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What to stream this week on Telstra TV


Posted on January 18, 2019

14 min read

We’ve got something for everyone this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for a date night romance, a gritty crime drama or the latest in comedy and reality TV, we’ve got you covered. And check out our new streaming music app, with enough tunes for you to bop through the weekend and beyond.

A Star Is Born (BigPond Movies)

A Star Is Born - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Whether you missed it at the cinema, or loved it so much you want to watch it again (and again and again) – one of this year’s most anticipated blockbusters, A STAR IS BORN, is available to stream now on BigPond Movies. Produced and directed by Bradley Cooper, who also stars in the film alongside pop music powerhouse Lady Gaga, the movie is a touching love story between country music legend Jackson “Jack” Maine and talented newcomer Ally. In search of a drink one night after his concert, Jack unwittingly stumbles across Ally singing covers in a drag bar. The pair meet up after the show and he quickly discovers she’s also an incredible songwriter, but lacks the courage to break out – that is, until he tricks her into performing one of her original songs at his concert the following night. Ally becomes an instant hit and the two begin a passionate romance, for a while inspiring each other to soar as artists. But just as her star is on the rise, Jack’s struggle with alcoholism worsens – and a scathing criticism from Ally’s new manager sends Jack into a downward spiral of drink and depression. With a stirring soundtrack you’ll have stuck in your head for weeks – including the Golden Globe winner for Best Original Song, “Shallow” – this heartrending musical film will give you all the feels and leave you wanting more.

True Detective (Foxtel Now)

True Detective - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

HBO’s award-winning crime drama series, TRUE DETECTIVE, returns for an unsettlingly dark third season this week, with episodes streaming express from the US each Monday from 8:30pm (AEDT) on Foxtel Now. This season follows state police detectives and former Vietnam veterans Wayne Hays (played by Mahershala Ali) and Roland West (Stephen Dorff) as they investigate the disappearance of Will and Julie Purcell, a young brother and sister who were abducted from the rundown rural town of West Finger in northern Arkansas. Spanning three time periods, the story is told from the viewpoint of Hays during the initial investigation in the early 1980s, ten years later when crucial new evidence emerges, and present day when an older Hays is finding his memory is starting to fail as he’s being interviewed for a documentary about the case. Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire) and Mamie Gummer (The Good Fight) play Tom and Lucy Purcell, the embattled, recently separated parents – and Carmen Ejogo (Alien: Covenant) plays Amelia Reardon, a local school teacher and love interest of Hays, who subsequently writes a bestselling novel about the Purcell case. As with the critically acclaimed first season, the latest case has its fair share of cryptic questions and eerie symbolism – more than enough to creep you out and hook you in at the same time.

Black Monday (Stan)

Black Monday - Stan - Telstra TV

New to Stan this week is BLACK MONDAY, a gritty comedy series about the excess of the eighties, particularly among New York stockbrokers in the lead up to the biggest crash the market has ever seen – the titular “Black Monday” in October 1987. Don Cheadle stars as Maurice “Mo” Monroe, the wild child of Wall Street and head of The Jammer Group – a motley crew of hotshot traders (played by Regina Hall, Paul Scheer, Horatio Sanz and Yassir Lester) who take on the big boys to beat them at their own game. When he’s not riding through the streets of Manhattan in his bright red stretch Lamborghini or doing coke with his robot butler, Mo is making plays and cutting down anyone who stands in his way – including trading some biting banter with the fictional twin Lehman Brothers (both portrayed by Ken Marino). When the fresh-out-of-college Blair Pfaff (Andrew Rannells) crosses his path, Mo absolutely destroys the boy’s computer investment algorithm and his career prospects in the process. That is until Blair unexpectedly claps back, with nothing to lose and seemingly everything to gain. Strap yourself in for some crude humour and more eighties nostalgia than you can shake a stick at. Episode one is available to stream now, resuming from Monday 28 January – same day as the US.

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! (10 play)

I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! - 10 play - Telstra TV

Back for its fifth season this week is I’M A CELEBRITY…GET ME OUT OF HERE!, live on 10 from 7:30pm (AEST) Sunday through Thursday and available on demand on 10 play. Hosted by comedian Julia Morris and Bondi Vet Chris Brown, the popular reality series drops a group of well-known celebrities into an isolated South African jungle campsite to “rough it” without any creature comforts, while competing for charity in a series of physical, mental and food-related challenges. This year’s Aussie celebrities include Goggleboxers Angie and Yvie; politicians Jacqui Lambie and Sam Dastyari; Ajay Rochester, the former host of Biggest Loser Australia; actor and TV host, Luke Jacobz; and model and Love Island contestant, Justin Lacko.

iHeartRadio now available on Telstra TV

iHeartRadio now available on Telstra TV

While there’s always something new to watch on Telstra TV, movies and TV shows aren’t the only thing you can stream direct to your living room. Telstra TV customers now have unlimited access to the free iHeartRadio service, which includes live feeds of your favourite radio stations and access to over 2 million podcast episodes. And you can even create your own custom music stations featuring hits from over 850,000 artists, with songs from similar artists automatically added to help you discover new music you’re destined to love. Fill your home with music from stations including the KIIS and Gold Networks, ABC and SBS, Macquarie Media, Kinderling and the ACE Radio network – or choose from online stations including popular artists and bands like 5 Seconds Of Summer, Post Malone, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Queen and many more. Popular podcasts you can stream on demand include true crime favourites like Teacher’s Pet, Casefile and Dirty John, as well as engaging chat shows such as WTF with Marc Maron, The Joe Rogan Experience and Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 11 January:

First Man (BigPond Movies)

First Man - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

This year will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing – an incredibly inspiring and perilous journey conveyed brilliantly in La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s latest masterpiece FIRST MAN, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, the astronaut who made “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”, this edge-of-your-seat biopic explores the demanding decade-long quest for NASA to win the Space Race with the first manned mission to the lunar surface aboard Apollo 11. Exploring uncharted scientific territory, Armstrong and his team encounter life-threatening danger at every turn – and the film brings us along for every nail-biting triumph and heartbreaking tragedy. Based on the official biography, First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong by James R. Hansen, the film also acknowledges the impact of the mission on the families of the astronauts, with a superb performance by Claire Foy as Janet Armstrong.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (SBS On Demand)

