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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on November 22, 2019

12 min read

What are you watching tonight? Stream the latest blockbuster movies, comedy series and reality shows available right now on Telstra TV.

Angel Has Fallen (Telstra TV Box Office)

For a thrillingly action-packed movie night in, dive into ANGEL HAS FALLEN – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Gerard Butler returns in this third instalment in the ‘Fallen’ series as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, this time becoming the prime suspect when he’s the only surviving bodyguard during a drone attack on President Trumbull (played by Morgan Freeman). With the President in a coma and the evidence mounted against him, Banning is forced to evade capture in a race against time to identify the real culprit and put a stop to the treacherous plot that threatens the safety of the entire nation. Also stars Nick Nolte, Lance Reddick, Jada Pinkett Smith, Piper Perabo and Tim Blake Nelson.

On Becoming a God in Central Florida (SBS On Demand)

Get ready for the refreshingly quirky, absolutely captivating dark comedy series, ON BECOMING A GOD IN CENTRAL FLORIDA – streaming now on SBS On Demand. Kirsten Dunst stars as Krystal Stubbs, an Orlando water park worker struggling to keep her family afloat when her husband Travis quits his “J.O.B.” to climb the ranks of a cult-like pyramid scheme known as FAM. Run by the infamous Obie Garbeau and enforced by his devoted disciples, the rebellious Krystal soon learns that her only way out might be to dive deeper into the program – dragging her friends along with her for the ride. Stream the first two episodes now, with new episodes available weekly from Thursday 28 November.

Hamish & Andy’s Perfect Holiday (9Now)

Sunday nights just got a whole lot more adventurous with HAMISH & ANDY’S PERFECT HOLIDAY, streaming from 17 November on 9Now. Across three fearlessly funny episodes, comedy duo and best buds Hamish Blake and Andy Lee take on North America in an attempt to plan the “perfect” trip. In reality, their itinerary becomes an exercise in one-upping each other through an escalating series of gruelling challenges and hilarious high jinks – including racing buses in Washington, eating the world’s hottest chilli, dogsled racing in Alaska, a tandem bike ride up the highest road on the continent and even driving cars off a cliff. Strap in for some shocking surprises as the pair well and truly turn the travel show genre on its head.

Zumbo’s Just Desserts (7plus)

Tantalise your tastebuds with the return of ZUMBO’S JUST DESSERTS, streaming new episodes each Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from 17 November on 7plus. Join Australian celebrity pâtissier Adriano Zumbo and host Rachel Khoo as they put ten amateur pastry chefs through their paces, competing to whip up an assortment of delectably awe-inspiring sweet creations for a chance to win $100,000. The stakes are high and the pressure is on, but there’s no shortage of creativity as these clever cooks conceive the most ambitious cakes, pastries, chocolates and sundaes sure to dazzle and delight both the judges and viewers alike.     

Our favourites streaming for the week of 15 November:

Palm Beach (Telstra TV Box Office)

Bryan Brown leads an all-star cast in the gorgeously heartfelt comedy-drama, PALM BEACH – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Set on Sydney’s picturesque Palm Beach peninsula, the film sees Frank (played by Brown) and his wife Charlotte (Greta Scacchi) inviting a group of their oldest and dearest friends to stay at their opulent home for a long weekend to celebrate Frank’s birthday. Among the guests are Leo (Sam Neill) and Billy (Richard E. Grant), who were once in a band with Frank, and their respective partners Bridget (Jacqueline McKenzie) and Eva (Heather Mitchell). And while the celebration begins on a cheerfully nostalgic note, it’s not long before forgotten tensions begin to resurface.  

The Crown (Netflix)

Academy Award winner Olivia Colman ushers in a new era in the highly-anticipated third season of THE CROWN, with all episodes streaming from this Sunday 17 November on Netflix. Charting the years between 1964 and 1976, this season the Royal family are faced with growing social and political unrest – at a time of leadership upheaval, miners strikes and national scandals. Josh O’Connor joins the cast as a now-adult Prince Charles, learning what it means to lead one’s private life under public scrutiny. Helena Bonham Carter stars as Princess Margaret, suffering in the shadow of her sister and from the breakdown of her own marriage. While Tobias Menzies takes over as Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, who is struggling with his own sense of identity as he approaches middle age.

