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What to stream this weekend on Telstra TV

Tech and Innovation

Posted on February 16, 2018

3 min read

We’ve got something for everyone this week on Telstra TV. Whether you’re in the mood for an action blockbuster movie, the latest premium drama series, an uplifting self-help reality show or live streaming the footy, we’ve got you covered. Check out our recommendations this week on Telstra TV.

Justice League (BigPond Movies)

Justice League on Telstra TV

February is a big month for comic book fans on Telstra TV, with DC’s JUSTICE LEAGUE out this week on BigPond Movies, ahead of Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok release next week. When the fate of the mankind is threatened by supervillain Steppenwolf and his Parademon army, Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) enlist the help of Aquaman, The Flash and Cyborg to save the planet from becoming transformed into a post-apocalyptic hellscape. Amy Adams and Henry Cavill top off the all-star cast as Lois Lane and Clark Kent/Superman.

Here and Now (Foxtel Now)

Here and Now on Telstra TV

New to Foxtel Now is HERE AND NOW, an intriguingly mystical family drama series from Alan Ball – the Oscar and Emmy winning creator of True Blood and Six Feet Under. Starring Holly Hunter as a hippy former therapist and Tim Robbins as her depressed philosophy professor husband, the show delves into the complex lives of their multiracial family of grown-up adopted children. The characters are diverse, flawed and full of contradictions – and one of them is plagued by some spooky coincidences that become increasingly supernatural as the show progresses.

Queer Eye (Netflix)

Queer Eye on Telstra TV

It’s been just over a decade since the original series ended, but QUEER EYE is now back on Netflix with a new “fab five” to make-over the lives of some very lucky Average Joes. Get ready for a real tear-jerker, as each episode the crew work to dramatically improve a guy’s self-esteem by transforming his wardrobe, grooming, diet, home decor and social life. You may also recognise fan favourite of the series, hairstylist/grooming expert Jonathan Van Ness, from his hilarious Game of Thrones recap series, ‘Gay of Thrones’ – available on YouTube.

2018 NAB AFL Women’s Competition (AFL App)

Catch every thrilling moment of the 2018 NAB AFL WOMEN’S COMPETITION, with live streaming of every match on the AFL app on Telstra TV and through the AFLW mobile app. In round 3 starting Saturday 17 February from 2pm (AEDT), last year’s premiers host one of this year’s competition favourites, the Western Bulldogs. The last game of the round features the Melbourne Demons travelling to Perth to take on Fremantle from 6:35pm (AEDT). And in between games, explore the AFL app to check out all the latest news, highlights and press conferences from your favourite team.

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.

6 political TV shows that even the non-political will love

Devices

Posted on February 8, 2018

4 min read

Sitting down to a hard-hitting debate isn’t always what you feel like after a long day at work, but getting more politics into your life has become its own category of gripping entertainment.

This mix of brilliant shows offers enough drama and satire to keep you entertained for weeks to come – and you can watch them all on Telstra TV right now.

The Ex-PM (Netflix)

Australia’s very own Shawn Micallef has had us in stiches since he sprung onto the comedy scene in the early 90s, but his latest political-themed satire is a standout performance. The show follows Micallef playing a retired long-serving Prime Minister, who is surrounded by a hilariously mismatched team of advisors and dysfunctional family, as he battles some unusual obstacles.

Watch The Ex-PM on Netflix on your Telstra TV.

VEEP (Foxtel Now)

Swapping her iconic role as Eileen from Seinfeld for a top-seat in the White House, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is back playing a potty-mouthed former senator with a slightly unorthodox approach to politics. With a generous sprinkle of dark humour, the show touches on all the political fires and personal catastrophes that arise as she’s given the prestigious role as US Vice President.

Watch VEEP on Foxtel Now on your Telstra TV.

Homeland (Netflix, Foxtel Now, BigPond Movies and SBS On Demand)

From Friday 16 February, SBS will premiere season seven of Homeland in Australia with the series available to watch anytime on SBS On Demand on your Telstra TV. And you can catch the first six seasons across a range of services on Telstra TV. This has got to be one of the most action-packed thrillers around right now. Homeland follows a CIA agent accusing a respected marine sergeant of conducting a lethal terror plot, leading to serious unrest for America’s national security. Years later, the estranged agent is sent to the Middle East where she encounters the horrors of war head-on, leading to a show-stopping trail of events that’ll have you hooked.