Brooklyn Nine-Nine - SBS On Demand - Telstra TV

Fans of the cult comedy hit BROOKLYN NINE-NINE can heave a collective sigh of relief after the cancelled sitcom was revived to return for its sixth season from 8:30pm this Friday 11 January on SBS On Demand. Following the hilariously dysfunctional yet highly effective police squad of Brooklyn’s 99th precinct, the series centres around goofball Detective Jake Peralta (played by Andy Samberg) and his ongoing run-ins with their straight-laced superior Captain Raymond Holt (Andre Braugher). As season five drew to a close, Jake and Amy were married in true precinct style – but now their honeymoon is crashed by an unwelcome guest – and Captain Holt left everyone with the cliffhanger of whether or not he’d been chosen as the NYPD’s next Commissioner. Produced by Emmy Award-winners Dan Goor and Michael Schur from the team who brought you Parks and Recreation, this crime-fighting ensemble series is sure to continue serving up the wisecracking comic chemistry that has made it an enduring fan favourite.

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo (Netflix)

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo - Netflix - Telstra TV

It’s the home makeover series everyone’s talking about: catch all eight episodes of the incredibly endearing instant internet phenomenon that is TIDYING UP WITH MARIE KONDO, available now on Netflix. As the name suggests, this uplifting reality series follows Japanese organisation expert and bestselling author, Marie Kondo, as she works with a variety of American singles, couples and families to declutter their homes and improve their lives in the process. Her technique, famously known the world-over as the KonMari Method, encourages hoarders to evaluate all of their belongings and keep only those items that “spark joy”. From messy flatmates to chaotic families and sentimental widows, the show is brimming with moments to make you shed a tear or two – and perhaps even inspire a late new year’s resolution to do some neatening of your own. If nothing else, you’re sure to pick up a few nifty tips – including the perfect way to fold socks.

Acceptable Risk (Stan)

Acceptable Risk - Stan - Telstra TV

New to Stan this week is the critically acclaimed Irish murder mystery miniseries, ACCEPTABLE RISK – with all episodes available to stream on demand from this Friday 11 January. When the public relations chief of a global pharmaceutical company is found dead in Montreal, his wife Sarah is left widowed again for the second time in three years. A prime suspect in the investigation, led by Detective Emer Byrne, Sarah must race to uncover the truth and clear her name. But it won’t be easy, with her husband’s powerful employer clearly trying to cover something up and the police being blocked from the truth at every turn. Filmed in both Canada and Ireland, and nominated for three Irish Film & Television Academy Awards, this darkly unsettling series stars Elaine Cassidy, Angeline Ball and Nordic-noir favourite Morten Suurballe.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 4 January:

The House with a Clock in its Walls (BigPond Movies)

The House With A Clock In Its Walls on Telstra TV
Just in time for the school holidays is the magical adventure film, THE HOUSE WITH A CLOCK IN ITS WALLS – available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett, the film tells the story of ten year old Lewis (played by Owen Vaccaro) who is sent to live with his unconventional uncle (Black) following the death of his parents. He quickly discovers his strange new home is enchanted – and in fact, the whole town of New Zebedee, Michigan seems to be buzzing with mystical happenings. When he is woken one night by a curious ticking within the walls of the house, he finds out that his uncle is a warlock and their neighbour Mrs Zimmerman (Blanchett) is a powerful but kind witch. The elusive tick-tock, they eventually discover, is from a doomsday device hidden deep within the house by its former owner – a dangerous warlock named Isaac Izard (Kyle MacLachlan). When Lewis begins to learn magic, he accidentally summons Izard back from the dead – and together the trio must stop him, and the clock, before it’s too late. Directed by Eli Roth and based on the beloved novel of the same name by John Bellairs, this fantastically funny and heartwarming caper is one the whole family can enjoy.

Bloom (Stan)

Bloom on Telstra TV
New to Stan this week is BLOOM, a mysterious six-part Australian drama series with all episodes available to stream now. When a flash flood suddenly hits the little country town of Mullan, the lives of five locals are tragically lost and the remaining residents are left devastated. One year later, as the town plans a memorial service to honour the victims, peculiar things start to happen. A cocky young stranger, Sam (played by Ryan Corr), appears and begins taunting the police – stealing wallets and cars, streaking down the main street and starting an affair with the wife of a constable. When the law catches up with him and he’s thrown into the local lockup, he suddenly becomes very ill and starts to age rapidly. Meanwhile Ray (Bryan Brown) finds his aging dog Honey on death’s door after eating an exotic plant from the garden – only to have her disappear and return a day later looking younger and healthier than ever. Desperate to help his wife Gwen (Jacki Weaver) who is suffering from early-onset Alzheimer’s, he asks her to take the plant – and when she wakes the next day she is miraculously 30 years younger (played by Phoebe Tonkin). Having unearthed the secret to eternal youth, what impact will it have as they rediscover who they are and what their lives could have been? And what are they willing to risk to retain their youth and keep the plant a secret?

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)

Black Mirror Bandersnatch on Telstra TV
Have you ever watched a movie and wished the characters would have made different choices? Well, now you’re in control with BLACK MIRROR: BANDERSNATCH, available now on Netflix. Just like the Choose Your Own Adventure books popular in the eighties and nineties, you’ll be asked to make key decisions at various points throughout the film using your Telstra TV remote. At each fork in the road, you’re presented with only two options – but as the movie progresses your choices will have a major impact on how the plot evolves. In true Black Mirror style, the way the story is being told is as much a part of the commentary as the story itself. And this one will leave you pondering the very nature of choice in the cyber-age we live in today – as well as who’s watching you make those choices. You see, the story is set in 1984 (hint: like the George Orwell novel) and follows Stefan (played by Fionn Whitehead), a young computer programmer who is developing a new video game based on a Choose Your Own Adventure book called Bandersnatch (already pretty “meta”, right?). However, the process of writing the novel eventually sent its writer mad and drove him to murder his wife. As Stefan delves into the project, he’s plagued by a sense of outside control (that’s you, the interactive viewer) and begins questioning his own sanity. What will happen next? Only you can decide (or can you?).