Will & Grace (Stan)

WILL & GRACE are back this month for the final season of their hilarious sitcom revival, with new episodes streaming each Friday on Stan. After jetting off to Europe with a mystery man she met at Jack (Sean Hayes) and Estefan’s (Brian Jordan Alvarez) airport wedding, Grace (Debra Messing) returns home to New York to discover she’s pregnant. Will (Eric McCormack) and his new fiancé McCoy (Matt Bomer) are adjusting to a long-distance relationship, while making their own plans to start a family. And everyone’s favourite sharp-tongued socialite Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) ends up accidentally inheriting a baseball team, after beating her old brother-in-law (Patton Oswalt) at a game of poker.

David Attenborough’s Seven Worlds, One Planet (9Now)

Marvel at the spectacular natural wonder of the earth’s seven continents in the BBC’s latest documentary series, SEVEN WORLDS, ONE PLANET – streaming each Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30pm on 9Now. Across seven hour-long episodes, Sir David Attenborough takes viewers on a majestic journey through the extraordinary landscapes and diverse climates of each continent, revealing how each has contributed to the evolution of the world’s most wondrous wildlife species. From the hostile chill of Antarctica, to the rich biodiversity of South America, the wonderfully strange animals from every corner of Australia, to the hidden creatures of an over-developed Europe, this incredibly revealing series covers quite a lot of ground and is sure to inspire and surprise even the most avid nature documentary fan.  

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Our favourites streaming for the week of 8 November:

Late Night (Telstra TV Box Office)

Comedic geniuses Emma Thompson and Mindy Kaling star in the inspiring and very funny LATE NIGHT, available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. When veteran late-night talk show host Katherine Newbury (Thompson) is told she’ll be replaced if her ratings continue to decline, she pushes her staff to hire its first female writer to bring a fresh new perspective to the male-dominated writer’s room. When a star-struck yet feisty young Molly (Kaling) comes along, whose only experience in stand-up is telling jokes over the PA at the chemical plant where she works, she sets out to prove her worth – and to hilarious effect. With the screenplay written by Kaling specifically with Emma Thompson in mind, you can understand why the film works so well on so many levels.

Years & Years (SBS On Demand)

What will the next fifteen years look like, given the current state of the world? This is the question answered by the chillingly brilliant comedy series YEARS & YEARS, streaming from this Wednesday 6 November on SBS On Demand. Told through the eyes of a fairly average yet rather close-knit extended family in Manchester, England, the series begins with the birth of baby Lincoln – whose great-grandmother Muriel (played by Anne Reid) ponders what the future might hold for him. Through a series of scarily plausible scenarios, we find the family reacting to and caught up in a Britain rocked by rapidly devolving politics, economic meltdowns, worsening refugee crises and the infiltration of technology into more and more of their everyday lives. With a stellar cast also including Russell Tovey, Rory Kinnear, T’Nia Miller and Emma Thompson, this critically acclaimed six-episode satire will leave you laughing, crying and feeling rightfully alarmed.

His Dark Materials (Foxtel Now)

From HBO and the BBC comes an impressively epic new fantasy adventure series, HIS DARK MATERIALS, streaming weekly each Tuesday from 5 November on Foxtel Now. Set in the imaginative world crafted in author Philip Pullman’s bestselling novel trilogy, each human lives out their life accompanied by a “daemon” – an animal sidekick that represents an extension of their inner-self. When young orphan Lyra Belacqua (played by Dafne Keen) discovers her friend Roger (Lewin Lloyd) has suddenly gone missing, she unearths a sinister conspiracy involving her uncle Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and her adoptive mother Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) involving abducted children and a mysterious substance known as “Dust”. Together with the Gyptians – a group whose children have also been kidnapped, an armoured polar bear and an aeronaut named Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Lyra embarks on a perilous quest to the Arctic to uncover the truth and rescue the stolen children.

