MCA - Biennale of Sydney
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Support Australia’s arts and artists online

By Genelle Sharples May 4, 2020

The COVID-19 restrictions have hit the visual and performing arts industry hard, with theatres, galleries and rehearsal spaces closed for the foreseeable future. But that’s not stopping some of Australia’s finest from showcasing their powerful performances, exhibitions and experiences.

Here, we take a quick look at some of the ways our partners, The Australian Ballet, Museum of Contemporary Art, National Gallery of Victoria and the Australian Chamber Orchestra are bringing joy to Australian audiences through digital media.

The Australian Ballet is currently streaming full-length, cinema-quality performances for free online through its At Home with Ballet TV platform.

These magical and powerful performances will draw you out of your lounge room and into forests, castles and romantic starry skies to experience the freedom and exhilaration of unbridled leaps, pirouettes and lifts.

This five-month digital season of quality production recordings, danced by The Australian Ballet, draws from a carefully curated selection of treasured works, including all-time classics and ballet’s finest romantic productions.

Romeo & Juliet is currently showing from 1 to 15 May, with more productions to be announced shortly.

The Museum of Contemporary Art has launched a new digital platform – mca.art – which offers virtual tours of its galleries, including 360-degree views of the artworks in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN and MCA Collection: Today Tomorrow Yesterday.

Other highlights include a feature on artist commissions, an audio introduction to NIRIN by Artistic Director Brook Andrew, short artist talks, and a responsive map of the Museum.

The MCA has also launched a new online kids’ activity, Better Together with Pip and Merindah! Designed for children 4+, to enjoy weekly online creative workshops inspired by the 22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN exhibition.

NIRIN, meaning ‘edge’, is a word from Artistic Director Brook Andrew’s mother’s Nation, the Wiradjuri people of western New South Wales. The themes that inspire the exhibition use the Wiradjuri language.

In each activity, users will learn a new word in Wiradjuri and receive simple step-by-step instructions with suggestions for materials – all of which can be easily found around your home.

New kids activities will be added weekly from 20 May.

The National Gallery of Victoria has released a number of virtual tours of recent exhibitions including Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat: Crossing Lines and Kaws: Companionship in the Age of Loneliness which are a great way to experience the works and learn more about the artists.

There are also a number of short videos on its NGV Channel which give you an insight into the artists stories and behind the scenes. Well worth a watch! And finally, you can follow #NGVEveryDay on social media for updates and daily inspiration.

The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s digital season titled ACO HomeCasts features new recordings, livestreamed performances, access to archival and never-released footage, specially curated playlists, in-depth interviews and more. Some of the highlights include:

The Balkan Express by Maja Savnik: Infused with virtuoso performances of folk music, traditional dancing, and evocative imagery, ACO violinist Maja Savnik has created a quirky and stirring tribute to her Balkan heritage, filmed from her Sydney home.

MUSIC IN ISO 1′ Satu Vänskä: ACO Principal Violin, Satu Vänskä, presents a quirky, isolation-fuelled interpretation of Paganini’s virtuosic Caprice for Violin No.5, inspired in part by the Finnish Maid in Gogol’s short story ‘Diary of a Madman’.

Check out the ACO HomeCasts page for the latest HomeCasts schedule. You can also follow the ACO on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube for new content every week.

Key moments in the AFL with Kayo and Telstra TV
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More bang for your streaming sports buck in 2020

By Michael Ackland February 11, 2020

2020 is set to be an incredible year for entertainment. From the biggest events in sport, through to prestige, cinema-quality TV. We want everyone to be able to stream the best content to their devices, which is why we’re making Kayo more accessible than ever.

From 11 February for the sports fans, Telstra customers will have exclusive access to Kayo Basic for just $15 per month (normally $25 per month), and Kayo Premium for $25 per month (normally $35 per month) for 12 months.

The price drop exclusive for our customers from 11 February represents the best deal in sports since the Lakers picked up LeBron.

Kayo is a service like no other in Australia, and gives our customers the best domestic and international sporting content across multiple devices at a truly compelling price point, even for the casual sports fan.

Whilst perfect for catching the score when out and about, Kayo takes sports streaming to another level offering multiple sports on multiple screens for up to three users at once. With features like SplitView, customers can watch up to four events at once so they don’t miss a minute, even when scheduling conflicts for those big games clash.