76th Golden Globe Awards (Foxtel Now)

76th Annual Golden Globe Awards on Telstra TV
Awards season officially begins this week with the 76TH GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS, airing live on Foxtel Now this coming Monday 7 January from 12pm (AEDT) and replayed from 7:30pm (AEDT) on FOX8. Hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, the annual ceremony honours the best and brightest in American and international film and television over the past year – as chosen by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Broadcast direct from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, this glitzy and glamorous event will bring together all of your favourite stars – with red carpet coverage streaming live on E! from 10am (AEDT) hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Ryan Seacrest. Tipped to take home the statuette for Best Picture this year is ‘A Star is Born’ – with its leading actors Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper also favourites for winning the Best Actor and Best Actress awards.

Why not catch up on some of the nominated films and television shows on your Telstra TV? Here’s where you can find them:

Best Television Series – Drama

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Black Panther (BigPond Movies)
  • BlacKkKlansman (BigPond Movies)
  • Bohemian Rhapsody (Coming soon to BigPond Movies)
  • A Star Is Born (Coming soon to BigPond Movies)

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV


Posted on December 21, 2018

12 min read

Tune into the latest and greatest movies and TV shows, streaming on demand these holidays on Telstra TV. Here are just a few of our favourite picks.

Ladies in Black (BigPond Movies)

Take a trip down memory lane with LADIES IN BLACK, fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. It’s 1959 in Sydney and shy schoolgirl, Lisa (played by Angourie Rice), has just gotten a summer job at the upmarket department store, Goodes. While she waits for the results of her final exams, she gets an education in the ways of the world from the Ladies in Black – the elegant, cosmopolitan women who work the retail floor. Taken under the wing of Magda (Julia Ormond), the immigrant manager of the store’s couture fashion department, Lisa is introduced to a whole new world of people and ideas as Australia moves forward into the progressive 1960s. And she might even manage to bring her hilariously old-fashioned parents (Susie Porter and Shane Jacobson) along for the ride. Directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) and based on Madeleine St. John’s bestselling novel, this kind-hearted comedy also stars Rachael Taylor, Alison McGirr, Ryan Corr and Noni Hazlehurst.

Bird Box (Netflix)

Watch Sandra Bullock’s latest Hollywood blockbuster thriller, BIRD BOX – direct to your living room from this Friday 21 December only on Netflix. After most of the world’s population is annihilated by an alien species, Malorie and her children set off on a perilous journey to the last refuge on earth where they’ll be safe. But if any of them so much as catch a glimpse of the extraterrestrial creatures, they’ll die – with the mere sight of them sending people into psychotic fits of murder and suicide. Blindfolded and scared, the family must make the trip alone – navigating a rough and rocky river to the secluded, windowless sanctuary. Told across multiple time periods through a number of flashbacks, Malorie is at times joined by other survivors including her sister Jessica (Sarah Paulson), love interest Tom (Trevante Rhodes), her cranky neighbour Doug (John Malkovich) and Cheryl (Australia’s Jacki Weaver). Directed by Oscar-winning auteur Susanne Bier (who also directed the critically acclaimed series, The Night Manager), this post-apocalyptic sci-fi film is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman.

Das Boot (SBS On Demand)

For an intensely gripping World War II drama series you won’t be able to stop watching, stream all eight episodes of DAS BOOT – available now on SBS On Demand. Set in 1942 in the Nazi occupied seaside town of La Rochelle in France, Simone Strasser (played by Vicky Krieps) is posted as a translator for the Navy, while her brother Frank (Leonard Scheicher) is unexpectedly shipped off to man the radio aboard a new German U-boat. Before he leaves, Frank asks his sister to make a secret meeting he can no longer attend – and Simone is quickly drawn into a dangerous plot by the French Resistance to sabotage the Nazis, due to her close relationship with a Gestapo chief (played by Tom Wlaschiha, who you’ll recognise from Game of Thrones). Meanwhile at sea, there’s trouble brewing aboard the U-612 submarine as its crew question the motives of their captain (Rick Okon) and begin to plot against him. With a strong international cast including Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), August Wittgenstein (The Crown) and Rainer Bock (Better Call Saul), this brilliant drama series is one you won’t want to miss.

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (Stan)

“Gentlemen, start your engines… And may the best All Star win!” Back for its fourth season, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS features ten of the most popular, outrageously talented drag queens from past seasons of the show, battling it out for a place in the Drag Race Hall of Fame. Streaming weekly on Stan each Saturday from 15 December – the same day as the US – the contestants compete across a range of comedy, costume-making and lip syncing challenges before a panel of celebrity judges, ‘Supermodel of the World’ RuPaul Charles and ‘squirrel friend’ Michelle Visage. This season’s queens include fan favourites Latrice Royale, Monét X Change and Valentina.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 17 December:

The Predator (BigPond Movies)

New to BigPond Movies this week is sci-fi action blockbuster, THE PREDATOR – the fourth instalment in the film series since the 1987 original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. During a mercenary mission to rescue hostages from a drug cartel in Mexico, ex-army sniper Quinn McKenna (played by Boyd Holbrook) and his team are attacked by The Predator – a planet-hopping extraterrestrial species exceptionally skilled at hunting and killing every creature it comes across. Quinn is the only one who makes it out alive, but he manages to capture some of its high-tech armour and mail it home to prove the existence of alien life. But when he’s captured by Government agents who are covering up the invasion of Predators, Quinn isn’t able to beat the package home and his son Rory (Jacob Tremblay) opens the parcel – inadvertently activating a beacon that beckons more Predators to Earth. Back at the Government facility, one of the creatures being studied by biologist Dr Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) escapes and starts killing lab workers. Quinn breaks out with Casey and a motley crew of other detainees – just in time to rescue Rory from an onslaught of murderous monsters. But will they be able to save the world from these intergalactic invaders?  Also starring Keegan-Michael Key, Yvonne Strahovski, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane and Sterling K. Brown.

Tidelands (Netflix)

Netflix’s first original Australian series, TIDELANDS, is available to stream in full this Friday 14 December. Filmed in southeast Queensland, this eight-part supernatural crime thriller follows twenty year old Cal McTeer (played by Charlotte Best) as she returns home to the fishing village of Orphelin Bay after a ten year stint in juvenile detention for arson and manslaughter. Her brother Augie (Aaron Jakubenko) is running a drug smuggling ring that relies heavily on the town’s population of human-siren hybrid amphibious creatures known as “Tidelanders” – a seductive yet dangerous group who are incredibly strong, live much longer than humans and can breathe underwater. Led by their queen Adrielle Cuthbert (Elsa Pataky), the tidelanders live in the shadows and yet seemingly control the whole town. When a disfigured fisherman’s body washes up on the beach, Cal stirs up trouble for them all when she sets about uncovering Orphelin Bay’s dark and dirty secrets – including what led to her own father’s death. With a great cast, gorgeous beach locations and a gritty storyline, this is one series you won’t want to miss.

