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Which of these 8 types of BINGE watcher are you?

By Ryan Dunn July 2, 2020

With the launch of Australia’s newest streaming service, BINGE, you might suddenly find yourself wondering what kind of binge-watcher you are – and what content you should get stuck into to satisfy your appetite. Whatever your tastes, there’s something for everyone to stream on BINGE. Here are just a few suggestions to get you started. And Telstra customers can get up to 12 months access on us! Find out how.

The “better late than never” binger: Game of Thrones

If you’ve ever been shamed by your friends for seemingly being one of the few people in the world who hasn’t watched HBO’s juggernaut drama series, then BINGE is here to fix that. Perhaps you didn’t get on board early enough and decided it was just too late? Or maybe you’ve heard about (or seen clips of) the dungeons and dragons and decided it wasn’t for you? Either way, I’m here to assure you you’re missing out! At its heart, Game of Thrones is a brilliant political drama – and an extremely watchable one at that. Amidst all of the ruthless scheming by those vying for control over the seven medieval kingdoms, there are edge-of-your-seat fights, loads of witty banter, genuinely shocking plot twists and more than a few raunchy scenes to get your heart racing. Don’t give up on it if it doesn’t grab you right away – stick with it for at least the first five episodes and you’ll find you won’t want to stop until you reach the end of season eight.

The “I know I shouldn’t laugh but I can’t help it” binger: Guilt

Nobody does a crime thriller quite like the BBC – and this one has a surprisingly dark comedic bent. With only four episodes, it’s also remarkable how many twists it takes in just four short hours – and even more incredible that it can make you laugh with each increasingly disturbing turn. It all begins when Scottish brothers Max and Jake accidentally run over and kill an old man on their drive home from a wedding. Jake, the younger of the two, wants to do the right thing and call the police. But Max, the smooth-operating lawyer knows they’ll be going down for their crime – and convinces his brother to try covering it up. Managing to carry the body back into his nearby home, they find evidence the man was terminally ill. Without any noticeable damage, they think they might just get away with it. That is, until Jake realises he left his wallet behind – and returns later to the scene of the crime to find the victim’s niece hosting a wake.

The “make me terrified” disaster drama binger: Chernobyl

A drama series that notches the tension all the way up to twelve, perhaps the most horrifying thing about Chernobyl is that it actually happened. In April 1986, the eponymous nuclear power plant in Ukraine suffered a disaster of unimaginable proportions. During a routine safety test, the reactor caught fire and exploded – in an uncontrollable event that spread nuclear fallout into the surrounding city and eventually across the Soviet Union and Europe. Given the political system in place at the time, and the relative ignorance about the dangers of atomic energy, the reckless response from leaders was to downplay its severity – putting their careers and the party ahead of the safety of the people. Until scientists like Valery Legasov and Ulana Khomyuk (played by Jared Harris and Emily Watson) were willing to challenge them and fight for a seemingly impossible solution to the world’s worst nuclear accident in history.

The “I’m not crying, you’re crying” binger: My Brilliant Friend

An emotionally absorbing tale of friendship and coming of age, My Brilliant Friend is based on the international bestselling Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante and follows the tumultuous life journeys of two young friends – the timid yet capable Lenù, and the intelligent but tempestuous Lila. Growing up together in a poor, violent neighbourhood on the outskirts of Naples during the 1950s, the story explores how the two very different friends propel each other forward in a community filled with brutality, backstabbing and fear of the ever-present danger posed by the local crime family. As its sprawling story unfolds, we see how seemingly small opportunities and choices shape each of their lives into adulthood, in what will eventually become a lifelong bond spanning more than 60 years.

The “armchair detective” binger: McMillion$

Fans of true-crime documentaries will be blown away by the sheer audacity surrounding McMillion$, a six-part series that investigates the far-reaching, decades-long swindle that stole over $24 million from the McDonald’s Monopoly game. When the FBI received an anonymous tip in 2001 about a scam involving the popular fast-food promotion, it was hardly at the top of their priorities. But once they started to scratch beneath the surface, they began to uncover a vast conspiracy going back many years and involving countless colourful characters whose lives were ultimately destroyed by the part they played in the fraud. At the centre of it all? A man known by many involved as simply “Uncle Jerry”. Could it be Jerry Jacobson, the former police officer managing security from the agency running the promotion? Or Jerry Colombo, his nightclub-owning associate with mob family ties? Watch to find out.

