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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on March 22, 2019

13 min read

What are you watching tonight? Check out the latest movies and TV shows added this week, streaming direct to your Telstra TV.

Bumblebee (Telstra TV Box Office)

Bumblebee - Telstra TV Box Office - Telstra TV

Fans of the Transformers movie franchise are in for a treat this week with BUMBLEBEE, a charming new series spin-off prequel available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Set in California in 1987, this fun-filled, action-packed blockbuster brings together seventeen year-old Charlie Watson (played by Hailee Steinfeld) with Bumblebee – an adorably sweet Autobot who transforms into a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. Sent to Earth by Optimus Prime while a war wages on in their home planet of Cybertron, Charlie repairs the battered and broken Bumblebee – only to discover that the Decepticons have followed him here and are working with a local team led by Agent Burns (John Cena) to hunt down and wipe out the remaining Autobots. Threatening to destroy the world if they don’t get their way, Charlie and Bumblebee are on a mission to save the planet and keep “Bee” safe in the process. Rated PG and scoring 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, this is definitely one the whole family can enjoy.

Triple Frontier (Netflix)

Triple Frontier - Netflix - Telstra TV

Strap in for a tension-filled, guns blazing action thriller with TRIPLE FRONTIER, streaming now on Netflix. Oscar Isaac leads the film’s all-star cast as Santiago “Pope” Garcia, an Army veteran turned private military contractor working in Colombia who returns home to the US to enlist the help of his former Special Ops team to pull off an ambitious plan – to rob the leader of the world’s most violent drug cartel. The crew includes Captain Tom “Redfly” Davis (played by Ben Affleck), brothers William “Ironhead” and Ben Miller (Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund), and suspended fighter pilot Francisco “Catfish” Morales (Pedro Pascal) – all of whom are down and out on their luck, with nothing to show for their elite military service except for bullet wounds and mounting debts. Venturing into the South American jungle under the guise of working for the Colombian Government, they set off a series of deadly, unforeseen consequences when their plot to steal from the narcoterrorist Lorea takes a sudden dramatic shift.

Trust Me (SBS On Demand)

Trust Me - SBS On Demand - Telsra TV

New to SBS On Demand this month is the hit BBC medical drama, TRUST ME – with all four episodes available to stream now. Jodie Whittaker stars as Cath Hardacre, a skilled and principled emergency department nurse who is suspended from duty after raising concerns about patient welfare in the hospital where she works. As a single mother desperate to provide for her child, she sees an opportunity arise when her best friend Doctor Alison Sutton moves to New Zealand with her fiancé. Armed with Ali’s CV, Cath relocates with her daughter to Edinburgh, assumes her friend’s identity and finds well-paying work as an emergency room doctor. But how long can she keep the lie going before she slips up and makes a fatal mistake that could destroy her personal and professional life? Packed full of suspense and with an incredibly powerful performance from Broadchurch and Doctor Who actor Whittaker, this gripping series is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

2019 AFL Season (Kayo, Foxtel Now, AFL App and Seven)

2019 AFL Season - Kayo, Foxtel Now, AFL App and Seven - Telstra TV

Get excited because the 2019 AFL PREMIERSHIP SEASON kicked off this week – and Telstra TV has you covered for streaming every match direct to your big screen. With Kayo, you can stream every game live* and ad break-free during play (*except for the Grand Final, which will be broadcast live exclusively on Seven and available as a replay on Kayo). With an exclusive offer available only to Telstra customers, you can get two months of Kayo for only $5 (normally $25 per month). You can even add the charge to your monthly Telstra bill. (Conditions apply, see website for details). Foxtel Now subscribers with the Sports Pack can watch each match live and ad-free on Fox Sports and Fox Footy, while Telstra’s own AFL App on Telstra TV offers full game replays on-demand (available 12 hours after each match – excluding the Grand Final), as well as Highlights, Player Profiles and Stats to track the performance of your favourite players and teams. And on Channel Seven or 7mate (depending on your state), you can watch up to five matches per week on free-to-air TV – check the official broadcast guide for local availability. And in the Finals Series, the Seven Network will air every match live nationally.

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

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 15th March:

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Telstra TV Box Office)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Telstra TV Box Office - Telstra TV

Swing onto the sofa this weekend to catch an animated superhero flick the whole family can enjoy, with SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE streaming fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) is just your average teenager growing up in New York City. But making friends at his new school isn’t easy, especially while he’s being embarrassed by his police officer dad (Brian Tyree Henry) – who also happens to have it out for their friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man (Chris Pine). When he’s bitten by a radioactive spider in an abandoned subway station, Miles starts to gain super spidey powers. Those abilities eventually come in handy, especially after he stumbles upon a door to the “Spider-Verse” – multiple parallel dimensions, each with their own Spider heroes including Spider-Woman (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) and Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn). Written and produced by the team behind The Lego Movie, this immersive adventure film infuses a unique comic book-like style of animation with a coming-of-age storyline that is full of action, comedy and heart.

After Life (Netflix)

After Life - Netflix - Telstra TV

Ricky Gervais, the acclaimed comedy writer, director and actor behind The Office and Extras has a new six-part series, AFTER LIFE – available to stream in full this week on Netflix. Gervais stars as Tony, a man who finds himself struggling to care about anyone or anything after his wife dies of cancer. With nothing left to lose and seeing “no advantage to being nice”, Tony unleashes a newfound brutal honesty onto almost everyone in town (most of whom seem fairly deserving of it) – from nosey neighbours to mouthy children, noisy eaters and lazy colleagues at the local paper where he works. Although his wife left him with video instructions on how to manage without her, Tony seems too intent on wallowing in his grief to follow any of her guidance. And though he seems intent on pushing everyone away, ultimately it’s those surrounding him who remind Tony that everyone faces loss and the need to carry on living anyway. Relentlessly heartless, constantly heartbreaking and yet occasionally heartwarming, this unique comedy drama offers something new from Gervais, while delivering the superb writing we’ve come to expect. (Just beware the salty language).