Yellowstone (Stan)

Yellowstone (Stan) - Telstra TV

The most-watched cable television series in the US this summer, YELLOWSTONE, is now streaming on Stan – with both seasons one and two available to marathon-watch in full from this Friday 8 November. Starring Kevin Costner as Montana cattle farmer John Dutton, the series centres on the difficulties his family face running the country’s largest ranch – including clashes with land developers in the neighbouring town, an adjacent Native American reservation and the titular Yellowstone National Park. There’s also a fair amount of drama and conflict within the family itself, with the four adult Dutton children each having different ideas about the future of the ranch – and their allegiances and priorities shifting as various events take place throughout the two seasons. Created by the writers behind ‘Sicario’ (Taylor Sheridan) and ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (John Linson), this gritty, visually stunning series is definitely one to watch.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 1 November:

Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw (Telstra TV Box Office)

Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham team up in the action-packed blockbuster FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAW, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Sworn enemies agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and hired hit-man Deckard Shaw (Statham) bite the bullet and join forces when superhuman terrorist Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) comes into possession of a biochemical agent capable of wiping out the world’s population. Stolen from Deckard’s sister, CIA operative Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) – who managed to inject the pathogen into herself before it was taken – the team will have to race against the clock and around the world to save Hattie and bring down Brixton. Chock full of high-octane stunts and dramatic shootouts, the latest instalment in this much-loved franchise is guaranteed to satisfy.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (Amazon Prime Video)

The action continues in the highly-anticipated second season of TOM CLANCY’S JACK RYAN, with all eight episodes available to stream now on Amazon Prime Video. John Krasinski is back and better than ever as CIA agent Jack Ryan, this time investigating a covert arms deal deep within the jungles of Venezuela. The further he delves into finding out the truth, the more Jack uncovers a widespread international criminal plot that threatens to further destabilise a country that is already suffering from social and political unrest. Also starring Wendell Pierce, Noomi Rapace and Michael Kelly, this suspenseful, gripping political thriller is sure to be a hit with fans of the first season and newcomers alike.

The King (Netflix)

New to Netflix this Friday 1 November and playing now in selected cinemas is THE KING. Following the death of his ruthless father King Henry IV (played by Ben Mendelsohn), a young Prince Hal (Timothée Chalamet) reluctantly leaves behind his carefree life to inherit England’s throne. But the position not only comes with greater power and responsibility, it also brings with it a legacy of war with France, backstabbing power plays within the palace and the struggle to fully trust anyone – even his longtime friend and mentor, Falstaff (Joel Edgerton). Robert Pattinson stars as the outrageously comical Louis, Dauphin of France – sent by his father, the King, to scare off the English as they prepare to battle the French. Based on Shakespeare’s “Henriad” plays, this spectacularly crafted film is directed by Australia’s David Michôd, as well as co-written by Michôd with fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton.

Catherine the Great (Foxtel Now)

Academy Award winner Dame Helen Mirren leads the cast in HBO/Sky Atlantic’s magnificent political period drama, CATHERINE THE GREAT – streaming from this Sunday 3 November on Foxtel Now. Following the life of the eighteenth-century Russian monarch, this opulent four-part miniseries spared no expense in recreating the palatial settings and regal costumes of the time – while expertly retelling the story of Catherine’s passionate love affair with Russian General Grigory Potemkin (played by Jason Clarke). As the pair plot their political rise and wage war to expand the Russian empire, we witness the sharp wit and endless ambition Catherine was known for. And it’s that intellect and hunger for power that ultimately moved Russia forward into the modern era, shaping the nation’s political landscape and making ‘Catherine the Great’ a name that would echo throughout history.

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What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on October 25, 2019

11 min read

Janet and Ryan from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream this month on Telstra TV.

The Lion King (Telstra TV Box Office)

A king is born in Disney’s heartwarming musical blockbuster, THE LION KING – available from the 30th of October on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the much-loved 1994 original, this visually stunning live-action adaptation follows lion cub prince Simba – as he’s forced to leave Pride Rock by his scheming uncle Scar. When he meets a friendly meerkat Timon and his warthog buddy Pumbaa, the new friends set off on an adventure to help Simba find his courage and take back his rightful place in the kingdom. With all the songs you know and love – and an incredible cast including Donald Glover, Seth Rogen, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, this enchanting film is one the whole family can enjoy.

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (Netflix)

Fans of Breaking Bad are in for a treat this month with EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE, available to stream now on Netflix. Written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the film follows on from the shocking series finale – to show us what became of Walter White’s sidekick Jesse Pinkman, played superbly by Emmy winner Aaron Paul. Having escaped from Uncle Jack, Jesse is now on the run from the law – and with the help of Badger and Skinny Pete, he’s forced to come to terms with the dramatic events of his past. Stream EL CAMINO: A BREAKING BAD MOVIE now, only on Netflix.

