying in a parabolic flight path. If that sounds a bit too technical, check out the behind-the-scenes video, also on Vevo.

Chandelier – Sia

Stripping back all the bells and whistles (and buttons) and focusing solely on the emotive movement of young dancer Maddie Ziegler, the uniquely stark video for the debut single of album ‘1000 Forms of Fear’ helped Aussie musician Sia break through to international success. The iconic blonde wig worn by Ziegler in the video was also worn by Sia herself, albeit with a longer fringe to obscure her face from all live performances promoting the single and subsequent releases from the album. Ziegler often accompanied Sia in her live performances – performing a variation on the video’s routine, choreographed by Ryan Heffington. In some, Ziegler was replaced with actors such as Lena Dunham and Kristen Wiig – wearing the same signature blonde bob and flesh-toned leotard. And in the video for the subsequent single, Elastic Heart, Ziegler is joined in an interpretive dance duet by actor Shia LaBeouf.

Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO

Speaking of Aussie hits, the dance move made popular by LMFAO’s 2011 chart topper ‘Party Rock Anthem’ is rumoured to have originated in Melbourne’s 1980s underground rave scene. Filmed on the “New York Street” set of the Warner Bros Studios backlot where countless other movies and music videos have been made (including the Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars hit Uptown Funk’ and U2’s Elevation’), the video sees electro-dance duo Redfoo and SkyBlu wake from party rocking induced comas to find the world around them has been overrun by zombies – à la the movie ‘28 Days Later’. Only these are everyday-shuffling zombies, infected by the unstoppable energy and fun-loving vibe of this decade-defining hit.

Rain On Me – Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande

Premiering during the pandemic – and with a video that was shot shortly before COVID-19 closed down filming in Los Angeles – the latest single from pop superstar Lady Gaga saw the artist take home the award for Song of the Year and Collaboration of the Year (with Ariana Grande) at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. The eleven-time Grammy winner’s latest video combines high-contrast hot pink costumes, impressive visual effects and catchy choreography designed by Gaga’s long-time collaborator Richard Jackson to be easily mimicked and shared online among TikTok users. The song’s uplifting message of focusing on the positive when surrounded by life’s mounting struggles is also incredibly timely.

Despacito – Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee

The most viewed music video of all time, ‘Despacito’ from Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, is currently sitting at 6.9 billion views on YouTube – eclipsing its closest rivals by more than 2 billion views and helping to earn the artist seven Guinness World Records including Most viewed video online, Most liked video online, Most streamed track worldwide and First YouTube video to receive 5 billion views. An official remix of the song performed by Justin Bieber in English and Spanish alongside Fonsi also helped the track reach wider audiences and break the record for most number of weeks atop Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.

Head to the App Store on your Telstra TV to download Vevo and start streaming today.

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

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.

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Dance like nobody’s watching, as Vevo enters your living room with Telstra TV

By Rebecca Haagsma September 9, 2020

If video killed the radio star, music videos’ days aren’t numbered just yet! Thanks to our friends at Vevo – the world-leading, all-premium music video platform – there’s a standalone app for music videos coming to Telstra TV.

From today, Telstra TV users will be able to watch content from the biggest stars on the planet across all genres of music as they navigate the 450,000 videos on offer from Vevo.

2020 has been a hard year for the media industry, with some long-loved music-video channels departing from our screens, and with live music at a standstill, there is something reassuring that the medium that shows the creativity of artists and filmmakers will have a dedicated home on one of Australia’s most popular SVOD devices.

In this ‘new normal’, fans are increasingly turning to premium music videos to discover new artists, keep up with their current favorites, and reminisce with their past.

Vevo connects artists with their audience globally via music videos and original content, working directly with them to find unique ways to bring their music to life. Vevo also works with emerging artists, providing them with a platform of global scale and reach.

We’re delighted to be bringing Vevo to our Telstra TV users, and know how much they love and enjoy the range of music content already available. The addition of Vevo will only enrich that experience, and further extend on our ambition to become the best aggregator of entertainment for our customers.

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Telstra TV goes from strength to strength

The addition of Vevo to Telstra TV further bolsters the sport and entertainment offering of one of Australia’s most popular SVOD devices – with over 1.65m devices shipped to customers to-date.

With over forty apps now available for download, the selection for users since the introduction of the third-generation device has expanded to include Kayo, Binge, Spotify, Amazon Prime Video, Plex, and Kanopy – among others.