Billions (Stan)

Billions - Stan - Telstra TV

Returning for an epic fourth season this week is BILLIONS, with new episodes streaming weekly from Monday 18 March only on Stan. Set in the fast-paced, high-stakes financial markets of New York City, this intelligently written cutthroat drama centres around the conflict between the mercilessly calculated US Attorney Chuck Rhoades (played by Paul Giamatti) and his prime target, the slightly shady yet cunning hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Last season, the pair were forced to set aside their vendettas against each other when each of their carefully laid plots backfired. For Chuck, his plan to oust the Attorney General Jock Jeffcoat (Clancy Brown) led to his own ceremonious dismissal – and for Axe, it’s his protege CIO Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon) who turned against him to start their own rival firm, ruthlessly stealing out the most high value clients in the process including the terrifying Russian oligarch Grigor Andolov (John Malkovich). Now these former enemies have joined forces and they’re out for vengeance. As Chuck campaigns to claw back his power and Axe fights to take down Taylor, each will need to find out exactly how far they’re willing to go to satisfy their appetite for revenge.

2019 NRL Season (Kayo, Foxtel Now, 9Now and NRL App)

2019 NRL Season - Kayo, Foxtel Now, 9Now and NRL App - Telstra TV

And with footy season kicking off this weekend, Telstra TV is the best place to catch every thrilling game of the 2019 NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP, streaming direct to your big screen. With Kayo, watch every game of every round live* and on demand, with no ad breaks during play (*except for delayed coverage of the Grand Final). And with an exclusive offer available only to Telstra customers, you can get two months of Kayo for only $5 (normally $25 per month). You can even add the charge to your monthly Telstra bill. (Conditions apply, see website for details). Foxtel Now subscribers with the Sports Pack can watch each game live and ad-free on Fox Sports and Fox League, while Telstra’s own NRL App on Telstra TV offers full game replays on-demand (available 12 hours after each game – excluding the Grand Final), as well as game highlights, Player Profiles and Stats to track the progress of your team and the performance of your favourite players. Or you can watch select games live and on demand on 9Now, with three games airing per week (Thursday night, Friday night and Sunday afternoon). And in the final five rounds, Nine will also air the third Saturday game, as well as all games in the State of Origin and Finals.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 8th March:

Widows (Telstra TV Box Office)

Widows - Telstra TV Box Office - Telstra TV

For a gripping, emotionally-charged heist thriller, check out WIDOWS – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Viola Davis leads the film’s stellar cast as Veronica, a woman driven to desperate measures after her husband (played by Liam Neeson) and his crew of thieves were killed by police during an armed robbery gone wrong. Left high and dry, she now has two weeks to return two million dollars to the ruthless men they stole it from or they’re coming after her. When she discovers her husband’s notebook containing the plans for his next big job, she convinces the other bankrupt widows – Alice (Australia’s Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) – to pull off a sophisticated plot that would assure their safety and secure their financial freedom. Written by the bestselling author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn, and directed by the Oscar-winning director behind 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen, this captivating crime caper also stars Daniel Kaluuya, Colin Farrell and Carrie Coon.

Isn’t It Romantic (Netflix)

Isn't It Romantic - Netflix - Telstra TV

Rebel Wilson’s latest comedy blockbuster, ISN’T IT ROMANTIC, is now streaming direct to your Telstra TV on Netflix – after having been released in theatres throughout the US only three weeks ago. Growing up, Natalie was spellbound by romantic comedies – that is, until her mother (played by Jennifer Saunders with an over-the-top Aussie accent) dismissed them as nothing more than lies and clichés. Flash forward twenty-five years and a pessimistic Natalie is now living in New York City, working in an architectural firm where she’s generally overlooked by colleagues and clients. After her assistant Whitney (Betty Gilpin) and best friend Josh (Adam DeVine) suggest she try opening herself up to new people and experiences, Natalie gets talking to a guy on the subway – only to have him snatch her purse and knock her out cold in the process. When she wakes up, suddenly everything and everyone in her life has become brighter, more attractive and overly charming towards her. Now the firm’s biggest client, the handsome billionaire Blake (Liam Hemsworth) has fallen for her – and his attempts to woo her are filled with grand romantic gestures, set to Whitney Houston music. Has Natalie finally gotten what she’s always wanted? Or will this absurd new reality teach her the true meaning of love?

Secret City: Under the Eagle (Foxtel Now)

Secret City: Under the Eagle - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

New to Foxtel Now this week is the intriguing second season of the Australian political thriller, SECRET CITY, with all six episodes available to stream from Monday 4 March. With the first series based on the acclaimed novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by political journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis, the pair return as writing consultants for the sequel. After being released from prison, Harriet Dunkley (played by Anna Torv, who won a Logie for her role in the series) was all but resigned to leaving Canberra when she’s offered a job as a media advisor to the gritty new Independent MP Karen Koutoufides (Danielle Cormack). Finding herself back in the halls of parliament, Harri uncovers a covert military operation that looks suspiciously like the work of Home Affairs Minister, Catriona Bailey (Jacki Weaver). With the Prime Minister (Don Hany) in the dark and Bailey on the defense, Harriet will need to get to the bottom of the lies, espionage and complex conspiracies filling the Canberra Bubble before they set off a chain of events that could shatter the security of the nation.