Watch Homeland on Netflix, Foxtel Now and BigPond Movies and season seven on SBS On Demand on your Telstra TV.

Scandal (Foxtel Now and BigPond Movies)

Now in its seventh season, this award-winning political thriller series follows Olivia Pope, the former media consultant of the President as she opens her own crisis-management firm. Unable to shake ties from her White House past, drama ensues as she must deal with her dangerously dysfunctional staff which includes genius hackers and professionals trained in covering up dark truths.

Watch Scandal on Foxtel Now and BigPond Movies on your Telstra TV.

Designated Survivor (Netflix and BigPond Movies)

After a devastating bomb attack on Washington claims the lives of the President, and everyone in the line of succession except a lower-level cabinet member – Tom Kirkman (Keifer Sutherland) who had been named the designated survivor is immediately sworn in as President. Upon taking the reins of a government in chaos, drama becomes his normal as the parliament quickly realises the attack was only a glimpse into the terrors the United States is set to face.

Watch Designated Survivor on Netflix and BigPond Movies on your Telstra TV.

Versailles (BigPond Movies)

Set in the glamourous Palace of Versailles in 1667, the show follows King Louis XIV of France as the 28 year-old grapples with gaining sole command of his kingdom. Facing a deadly sibling rivalry, constant threats of war, and a wife desperate to tame his wandering ways, addictively intense drama is a consistent theme you’ll love in Versailles.

Watch Versailles on BigPond Movies on your Telstra TV.

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.

8 must-watch TV shows and films for music lovers

Tech and Innovation

Posted on January 31, 2018

4 min read

With this week marking 60 years of the Grammy Awards, we’ve pulled together our favourite shows and films that celebrate the power of music. From incredible soundtracks and musical numbers to intense drama surrounding the industry, you’ll love working through this list. Stream all these shows and films on your Telstra TV tonight.

Nashville (BigPond Movies)

Visually stunning and packed full of talented artists, it’s unsurprising Nashville has gained a cult following over the past few years. The show follows country superstars and their team of musicians as they grapple with juggling success with relationships, family, and the evolving music industry. It’s the perfect mix of comedy, beautiful voices and can’t-look-away drama.

Watch Nashville on BigPond Movies on your Telstra TV.

Straight Outta Compton (BigPond Movies)

Even if rap isn’t your thing, this real-life story gives an entertaining and in-depth look into the drama, violence and heartbreak that surrounded hip hop group N.W.A in the late 80’s and 90’s. Following artists Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy E, Straight Outta Compton highlights the controversy that erupted around America after the rappers shared a brutally honest glance into Southern L.A. life in their breakout album.

Watch Straight Outta Compton on BigPond Movies on your Telstra TV.

La La Land (BigPond Movies and Foxtel Now)

If you’re yet to experience Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone performing in this award-winning film, that’s certainly worth changing. The pair are drawn together by their common desire to sing and dance, but as success mounts, they’re forced to make life-altering decisions that will fray their trust in one another and jeopardise the dreams they worked so hard to build.

Watch La La Land on BigPond Movies and Foxtel Now on your Telstra TV.

Mozart in the Jungle (Stan)

After years at the top of his game, an orchestral conductor known for bad behaviour and unrivalled genius is replaced by a young, flamboyant man who swiftly challenges his reign. Quickly forming a relationship with a female oboist scrambling for gigs, the comedic drama shows what happens behind the curtains can be just as captivating as what happens on stage.

Watch Mozart in the Jungle on Stan on your Telstra TV.

Vinyl (Foxtel Now)

Set in 1970’s New York, Vinyl follows a musical industry awash in sex, drugs and rock‘n’roll as it makes the ultimate change towards an era of punk, disco and hip-hop. Created by industry icons Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, the brilliant series highlights the real challenges that come from trying to stay relevant in a changing world, all while juggling personal crises and failing relationships.

Watch Vinyl on Foxtel Now on your Telstra TV.

Baby Driver (BigPond Movies)

Nominated for string of Grammys and Oscars, Baby Driver is the ultimate blend of fast-paced action and brilliant music. The film follows a young getaway driver roped up in a dangerous world of crime who uses the beat of his personal soundtrack to be the best in the game. After attempting to ditch the life he knows, a doomed heist threatens his freedom, budding relationship and existence.

Watch Baby Driver on BigPond Movies on your Telstra TV.