2020 has had a marked impact for obvious reasons on audience viewing habits due to national lockdowns. A new free-to-air audience record for the device was set at the conclusion of this year’s Australian Open tennis, before jumping again to 20% above the average and remaining constant since.

Telstra TV Box Office’s Movies and TV store have also proved a hit, with a record month in April with sales up 78% from the previous year.

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A brief history of Australian television: from black-and-white to streaming day and night

By Luke Hopewell July 29, 2020

“Good evening, and welcome to television”. Those were the first words uttered on Australian television airwaves in 1956. For 64 years, we’ve been laughing, crying and shouting at our televisions. The stories got bigger, as did the screens, and everyone has their own show. This is how we got here.

Before there was streaming; before TV had profiles, and before anyone knew what 4K even meant, there was the simple idea that good, entertaining and informative content could be beamed into people’s homes via the airwaves. As we celebrate the launch of BINGE – Australia’s unturnoffable streaming service and home of premium, award-winning content – we wanted to look back at just how we got to this place of incredible small-screen storytelling. Find out how you can get a year of BINGE on Telstra.

Welcome to television

Bruce Gyngell was his name.

The man who spoke those warm and welcoming words to Australians on September 16, 1956. At 7pm, he appeared for the very first time, even credited as the “First Host” on the screen.

He wore a suit and a bowtie, and viewers in Sydney and Melbourne were warmly ushered into a new age of modern information and entertainment.

Television was more than just a fly-by-night fad, however. Australians had been shown the possibilities of wireless images beamed into their homes at a number of demonstrations over the previous two decades.

Experimental transmissions were happening in Brisbane back in 1934, and others around the nation were able to see local demonstrations of television in town halls throughout the country in the 1940s.

Demonstrations aside, however, come September of 1956 not everyone was able to see Mr Gyngell welcome them into the future.

At the time, a television cost hundreds of pounds – back when Australia paid in pounds, of course. By the 1960s, you could still expect to pay the equivalent of $6000 for a 23-inch black and white set for your home. While some TVs still cost that today, you can expect to get a whole lot more for your money.

So, instead of watching from home, many gathered outside store windows to watch the future come to pass. Hundreds congregated under a sign outside the famous windows of Myer in Melbourne Emporium which heralded the arrival of television. That very set is now on display as part of an exhibition of Myer’s history.

The golden age

The next decade saw Australian television go through an incredible golden age. Australia’s TV legends were minted in this time, and many of them are still with us today.

Graham Kennedy, Bert Newton and more came to delight Aussies in their homes every night. Their class popularised television formats we still enjoy today, from quiz shows to talk shows and everything in-between.

Sport and sport analysis came to our screens thanks to World of Sport (later Wide World of Sport), and AFL games were televised for the very first time.

As the price of televisions slowly fell and more sets landed in homes, Aussies were enjoying the collective experience of content. Sports matches were enjoyed together set against the backdrop of the Aussie barbecue. Serialised shows were discussed over the water cooler. We came together to experience defining moments in our history.

The power of television was truly demonstrated in 1969 when man first set foot on the Moon. NASA struck a deal with Australia to help broadcast from the Moon, live, through Australian equipment, including the Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station just outside Canberra and the Parkes Radio Telescope in regional New South Wales, as well as the control facility in Sydney owned by the Overseas Telecommunications Commission – Telstra before Telstra.

After the lander had returned home, and several more missions had been broadcast for the world to see, television saw its next great shake-up in 1975 when colour burst onto screens for the first time. It was so revolutionary that it had even been announced by Prime Minister William McMahon three whole years earlier.

As Australia was late to the game on colour, many cashed-up households had already started buying colour televisions as early as 1969. But it wouldn’t be until mid-1975 when the Pakenham races were broadcast in colour that Australians first saw the new dimension of television.

After that, they were hooked. Television was everywhere, with Aussies buying colour TVs faster than just about anywhere in the world, thanks to the availability of content.

The internet, televised

The 1980s and 1990s saw Australians import a flood of television content from international audiences. Everything from Blind Date and Perfect Match through to Jeopardy! and international sport all got a run on the Aussie airwaves.

We also exported a good chunk of television, with the ever-popular exploits of Ramsay Street and Summer Bay (Neighbours and Home and Away, respectively) captivating audiences from the 1970s to this very day.

The 1990s brought with it an explosion of international news content, as the first Gulf War was televised day and night via channels like CNN. Aussies would be able to receive this programming for the first time as subscription television like Austar and Foxtel came to town, offering nearly 60 paid channels compared just a handful on free-to-air.