Minding the Gap (DocPlay)

Minding the Gap - DocPlay - Telstra TV

Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at this year’s Academy Awards and one of Barack Obama’s favourite films of the past year is MINDING THE GAP, available to stream now on DocPlay. A touching look into the lives of a group of young men growing up in inner city Rockford Illinois, the film explores their shared love of skateboarding and its ability to offer an escape from their difficult lives. With a range of experiences including abusive parents, economic struggles and racial intolerance, director Bing Liu documents his own journey, as well as the path of his friends Zack and Keire, as they pass from youth into adulthood – with more than a decade of skateboarding footage and cathartic interviews with the men and their families. Winning the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Non-Fiction Film and with a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this powerfully honest documentary is one you won’t want to miss.

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5 fearless LGBTI shows to enjoy this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on March 1, 2019

4 min read

Glitz, glamour and glorious television series – we’re celebrating diversity at home with these awesome shows. From hilarious sitcoms to real-life stories told by celebrities, here’s our favourite LGBTI shows on Telstra TV right now.

41st Sydney Mardi Gras Parade Live Stream (SBS On Demand)

41st Sydney Mardi Gras Parade Live Stream - SBS On Demand - Telstra TV

Get ready for an explosion of colour, glitter and fabulousness as the 41ST SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS showcases the pride, passion, culture and diversity of the Australian LGBTI community. With over 200 groups marching down Oxford Street in a record number of floats, this year is set to be the biggest parade yet. Watch the live stream of the parade from 7:30pm (AEDT) on Saturday 2 March via SBS On Demand or tune in to SBS on Sunday night from 8:35pm (AEDT) to watch the parade with commentary from hosts Magda Szubanski, Joel Creasey, Patrick Abboud and Urzila Carlson.

Pose (Foxtel Now)

Pose - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

With all the colourful drama you’d expect from American Horror Story creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, POSE on Foxtel Now takes us back to 1980’s New York during the rise of the ballroom scene. The series stars the largest-ever cast of transgender actors on TV to date, marrying epic musical features and incredible costumes to address the power of the ball movement in fighting hard-hitting societal issues of the time. The story follows a group of resilient queer individuals as they rebuild their lives amongst all odds, directing their energy towards competing in shows where they’re judged on their outfits, dance skills and utterly jaw-dropping performances.

Queer Eye (Netflix)

Queer Eye - Netflix - Telstra TV

It’s been over ten years since the original series finished, but the Fab Five have returned with a lovable new cast in this addictive Netflix series. This revamped era of QUEER EYE showcases a group of experts in fashion, grooming, interiors and the culinary scene as they form unlikely bonds with men and women seeking their advice. Providing complete lifestyle makeovers, prepare to fall in love with the group’s quick wit and impeccable sense of style as much as you’re invested in the often heart-wrenching back-stories of those seeking their help. A must watch.

Ru Paul’s Drag Race (Stan)

Ru Paul's Drag Race - Stan - Telstra TV

Hosted by lovably sassy RuPaul, this highly addictive elimination-style reality show is guaranteed to have you hooked. Battling for the highly coveted title of America’s Next Drag Superstar, drag queen contestants compete against one another as they create show-stopping costumes, apply impressive makeup and strut their stuff down the catwalk in this visually stunning competition. With lip-sync battles, professional photoshoots and music video performances, there’s no shortness of excitement (or drama!) in RU PAUL’S DRAG RACE on Stan.

Will & Grace (Telstra TV Box Office)

Will & Grace - Telstra TV Box Office- Telstra TV

Following a hugely successful eight-year run in the early 2000s, WILL & GRACE is back on Telstra TV Box Office after a twelve-year hiatus, bringing with it all our favourite characters from the iconic sitcom. The show is centred around the friendship of four best friends in New York, in particular Will Truman – a gay high-flying corporate lawyer – and Grace Adler – a straight interior designer with a tendency to overdramatise. Adding in the comedic brilliance of their flamboyant friends, the series is laugh-out-loud funny while serving as one of the biggest LGBTI series on mainstream television.

Gaycation (SBS On Demand)

Gaycation - SBS On Demand - Telstra TV

This eye-opening series takes audiences all over the world as actress Ellen Page and her best friend set out to explore LGBTI cultures around the globe. From Brazil and Jamaica to Ukraine, in GAYCATION on SBS On Demand, we’re given an inside look into the struggles and triumphs of queer individuals as they fight for acceptance in their cultures where things aren’t always so welcoming. As well as delving into important issues, GAYCATION celebrates the power of community – especially as the pair dance the night away in Japan’s smallest gay bar.

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

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on February 22, 2019

20 min read

What are you watching this week? Rent new movies for less, live stream the Oscars and find a fun new way to spend your Sunday nights on Telstra TV.

Don’t forget: From Tuesday 26 February 2019, BigPond Movies will be changing to Telstra TV Box Office. To find out more, visit bigpondmovies.com/change

91st Annual Academy Awards (9Now)

91st Annual Academy Awards - 9Now - Telstra TV

It’s the film industry’s night of nights – catch all of the glitz, glamour and excitement of THE OSCARS 2019, airing from midday (AEDT) this Monday 25 February on Nine and streaming live on 9Now. Beamed directly from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, the annual Academy Awards recognises the outstanding achievements over the past year of actors, directors, writers and crew members who create cinematic magic to inspire and entertain us all. Nominees for Best Picture this year include Black Panther (available on BigPond Movies, Stan and Foxtel Now), BlacKkKlansman, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Star Is Born, Roma and The Favourite – with both Roma and The Favourite tied for the most nominations this year with ten each. It’s also a massive year for music in film: to coincide with the nomination of Bohemian Rhapsody, legendary rock group Queen will perform live at the event – with Adam Lambert standing in for the late frontman, Freddie Mercury. Grammy-winning artist Lady Gaga and her A Star is Born co-star Bradley Cooper are also set to perform a stirring duet of their hit song ‘Shallow’, while beloved artists Bette Midler and Jennifer Hudson are likely to raise the roof with their special guest appearances. And to get the inside scoop on what all the celebrities are wearing this year, stream the Red Carpet live on Foxtel Now from 9:30am (AEDT).

Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway (10 play)

Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway - 10 play - Telstra TV

Sunday nights are about to get a whole lot more fun with the unpredictably fabulous new weekly variety show CHRIS & JULIA’S SUNDAY NIGHT TAKEAWAY, starting from 24 February at 7:30pm on 10 and 10 play. Hosted by Julia Morris and Dr Chris Brown, the popular presenters of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, this weekly on-screen party promises to be jam-packed with celebrity guests and live music from home and abroad, hilarious games, mischievousness pranks and much, much more. Based on the hit British show of the same format, Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, studio audience members, viewers at home and even random strangers on the street will get the chance to take part in all the fun and excitement – with competitive game segments hosted by NRL legend Beau Ryan giving participants a chance to take home some amazing prizes. Tune in this Sunday for the perfect way to round out your weekend.

The Golden Girls (Stan)

The Golden Girls - Stan - Telstra TV
“Thank you for being a friend”… Everyone’s favourite four cheesecake-loving retirees are back on the air, with all seven seasons of THE GOLDEN GIRLS now streaming exclusively on Stan. Widely regarded as one of the best television sitcoms of all time, this deliciously hilarious series stars Bea Arthur as the sharp-tongued Dorothy Zbornak, Betty White as the clueless country girl Rose Nylund, Rue McClanahan as the promiscuous Southern Belle and Estelle Getty as Dorothy’s outrageously uncensored mother Sophia Petrillo. Sharing a home together in Miami, Florida, the vastly different personalities and opinions of these four mature women allowed the show to discuss a range of important social issues – many of them progressive by even today’s standards. Nominated for a whopping 68 Emmy Awards, winning eleven of them including one for each of its four lead actresses, this enduring television classic is one you’ll want to revisit again and again.

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

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 15 February:

Bohemian Rhapsody (BigPond Movies)

Bohemian Rhapsody - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Get ready to rock out on the sofa this weekend with one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Taking you on a spine-tingling, toe-tapping journey through the phenomenal rise of rock music legends Queen, the film tells the story behind the band’s formation, their genre-bending musical experimentation and the group’s iconic and flamboyant frontman, Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek). Delving into Mercury’s personal struggle with his sexuality and later his AIDS diagnosis, Malek delivers a moving and passionate performance that has so far won him a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG Award – as well as a nomination for Best Actor at this year’s upcoming Academy Awards. Jam packed with incredible hits like We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Somebody to Love, Don’t Stop Me Now, and the titular Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s not difficult to understand why Australian audiences have fallen in love with Queen all over again after watching the film – with their albums rocketing back to the top of the ARIA charts since its theatrical release. And with a particularly stirring scene at the end of the movie showcasing the band’s extraordinary Live Aid performance, Bohemian Rhapsody is a must-see for fans of live music and great cinema alike.

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

The Umbrella Academy - Netflix - Telstra TV

Starting this Friday 15 November is the latest Netflix Original superhero series, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY – with all episodes available to stream from 7pm (AEDT). Based on the award-winning comic book series of the same name by My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way, the series follows seven superpowered siblings who were adopted and raised by a billionaire to become crime-fighting heroes, until they all eventually grew apart. Years later, the family reunite to mourn the death of their father – only to discover a plot to bring about the apocalypse, led by supervillains Cha Cha (Mary J. Blige) and Hazel (Mindhunter’s Cameron Britton). To succeed, they’re going to have to battle against Luther (Tom Hopper from Game of Thrones), the hulking leader with a heart of gold; Diego (David Castañeda) the diminutive yet feisty mercenary; Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) a now-famous actress with the power of suggestion; Klaus (Robert Sheehan) the wisecracking addict who can talk to the dead; Number 5 (Aidan Gallagher) the time-shifting teleporter; and Vanya (Ellen Page), the black sheep of the family who never actually developed any superpowers. Even if you’re not typically a fan of the superhero genre, The Umbrella Academy employs and enjoyable mix of action, comedy and even some absurdly amusing dance choreography to keep you hooked right through to the very end.

Miracle Workers (Stan)

Miracle Workers - Stan - Telstra TV

For a heavenly workplace comedy, check out MIRACLE WORKERS, starting this week on Stan. Welcome to Heaven Inc., the celestial corporation that micromanages every aspect of the entire universe. There’s a Department of Animals, with budget cuts leading to extinctions; a Department of Volcano Safety, whose inept workers are too busy checking their phones to avoid eruptions; and a Department of Angel Resources, where eager employee Eliza (played by Australia’s Geraldine Viswanathan) is transferred from the mundane Department of Dirt to the understaffed Department of Answered Prayers. There she’s teamed up with its sole employee, Craig (Daniel Radcliffe), who squirrels away his time solving menial problems like finding lost keys and gloves and forwarding the impossible prayers to the big man upstairs (Steve Buscemi). But the almighty CEO is growing tired of his creation, watching humans make a mess of it all from the hundreds of monitors in his office. When God announces that he’s going to hit the reset button, blow up earth and begin working on something new, Eliza – who is keen to work on something big and exciting – makes a deal with him that if she can answer a single impossible prayer, he’ll spare the planet from destruction. Based on the novel, ‘What in God’s Name’ by Simon Rich, this charming comedy series combines the comedy of office bureaucracy with the adventure of a race against time to save the world.