Batwoman (Foxtel Now)

Following the success of her character in last year’s DC Crossover event, Australia’s Ruby Rose is back in black as BATWOMAN – streaming this month on Foxtel Now. Ruby plays Kate Kane, the daughter of wealthy private security contractor Jake Kane – and the cousin of Batman’s Bruce Wayne, who has left Gotham without a hero just when it needs him the most. When her girlfriend is kidnapped by a terrorist group, Kate takes matters into her own hands – using Batman’s crime-fighting toys to go head-to-head with the gang’s leader, the evil mastermind Alice. Stream BATWOMAN each Tuesday on Foxtel Now.

Godfather of Harlem (Stan)

Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker stars in Stan’s gritty new crime series, GODFATHER OF HARLEM. Based on the real-life New York City mobster Bumpy Johnson, the series is a prequel to the film American Gangster and takes place in the early 1960’s – when Johnson returns home after a decade in Alcatraz to find his turf taken over by the Italian mafia. To claw back control in a neighbourhood battling poverty, a heroin epidemic and escalating police brutality, he befriends activist Malcolm X – just as the Civil Rights movement is gaining critical momentum. From the co-creator of Narcos, the series also stars Ilfa-nesh Had-air-a, Nigél Thatch, Giancarlo Esposito and Vincent D’Onofrio. Watch the brand new series GODFATHER OF HARLEM – available to stream now, only on Stan.

Spotify: Now available on Telstra TV

Get the party started on your big screen and enjoy millions of songs for free with SPOTIFY, now available on Telstra TV. Browse and play your favourite tracks, albums, playlists and podcasts using your Telstra TV remote – or control what’s playing directly from the Spotify app on your mobile phone or tablet. Subscribe to Spotify Premium to enjoy non-stop music without any ad breaks – visit spotify.com to sign-up and try your first 3 months of Premium for free*. To get started, download the Spotify app today from the App Store on your Telstra TV.

* Spotify® Premium 3 Month Free Trial Offer: Monthly subscription fee applies after. Terms and conditions apply. Only open to users who haven’t already tried Premium.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 18 October:

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Telstra TV Box Office)

Max the Terrier and his fellow furry friends are back for even more adventure in Illumination’s latest animated feature, THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. A lot has changed since we last saw Max (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Now that his owner Katie (Ellie Kemper) is a mother to toddler Liam, Max has become so completely stressed about making sure the young boy is kept safe that he’s developed a nervous reaction: scratching himself like crazy. 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 (Eric Stonestreet) come across some frightening farm animals. That is until an old farm dog named Rooster (Harrison Ford) helps Max to discover his inner courage and find some much-needed balance when it comes to Liam. Back home, wacky bunny Snowball starts thinking he might really be a superhero when his owner starts to dress him up in a mask and cape – so much so that when Shih Tzy Daisy (Tiffany Haddish) turns up to ask for help, he’ll have to pluck up all the bravery he can muster to save the day.

The Laundromat (Netflix)

Academy Award winner Meryl Streep leads an outstanding cast in Steven Soderbergh’s latest comedy-drama film, THE LAUNDROMAT – streaming from this Friday 18 October on Netflix. Based on the disturbing true story surrounding the Panama Papers, the film centres on Ellen Martin (played by Streep), a retiree whose husband dies in a freak accident while on holiday. When their cruise company’s insurance policy refuses to pay out what she’s entitled to, Ellen begins to dig deeper – and what she uncovers is a tangled web of corrupt lawyers, shell companies and offshore accounts being used to prop up the world’s wealthiest and shadiest figures. At the centre of it all is Jürgen Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Ramón Fonseca (Antonio Banderas), the Panama City law partners brazenly breaking the law on a global scale to help the super-rich get even richer. Also starring Sharon Stone, David Schwimmer, Will Forte and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Modern Love (Amazon Prime Video)

New to Amazon Prime Video this week is the gorgeously heartwarming anthology series, MODERN LOVE. Across eight standalone episodes, the series explores what it means to find love and romance in today’s messy, complicated world. Whether it’s a modern-day Cinderella story, a married couple fighting keep the spark alive, the joy of bringing new life into the world – or the special bonds we form with our family and friends, love really does keep us all together. With a truly stellar cast including Anne Hathaway, Tina Fey, Dev Patel, Catherine Keener, John Slattery, Julia Garner and more, all eight episodes will be available to stream from this Friday 18 October only on Amazon Prime Video.