And with an unmatched line-up of the best in Australian and international sports set for 2020, Kayo allows fans to follow the action on the go on mobile, at home through streaming devices like the Telstra TV, or on a PC or tablet.

This offer comes just in time for the start of the NRL season on 12 March, and the start of the AFL season just a week later on 19 March. And as if that wasn’t enough sport for your buck, Kayo will also stream the upcoming F1 season (including the incredible Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne) and all the Super Rugby clashes. That’s on top of the NBA; the NCAA College Basketball season; the ICC and BBL cricket matches, and more football than your schedule has room for!

Kayo compliments our already existing streaming service, the Live Pass, giving eligible mobile customers access to matches from the upcoming NRL and AFL seasons, to Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, and Suncorp Super Netball on mobile.

We can’t wait for more customers to get into Kayo for the best sport streaming in the game!

AFLW 2020
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Fab Four! AFLW returns with every game live, fast, and data-free

By Rebecca Haagsma February 5, 2020

Can the Blues go one better in 2020? Picture: Getty Images

In just three years, the AFL Women’s competition has gone from a fledgling debutant to an established member of the Australian sporting calendar, and on the eve of its fourth season, we reflect on what to look forward to this year with every game streamed live on theAFLW app and Telstra Live Pass.

More clubs, more rivalries

After the addition of North Melbourne and Geelong last year, the league has expanded to 14 teams in its fourth season with the inclusion of Richmond, St Kilda, Gold Coast and West Coast, and like the men’s traditional season opener, the Tigers will face last year’s beaten grand finalists Carlton.

More footy for fans

The 2020 season will feature eight regular-season rounds and three weeks of finals with the home and away season rising to nine rounds in 2021 before settling at 10 for 2022.

Footy doesn’t get any more accessible than this, with the majority of fixtures free to attend.

You can find thefull fixture list here, or in the app.

Challenging the Crows

With two flags in three years – the 2019 Grand Final was won comprehensively by 45 points – the Crows are the benchmark team of the competition.

The perks of being the only AFLW team in the state means the Crows have had an impressive retainment rate, losing just five players to other sides dating back to the end of the 2017 season.

Melbourne and North Melbourne shape as contenders to challenge for Adelaide’s crown.

The Demons have welcomed back Daisy Pearce after missing last season to give birth to twins.

Across town, the Kangaroos have high hopes as well after being denied a finals berth in their debut season despite having the third-best record.

The best technology so you don’t miss a thing

Like the grassroots beginning of AFLW itself, our team built thewomens.aflwebsite from the ground up in collaboration with the AFL over a period of just 10 weeks, unveiling it last year. Our team atTelstra Mediaalso builtthe Official AFLW Live App, which lets viewers tune in to live streaming matches and on-demand replays, team news, player information and more – live, fast, and data-free.

We’re extremely proud to have shared in the AFLW’s incredible journey over the last three years, and we’re excited to see where this season leads.

AFLW, State of Origin bushfire relief double-header

To raise funds for bushfire relief, the doubleheader, which will be played on Friday 28 February at Marvel Stadium, will kick off at 5:40pm with Melbourne’s AFLW match against Collingwood.

Following the AFLW, the State of Origin match between Victoria and the All Stars will begin at 7:50pm.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday 21 January at 12:00pm (AEDT) viaticketmaster.com.au.All proceeds from ticket sales and additional donations will go into a Community Relief Fund set up by the AFL.

Stream AFLW

Get free access to stream every match of the 2020 NAB AFL Women’s Competition live, fast and data-free in the AFLW Live Official App.

Plus, get:

  • Full match replays
  • Match Centre, including new team and player stats
  • All your AFLW league information in one place, including player stories, rules, directions to venues and more
  • All your club info in one place – social channels, learn the club song, become a member and more

Live streaming limited to 7” viewing size.

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26 games, four sports, one massive week of streaming

By Campbell Simpson April 24, 2019

Our biggest ever year of sports streaming is off and running, and for the first time we have matches from the AFL, NRL, Netball and Hyundai A-League playing over one chock-a-block week of sporting goodness.

Until now, the AFL, NRL, Netball and Hyundai A-League seasons hadn’t overlapped, but with the commencement of the Suncorp Super Netball season this week, we finally have all four up and running (and jumping and kicking and passing!) thanks to Telstra Live Pass.