Sing Street (Foxtel Now, Stan and BigPond Movies)

This beautiful film tells the story of a 14 year-old boy living in 1980’s Dublin as he struggles to break free from a home strained by his parents’ relationship, money troubles and his older brother’s antics. His attempt to escape from the madness sees him forming a rock ‘n’ roll band, with the goal of impressing an inspiring model and classmate, all while discovering the healing power of music.

Watch Sing Street on Foxtel Now, Stan and BigPond Movies on your Telstra TV.

Empire (BigPond Movies and Foxtel Now)

Empire follows a powerful CEO of a renowned music production company who’s unexpectedly hit with a medical diagnosis, prompting competitors and family members to challenge him for top-spot. After the reappearance of his ex-wife, who threatens to expose his previous dalliances in drug dealing, drama inevitably unfolds as his credibility in the music world is chipped away.

Watch Empire on BigPond Movies and Foxtel Now on your Telstra TV.

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

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7 shows to catch on the new 7Plus app on Telstra TV

Tech and Innovation

Posted on January 25, 2018

4 min read

With free-to-air television’s peak season right around the corner, we’re gearing up for a string of new adventures and old favourites returning to the silver screen. To make your viewing even easier, Telstra TV has just unveiled the new 7Plus app on the home screen – bringing great entertainment and catch-up TV right to your living room.

From 23 January, your Plus7 App on your Telstra TV will automatically refresh as the new 7Plus app, bringing with it the best in Australian drama, comedy, sports and films.

Now, alongside your favourite streaming services and blockbuster films, viewers can easily catch-up on the best of Seven’s content whenever it suits them. With everything from 7, 7TWO, 7mate, 7flix and Racing.com, you’ll never worry about missing the latest show again.

Here, we’ve got seven shows to watch out for on 7Plus on your Telstra TV.

Home and Away

Home and Away on 7Plus on Telstra TV

Returning from its summer break on January 29, there’s plenty in store as this family favourite prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2018.  Promising exciting new characters, show-stopping drama and unlikely romances, it’s never quiet in Summer Bay. The new series follows on from the tragic death of Kat Chapman (Pia Miller) and her unborn child at the end of 2017, and loyal viewers can expect much more emotion in the coming episodes.

MKR

My Kitchen Rules on 7Play on Telstra TV

Celebrity chefs Manu Fiedel and Pete Evans are back to judge a new crew of passionate home cooks, bringing with them strong personalities, mouth-watering secret recipes and fierce competition. Jump on board as we watch the contestants battle it out at their ‘instant restaurants’, setting up pop-up menus for their dinner guests that showcase the best of their entrees, mains and desserts. The kitchen fires up again on January 29, available on live TV and the 7Plus App.

The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor on 7Play on Telstra TV

Another favourite coming back with new episodes on January 29 is much-loved medical drama The Good Doctor. The show follows a young autistic surgical resident who joins the paediatric unit at a prestigious US hospital. Audiences fell in love with his journey of self-discovery last year, as he challenged the scepticism of his fellow surgeons and proved his brilliant medical ability well above his age.

Hard Sun

Hard Sun on 7Play on Telstra TV

Coming soon, the highly anticipated Hard Sun will bring viewers a brilliant drama series like no other. Set in a pre-apocalyptic world facing numerous crime issues, two unlikely detectives are forced to work together to save human existence from destruction. The pair uncover a government conspiracy revealing the sun will destroy the world in only five years. Follow their action-packed race against the clock with this new show coming to 7Plus in 2018.

Packed to the Rafters

Packed to the Rafters on 7Play on Telstra TV

Although we’ve bid goodbye to the lovably dysfunctional Rafter family, you can still catch up on every episode of this Aussie favourite on the 7Plus App. Centred around Dave and Julie and their three children, this light-hearted drama proves that no family is safe from their share of scandals, heartbreak and extremely difficult decisions. For those who haven’t started before, you’ll love watching the Rafters evolve over several seasons as they’re tested by life and all that comes with it.

All Saints

All Saints on 7Play on Telstra TV

First hitting Australian screens in the late ‘90s, All Saints went on to become one of the nation’s best medical dramas. The series focuses on the relationships between the hospital’s staff, as well as the day-to-day emotions that arise in the operating room. With all twelve seasons available on the 7Plus App, viewers are able to take a trip down memory lane or find out what all the hype was about.