Camping (Foxtel Now)

Camping - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV
New to Foxtel Now this month is the hilarious ensemble sitcom, CAMPING, with new episodes available each Tuesday from 7:30pm (AEDT). Created by Lena Dunham and based on the British series of the same name, the show stars Jennifer Garner as the insufferable Kathryn McSorley-Jodell – a neurotic control freak with a “dysfunctional pelvic floor” and almost 11,000 Instagram followers. It’s her husband Walt’s 45th birthday and she’s determined to make it a hit, planning a camping trip for Walt (played by David Tennant), their son, her sister and a group of their closest friends. Armed with a tabbed binder full of activities, Kathryn obsesses over every little detail, while seemingly oblivious to the fact that nobody really likes her. When the free-spirited Jandice (Juliette Lewis) arrives uninvited in the middle of the night, Kathryn’s meticulous plans are thrown into chaos. As the trip continues, relationships are tested, injuries occur, campers go missing and ultimately control is surrendered in this delightfully awkward satire that pokes fun at almost everyone.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 8 February:

Boy Erased (BigPond Movies)

Boy Erased - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Fresh from the cinema this week on BigPond Movies is the heartbreaking BOY ERASED, starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe and Joel Edgerton, who also directed the film. Based on the memoir of the same name by Garrard Conley, this emotionally absorbing and eye-opening film tells the story of Jared Eamons (played by Lucas Hedges), the 19 year old son of Nancy (Kidman) and Marshall (Crowe) – a Baptist minister living in conservative Arkansas. While away at college, Jared is traumatically assaulted – and when he returns home to recover, his abuser calls his parents and tells them that their son is gay. Believing they’re making the most loving and righteous choice, Jared’s parents enrol him into a gay conversion therapy program. The alternative would be to go against the teachings of his faith and be distanced from his family and friends. But what Jared experiences are dubious and damaging counselling methods. The program teaches its vulnerable participants that the innate feelings they’re struggling with are only a choice – and uses violence, humiliation and a fear of longer-term treatment if the participants fail to convert. Charged with emotionally raw performances, the film authentically portrays the torment felt by both Jared and his mother – one wrestling with who he is and how he fits into the world, the other fighting to figure out what’s ultimately best for her son.

The Cry (ABC iview)

The Cry - ABC iview - Telstra TV

New to ABC iview this week is the mysteriously chilling four-part miniseries, THE CRY – with all episodes available to stream now. When Alistair (played by Ewen Leslie) and Joanna (Jenna Coleman) head off on a holiday from Scotland to Melbourne with their four month old son, the child goes inexplicably missing one night – seemingly taken from his car seat while the mother’s back is turned for a mere moment. As the pair become the subject of intense media attention, a thorough police investigation and an eventual criminal trial, the story is slowly revealed through flashbacks of the events at the time of the disappearance, their life before the birth and the grueling trial itself. By her own admission, Joanna was understandably overwhelmed by her always crying newborn – with little help offered by her workaholic partner and no close relatives to turn to. But could she be driven to murder her own child? Meanwhile, Alistair’s ex-wife, Alexandra (Asher Keddie), is facing the threat of her daughter being taken away from her to be raised by Joanna back in Glasgow. Could her desperation have driven her to do something so truly deplorable? Genuinely gripping and remarkably harrowing, this dark psychological thriller is based on the novel of the same name by bestselling Australian author Helen FitzGerald.

Broad City (Foxtel Now)

Broad City - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

For something a little lighter, tune into the hilarious fifth and final season of BROAD CITY, with episodes available weekly each Friday from 8:30pm on Foxtel Now. Following best friends Abbi (Abbi Jacobson) and Ilana (Ilana Glazer) on their comical adventures and misadventures throughout their home town of New York City, the twenty-something offbeat pair encounter outrageously awkward mishaps and side-splitting hijinks at every turn. This season’s first episode, told entirely through Instagram-style stories, sees the girls make their way from the “tippity top to the tippity bottom” of Manhattan to celebrate Abbi’s thirtieth birthday. In their attempt to diligently document the entire day, they fall prey to injury-induced detours, credit card theft, kidnapping accusations and social media stalkers – because nothing ever goes to plan for these two. As the series unfolds, Abbi and Ilana explore new careers, reach important adult-life milestones and even contemplate leaving the Big Apple. If you’re new to the show, make sure to catch up on all past seasons available to stream in full on Foxtel Now and Stan.

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (hayu and Foxtel Now)

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - hayu and Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

And for your guilty viewing pleasure, grab the popcorn and dial up with drama with season nine of THE REAL HOUSEWIVES OF BEVERLY HILLS – streaming express from the US from this Wednesday 13 February on hayu and Foxtel Now. This season, actress Denise Richards joins the cast alongside bestie Camille Grammer and series favourites Lisa Vanderpump, Lisa Rinna, Kyle Richards, Erika Girardi, Dorit Kemsley and Teddi Mellencamp – as the group laugh, love and lunge at each other against a backdrop of lavish Hollywood luxury. With trips to private islands, tours of Europe, shotgun weddings, devastating house fires and the ever-present explosive dinner party arguments, this season is sure to serve up a generous helping of shocking secrets, agonising betrayals and enough shady sass to keep you glued to the very edge of your seat.

Bohemian Rhapsody (BigPond Movies)

Bohemian Rhapsody - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Get ready to rock out on the sofa this weekend with one of the year’s biggest blockbusters, BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY, streaming fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Taking you on a spine-tingling, toe-tapping journey through the phenomenal rise of rock music legends Queen, the film tells the story behind the band’s formation, their genre-bending musical experimentation and the group’s iconic and flamboyant frontman, Freddie Mercury (played by Rami Malek). Delving into Mercury’s personal struggle with his sexuality and later his AIDS diagnosis, Malek delivers a moving and passionate performance that has so far won him a Golden Globe, a BAFTA and a SAG Award – as well as a nomination for Best Actor at this year’s upcoming Academy Awards. Jam packed with incredible hits like We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Somebody to Love, Don’t Stop Me Now, and the titular Bohemian Rhapsody, it’s not difficult to understand why Australian audiences have fallen in love with Queen all over again after watching the film – with their albums rocketing back to the top of the ARIA charts since its theatrical release. And with a particularly stirring scene at the end of the movie showcasing the band’s extraordinary Live Aid performance, Bohemian Rhapsody is a must-see for fans of live music and great cinema alike.