The “closest I’m going to get to a European vacation right now” binger: Below Deck Mediterranean

Escape the cold from the comfort of your sofa with Captain Sandy and her crew, in this addictive reality series that will have you swooning over the sun-soaked opulence of the Mallorca, Spain. Sailing aboard the luxury super-yacht “The Wellington”, the series offers an Upstairs, Downstairs glimpse into the drama and craziness of the lives of the cabin crew as they interact with each other while catering to every decadent request of the boat’s ever-changing cast of cashed-up charter passengers. Set amidst the gorgeous backdrop of Europe’s most famous cruising destination, the Mediterranean Sea, this series is sure to induce an extreme case of holiday envy.

The easy-watching nostalgic sitcom binger: The Nanny

Easily one of the greatest sitcoms of the nineties, The Nanny brings the laughs on so many levels. If you watched it as a kid, you probably giggled along with its family-friendly gags – but when you rewatch it now, you’ll wonder how so many of its cheeky adult cracks went right over your head. You know the story: the flamboyantly brassy Fran Fine, sacked from her job in a Queens bridal shop run by her former boyfriend, heads to Manhattan to sell cosmetics door-to-door. Mistaken as an applicant for the vacant nanny position in the household of refined Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield, her style, her flair (and the fact that she’s there) means she gets the job. And as she cares for Sheffield’s three children, while tormenting his jealous business partner Cece with the help of their butler Niles, her charmingly out-of-place demeanor brings a breath of fresh air to an otherwise stuffy situation.

The family movie night binger: The Secret Life of Pets 2

Join Max the Terrier and his fellow furry friends for a family comedy favourite that shows what our pets get up to when we’re not home. In this latest follow-up adventure, Max’s owner Katie is now a mother – and Max has become so obsessed with the baby’s safety that he’s developed a nervous tick. When the family heads off on a trip to the country, Max becomes even more of a wreck when he and his poochy pal Duke come across some unfriendly farm animals. That is until an old farm dog named Rooster helps Max to discover his inner courage and find some much-needed balance. Meanwhile back home, wacky bunny Snowball thinks he might actually be a superhero when his owner starts to dress him up in a mask and cape – so much so that when Daisy turns up to ask for help, he’ll have to pluck up all the bravery he can muster to save the day.

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.

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BINGE is better with Telstra. Here’s why.

By Michael Ackland July 1, 2020

Providing the best technology on the best network with the best sport and entertainment services available is our mission at Telstra, and when BINGE hit our screens (big and small) in May, we thought about how we could make Australia’s newest streaming service even more accessible, whilst rewarding our loyalty programme members.

From today 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 depending on their Telstra Plus tier.

The BINGE app is available currently in the Telstra TV app store, so customers can explore all the new content on show (as well as on their mobile, tablet, computer, smart TV, and a range of other devices), and with the ability to sign up to the service via Telstra, and be included in their monthly Telstra bill once the offer period concludes.

BINGE really does represent a major change to the Australian streaming landscape, as it offers viewers premium content at a price point like other established services in the market, but with a far superior offering of well-established and loved TV and movies.

Don’t believe me, you can check out what’s on right here.

Combining a three-month introductory offer with additional months of access is our way of rewarding customers for their loyalty and gives you a risk-free way to experience everything BINGE has to offer now.

This best-in-market BINGE offer from Telstra is complemented by a similarly generous offer for sports streaming service, Kayo. Given our interrupted sporting calendar, we’re extending the Kayo Basic offer announced in February which is just $15 per month for 12 months (cancel anytime) for new and returning Kayo customers who are Telstra consumer post-paid fixed and mobile customers until 30 September. Premium Kayo subscribers will also receive a $10 discount and the ability to stream on three screens simultaneously for $25/month.

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 is for family households with HD streaming and four streams at once.

*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. 

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn June 26, 2020

What are you watching tonight? Catch the latest drama and comedy content streaming right now on Telstra TV.

The Informer (Telstra TV Box Office)

Watch the first 10 minutes free of the insanely tense new crime thriller, THE INFORMER – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Joel Kinnaman stars as the titular FBI informant, Pete Koslow – an ex-con released early to help his handlers (played by Rosamund Pike and Clive Owen) infiltrate the highest levels of the Polish mafia’s New York drug trade. But when an operation goes sideways and results in the death of an undercover cop, mob boss “The General” (Eugene Lipinski) pressures Koslow to take the fall so that he can run drugs from inside prison. Caught in a deadly war between the mob, the FBI and the NYPD, Koslow knows he’ll have to devise his own escape if he’s going to make it out alive.