Kinne

Kinne on 7Play on Telstra TV

Laugh out loud with two seasons of Kinne, a genuinely hilarious comedy show jam-packed full of sketches, memorable one-liners and pearls of wisdom from citizens stopped on the streets. The Australian series, starring local comedian Troy Kinne, covers everything from satirical reality shows (think: Mastercooks) to mockumentary-style interviews with guest stars. If you’re looking to lighten up your evenings, catch-up on Kinne on the 7Plus App.

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7 new war films worth streaming on Telstra TV

Tech and Innovation

Posted on January 24, 2018

4 min read

When we think of iconic battles on the big screen, it’s hard to overlook classics like Schindler’s List and Black Hawk Down. But in recent times, we’ve been gifted with a string of truly brilliant war films worthy of any ‘best of’ list. Here’s our favourites, all ready to stream on your Telstra TV tonight.

Dunkirk (BigPond Movies)

There was huge hype surrounding Christopher Nolan’s interpretation of the battle of Dunkirk, and with good reason. With a stellar cast boasting names like Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hardy and Harry Styles, the raw emotion felt by the soldiers and commanding officers is well-portrayed and entirely believable. Pair that with gorgeous shots of rolling waves and blood-sprayed sand, and you’ll find yourself hooked for the full 107 minutes. Not to mention, the accompanying score is one of the best around, provoking every emotion from anxiety to relief.

Watch Dunkirk on BigPond Movies on your Telstra TV.

Churchill (BigPond Movies, Foxtel Now)

This ticking-clock thriller closely follows the incredibly tense 24 hours before D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history. Set in June 1944, the film is centred around former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s attempts to stop the large-scale campaign from occurring. Fearful of repeating the same mistakes made in Gallipoli, Churchill anxiously anticipates disaster as he clashes with his allied political opponents in a heart-stopping race towards the Normandy landings.

Watch Churchill on BigPond Movies or Foxtel Now on your Telstra TV.

Fury (BigPond Movies, Netflix)

Fury follows a war-weary, extremely cynical American tank crew through Germany in the final days of World War II. Led by a lovably tough Brad Pitt as the team’s commander, the soldiers come face-to-face with the Nazis, and end up an in extremely climatic battle as they’re forced to take on an SS battalion alone. Focusing on the inevitably rocky relationships of men stuck in a confined space for three years, Fury gives us real insight into the emotion behind WWII.

Watch Fury on BigPond Movies or Netflix on your Telstra TV.

Allied (BigPond Movies, Foxtel Now)

Staying on the Brad Pitt trend, the actor is joined by gorgeous French actress Marion Cotillard in the most seductive war-themed thriller we’ve seen in a while. In Allied, two WWII operatives, posing as loving spouses, are pitted against each other in a tense 72 hours as they attempt to save their family and prove her innocence. Fearful of their true identities being uncovered, the film delves into the pressure placed on families during times of crises.

Watch Allied on BigPond Movies or Foxtel Now on your Telstra TV.

Hacksaw Ridge (BigPond Movies, Foxtel Now)

Directed by a man familiar with brilliant battle scenes, Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge follows the extraordinary true story of Desmond Doss during the bloodiest fight of WWII. As a strict Seventh-Day Adventist, the American soldier was the only only man serving in Okinawa without a gun or weapon. Despite this, Doss went on to incredibly rescue 75 men from death on the front lines, which saw him become the first conscientious objector to be awarded a Medal of Honour.

Watch Hacksaw Ridge on BigPond Movies or Foxtel Now on your Telstra TV.

Bridge of Spies (BigPond Movies)

Inspired by true events, this Spielberg-directed thriller portrays the remarkable story of James Donovan (Tom Hanks), a Brooklyn attorney who finds himself thrust into the centre of the Cold War. When he’s sent on a seemingly impossible mission by the CIA, Donovan is forced to risk everything as he negotiates the release of a captured American pilot. Tense, political and extremely well-acted, this film gives a cinematic peak into the make-or-break decisions during the Cold War.

Watch Bridge of Spies on BigPond Movies on your Telstra TV.

Their Finest (BigPond Movies and Foxtel Now)

Putting a slightly lighter twist on Wold War II, this romantic drama follows on from the battle of Dunkirk, telling the story of a British film crew attempting to boost morale by making propaganda. Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Clafin and Bill Nighy, Their Finest includes just the right amount of comedy as a relationship grows between two screenwriters, giving audiences further insight into how entertainment was twisted to send subliminal messaging.

Watch Their Finest on BigPond Movies or Foxtel Now on your Telstra TV.

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

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