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix)

The Umbrella Academy - Netflix - Telstra TV

Starting this Friday 15 November is the latest Netflix Original superhero series, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY – with all episodes available to stream from 7pm (AEDT). Based on the award-winning comic book series of the same name by My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way, the series follows seven superpowered siblings who were adopted and raised by a billionaire to become crime-fighting heroes, until they all eventually grew apart. Years later, the family reunite to mourn the death of their father – only to discover a plot to bring about the apocalypse, led by supervillains Cha Cha (Mary J. Blige) and Hazel (Mindhunter’s Cameron Britton). To succeed, they’re going to have to battle against Luther (Tom Hopper from Game of Thrones), the hulking leader with a heart of gold; Diego (David Castañeda) the diminutive yet feisty mercenary; Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) a now-famous actress with the power of suggestion; Klaus (Robert Sheehan) the wisecracking addict who can talk to the dead; Number 5 (Aidan Gallagher) the time-shifting teleporter; and Vanya (Ellen Page), the black sheep of the family who never actually developed any superpowers. Even if you’re not typically a fan of the superhero genre, The Umbrella Academy employs and enjoyable mix of action, comedy and even some absurdly amusing dance choreography to keep you hooked right through to the very end.

Miracle Workers (Stan)

Miracle Workers - Stan - Telstra TV

For a heavenly workplace comedy, check out MIRACLE WORKERS, starting this week on Stan. Welcome to Heaven Inc., the celestial corporation that micromanages every aspect of the entire universe. There’s a Department of Animals, with budget cuts leading to extinctions; a Department of Volcano Safety, whose inept workers are too busy checking their phones to avoid eruptions; and a Department of Angel Resources, where eager employee Eliza (played by Australia’s Geraldine Viswanathan) is transferred from the mundane Department of Dirt to the understaffed Department of Answered Prayers. There she’s teamed up with its sole employee, Craig (Daniel Radcliffe), who squirrels away his time solving menial problems like finding lost keys and gloves and forwarding the impossible prayers to the big man upstairs (Steve Buscemi). But the almighty CEO is growing tired of his creation, watching humans make a mess of it all from the hundreds of monitors in his office. When God announces that he’s going to hit the reset button, blow up earth and begin working on something new, Eliza – who is keen to work on something big and exciting – makes a deal with him that if she can answer a single impossible prayer, he’ll spare the planet from destruction. Based on the novel, ‘What in God’s Name’ by Simon Rich, this charming comedy series combines the comedy of office bureaucracy with the adventure of a race against time to save the world.

Camping (Foxtel Now)

Camping - Foxtel Now - Telstra TV
New to Foxtel Now this month is the hilarious ensemble sitcom, CAMPING, with new episodes available each Tuesday from 7:30pm (AEDT). Created by Lena Dunham and based on the British series of the same name, the show stars Jennifer Garner as the insufferable Kathryn McSorley-Jodell – a neurotic control freak with a “dysfunctional pelvic floor” and almost 11,000 Instagram followers. It’s her husband Walt’s 45th birthday and she’s determined to make it a hit, planning a camping trip for Walt (played by David Tennant), their son, her sister and a group of their closest friends. Armed with a tabbed binder full of activities, Kathryn obsesses over every little detail, while seemingly oblivious to the fact that nobody really likes her. When the free-spirited Jandice (Juliette Lewis) arrives uninvited in the middle of the night, Kathryn’s meticulous plans are thrown into chaos. As the trip continues, relationships are tested, injuries occur, campers go missing and ultimately control is surrendered in this delightfully awkward satire that pokes fun at almost everyone.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 1 February:

Bad Times at the El Royale (BigPond Movies)

Bad Times at the El Royale - BigPond Movies - Telstra TV

Buckle up for a spine-tingling, pulse-quickening movie night this week with BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE, available fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Stuffed to the brim with a stellar cast including Australia’s own Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Dakota Johnson, Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Nick Offerman, Shea Whigham and Xavier Dolan, this gorgeously glossy plot-twisting mystery is sure to keep you guessing right until the very end. Set in Lake Tahoe in 1969, seven secretive strangers meet in an aging hotel that straddles the state line between California and Nevada. There’s the door-to-door salesman who turns out to be an undercover FBI agent, a Catholic cleric with a shady side, an out-of-work soul singer with a beautifully haunting voice, a woman forcibly saving her sister from a seductive but sadistic cult leader, and the hotel’s only employee – a Vietnam-vet turned bellhop. Finding themselves trapped together in a place that isn’t quite what it seems, they’ll need to face their demons if they want to make it out alive. Written and directed by Drew Goddard and scored by Michael Giacchino, both of whom previously worked on the cult hit series ‘Lost’, this stylishly saturated, electrifyingly thrilling neo-noir is one you won’t want to miss.