Quiz (Foxtel Now)

The story behind the game show that swept the world and the contestants who tried to cheat their way to the top is told in the suspensefully funny new three-part miniseries, QUIZ – streaming each Wednesday on Foxtel Now. Pub trivia fanatics Diana Ingram (played by Sian Clifford) and her brother Adrian (Trystan Gravelle) are captivated when British network ITV launch the new high-stakes quiz show, ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’, hosted by veteran broadcaster Chris Tarrant (Michael Sheen). Gaming their way into the hot seat, they each accrue only small prizes before lucking out. But when they also manage to get Diana’s husband Major Charles Ingram (Matthew Macfadyen) onto the show and he starts to win big, the already suspicious producers (Mark Bonnar and Aisling Bea) become wise to their conspiracy.

Yellowstone (Stan)

The most popular cable TV series in the US last season, YELLOWSTONE, had its highly anticipated season three premiere this week on Stan – with new episodes streaming each Monday, express from the US. Kevin Costner returns as mega-ranch patriarch John Dutton, continuing to fight for his family’s lives and livelihood against threats from multiple fronts. Following the merciless actions of the Beck Brothers last season, the family is forced to forge new alliances with former rivals. But with new moneyed interests setting their sights on the ranch, there’s no limit to how far the Duttons will go to protect their home and the ones they love.

The Sinner: Jamie (Netflix)

Matt Baumer stars in the chilling third season of the Netflix anthology crime drama, THE SINNER – with all eight episodes available to stream now. When high school history teacher Jamie (Baumer) and his friend from college, Nick (Chris Messina), crash their car on a secluded road in upstate New York, it seems like nothing more than a tragic accident. Called to the scene in the middle of the night, Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) becomes suspicious when a number of details about the event just don’t add up. Digging deeper into the young family man’s life, will Ambrose unearth something much more sinister at play?

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 19 June:

Dark Waters (Telstra TV Box Office)

Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway star in DARK WATERS, a compelling real-life thriller about the man who single-handedly took on one of the world’s biggest chemical companies – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Family man and hotshot lawyer Rob Bilott (Ruffalo) has worked hard to advance his career, successfully defending industry giants in environmental litigation cases. But when his grandmother asks him to help out a family friend – a rural cattle farmer who believes his stock are dying due to toxic waste being dumped in the water supply – he finds himself on the opposite side of a dirty, difficult and long-running battle. With his professional reputation on the line, the backlash he faces is brutal – but his tenacity to stand up and fight for a community being poisoned could bring about justice and far-reaching reforms.

Perry Mason (Foxtel Now)

Coming to Foxtel Now this Monday 22 June is new HBO crime drama series, PERRY MASON. Based on the famed and iconic series of novels, films and television serials of the 1930s to 1990s, this latest adaptation stars ‘The Americans’ lead Matthew Rhys in the eponymous role. Set in Los Angeles during the Great Depression, the dishevelled Mason ekes out a living as a small time private eye – mostly by catching burgeoning Hollywood stars in compromising positions to solicit payoffs from their studios. But when his employer, attorney E.B. Jonathan (played by John Lithgow) hires him to investigate the kidnapping and gruesome murder of a young boy, he suddenly finds himself wading deep into an unsettling mystery that’s gripping the entire city.

The Politician (Netflix)

The much-anticipated follow-up to Ryan Murphy’s 2019 dark comedy, THE POLITICIAN, is streaming from this Friday 19 June on Netflix. Recent high school graduate Payton Hobart (played by Ben Platt) continues his unrelentingly cutthroat fixation of one day becoming the US President, starting with the pursuit of a seat in the New York State Senate. Coming up against the much-respected incumbent and Senate lead Dede Standish (played by Judith Light), Payton and his team attempt to outsmart Dede’s shrewd campaign manager, Hadassah Gold (Bette Midler), using underhanded tactics designed to taint the Senator’s reputation. But could all of their scheming and plotting suddenly be overshadowed by Payton’s mother Georgina (Gwyneth Paltrow) making a political play of her own?

LOL: Last One Laughing Australia (Amazon Prime Video)

Brace yourself for the funniest, wackiest reality game show of the year with the launch of LOL: LAST ONE LAUGHING AUSTRALIA, streaming from this Friday 19 June on Amazon Prime Video. Hosted by Rebel Wilson, this six-part variety series brings together some of the biggest names in Australian stand-up comedy – locking them up together in a goofily decorated apartment, with cameras in every corner poised to capture their every action and reaction. Their goal is to do whatever they can to make each other laugh, but whoever is caught giggling on camera will be instantly evicted from the house. With a cash prize of $100,000 awarded to the last comedian standing, we’re sure to see loads of creatively outlandish gags from some of our favourite local jokers.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 12 June:

Queen & Slim (Telstra TV Box Office)