Disney on Stan

Start streaming your favourite DISNEY movies and TV shows on demand on Stan from this Friday 14 November, with a new partnership bringing Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm titles to the Australian streaming platform. The catalogue includes live-action and animated Disney favourites including Frozen, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and the Toy Story series, as well as Marvel Studios blockbusters including Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and the Iron Man films. For Star Wars fans, there’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story and the animated TV series, Star Wars Rebels. And for hours of school holiday entertainment, stream Disney channel TV favourites including Hannah Montana, High School Musical, The Descendants and Big Hero 6: The Series.

Home and Away (7plus)

And for your ultimate Christmas holiday binge, catch up on all 228 episodes of HOME AND AWAY from 2018 – available to stream now on 7plus. It’s perpetually sunny in the beachside town of Summer Bay, but that doesn’t mean life is always so rosy for its residents. This year we’ve been hit with a startling secret from one of the show’s most loved characters, while the season finale we’ve all been waiting for could turn one of the Bay’s happiest days into its most tragic. With 31 seasons under its belt, this iconic Australian series is one of the longest-running shows on Australian television and amongst our greatest television exports – airing in over 80 countries and generating a massive following in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. And with 46 Logies awarded throughout its run, it’s a clear favourite at home as well.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 10 December:

The Flip Side (BigPond Movies)

New to BigPond Movies this week is the charmingly funny Australian film, THE FLIP SIDE. Working as a caterer on a movie set in Adelaide, Ronnie (played by Mad as Hell’s Emily Taheny) begins an all-consuming love affair with Henry, a charismatic yet self-absorbed English actor (Eddie Izzard). But when the filming wraps, so too does their relationship – leaving Ronnie heartbroken and ignored. Flash forward to five years later and Ronnie has found love again with new boyfriend Jeff (Luke McKenzie), but is stressed out trying to keep her own restaurant business afloat and foot the bill for her mother’s nursing home care. When the famous actor returns to Australia to promote a new film, his assistant/girlfriend calls Ronnie for a catch-up and Jeff unwittingly accepts the invitation – and even goes so far as to invite the couple to stay at their home, without understanding their romantic history. What happens next is a crazy, funny mess that delves into the complicated nature of love, escaping your troubles and appreciating what you’ve got before it’s gone.

Dumplin’ (Netflix)

For an uplifting comedy with a toe-tapping soundtrack, join “the revolution in heels” with the Netflix Original film DUMPLIN’ – streaming this Friday 7 December. Jennifer Aniston stars as Rosie, a former Texas beauty queen and now mother to Willowdean (played by Danielle Macdonald), a Dolly Parton-obsessed teen who she lovingly nicknames Dumplin’. With her mother’s life obsessively focused on the annual pageant season, the plus-sized Willowdean decides to take a stand against conventional beauty standards and signs up for the Miss Teen Bluebonnet Pageant – inspiring other teenage outcasts to join the fight. But she quickly discovers how difficult the competition can get and must pull out all the stops in her quest to win – taking gruelling dance classes and even studying a local Dolly-inspired drag revue. With six new Dolly Parton tracks including “Here I Am” – a moving duet with Sia – as well as brand new versions of classics like “Jolene” and “Here You Come Again”, this is a heartwarming story of love, friendship and empowerment the whole family can enjoy.

Succession (Foxtel Now)

Delve deep inside the dark drama and biting humour of SUCCESSION, the latest HBO series streaming weekly from Thursday 6 December at 8:30pm on Foxtel Now. Created by Jesse Armstrong, a writer on The Thick of It and Peep Show, the series follows the incredibly rich, powerful and dysfunctional Roy family – owners of the fictional multinational media conglomerate, Waystar Royco. As their CEO father Logan (played by Brian Cox) approaches his 80th birthday, his adult children compete for who will inherit control over the family empire. And it seems they’ve been competing for his unattainable approval all of their lives. As the series begins, the most likely successor is his second eldest son Kendall (Jeremy Strong), a recovering addict desperately trying to convince his father of his commercial prowess. Kieran Culkin plays his younger brother Roman, a carefree rascal who likes to jokingly undermine him at every opportunity. Their sister Siobhan (Australia’s Sarah Snook) seemingly wants nothing to do with the family business, but works as a political consultant for a presidential candidate who is the enemy of her father. And the eldest, Connor (Alan Ruck), is a bumbling fool who appears to have no ambitions beyond the upkeep of his New Mexico ranch lifestyle. Out-of-touch and entitled, these won’t be characters you’ll enjoy watching – but their portrayal is brilliantly on-point and timely given the current political and economic landscape.

Vanderpump Rules (hayu, Foxtel Now and BigPond Movies)

Get ready for an all new season of drama with the seventh series of VANDERPUMP RULES starting this week on hayu, Foxtel Now and BigPond Movies. For the uninitiated, this seriously addictive reality show is a spin-off of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills centred around restaurateur and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump, her chic West Hollywood establishment SUR and the tumultuous relationships between its aspiring waitresses and bartenders (slash models slash actors slash musicians). Season 7 begins with Lisa opening a new bar, TomTom, with her top bartender Tom Sandoval and his best friend Tom Schwartz. Of course things don’t go to plan and her co-owners are thrown into the deep end to get the place up to her crazy high standards before opening. After cheating on her last season, Jax finally seems to have gotten his act together and proposed to Brittany – romantically popping the question at the site of their first date, a fish stand in Malibu. The fact that he bought her super expensive engagement ring with the money his recently deceased father left him raises some questions among the gang, leaving Brittany concerned and upset. Stassi has a new boyfriend who’s a bit of an oddball, Scheana is single and ready to mingle – and James and Kristen start some trouble that brings the whole group tension to boiling point. Grab the popcorn and watch the spectacle unfold!

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6 shows and films to get you in the Christmas spirit


Posted on December 20, 2018

4 min read

There’s no better time of year to kick back on the couch, crank up the air-con and enjoy the sheer relaxation that comes from binge-watching a great series or heart-warming film. Here’s a selection of our current favourites on Telstra TV to tuck into these Christmas holidays.