Looking for Alaska (Stan)

Based on the award-winning novel of the same name by ‘The Fault in our Stars’ author John Green, Stan’s eight episode coming-of-age series LOOKING FOR ALASKA is available to stream in full from 7pm (AEDT) this Saturday 19 October. Charlie Plummer plays Miles ‘Pudge’ Halter, an angsty Floridian teen who convinces his parents to send him off to boarding school in Alabama. When he gets there, his new dorm roommate Chip ‘The Colonel’ Martin (played by Denny Love) introduces him to his best friend Takumi (Jay Lee) and the titular Alaska (Kristine Froseth) – a mysteriously captivating yet unavailable girl who captures his heart. The group of outsiders hit it off right away – partying, playing pranks and sharing deep-and-meaningful secrets that lead to them forming lifelong bonds extending far beyond their high school experience. But when tragedy strikes, they’re forced to come to terms with their complex emotions, to make sense of it all and find a way forward in life.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 7 October:

Toy Story 4 (Telstra TV Box Office)

All your favourite characters are back for one last adventure with Disney Pixar’s blockbuster animation, TOY STORY 4 – available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Nine years in the making, the latest film in this much-loved franchise follows on from Toy Story 3 when the toys of teenager Andy found a new home with five year old Bonnie. During arts and crafts on Bonnie’s first day of kindergarten, she creates her own toy called Forky (voiced by Veep’s Tony Hale) – who quickly becomes her new favourite. When Bonnie’s family head off on a road trip in their Winnebago, Forky jumps out the window and Woody (Tom Hanks) – knowing how important Forky is to Bonnie – heads out to bring him back. But an unexpected detour leads Woody to be reunited with his old friend Bo Peep (Annie Potts), who was sold at a garage sale years earlier. Now living as a “lost toy” without a kid of her own, she invites Woody to join her and find a new purpose in life at the carnival. That is, until Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) and the gang come to the rescue. 

The Masked Singer Australia (10 play)

Tune in to discover what all the fuss is about, as the worldwide phenomenon THE MASKED SINGER hits Australia’s shores – streaming each Monday and Tuesday night on 10 play. Combining the thrills and chills of a singing competition with the mystery and drama of a guessing game, each week a group of celebrity contestants individually perform before a live audience and a “guessing panel” consisting of Lindsay Lohan, Dannii Minogue, Jackie O and Dave Hughes. But there’s a catch – the singers are covered up from head to toe in elaborately magnificent costumes created by award-winning Australian designer Tim Chappel. Each time our secret celebs sing, a clue about their identity is shared – and then it’s up to them to try to conceal who they really are. Each episode, the panel and the audience then vote for their favourite performance – and the contestant with the lowest number of votes is forced to remove their mask and reveal all.

The Real Dirty Dancing (7plus)

You’ll have the time of your life watching the brand new dancing reality series, THE REAL DIRTY DANCING – streaming each Sunday and Monday on 7plus. Based on the much-loved eighties movie, the series brings together eight Aussie celebrities to relive the nostalgia-inducing journey taken by the characters played by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. Filmed on location at Kellerman’s Resort in Virginia, the contestants – including actor Hugh Sheridan, journalist Jessica Rowe, presenter Jamie Durie, comedian Anne Edmonds and others – are put through their paces by choreographers Todd McKenney and Kym Johnson as they learn iconic dance numbers from the film. The pair who perform the best will be selected to play the roles of Baby and Johnny in a special performance back home in Australia, where they will recreate the famous lift against the backdrop of the movie’s iconic soundtrack.    