New to Telstra TV Box Office this week is the very powerful and timely, QUEEN & SLIM – a film that explores police brutality and racial injustice in America, against the backdrop of a stylish and ultimately romantic fugitive drama. After meeting on a dating app and sitting through a rather unimpressive first date dinner, Slim (played by Daniel Kaluuya) offers to drive Queen (Jodie Turner-Smith) home. But when they’re pulled over by a cop with a quick temper and an even quicker impulse to draw his weapon, Queen ends up with a gunshot to the leg – and Slim, trying to wrestle the gun from the officer, inadvertently kills him. Seeing no alternative but to run, the pair drive together through the deep south, in constant fear of being caught or turned in. But when an online video of the altercation hits the news, their plight echoes throughout the country.

Operation Buffalo (ABC iview)

Take a look back at a controversial yet little-known period in Australia’s recent history with OPERATION BUFFALO, a new six-part drama series streaming Sundays at 8:30pm on ABC iview. A fictional retelling of real-life events, the series is set in the 1950s during the height of the Cold War when Britain tested its nuclear bombs on an outback army base in Maralinga, South Australia. Ewen Leslie stars as Major Leo Carmichael, the Australian commander tasked with running the facility, while James Cromwell plays his doddery British counterpart, Lord “Cranky” Crankford. And Frances Djulibing plays Ruby, an Aboriginal matriarch whose family’s very existence is denied for the sake of testing on their land. Learn more about the story of the Maralinga people with the documentary Maralinga Tjarutja, also available on ABC iview.

Bosch (SBS On Demand)

Devour all ten episodes of the penultimate sixth season of BOSCH, streaming now on SBS On Demand. Based on the bestselling novel series by Michael Connelly, the new season of this gripping crime drama sees Titus Welliver return as LAPD detective Harry Bosch – continuing his cold case investigation from last season into the murder of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, as well as the recent killing of cancer researcher, Dr Stanley Kent (Kovar McClure). When it’s discovered radioactive medical materials were stolen from Dr Kent around the time of his death, the FBI are called in to consider the threat of domestic terrorism. Meanwhile, Bosch’s partner Edgar (Jamie Hector) sets in motion a sting to flush out the dirty cops who killed his informant, as well as their powerful associate Jacques Avril (Treva Etienne). Catch up on seasons one to five on Amazon Prime Video.

2020 Toyota AFL Premiership (Kayo)

The 2020 TOYOTA AFL PREMIERSHIP season is back this week – and you can catch all the action from the comfort of your sofa with Kayo, the game-changing sports streaming app on Telstra TV. Whether you’re watching live matches, reliving the excitement with on-demand replays or tuning into your favourite footy shows like AFL 360, Bounce or On The Couch, Kayo has got you covered. And in an exclusive for new and returning Kayo customers on a Telstra consumer post-paid plan, add on Kayo Basic for only $15 per month for 12 months (normally $25 a month) – a saving of $10 a month for a whole year! To take advantage of this offer, you must sign up through Telstra and redeem by 30 September 2020.

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

Binge: Requires internet connection, 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 Telstra. Standard monthly fees apply after offer period unless you cancel. Only new customers to Kayo can add this offer to Pay with Telstra. Returning Kayo customers will not be able to redeem via Telstra TV and will be directed to sign up via hub.telstra.com.au/kayo. One redemption per person only. Not available in conjunction with any other Kayo offers. Kayo requires internet and compatible device. Data charges may apply. Event availability correct at time of publishing and subject to change.

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.‏‎

Our favourites streaming for the week of 5 June:

Bloodshot (Telstra TV Box Office)

Get your sci-fi action fix this weekend with the unstoppable Vin Diesel in BLOODSHOT, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Adapted from the Valiant Comics bestselling series of the same name, the film follows Ray Garrison – a US Marine killed on the battlefield and brought back to life thanks to an experimental new nano-technology administered by Dr Emil Harting (played by Guy Pearce). With millions of microscopic robots coursing through his veins, he’s able to pack a punch like never before. And with a body now capable of healing its own wounds, he’s virtually indestructible. But when he discovers the same technology is being used to manipulate his mind, he’s no longer sure who he can trust and must fight to expose the truth.

Love Life (Stan)

Anna Kendrick stars in Stan’s delightfully charming new romantic comedy series, LOVE LIFE – with new episodes streaming each Thursday from 7pm (AEST). Reportedly, each season of the series will follow a different lead character on their life’s journey to find love. And through a string of self-contained episodes, we’ll get a glimpse into the various relationships – romantic and otherwise – that have shaped their lives. In this first season, we join Darby (Kendrick), a slightly awkward “little derp-de-derp” as she navigates her first real post-college boyfriend (Jin Ha), the cliché of falling for her boss (Scoot McNairy), supporting her roommate Sara (Zoë Chao) as she struggles with alcoholism, and coping with her own needy mother (Hope Davis).