The Christmas Chronicles (Netflix)

In another adorable Netflix Original Christmas film, you’ll quickly discover that the hilariously jolly Kurt Russell is the Santa Claus we all needed in our lives. The movie follows siblings Kate and Teddy who accidentally crash Santa’s sleigh, and are forced to work together with him to save Christmas before the morning. Armed with his loyal elves, the team set out on an adventure that will keep both adults and kids hooked until the end.

No Activity: Christmas Special (Stan)

Lovably dysfunctional, this hilarious police duo are back in this holiday special sure to have you in stiches. If you’re yet to get on board the AACTA Award-winning and Logie Award-nominated series that is No Activity, you’ll love the introduction to low-level detectives Hendy and Stokes (Patrick Brammall and Darren Gilshenan) as they tackle their latest police assignment. Combining raw Aussie humour with a lot of strong opinions about the holiday season, there’s plenty of laugh-out-loud banter between these cheeky cops.

Olaf’s Frozen Adventure (BigPond Movies)

It goes without saying that Disney’s Frozen is one of the biggest animated films ever made, and in this festive holiday sequel, all the cast favourite s are back. Join universally adored snowman Olaf for warm hugs and holiday cheer as he presents Olaf’s Frozen Adventure. Packed full of four catchy new songs guaranteed to get stuck in your head, your little ones will love following their favourite characters on their adventure to rescue Christmas for Anna and Elsa.

The Great British Bake-Off: Christmas Edition (Foxtel Now)

For most families, Christmas and cooking goes hand-in-hand, and there are few shows more decadent than The Great British Bake-Off. Embracing all things sweet and fluffy, you’ll love joining popular former contestants and TV favourites as they battle for the title of Star Baker – this time, whipping up all the usual festive goodies. Sit back and drool over all the delicious holiday food, without having to slave in the kitchen yourself.

Carols in the Domain (7Plus)

With every year promising to be bigger than the last, getting into the Christmas spirit is easy when you’ve got much-loved Sunrise hosts David Koch, Samantha Armytage, and Natalie Barr leading the celebrations. Perfect for a whole-family viewing event, this year’s acts include everyone from The Wiggles and Micky Mouse to Aussie-favourites Samantha Jade and Thirsty Merc. Enjoy all the laughs, music and action live on 22 December on Channel 7 or catch up later on 7Plus.

The Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding (Netflix)

Adorably corny and hilariously cliché, the original film gained a cult following on Netflix after introducing us to the unlikely relationship between magazine journalist Amber and royal Prince Richard. In this equally extravagant sequel, the couple are preparing to wed after a happy year-long engagement, but planning a royal wedding proves more political than Amber could have expected. Facing external criticism, strict etiquettes and the impending pressure of becoming Queen, prepare yourself for all the glorious ups and downs you’d expect from a glitzy Christmas rom-com.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV


Posted on November 30, 2018

19 min read

We’ve got something for everyone this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for an Aussie comedy, a gritty drama or the latest reality series, we’ve got you covered.

Crazy Rich Asians (BigPond Movies)

Just in time for date night is the romantic comedy box office smash we’ve all been waiting for: CRAZY RICH ASIANS is out now, fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu) is a born and bred New Yorker, so she’s understandably excited when her handsome boyfriend Nick (Henry Golding) invites her to visit Singapore for the first time to attend his best friend’s wedding. What she doesn’t know is that Nick is the heir to one of Singapore’s wealthiest and most prominent families, also making him on the country’s most eligible bachelors. With a frosty welcome from Nick’s disapproving mother, Eleanor (Michelle Yeoh), sabotage from his jealous ex-girlfriend and the threat of a family scandal looming, Rachel must rise above it all to fight for the man she loves. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan, this delightfully flashy, lighthearted romp also stars Awkwafina (from Ocean’s 8) and Ken Jeong (The Hangover).

Introducing Kayo – the game-changing sports app now on Telstra TV

Kayo is the proudly Australian streaming service that gives you the ultimate way to get closer to the sports you love. With Kayo, there’s no watching from the sidelines. Just tell Kayo your favourite teams and you’ll get a never-ending stream of live and on-demand action. There’s over 50 sports including Cricket, Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Football, Rugby, Motorsports, Basketball and Tennis. Kayo’s exclusive features let you watch how you want – on all your favourite devices, big and small. Sign up now through the Kayo app on your Telstra TV, and if you’re an existing Telstra broadband or postpaid mobile customer, you can select to pay for your Kayo subscription on your Telstra bill.

No Activity (Stan)

The second season of the hilarious US version of NO ACTIVITY is now streaming on Stan, with all eight episodes available on demand for your binge-watching pleasure. Idle detectives Cullen (played by Patrick Brammall) and Tolbeck (Tim Meadows) are back and still stuck together in Car 27, keeping each other amused as they sit out a new stakeout – this time, a cockfighting ring. Back in the San Diego PD Dispatch office, Janice (Amy Sedaris) is accused of harassment and flips out at the accusation, while Fatima (Sunita Mani) is forced to deal with her temporary replacement. And J.K. Simmons returns as internal affairs detective Leon Fordham, investigating a colleague close to them all who he believes to be at the centre of a corruption case within the department. A Stan original, the show was initially based in Australia – before being picked up by Funny or Die for an American remake series. This season’s celebrity guest stars include Jessica Alba, Joe Manganiello and Max Greenfield.

Outlaw King (Netflix)

New to Netflix this month is the Netflix Original film, OUTLAW KING. Starring Chris Pine as Robert the Bruce, this gripping historical epic is essentially the sequel to Braveheart and tells the story of one of Scotland’s most revered warriors – who became King of Scots and led his people in a bloody war to take back their country from the tyrannical King Edward I of England (played by Stephen Dillane) and his psychotic son Edward, the Prince of Wales (Billy Howle). The film begins just prior to the capture of William Wallace, when the Scottish nobles were forced to surrender to the English King in exchange for the return of their own land. As the King’s tax collector, Robert witnesses the growing resentment among his people – culminating in a riot breaking out at the public display of the mutilated, quartered body of Wallace. Compelled to take the Crown himself, he travels the country campaigning for support to fight in what will eventually become known as the First War of Scottish Independence. And while they’re outnumbered by the English, they have the spirit of the Scots and the advantage of fighting on home turf on their side.