Love Island Australia (9Now)

Get your daily dose of reality romance with season two of LOVE ISLAND AUSTRALIA, airing Mondays to Fridays from 8:45pm and streaming on demand on 9Now. Sophie Monk is back to play Cupid, as she whisks a group of Aussie singles off to a luxury island villa – this time closer to home in the South Pacific paradise of Fiji. Based on the hugely popular British reality series, the show sees the love-hungry contestants coupling up each week – and whoever finds themselves without a partner is booted off the island. Throwing a few spanners into the works to make it all the more interesting, new singles are introduced into the mix, while weekly challenges and games are played to test their knowledge of each other and find out who’s really in love and who is just playing the game. The last couple left will win a cash prize to begin their new life together – or for a more dramatic twist, one of them can choose to take the whole lot for themselves. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll become completely absorbed by this addictive series.

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Living room parties now in full swing as Spotify app debuts on the Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on October 18, 2019

3 min read

We’ve found an easier way to find the right music or podcast for every moment on your Telstra TV, thanks to the addition of music streaming app Spotify.

We want to bring you a new seamless and unified entertainment experience, so we’ve teamed up with Spotify to combine the music and artists you love in one place for the perfect audio adventure.

Today, we are announcing the launch of the official Spotify app on Telstra TV, expanding the range of audio content available on our very own streaming device. We’re progressively releasing the app to all generations of Telstra TV devices over the next few days, so you’ll be able to find it shortly on the Telstra TV’s App Store.

For Telstra TV customers, the addition of the app will allow existing (Free and Premium) Spotify members to sign-in to their account and find all their playlists, and for new members to create a free account via Telstra TV.

Spotify is the world’s largest global music subscription service and its massive library is now available to over 1.4 million homes and living rooms around Australia through Telstra TV.

“We are incredibly excited to be introducing the Spotify service to Telstra TV customers, enabling the ease and convenience of streaming our huge collection of music and podcast content, from their TVs. The addition of Spotify delivers yet another experience to discover and rediscover great audio content, and we look forward to bringing this to more Australian audiences with Telstra,” comments Karen Lawson, Managing Director for Spotify Australia and New Zealand.

With the new Spotify app for Telstra TV, free and premium Spotify members can now access Spotify’s 50 million tracks directly from your TV – allowing you to host your own lip sync battles, do chores to the latest dance bangers, chill to some all-time greatest hits day and night, or expand your mind with over 450,000 podcasts – all from the comfort of your home.

With Telstra TV, enjoy the best streaming apps, the latest movies, live sports, catch up TV and more. Through Telstra TV Smart Search – Australia’s first integrated live TV, catch-up, and on-demand search function – you can also search simultaneously for movies, TV and people. This includes free-to-air, catch up TV, Foxtel Now, Netflix, Stan, Kayo Sports, Telstra TV Box Office, Hayu, Animelab, and DocPlay.

Plus, if you want to take things up a notch, with voice control built into the Telstra TV’s clever Wi-Fi-enabled remote, you can control, play and search with your voice – just ask to search, play and pause movies and TV shows, switch between apps and much more.

If you don’t have a Spotify account, you can create a free Spotify account directly from your Telstra TV device. To access Spotify, Telstra customers can now download the Spotify app on Telstra TV.

What to stream this week on Telstra TV

Entertainment

Posted on September 27, 2019

11 min read

Janet and Ryan from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream into October on Telstra TV.

The Politician (Netflix)

From award-winning creator Ryan Murphy comes a brilliantly dark new comedy series, THE POLITICIAN – streaming this Friday 27 September on Netflix. Ben Platt stars as Payton Hobart, a ruthless overachiever campaigning for Student Body President at Saint Sebastian High School. One day he hopes to become the leader of the free world – and he’ll stop at nothing until he reaches his goal, including choosing a fellow student with cancer as his potential VP. But the road to the Whitehouse won’t be easy, with fierce competition from his fellow students – and the interference of parents, including his own mother played by Gwyneth Paltrow – and the conniving grandmother of his running mate, played hilariously by Jessica Lange. Also created by Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, all eight episodes of THE POLITICIAN are available to stream from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 27 November on Netflix.