Homecoming (Amazon Prime Video)

Back for a grippingly satisfying second season is the critically acclaimed series, HOMECOMING – with all seven episodes streaming now on Amazon Prime Video. Picking up after the events that unfolded at the Homecoming Initiative, this mysterious new season begins with a woman (Janelle Monáe) waking up suddenly in a rowboat in the middle of a woodland lake. She can’t remember how she got there, or even her own identity. Piecing together what few clues she can find, she believes she served in the military and is somehow connected with the Geist Corporation. But when she digs deeper and attempts to infiltrate the company, she’s not remotely prepared for what she’s about to uncover.

Big Brother (7plus)

Get ready for your next reality TV addiction with the return of BIG BROTHER, premiering next Monday 8 June at 7.30pm on Seven and 7plus. Hosted by Sonia Kruger, the series hits our screens nineteen years after the very first Aussie season and six years since its last iteration. And this time, they’re shaking things up with an exciting new format that will see contestants nominating and voting to evict their fellow housemates, as well as competing against each other in a series of nightly challenges. All twenty housemates have now been revealed, including a former AFL player, a dancer, a male model, a marriage celebrant, a “fun mum” and an 80s fitness icon. With $250,000 in prize money up for grabs, the stakes are high – but it’s the viewers who will get the chance to vote for who they want to win in the live grand finale.

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.

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How to set up the best multi-screen sport experience

By Luke Hopewell June 12, 2020

Young professional working remotely flexibly at a restaurant with laptop, mobile phone and headphones

After an impromptu off-season filled with everything from dice footy to marble racing (it’s real, I swear), the footy is officially, mercifully back! During quarantine, however, the kids may be hooked on Xbox or streaming movies, meaning that the living room TV is on the bench for this weekend’s action. Thankfully, if you’re a Telstra fixed broadband customer, you can tweak your home Wi-Fi network to watch every second of the action, in lots of places! Here’s how.

To make your sports viewing experience one that can be done from the back bedroom, upstairs living room or even the pool room, you’ll need both a strong Wi-Fi network and the right apps on your smartphone.

Strengthen your Wi-Fi

Telstra Smart Modem 2

Telstra fixed broadband customers have the home-field advantage when it comes to streaming thanks to the Smart Modem 2. It’s more than your average modem, with beamforming technology that ‘locks on’ to your devices for better reception.

To make the most of your Smart Modem 2’s technology, locate where you’ve situated your modem and ensure it’s placed in a central location between your favourite devices. Wi-Fi signal going through walls is like playing four quarters running into the wind, so ensure there aren’t big walls blocking you off from your modem.

To ensure you’re getting the best Wi-Fi signal in your chosen area before the first bounce, download the Telstra Home Dashboard app to ensure you’ve got the right coverage around the house. The Home Dashboard app helps you make a map of your Wi-Fi signal based on the floorplan of your house. That way you know where the best spots for streaming are.

If you’re in a larger house or you’ve spotted a red zone that could be getting better coverage, you may want to opt for our new Smart Wi-Fi Booster Gen 2. It is specifically designed to work together with the Smart Modem Gen 2 to improve in-home Wi-Fi. With a simple two-button setup, the single booster will pair directly to the modem and boost wireless coverage, helping to reduce or resolve black spots and extending wireless coverage from the modem’s base.

Incredible, whole-of-home coverage is more than possible thanks to our awesome suite of fixed home connectivity gear, and once your connection is running smoothly you can fire up our exclusive collection of sport streaming apps for the best viewing experience.

Get the right apps

Telstra customers get the best sporting codes on offer through a range of different streaming apps.

Firstly, there’s Kayo. 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. 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.

And if you want more, there’s always Telstra Live Pass. Telstra mobile customers get access to every live match of the 2020 AFL season, live and data-free via the AFL Live official app. Normally worth $99.99 a year and free for Telstra mobile customers, the service is available for both Apple and Android users (live streaming limited to 7” screen viewing size).

Plus, when other codes return to the field to round out the 2020 season, you’ll also have access to them via the respective apps.

New and returning Kayo customers on Telstra consumer post-paid plans can get Kayo Basic for $15 a month for 12 months; saving $10 a month on the service for 12 months (data charges may apply).

Our customers get access to an incredible world of sport and whole-of-home connectivity when they sign-up, and as various codes all take to the field once again, it’s a great time to be watching.