The Little Drummer Girl (Foxtel Now)

New to Foxtel Now is the gripping spy drama, THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL – with episodes airing each Wednesday night from 8:30pm (AEDT) on BBC First and streaming on demand. Based on the 1983 novel of the same name by John le Carré – the acclaimed author of The Night Manager, which was also adapted into an Emmy and Golden Globe winning miniseries – this intriguing six-part thriller stars Florence Pugh as Charlie, a young actress who is lured into a dangerous plan by Israeli intelligence officers to infiltrate a Palestinian terrorist group responsible for bombing Jewish targets across Europe. Alexander Skarsgård plays Gadi Becker, a seductive and enigmatic Mossad agent who manipulates Charlie’s method-acting skills to elicit a real and trustworthy emotional bond with one of the terror cell’s key players. And Michael Shannon stars as Martin Kurtz, the spymaster behind the covert double-agent operation that continually blurs the lines between right and wrong and will stop at nothing (and no one) to win the fight. Chock full of nail-bitingly tense situations, gorgeous sweeping cinematography and compelling performances from its stellar cast, this is one premium drama series you won’t want to miss.

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.

Kayo Sports: $25/mth for Kayo Basic. Requires internet and compatible device. Data charges apply. Subscription required. For use in Australia.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 26 November:

The Meg (BigPond Movies)

Get ready to dive deep into this year’s most terrifying underwater action movie, THE MEG, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Combining the sheer terror of Jaws with the prehistoric scale of Jurassic Park, the film star Jason Statham as Jonas Taylor – a deep sea rescue diver who retires after a mission goes horribly wrong and leaves him with visions of a mega shark that nobody else will believe. But when an underwater research facility suffers a similar mishap years later, they call upon Taylor to help investigate the cause and save their stranded crew. What they uncover is a living Megalodon, a whale-eating dinosaur shark thought to have been extinct for millions of years. And now that it’s been disturbed, The Meg is heading towards the mainland – and they’ll need to track and kill it before it devours everything (and everyone) in its wake. Also starring Li Bingbing, Rainn Wilson and Australia’s Ruby Rose, it’s a crazy, scary, funny thrill ride that’s perfect for your next movie night in.

My Brilliant Friend (Foxtel Now)

For an emotionally absorbing, tumultuous tale of friendship and coming of age, check out the latest HBO premium drama series, MY BRILLIANT FRIEND – airing Tuesday nights at 8:30pm (AEDT) on FOX SHOWCASE and available to stream on Foxtel Now. Based on the international bestseller of the same name, the storyline of this critically acclaimed eight part subtitled Italian series comes from the first of four of Elena Ferrante‘s Neapolitan novels – all of which will be adapted for television. Over eight episodes, the series charts the course of a lifelong bond between Elena (played as a child by Elisa del Genio) and Lila (Ludovica Nasti). Growing up in the 1950s in a poor, violent neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples, the two girls couldn’t be more different. Elena is prim and timid, while Lila is incredibly intelligent yet gutsy and not afraid to stand up for herself. Elena, or Lenù as she’s known, is captivated by this quality and vows to become more like Lila to get through life in a community filled with brutality, backstabbing and fear of the ever-present danger posed by the local crime family. As the story unfolds, the series follows the girls into early adulthood and what will eventually become a friendship spanning more than 60 years – as seen at the start of the first episode as an elderly, present-day Elena begins writing the book about their history together.

The Disappearance of Phoenix Coldon (hayu)

Fans of true crime series like Making a Murderer or The Jinx will be captivated by THE DISAPPEARANCE OF PHOENIX COLDON – available to stream in full this Saturday 24 November on hayu. In December 2011, Phoenix Coldon – a 23 year old African American woman with a bright future ahead of her – went mysteriously missing in the midwestern city of St Louis. Her car was found abandoned in the middle of the road, still running with the keys in the ignition and many of her belongings still inside. With little media interest, barely any attention from the police and no body ever found, the Coldon family have never been able to get the closure they deserve. In this two-part documentary miniseries, former news anchor Shawndrea Thomas and retired Police Chief Joe Delia shine a spotlight on the case – investigating new leads and theories, unearthing startling secrets and speaking exclusively to the family and friends closest to Phoenix about the circumstances leading up to her vanishing without a trace.

ARIA Awards 2018 (Nine)

Rock out live in your living room this week with the Australian music industry’s night of nights, the 2018 ARIA Awards, airing from 7:30pm (AEDT) Wednesday 28 November on Nine. Hosted by Keith Urban and broadcast direct from The Star, Sydney, the ceremony celebrates the achievements of Australia’s greatest musicians over the past twelve months – as well as honouring this year’s Hall of Fame inductee, Kasey Chambers, who will also be performing on the night. And to top it off, there will be live music from local and international special guests including Rita Ora, George Ezra, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Amy Shark, Courtney Barnett and Dean Lewis, as well as international superstar Keith Urban. Get amongst it!

Our favourites streaming for the week of 19 November:

Incredibles 2 (BigPond Movies)

The Incredibles 2 on Telstra TV

It’s been 14 years in the making, but everyone’s favourite family of undercover superheroes are back with Disney Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. After the government shuts down the Superhero Relocation Program, the Parr family (aka The Incredibles) are left to fend for themselves. But when a wealthy media mogul (voiced by Bob Odenkirk) and his sister (Catherine Keener) come up with a PR plan to boost public opinion of “Supers”, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is suddenly thrust into the spotlight while her husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson) stays home to take care of their moody force-field wielding adolescent daughter Voilet, speedy rascal son Dash and baby Jack-Jack who is just starting to discover all kinds of new powers. But when a dangerous plot emerges to destroy them all, the family and their friend Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) must don their super suits and reunite to save the day. Exquisitely animated and with an electrifying score, this is an action adventure film with heart that the whole family can enjoy.