Beginning with Wednesday’s match between Richmond and Melbourne in the AFL, and ending with the final match of the A-League home-and-away season between Perth and Wellington on Sunday the 28th, Telstra will for the first time stream all four sports via the Live Pass and official apps. That’s a total of 26 matches, with total plays across our four official apps expected to top 5 million views.

Telstra TV customers who download the official Netball Live app have even more reason to celebrate, with two live and exclusive matches streamed each week from the Suncorp Super Netball series.

We all lead busy lives, so sometimes getting out to a game or gaining control of the family TV remote control can be pretty difficult, that’s why we’re committed to bringing you the very best of Australian sport live, fast, and data-free wherever you may be.

A wide brown land deserves a wide choice in sports, so if Australia’s premier men’s and women’s domestic football and netball on your mobile isn’t enough, then Kayo has you covered. Just tell Kayo your favourite teams and you’ll get a never-ending stream of live and on-demand action on any device in your house, and of course on Telstra TV. There’s over 50 sports including AFL, NRL, Cricket, Football, Rugby Union, Motorsports, Basketball, Tennis and much more live or on-demand.

Exclusive to Telstra, you can even get up close and personal with your favourite sports with 2 months of Kayo Basic for just $5.* If you’re an existing Telstra customer, you can add it to your Telstra bill.

Throughout this year, every match of the AFL Premiership, Hyundai A-League, Suncorp Super Netball Series and NRL Telstra Premiership (excluding Grand Final) plus a number of other selected tournaments and matches will be streamed on the sporting apps over our network for those with a Live Pass subscription, giving you access to an unprecedented number of premier men’s and women’s international and domestic sport.

Last year, we streamed 670 matches to fans hungry to keep on top of the action; this year, we plan on bringing fans around 850 matches. You’re welcome – just don’t forget to charge your phone!

Since 2012, we’ve used world-class technology to go beyond just sponsorship, streaming our first ever match over Australia’s largest mobile network to become a genuine technology partner of the AFL, NRL, Netball Australia, and Football Federation Australia – and we streamed over 700 million minutes of sport during the 2018 season.

Eligible Telstra customers can use the official mobile apps of the AFL, NRL, Netball Australia and FFA to stream their favourite matches live, fast and data-free, unlocking $329 in value from their service. Non-Telstra customers can still get in on the action, with a number of subscriptions beginning at $2.99 a week, and other options available for monthly or annual passes.

We know that the thrill of cheering on from the stands can’t be replicated, too; that’s why with Telstra Thanks, we give customers access to discounted tickets to all these sports, from as little as $8 for juniors and $20 for adults, with other offers available from time to time like 2 for 1 tickets.

If you’re looking for something to do with friends or family this week, we have 26 reasons why you should choose to watch Australia’s best athletes, with thanks to Australia’s best network. If that doesn’t fill up time over the Easter break, then we don’t know what will.

* Monthly subscription, $25/mth after offer period.

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Netflix Speed Index – We’ve ranked #1 for 12 months straight

By Sri Amirthalingam February 12, 2019

The January 2019 Netflix Speed Index for Australia is out and for 12 months straight (February 2018 to January 2019), Telstra has ranked #1.

With consumers streaming more content than ever before, Telstra has been working to make sure our customers are able toget the best possible experience when watching video from a range of content services including Netflix.

Today the January 2019 Netflix Speed Index was released with Telstra ranked #1 on the leader board for the 12th month in a row from February 2018 to January 2019.

The Netflix results reflect Telstra customers enjoying the fastest speeds available in Australia, combined with access to Australia’s most extensive and sophisticated caching capacity in the region. The function of ‘caching’ is to store copies of Netflix content to enable streaming from a location closer to consumers.

We’re pleased that the January 2019 Netflix result reflects the real-world difference that Telstra customers can experience from our ongoing network leadership and our efforts to deliver a better streaming experience. This result follows on from Ookla’s naming of Telstra as the fastest fixed network in the 2018 Speedtest® Awards by Ookla®.

Delivering the very best for our customers is about more than just download speeds. Telstra’s innovative products and devices, including our Smart Modem, Smart Wi-Fi Booster and Telstra TV, all help ensure our customers can enjoy the best streaming experience. This #1 ranking reflects the investments we have made to deliver the streaming experiences our customers expect.