Game on!

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

By Ryan Dunn May 29, 2020

Binge on with Australia’s newest streaming service, get back into footy fever, curl up with a feelgood movie or laugh along with a new comedy series – here are some of our top picks streaming this week on Telstra TV.

The Sopranos (Binge)

The Sopranos (Binge) - Telstra TV

Launching on Telstra TV earlier this week, Australia’s newest streaming service Binge brings together content from the world’s greatest creators like HBO, FX, Warner Bros, NBCUniversal and the BBC. There’s never been a better time for streaming entertainment than right now – and if you’re looking for (in my opinion) one of the best binge-worthy shows to dive right into, look no further than the series that arguably started the trend: THE SOPRANOS. Winning 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and 5 Golden Globes, this superbly crafted premium drama opens with New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) as he begrudgingly begins therapy to cope with the mounting pressure of work and family life. Across six incredibly compelling seasons, the series delves into what makes Tony, his family and his colourful associates tick. At times violent, with darkly funny dialogue and constantly surprising plot turns, once you start you won’t be able to turn it off. New Binge customers can sign up on the Binge website now for a 14-day trial, with plans starting at only $10 per month thereafter.

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Telstra TV Box Office)

The Peanut Butter Falcon (Telstra TV Box Office) - Telstra TV

For a heartwarming buddy adventure the whole family will love, check out THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Scoring 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, this sincerely sweet comedy-drama follows the journey of Zak (played by Zack Gottsagen), a young guy with Down syndrome and big dreams of one day becoming a professional wrestler like his hero, the Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). Hatching a plan with his roommate Carl (Bruce Dern) to escape their care home and make his way to Redneck’s wrestling school across state, Zak meets a happy-go-lucky drifter named Tyler (Shia LaBeouf). Heading in the same direction, the pair become fast friends – and when Zak’s carer Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) tracks them down, they convince her to come along for the ride.

Space Force (Netflix)

Space Force (Netflix) - Telstra TV

Steve Carell stars in the Netflix comedy series ripped from the headlines, SPACE FORCE – with all episodes streaming this Friday 29 May from 5pm (AEST). Co-created by Carell and ‘The Office’ showrunner Greg Daniels, this fantastically funny workplace farce sees veteran pilot Mark R. Naird (Carell) tapped by the White House to “Make America Get [on the Moon] Again” by heading up the formation of a new branch of the armed forces – the titular Space Force. Pulling up stumps and moving his wife (played by Lisa Kudrow) and family to an isolated base in Colorado, he’s tasked with coordinating a chaotic crew of scientists and astronauts with the help (and often hindrance) of his head scientist Dr Adrian Mallory (John Malkovich), media manager Tony Scarapiducci (Ben Schwartz) and army offsider Kick Grabaston (Noah Emmerich).

2020 NRL Telstra Premiership (Kayo)

2020 NRL Telstra Premiership (Kayo) - Telstra TV

Footy fans can rejoice with the return of the 2020 NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP this week after it’s initial shutdown back in March – and Kayo, the game-changing sports streaming app on Telstra TV, is your ticket to the best seat in the house. Catch every game played live and on-demand, with expert commentary from Fox League’s trusted team. And with Kayo Minis, you’ll get a condensed highlights package of all the key moments for any games you miss.

In an exclusive for Telstra customers on a consumer post-paid plan, you can add on Kayo Basic for only $15 per month for 12 months (normally $25 a month) – saving you $10 a month for a whole year! Redeem by 30 September 2020. Find out more at telstra.com/kayo

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 22 May:

Downhill (Telstra TV Box Office)

Downhill on Telstra TV

What would be your immediate gut reaction in the face of danger? Would you bravely stand your ground to protect your loved ones, or would you flee to save yourself? That’s the question Will Ferrell’s character Pete answers in the disaster comedy, DOWNHILL – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the critically-acclaimed 2014 Swedish film, ‘Force Majeure’, the film follows Pete, his wife Billie (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and their two sons on a ski vacation in the Austrian Alps. As they lunch one afternoon on a picturesque mountainside terrace, a controlled avalanche starts hurtling towards them – and Pete grabs his phone and runs. The family and fellow diners are left unharmed, but Pete and Billie’s already strained marriage begins to go downhill from there. Also starring Zach Woods, Zoë Chao, Miranda Otto and Kristofer Hivju.