Velvet Buzzsaw (Netflix)

Velvet Buzzsaw - Netflix - Telstra TV

For a frightfully good laugh-out-loud slasher flick, check out the latest Netflix Original film, VELVET BUZZSAW, streaming from this Friday 1 February. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Morf Vandewalt, a vicious and widely feared contemporary art critic who mercilessly rules the Los Angeles art scene. When ambitious gallery worker Josephina (played by Zawe Ashton) discovers her elderly neighbour dead in their apartment building, she stumbles across a series of creepy paintings he’s left behind. Together with her overbearing, perpetually champagne-sipping gallery owner boss Rhodora Haze (Rene Russo), the gallery’s conniving curator Gretchen (Toni Collette) and the ever-influential Morf, they seize the opportunity to cash in and spin the old man’s ominous works into the toast of the town. But just as their popularity starts to soar, the deceased begins to exact his revenge and the bodies start piling up in a variety of artfully blood-soaked ways. Written and directed by Dan Gilroy, who also created Nightcrawler starring both Gyllenhaal and Russo, this savagely savvy satire contains just enough jump scares and mild gore to keep you nervously giggling, gasping and gagging for more. Also starring John Malkovich and Billy Magnussen.

Married at First Sight (9Now)

Married at First Sight - 9Now - Telstra TV

Back for its sixth season this week is the hit dating series, MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT – airing at 7:30pm each Monday through Thursday from 28 January on 9Now. Following twenty single strangers searching for love, this controversial social experiment sees each pair matched by three relationship gurus just moments before they walk down the aisle. Once they tie the knot, the couple will only then get the chance to get to know each other as they head off on their honeymoon, returning to meet their respective in-laws and start building a home together. This season brings together a commitment-phobe with a single mum, a partying model with a down-to-earth farmer, a former cricketer with a businesswoman, and an insecure cancer survivor with a feisty healthcare worker. Who will stick together and live happily ever after? And which couples will clash? Grab the popcorn and tune in to find out.

Super Bowl LIII (7plus, Kayo and Foxtel Now)

Super Bowl LIII - 7plus, Kayo and Foxtel Now - Telstra TV

And catch all the excitement of America’s biggest annual sporting event, SUPER BOWL 53, streaming live on 7plus, Kayo and ESPN (within the Sports pack on Foxtel Now) from 10:30am (AEST) this Monday 4 February. Beamed direct from the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, the Los Angeles Rams will go head-to-head with the New England Patriots – marking the ninth Super Bowl appearance for Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, of which five have been wins for the team. The ever-popular halftime show will air from around 12:30pm (AEST) and will feature Maroon 5, as well as rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi. And of course, the widely broadcast game is always a draw for some highly creative (and extremely expensive) advertisements – with the average 30 second commercial costing around $5 million.

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Say goodbye to lock-in contracts with our flexible new Home Broadband plans

Entertainment

Posted on February 19, 2019

4 min read

We’re making our new Home Broadband plans easier to understand and more flexible for you.

From February 26, we’ll be offering our customers two new Home Broadband plan options, which have been designed to give you a choice of speeds and included data, and you can switch between them once per month if your household needs change:

  • Essential Internet Plan for $70/mth with 100GB of data and nbn25 (Standard Evening Speed, 20Mbps typical minimum speed between 7-11pm on the nbn network) (Min cost $385 if you stay for 1 month including $99 connection charge and $216 modem)
  • Unlimited Internet Plan for $90/mth with unlimited data and nbn50 (Standard Plus Evening Speed, 40Mbps typical minimum speed between 7-11pm on the nbn network) (Min cost $405 if you stay for 1 month including $99 connection charge and $216 modem).

You can then add on personalised services to your Home Broadband plan – like Foxtel Now (from $25/mth) or Kayo (from $25/mth), or a range of accessories and devices like Telstra Smart Wi-Fi™ Boosters (for $5/mth over 24 months, min cost $120).

We’re launching these new plans alongside our improved Telstra TV, too, which you can add to your Home Broadband for just $9/mth over 24 months (min cost $216).

We’ve learned a lot about how our Home Broadband customers use their services over our long history of providing connectivity to Australian homes. For example, on average households with Telstra Home Broadband use just over 200GB of data every month – and this number is on the rise too, up 10 per cent from just three months ago. We know your appetite for data is increasing, and we’ve redesigned our plans to suit your needs.

Here’s another fact we’ve learned: New South Wales uses the most data per household on average overall of any state or territory, but interestingly it’s Queenslanders in the suburb of Upper Coomera on the Gold Coast that consume the most data per household of any postcode – with a whopping 400GB used per month on average! Households in Roxburgh Park in Victoria, South Hedland in Western Australia and Andrews Farm in South Australia aren’t far behind, though, all using over 370GB per month on average.

We’re excited to give our customers more flexibility by simplifying our new Home Broadband plans, and we look forward to giving you the opportunity to add-on the extras you want, when you want them, with the convenience of a single bill.

Introducing a new Telstra TV and no lock-in Home Broadband plans

Things you need to know

nbn:nbn speeds not available on nbn Fixed Wireless. An nbn service can never go faster than the maximum line speed available at your premises.  Speeds vary due to in-premise set-up and wiring. Find out more about speeds on the nbn network with Telstra.

Telstra Smart Modem™ Gen 2: Mobile backup available to premises in 4G coverage areas. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage. Your mobile backup connection is limited to speeds of up to 6Mbps for downloads and 1Mbps for uploads. Actual speeds will vary due to local conditions and content accessed.

Telstra TV®: You need a compatible TV with an 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. A $9.95 delivery fee may apply.

Calls: National calls to standard fixed line numbers excludes some usage such as calls to premium numbers (e.g. 19xx numbers) and 1300 numbers.

Plan changes: Customers can change to another plan within their plan range once a month while the plan range remains available to new Telstra customers.  You may be charged ETCs, or a separate monthly charge if you move from a plan that includes an add-on with a contracted minimum term to one that doesn’t.  Customers cannot move from an in-market plan to an out-of-market one.

Smart Wi-Fi Boosters: Telstra broadband service and Telstra Wi-Fi Modem required. Maximum of four per account. A $9.95 delivery fee may apply.