Yesterday (Telstra TV Box Office)

If you love singing along to The Beatles, then YESTERDAY is the date-night romantic comedy you’ve been waiting for. Meet Jack. He’s a down-on-his-luck musician, who just can’t seem to catch a break – even with the loyal support of his manager and best friend, Ellie. On his way home one night, there’s a blackout – and poor Jack is knocked off his bike by an oncoming bus, only to wake up with a busted guitar and a few missing teeth. To help lift his spirits, Ellie buys him a new guitar – but when he takes it for a spin and sings ‘Yesterday’, he soon discovers his friends – and everyone else in the world – have never heard of The Beatles. And suddenly he’s the greatest singer-songwriter who ever lived. YESTERDAY is available from Wednesday October 2 on Telstra TV Box Office.

Ramy (Stan)

American stand-up comedian Ramy Youssef offers a fresh new take on the millennial experience in Stan’s acclaimed new series, RAMY. As the twenty-something Ramy searches for answers to life’s big questions, he struggles to find a balance between his traditional Muslim faith, the expectations of his family and the carefree lifestyle of his friends. The mixing and clashing of cultures leads to plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, especially among Ramy and his parents – as they push for him to settle down and find a wife. You’ll fall in love with the series Rolling Stone are calling “funny, moving and a flat-out triumph”. All ten episodes of RAMY are available to stream now on Stan.

The Walking Dead (Foxtel Now)

It’s been six long months, but THE WALKING DEAD is back for an intensely satisfying tenth season on Foxtel Now. Following the campaign of terror unleashed last season by Alpha and her merciless army of Whisperers, we now find the remaining communities gearing up for the inevitable war to come. With Rick now out of the picture, Negan out of jail and Carol out for revenge, our survivors unite to trigger an epic, action-packed battle to bring the threat of the Whisperers to a stunning conclusion. Stream THE WALKING DEAD, express from the US from 1pm (AEDT) 7 October on Foxtel Now.

Tubi – Free movies and TV

Watch thousands of movies and TV shows for free with Tubi, the newest streaming app now available on Telstra TV. Grab the remote and discover Tubi’s huge library of titles – including popular movies, comedies, docos, action flicks, TV dramas and more. Watch as much as you like, without paying any subscription fees – ever! Just open the app and start streaming. To get started, just head to the App Store on your Telstra TV to install Tubi today.

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 13th September:

Men In Black: International (Telstra TV Box Office)

The universe’s most secretive secret agents are back with MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL, available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. Chris Hemsworth stars as the experienced and revered Agent H, who pairs up with the relentless apprentice Agent M (played by Tessa Thompson) to take on the agency’s biggest threat yet – an infiltrator within the MIB. When the extraterrestrial villains they’re chasing can shapeshift into the likeness of any human on the planet, it’s going to be a tricky mission. Let’s hope the new duo are up to the task – because the universe isn’t going to save itself. Packed with action, laughs and some impressively creative CGI – including a super cool new hoverbike – MIB: International is a whole lot of fun to watch. Also starring Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, and Kumail Nanjiani as an adorable teeny little alien soldier. And Frank the Pug returns too!

Murder in the Bayou (Stan)

If you’re a fan of true crime stories, check out Stan’s new five-part documentary series MURDER IN THE BAYOU – streaming from 1pm this Saturday 14 September, same day as the US. Set in the American deep south, the series delves into the still-unsolved murders of eight young women whose bodies were found hidden in various drainage ditches around the town of Jennings, Indiana between 2005 and 2009. Based on the book ‘Jeff Davis 8’ by investigative journalist Ethan Brown, the series explores how the biases of police towards the lifestyle of the victims may have hindered the investigation into their deaths – as well as the implication that corruption may have played a part in intentionally derailing the open cases. Talking to friends, family members and locals in a town that is still reeling from the tragedies, the filmmakers gain greater insight into the lives of those who lost their lives in an effort to uncover the truth of what really happened and why.

Mr Inbetween (Foxtel Now)

Back for its second season this week is the Logie Award-winning Australian series MR INBETWEEN, streaming from Friday 13 September on Foxtel Now. Created, written by and starring Scott Ryan in the lead, this tension-filled series centres on the life of dry-witted contract killer Ray Shoesmith as he juggles his underworld job with the duties of a devoted family man, a loving partner and a loyal friend. Although he’s determined to change his ways, especially for the benefit of his daughter Brittany (Chika Yasumura), Ray continues to be as quick-tempered as ever – easily agitated by almost everyone, even the fellow members of his anger management group. And while violent tendencies are generally useful to a hired hitman, they can really get in the way of everything else in life – as he finds out when more than a few people close to him challenge him on his outbursts. Brooke Satchwell reprises her role as Ray’s girlfriend Ally, Damon Herriman returns as Ray’s protective boss Freddy, while Rose Riley joins the cast this season as Freddy’s girlfriend, Michele.