Little Fires Everywhere (Amazon Prime Video)

Little Fires Everywhere on Telstra TV

If you loved ‘Big Little Lies’, then you’re in for a treat this week with the highly anticipated eight-part drama series, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE – streaming this Friday 22 May on Amazon Prime Video. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Celeste Ng, the series sees affluent and well-intentioned suburbanite Elena Richardson (played by Reese Witherspoon) leasing her family’s rental property to single mother and artist Mia Warren (Kerry Washington). When Mia’s daughter Pearl (Lexi Underwood) becomes friendly with the Richardson kids and Elena offers Mia a housekeeping job in their home, the two families become more closely connected. But as secrets begin to surface, tensions start to simmer as differences in class and ideology become more apparent – kicking off a chain of gradually escalating events that culminate in the arson of the Richardson home, with Elena still inside.

Bad Education (Foxtel Now)

Bad Education on Telstra TV

Australia’s Hugh Jackman stars in the brand new HBO comedy drama film, BAD EDUCATION – streaming now on Foxtel Now. Having made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the story centres on the unbelievably audacious real-life scandal that rocked a suburban New York community back in 2002. Jackman plays Dr. Frank Tassone, a charismatic school district superintendent and somewhat of a local celebrity due to the stellar performance of the students and teachers under his command. Exuding a charmingly polished professionalism and a genuine devotion to learning, Tassone seemingly could do no wrong. But that all starts to come spectacularly undone when his business manager, Pam Gluckin (played by Allison Janney) is found to be stealing from the school coffers. Just how deep the corruption goes, and what twists and turns the plot then takes, must be seen to be believed.

The Voice (9Now)

The Voice on Telstra TV

Returning for its ninth season this Sunday 24 May is THE VOICE, airing from 7pm on Nine and streaming on 9Now. Hosted by Darren McMullen alongside new co-host this season Renee Bargh, Guy Sebastian joins the superstar coaching panel this year – competing with Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Boy George to unearth and cultivate Australia’s hottest new vocal talent. With an EMI Music recording contract up for grabs, as well as a $100,000 cash prize, the stakes couldn’t be higher. And in 2020, the coaches will battle it out like never before – with a new twist to the Blind Auditions round: the Coach’s Block. Sure to stir the pot, each coach will be given two chances to prevent another coach from poaching a contestant for their team. And if that isn’t enough drama for you, the new season also brings with it two new rounds to the show’s format – the “Playoffs” and “Showdowns”. Tune in for what’s sure to be a cracker season.

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 15 May:

Mega Movie Week: 14 – 20 May (Telstra TV Box Office)

Make every night a movie night with MEGA MOVIE WEEK, running until 20 May on Telstra TV Box Office. For this week only, you can buy^ from a selection of forty-two of our hottest recent releases and classic favourites for a special price (limited time only) – to add to your library, so you can watch again and again. Prices start from just $4.99 for titles like The Devil Wears Prada, Terminator: Genisys, Hidden Figures and Pretty Woman – to $7.99 for films such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; $9.99 for Joker, Ford v Ferrari, Top Gun and Trolls – and $14.99 for our newest releases 1917, Jumanji: The Next Level, Playing with Fire and Dolittle. Get in quick – this promotion must end at 11:59pm on Wednesday 20 May.

I Know This Much Is True (Foxtel Now)

Mark Ruffalo stars as twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in the brilliantly heartbreaking HBO drama series, I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE – streaming Mondays from 11 May on Foxtel Now. Based on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, this six-part miniseries follows divorcé house painter Dominick, as he cares for his brother Thomas who is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and the mistreatment of a poor mental health system. When their mother (played by Melissa Leo) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she passes on to Dominick her Italian father’s life story in manuscript form – but his attempts to have it translated by erratic grad student Nedra (Juliette Lewis) adds even more trouble into the mix. And when their mother dies, Thomas does something truly horrific that forces Dominick to have to fight for his brother’s rights – all while coming to terms with the truth and trauma of their family’s past.

The Great (Stan)

From Tony McNamara, screenwriter of Academy Award-winner ‘The Favourite’, comes Stan’s wickedly funny satirical series THE GREAT – streaming from this Saturday 16 May. A somewhat fictionalised retelling of the rise of Russia’s longest ruling empress, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine – who is arranged to marry the unpredictable and debaucherous Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult), but soon discovers just how dangerous and depraved her new husband can be. Confident that she could more effectively rule if the power were in her hands, she sets in motion a coup to kill him, seize the royal court, commandeer the military and side-step the church – in a saga where half the fun lies in guessing whether each of the absurdly outrageous acts are drawn from historical fact or imaginative fiction.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy Vs. the Reverend (Netflix)