Castle Rock (Foxtel Now)

Castle Rock on Telstra TV

New to Foxtel Now this week is Stephen King’s psychological thriller anthology series, CASTLE ROCK. Produced by J.J. Abrams and set in the chillingly creepy woodland town of Castle Rock, Maine, the series follows death-row lawyer Henry Deaver (played by André Holland) who is called to Shawshank Prison after a guard unwittingly stumbles upon an inmate (Bill Skarsgård) who has been hidden away for 27 years in an abandoned wing of the prison. Who is the mysterious prisoner, why was his captivity covered up and what mind-bending connection does he have to Deaver? Fans of Stephen King will recognise several nods to his previous works – from the more obvious settings of Castle Rock and Shawshank Prison, to the recurring character of Sheriff Pangborn and casting of actors like Bill Skarsgård (from the 2017 remake of It) and Sissy Spacek from Carrie. As the series unfolds, a number of visual cues, costume choices and musical references all allude to the greater Stephen King “multiverse” – with the intricate character exploration and impressive plot originality we’ve come to expect from the master of horror fiction.

Escape at Dannemora (Stan)

Escape at Dannemora on Telstra TV

Starting on Stan this Monday 19 November is the riveting eight-part limited drama series, ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA – with new episodes streaming weekly, same day as the US. Directed by Ben Stiller, this intense heist drama is based on the true story of a 2015 prison break from the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York where convicted murderers Richard Matt (played by Benicio del Toro) and David Sweat (Paul Dano) escape thanks to the help of prison employee Tilly Mitchell (Patricia Arquette), who is carrying on an affair with both men. Sparking a statewide $23 million manhunt, their elaborate getaway plan has been compared to the Shawshank Redemption in its astonishing ingenuity. With extraordinary performances from Academy Award winners Arquette and del Toro, as well as Golden Globe nominee Dano, this incredibly real and gritty drama is one you won’t want to miss.

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (Netflix)

The Ballad of Buster Scraggs on Telstra TV

And available to stream this Friday 16 November is the superbly strange yet sensational Netflix Original film, THE BALLAD OF BUSTER SCRUGGS. From acclaimed directors Joel and Ethan Coen, this dark and twisted Wild West anthology movie ties together six separate short stories that will leave you in stitches or sobbing or shocked to the core – and sometimes a combination of all three at once.Tim Blake Nelson stars as the titular offbeat gun-slinging singing cowboy, while James Franco plays a bank robber who walks into the wrong town and faces frontier justice for his crimes. Liam Neeson plays the bitter manager of a one-man freak show, whose limbless star (Harry Melling) is no longer drawing in the crowds, while Zoe Kazan’s character is confronted with the prospect of love during a wagon ride to her arranged marriage to a rich old man. And Tyne Daly plays an uptight Victorian woman who finds herself on a stagecoach accompanying two bounty hunters as they the transport a dead man. Superbly crafted, wonderfully cast and thrilling to watch, it’s everything you would expect from the Coen Brothers and more.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 9 November:

Mission: Impossible – Fallout (BigPond Movies)

Mission: Impossible - Fallout - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

For a heart-racing movie night in, grab the popcorn and strap in for MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT, streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt, this time assigned to prevent the exchange of three stolen nuclear weapons in Berlin. But when a member of his team is taken hostage, Ethan attempts to save him and the bad guys manage to make off with the plutonium. With the fate of civilisation now in their hands, Ethan and his IMF crew track the warheads to Paris, where they team up with CIA operative August Walker (played by Henry Cavill) and former MI6 agent Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) for an action-packed dash to prevent nuclear catastrophe.

And to celebrate the film’s release on digital, BigPond Movies are giving you the chance to win an amazing holiday for two to Paris, France – including flights, transfers and accommodation. Simply buy^ (or rent from 21 November) Mission: Impossible – Fallout on BigPond Movies for your chance to win. Entries close 4 December 2018. ^See website for full details and conditions, including what “Buy” means.

Waco (SBS On Demand)

Waco - SBS On Demand - Telstra TV

New this month to SBS On Demand is the entire six-episode miniseries, WACO. Based on the real life events surrounding the 1993 siege in Waco Texas, the story follows David Koresh (played by Taylor Kitsch) and his religious sect, The Branch Davidians, in their ill-fated standoff against agents from the FBI and ATF. When the group are suspected of stockpiling weapons, the agencies surround their compound. But when Koresh and his devoted followers stand their ground, it’s up to FBI negotiator Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon) to convince the men, women and children of the commune to come out peacefully. Unfortunately, ATF agent Mitch Decker (Shea Whigham) and his boss Tony Prince (Glenn Fleshler) have more heavy-handed tactics in mind to force the group out. The series is cinematic in scale and genuinely gripping, with an all star ensemble cast including Andrea Riseborough, Julia Garner and Rory Culkin as David Thibodeau – whose 1999 book was used as the basis for the series.

The Bold Type (Stan)

The Bold Type - Stan - Telstra TV

Fans of Younger or Girls will love THE BOLD TYPE, with all 20 episodes from seasons one and two available this Friday 9 November only on Stan. Set in the fast-paced world of fictional women’s magazine, Scarlet, this intelligent and very current comedy/drama series focuses on journalists and work friends Jane (played by Katie Stevens), Kat (Australia’s Aisha Dee) and Sutton (Meghann Fahy) as they strive for success and live life large in the Big Apple. Reporting to their driven but supportive boss Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin) – a character based on the former editor in chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, Joanna Coles, and who sometimes walks her office treadmill in heels – these smart and capable women help each other to learn and grow through the ups and downs of life, love and friendship.

Don’t Stop the Music (ABC iview)

Don’t Stop the Music - ABC iview - Telstra TV

And starting this Sunday 11 November 2018 is the new Australian documentary series, DON’T STOP THE MUSIC – airing on ABC from 7:30pm (AEDT) and streaming on ABC iview. Hosted by Guy Sebastian, James Morrison and music educator Dr. Anita Collins, this inspiring series explores the benefits of learning music in the classroom and the effects it can have on improving academic performance, attendance and confidence. Over three one-hour episodes, a number of prominent international musicians attest to the power that music has had in transforming their lives – as they mentor the teachers and students of Challis Community Primary School in Armadale. After months of training and lots of practice, the show culminates in the students showcasing their school’s new music program with a performance at the Perth Concert Hall.