It wasn’t until after the turn of the new millennium that Australian TV would change forever all over again: the internet had come to change television as we knew it.

Late-2006 brought with it our incredible Next G network, that allowed for 3G broadcasts that put television in people’s pockets. With our long-time partner Foxtel, we helped launch Foxtel by Mobile: 33 channels of live news and entertainment, optimised for the small, small screen. The service exploded, and users were limited to just 200 minutes of viewing per month at the time.

This was one of the first instances of the internet coming to television. But it certainly wouldn’t be the last.

Free-to-air players would soon have their own platforms that would slowly evolve to bring more and more entertainment to audiences over the top of traditional broadcast television services, just as services like Netflix and Stan opened for customers.

By 2018, Netflix had over 10 million users in Australia, spurred on by a mix of original content and the ease of access from devices like the Telstra TV. With the Telstra TV, you can consolidate your streaming services into a single box, and unlike TVs in the 1960s, it wouldn’t cost you 5x your average weekly wage.

In fact, the advent of cheap and available services and devices has led to an explosion in content consumption. With hundreds of millions around the world now able to watch content, there has been a new golden age of content.

Creators like the minds behind Game of Thrones, Chernobyl, and Veep now have the latitude to produce movie-quality content for the small screen. This premium content can be consumed just about anywhere via just about any device.

The idea of “channels” no longer dictates viewing habits. Everyone has a favourite streaming service and everyone has their own show.

Australians are now untethered from their lounge rooms, with the ability to watch content on the bus; on the beach with our fast new 5G offering on selected plans with a compatible device in a 5G coverage area. Telstra is rolling out 5G in selected areas.

More content, less cash

With the launch of BINGE, this movie-quality TV content is available more readily than ever. With BINGE, you get more flexibility and access to entertainment both at home and on the go, without having to pay for the content you don’t watch.

BINGE and Telstra Plus go hand-in-hand to get you the best TV on offer. As part of our unmatched sport and entertainment product mix, we’re offering customers* three months access to BINGE Standard on us, while members of the Telstra Plus loyalty program will be eligible for between three and nine months additional complimentary access.

That means if you’re an eligible Telstra Plus customer, you could have up to a year of BINGE content just waiting for you to sign up.

BINGE has three different subscriptions to choose from and customers can change between them whenever they need, plus cancel any time.

To start, BINGE Basic is $10/month, streaming in standard quality with one stream at a time. Step up to BINGE Standard for $14/month and you’ll be able to stream in HD quality on two screens simultaneously, and BINGE Premium ($18/month) is for family households with HD streaming and four streams at once.

Wherever you are, welcome to television all over again.

*excl. prepaid and business customers

Things you need to know

BINGE Offer: 3 months BINGE Standard subscription available to Telstra customers with a consumer post-paid mobile or home internet plan. Redeem by 18 Jan 2021 through http://hub.telstra.com.au/BINGE or on a Telstra TV.

Telstra Plus bonus months: In addition to the BINGE Base Offer available to you, Telstra Plus Members are eligible for an additional 3 months. Silver Tier members are eligible for an additional 6 months and Gold Tier members are eligible for an additional 9 months. Redeem through http://hub.telstra.com.au/BINGE.

BINGE Standard monthly fees (currently $14/mth) apply after offer period ends unless you change or cancel. Offer can be applied to: BINGE Premium (for $4/mth during offer period) or BINGE Basic (for $0/mth during offer period). After offer period, standard monthly prices apply (currently BINGE Premium $18/mth, BINGE Basic $10/mth), unless you change your pack or cancel before the end of your offer period.

Billing: Not compatible with any other BINGE offers. Not compatible with some third party billing platforms. Telstra billing not available for existing BINGE subscribers on another payment method. One redemption per customer account. Requires internet & compatible device and sign up to BINGE Terms of Service. Data charges apply.

Kayo Sports: Offer available to new & returning Kayo customers on a Telstra consumer post-paid plan. Eligible customers must sign up through http://hub.telstra.com.au/kayo or on Telstra TV. Standard monthly fees apply after offer period unless you cancel. One redemption per customer account. Not available in conjunction with any other Kayo offers. Redeem by 30 September 2020. Requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. Event availability correct at time of publishing and subject to change.

Telstra Plus: Must be 18+ with an active service. Excludes enterprise and corporate accounts. Points are earned on payment of Telstra bill or pre-paid recharge (excl. outright purchases, refunds, credits & late payment fees). Points expire 3 years from earning. Marketing opt-in required (preferences can be changed). Exit program anytime.