The gamification of Netflix content continues with the release of its latest interactive movie, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT: KIMMY VS. THE REVEREND – based on the much-loved four season sitcom series from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Using just your Telstra TV remote, you’ll decide where the story goes as you guide Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Titus (Tituss Burgess), Lillian (Carol Kane) and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) on a madcap journey across three states to outsmart the evil Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) and get to her wedding in time to marry her fiancé Prince Frederick (Daniel Radcliffe). In true Kimmy style, along the way she’ll encounter explosions, dancing hamburgers, a robot army and a colourful cast of characters played by Amy Sedaris, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Jack McBrayer and Johnny Knoxville. It’s your job to keep Kimmy alive, alert and on the right track. Sit back, grab the remote and enjoy. Streaming now on Netflix.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 1 May:

Like a Boss (Telstra TV Box Office)

Like a Boss on Telstra TV

Slap on your war paint and get ready for battle in the uproariously funny buddy comedy, LIKE A BOSS – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish play chalk-and-cheese besties since childhood, who together built their own cosmetics brand, “Mia&Mel”. But when their company lands in financial hot-water, they’re relieved when a lifeline comes along in the form of a massive cash injection by ruthless beauty industry leader Claire Luna (played by Salma Hayek). The only catch is that Luna now controls 49 per cent of their company, with the option to completely take over if one of them quits. Turning the duo against each other and stealing their makeup ideas might have seemed like a solid plan, but now Mel and Mia are mad and they’ll stop at nothing in the fight to get their company back. Adding to the hilarity is Billy Porter and Jennifer Coolidge who play their employees, while Lisa Kudrow has a cameo as Luna’s former business partner Shay.

Hollywood (Netflix)

Hollywood on Telstra TV

Harking back to the Golden Age of Hollywood (with a titillating twist) is the lavish new Netflix seven-part limited series, HOLLYWOOD – from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. In the wake of World War II, we see a group of hopeful actors descend upon Tinseltown with stars in their eyes and dreams of making it big in the pictures. David Corenswet plays Jack Castello, a Missouri farm boy with a pregnant wife in tow, willing to do whatever he can to get a foot in the door. To make ends meet in the flashy new city, he applies for a job at the Golden Tip gas station run by former actor Ernie (Dylan McDermott), where all the handsome pump jockeys turn out to be high-end escorts – a story allegedly based in truth, as told in the 2017 documentary, “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”. Jeremy Pope plays his colleague, Archie – a closeted screenwriter who falls for one of his clients, the actor who would later become known as Rock Hudson (Jake Picking). Also starring Darren Criss, Jim Parsons, Queen Latifah, Samara Weaving and Patti LuPone, stream from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 1 May.

Billions (Stan)

Billions on Telstra TV

Back for its highly-anticipated fifth season on Stan this Sunday 3 May is the brilliantly Machiavellian high-finance drama series, BILLIONS. After last season saw power-players Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) working together towards mutual goals, we now see these titans return to their merciless conflicts of seasons past. Adding further fuel to that fire are new players seeking to dominate New York’s financial markets and the judicial system tasked with keeping them honest – including Mike Prince (Corey Stoll), a trailblazer in the move towards more socially-conscious investment who challenges Axe’s business practices and position in the industry. Chuck comes up against a worthy opponent in tough-as-nails Manhattan District Attorney Mary Ann Gramm (Roma Maffia), while Julianna Margulies joins the cast as Catherine Brant – an author and Yale sociology professor who takes an interest in Chuck’s unconventional personal life after it was publicly exposed last season. And while tensions ramp up as Taylor Mason returns to Axe Cap, Wendy begins to shift her alliances in ways that could hurt both her husband and business partner.

Upload (Amazon Prime Video)

Upload on Telstra TV

From Greg Daniels, the creator of hit comedies ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘The Office (US)’ comes a sci-fi romantic comedy series, UPLOAD – streaming from Friday 1 May on Amazon Prime Video. Set in the not-too-distant future of 2033, the series is based on the intriguing ‘Black Mirror’-esque premise of uploading one’s consciousness into a chosen digital afterlife. When Nathan (played by Robbie Amell) is fatally wounded in an autonomous car accident, his cashed-up girlfriend gives him the chance to live out a luxurious hereafter in the ultra-exclusive virtual heaven “hotel” known as ‘Lakeview’. As Nathan gets used to his magical new world, there’s plenty to love – including literal climate control and actual all-you-can-eat buffets. But he’ll also have to get used to the in-app purchases, pop-up advertisements and talking therapy dogs. Thankfully, he’s got a guardian angel to guide him – his customer service representative, Nora (Andy Allo) – a Brooklyn local who remotely dials into the digital hotel and who begins to develop feelings for Nathan.