Introducing a new Telstra TV and no lock-in Home Broadband plans

Entertainment

Posted on February 19, 2019

6 min read

We’re celebrating another leap forward for affordable entertainment in Australian homes with the upcoming launch of our third generation Telstra TV and a new range of Home Broadband plans.

Available from February 26, the new third-generation Telstra TV is sleeker and smaller than its predecessors, and comes bundled with a new Wi-Fi voice-enabled remote that can also turn your TV on and off and control its volume directly.

Introducing a new Telstra TV and no lock-in Home Broadband plans

Telstra TV’s Smart Search function – which brings together several sources of TV shows, movies, documentaries and more to find your favourites wherever they’re streaming – is now even easier to use, thanks to the new voice control button on the Telstra TV remote. Just hold down the microphone button and speak an actor’s name to find movies they’ve starred in, or even just ask your Telstra TV to “chuck on Game of Thrones on Foxtel Now” to switch on your big screen.

We already know that voice control via Google Home for Telstra TV is proving popular, and our customers are streaming more TV and movies, when they can issue commands with voice alone. So, we’re excited to bring the power of direct voice control to all new Telstra TV owners soon.

Another big change is the introduction of Telstra TV Box Office, replacing BigPond Movies and giving you a direct route to the latest new-release films fresh from the cinema with convenient billing to your Telstra account. For a limited time, Home Broadband customers that add a Telstra TV onto their plans ($9/mth for 24months, min cost $1995 inc Essential Internet over 24 months) will get a $125 Telstra TV Box Office credit to use – that’s the equivalent of up to 20 new release movie rentals.

 

 

We’ve been delighted by your love of Telstra TV since we launched the original box powered by Roku back in 2015. Since then, we’ve delivered over 1.4 million devices into Aussie homes, bringing together free-to-air and catch-up TV, Foxtel Now, Netflix, Stan, Kayo, and many other on-demand subscription services in one place for you to enjoy.

Introducing a new Telstra TV and no lock in Home Broadband plans

A flexible approach to Home Broadband

To coincide with the release of the new Telstra TV, we’ve revamped our Home Broadband with the launch of our new Internet Plans for new or returning customers – including no more lock-in contracts – simply pay out your modem if you leave within 24 months of connecting. From February 26, we’ll simply be offering just two casual plans:

  • Essential Internet Plan for $70/mth with 100GB of data and nbn25 (Standard Evening Speed, 20Mbps typical minimum speed between 7-11pm on the nbn network) (Min cost $385 if you stay for 1 month including $99 connection charge and $216 modem)
  • Unlimited Internet Plan for $90/mth with unlimited data and nbn50 (Standard Plus Evening Speed, 40Mbps typical minimum speed between 7-11pm on the nbn network) (Min cost $405 if you stay for 1 month including $99 connection charge and $216 modem).

Both plans include unlimited calls to standard local, national and Australian mobile numbers, as well as an allowance to make 500 calls to 13 numbers every month. Our newest Telstra Smart Modem™ Gen 2 with voice and data backup over 4G is included in the monthly plan price for new Telstra customers who stay connected for 24 months – you simply need to pay out the remaining cost of the modem if you leave within 24 months of connecting.

You can then add on personalised services to your Home Broadband plan – like Foxtel Now (from $25/mth) or Kayo (from $25/mth), or a range of accessories and devices like Telstra Smart Wi-Fi™ Boosters (for $5/mth over 24 months, min cost $120).

By simplifying our Home Broadband and offering the ability to add the extras when you want, we’re giving you full control. With a great range of entertainment and technology add-ons, we’re opening up a world of options with the convenience of just one single bill.

Introducing a new Telstra TV and no lock-in Home Broadband plans

Things you need to know

nbn: New broadband plans not available on nbn Fixed Wireless. An nbn service can never go faster than the maximum line speed available at your premises.  Speeds vary due to in-premise set-up and wiring. Find out more about speeds on the nbn network with Telstra.

Telstra TV®: You need a compatible TV with an 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. A $9.95 delivery fee may apply.

Telstra TV® Box Office Bonus Credit Offer: Must activate new Telstra TV and Telstra TV Box Office registration before 26.08.19. Credit expires 24 months after registration. For use in Australia.

Telstra Smart Modem™ Gen 2: Mobile backup available to premises in 4G coverage areas. Check coverage at telstra.com/coverage. Your mobile backup connection is limited to speeds of up to 6Mbps for downloads and 1Mbps for uploads. Actual speeds will vary due to local conditions and content accessed.

Calls: National calls to standard fixed line numbers excludes some usage such as calls to premium numbers (e.g. 19xx numbers) and 1300 numbers.

Plan changes: Customers can change to another plan within their plan range once a month while the plan range remains available to new Telstra customers.  You may be charged ETCs, or a separate monthly charge, if you move from a plan that includes an add-on with a contracted minimum term to one that doesn’t.  Customers cannot move from an in-market plan to an out-of-market one.

Smart Wi-Fi Boosters: Telstra broadband service and Telstra Wi-Fi Modem required. Maximum of four per account. A $9.95 delivery fee may apply.

Imagery disclaimer details: Available now on Netflix: TIDELANDS and BIRD BOX Netflix streaming membership required. Available now on Stan: BLOOM and ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA. Available now on Foxtel Now: GOGGLEBOX S9 (MA15+) and GAME OF THRONES (MA15+) S1-7 Available On Demand, S8 April 15 HBO 2019 © Home Box Office, Inc. All rights reserved. HBO and all related service marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc. Available to rent or buy on Telstra TV Box Office: A STAR IS BORN© 2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved. BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY© 2018 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Monarchy Enterprises S.a.r.l. and TSG Entertainment Finance LLC. All rights reserved. Available 27 Feb on Telstra TV Box Office: ROBIN HOOD© 2018 Summit Entertainment, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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