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 2 November:

House of Cards (Netflix)

House of Cards - Netflix - Telstra TV

Back for its sixth and final season, this week is the critically-acclaimed and ruthlessly dark political drama, HOUSE OF CARDS – with all eight episodes streaming from Friday 2 November on Netflix. It’s Claire Underwood’s turn now, as the frosty former First Lady becomes the nation’s first female President, stepping into the leading role we’ve all been waiting for. With a truly breathtaking performance by Robin Wright, who won a Golden Globe for her work on the show, this season we reach the pinnacle of a lifelong career of conspiracies, carnage and cover-ups wrought by Washington’s modern-day Machiavellians. With her husband Frank now dead under suspicious circumstances, their henchman Doug behind bars for Zoe’s murder and reporter Hammerschmidt still investigating the power couple’s malevolent rise to the top, Claire’s enemies are mounting and the public wants blood. But this incredibly cunning commander-in-chief won’t be bested – and the results are deliciously terrifying.

Ant-Man and the Wasp (BigPond Movies)

Ant-Man and the Wasp - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies this week is Marvel’s ANT-MAN AND THE WASP, the hilarious action-packed sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man. Serving out the final days of his house arrest for his crimes in Captain America: Civil War, Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (played by Paul Rudd) is kidnapped by his former mentor Dr Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and asked to once again don his superhero suit, giving him the ability to instantaneously shrink and grow in size and strength. This time he’s teaming up with Pym’s daughter, Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) – who is suited up in her own super Wasp outfit to rescue her mother (Michelle Pfeiffer) from the Quantum Realm, an alternate dimension accessible only by subatomic shrinking. But to do that they’re going to have to face off against the Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), a molecularly unstable villain searching for a cure to her own condition. Don’t worry, it’s not all as heavy as it sounds. Thanks to the brilliant chemistry between the mismatched titular characters, the film is loads of fun for the whole family – with plenty of tongue-in-cheek gags and witty one-line zingers.

My Dinner with Hervé (Foxtel Now)

My Dinner with Hervé - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

If you’re familiar with the eighties catchphrase, “Ze plane! Ze plane!”, then you won’t want to miss MY DINNER WITH HERVÉ on Foxtel Now – a film based on the true story behind the rise and fall of the world’s most famous dwarf. Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage plays Hervé Villechaize, the French actor who rapidly rose to fame on the set of the iconic television series, Fantasy Island. When a recovering alcoholic journalist (played by Fifty Shades’ Jamie Dornan) is sent from London to LA to interview Villechaize, Hervé lures him into a wild night about town in his limousine – recounting the triumphant, tawdry and tragic details of his life story that took him from shame to fame and back again. Dinklage expertly portrays a man whose success was fueled by an unrelenting desire to overcome pain and vulnerability, and whose eventual undoing came about from the bitterness that pain bred. And as the initially dismissive but ultimately intrigued reporter, Dornan’s character is both challenging and compassionate in his quest to draw out the truth.

The 2018 Melbourne Cup Live (7plus)

The 2018 Melbourne Cup Live - 7plus - Telstra TV
It’s the race that stops a nation – and this year, you can stream the MELBOURNE CUP live via the 7plus app on Telstra TV. Tune in from 3:00pm (AEDT) this Tuesday 6 November to catch all the excitement of Australia’s premier thoroughbred horse racing event, broadcast live around Australia from Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse. Hosted by Bruce McAvaney, Francesca Cumani and Richard Freedman, the Cup offers up a full day of riveting races, fabulous fashions on the field and international music acts including Sam Smith and The Presets.

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The Google Assistant now makes it even easier to enjoy Telstra TV


Posted on November 9, 2018

4 min read

Telstra TV is your gateway to thousands of TV shows and movies, through catch-up, live TV and on-demand. We’re constantly striving to make the Telstra TV experience even better, and our latest update brings voice control to Australia’s most popular streaming box through our partnership with Google.

We’ve all been there. You’re just about to settle down to stream the must-see series everyone in the office has been talking about when you realise you’ve lost the remote.

Now that annoying search around the living room will take a back seat to more relaxed enjoyment, thanks to a new integration with Google Assistant that brings voice control to Telstra TV.

The Google Assistant works on all Google Home devices, a range of third-party speakers, as well as the latest Android and iOS smartphones. It’s intuitive to use – just say “Hey Google,” and issue a command or ask a question to get a response from your Assistant.

We’ve enabled new voice commands for Telstra TV through the Google Assistant that match the features you’re most likely to use, and more are on the way.

You’ll be able to ask your Google Assistant to turn on your Telstra TV — which, for many modern TVs, will also turn on the screen itself — as well as open your favourite apps.

We also wanted to make it even easier to watch live TV, so you can ask the Google Assistant to “tune in” to a TV channel on your Telstra TV.

So, for example you can say “Hey Google, tune to Channel 9HD on the Telstra TV.”

And, of course, you can pause video and resume playing whenever you’re ready by using your voice.

Just say: “Hey Google, pause the Telstra TV” or, “Hey Google, resume the Telstra TV”.

Through the Google Assistant, Telstra TV owners will also be able to setup custom routines. These combine a set of actions and commands that can be triggered with a single voice command. For example, owners will be able to dim the lights and launch BigPond Movies on Telstra TV just by saying: “Hey Google, it’s movie time”. You can set up routines within the Assistant settings under your profile section of the Google Home App.

And soon, voice integration on Telstra TV will become even smarter. Owners will be able to ask their Google Assistant to search for a specific movie or TV show on Telstra TV, and launch straight into the title without having to press a single button on the remote.

Having access to all our Telstra TV apps means you’ll be able to switch between live TV and catch-up or on-demand video from all Australia’s major TV channels, or jump straight to an app like YouTube or Foxtel Now, using just your voice and a Google Assistant-enabled device.

If you’re interested in trying out the Assistant on a Google Home speaker, we stock the Google Home and Google Home Mini, which connect to your home Wi-Fi and give you voice control of your Telstra TV and other smart home devices. You can learn more about the Google Assistant, and how to use it, here.

You can also find out how to pair your existing Telstra TV with Google Assistant here.

And to help our new and existing customers bring voice control into their homes, we are offering a bonus Google Home Mini with the purchase of any eligible Android device, home broadband plan or Smart Home kit. This offer runs until 25 December 2018.

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.

Google Home Mini Gift: Subject to stock availability in stores and online. Available to new and re-contracting customers who purchase a mobile plan with an Android device, prepaid Android device, a new $69+ Home Broadband Plan on a casual or 24 month home internet plan, or Smart Home Kit. Not redeemable for cash. Google, Google Home and Google Home Mini are trademarks of Google LLC.

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