Timeless (9Now)

And for the history buff who loves a bit of adventure, the new season of fan-favourite sci-fi series TIMELESS is out now – with all ten episodes available to stream on 9Now. When an experimental time machine is stolen by a former special forces soldier said to be plotting against the United States, the Government are forced to assemble a team of specialists to put a stop to his seemingly nefarious scheme. Using a prototype of the device, a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), a soldier (Matt Lanter) and a history professor (Abigail Spencer) travel back in time to capture the rogue operative, while avoiding making any changes themselves that could alter the course of history. This season, our courageous trio are back – this time to bring down the underground organisation, Rittenhouse, who is out to change the past to improve their own standing. Passing through eras including the forties, sixties and eighties, our time travellers get to meet some of history’s most influential people – while racing against the clock to save the world as we know it.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 6th September:

Aladdin (Telstra TV Box Office)

Grab the family and set off on a magic carpet ride with Disney’s ALADDIN, available fresh from the cinema on Telstra TV Box Office. This enchanting live-action adaptation from director Guy Ritchie follows the much-loved story of Aladdin (played by Mena Massoud) – a warmhearted pickpocket who falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine (Naomi Scott). Convinced by the Sultan’s scheming advisor Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) that he needs to impress the Princess with riches, Aladdin agrees to retrieve a precious lamp for Jafar in return for the wealth he so desperately needs. He soon discovers it’s all part of a plot to overthrow the princess’s father – and when he accidentally conjures the wish-granting Genie within (Will Smith), the pair quickly become friends and team up to defeat the evil Jafar. Staying true to the story of the 1992 original, albeit with some minor modern updates, fans of Disney’s animated classic are sure to fall in love all over again.

Shrill (SBS On Demand)

Just added to SBS On Demand this week is SHRILL, an intelligent new comedy series that explores body positivity and self-confidence in the millennial era. Aidy Bryant stars as Annie, an ambitious young journalist working for an online magazine in Portland. When her dismissive, sharp-tongued editor won’t take her article pitches seriously, she takes matters into her own hands and publishes anyway. Her first article, titled “Hello, I’m Fat”, is a massive hit – striking a chord with women around the country, but quickly attracting the attention of internet trolls. The confidence boost of her newfound success leads Annie to re-examine other elements of her life – including whether her man respects her enough to become a serious boyfriend, or if he’s just taking advantage of her sweet nature for casual hookups. Based on the novel ‘Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman’ by Lindy West, this delightfully witty series from Executive Producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks has all six episodes available to stream now.

The Spy (Netflix)

Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for his comedy characters ‘Borat’ and ‘Ali G’, tries his hand at drama in the thrilling new Netflix limited series, THE SPY – with all six episodes streaming from this Friday 6 September. Based on the gripping true story of former Israeli spy Eli Cohen, the series is set in the 1960s and follows Cohen as he transforms from a lowly office worker into an undercover Mossad agent. Embedded in Damascus, Cohen poses as a cashed-up industrialist – throwing lavish parties and gaining powerful friends, in order to collect intelligence from the highest levels of the Syrian government. Leaving his family behind, he slowly begins to shed more and more of his own identity as he delves deeper into his secretive double life as Kamal Amin Thabet. His handler, Dan Peleg (played by Noah Emmerich) keeps him in the game with assurances that he’s saving lives. But his wife Nadia (Hadar Ratzon Rotem) struggles with her husband’s mysterious and off-putting behaviour, and being left alone to raise their young family by herself. From the Executive Producer of ‘Homeland’, this compelling tale of espionage and intrigue is one you won’t want to miss.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians (hayu)

Get ready for a whole new season of drama as the world’s most watched family returns for the seventeenth season of KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS – streaming Mondays from 9 September on hayu. With Kim and Kanye preparing for the birth of their fourth child, Khloé is still coming to terms with co-parenting after breaking up with her cheating ex. Kourtney celebrates her fortieth in style – with a rather cheeky birthday cake – and Kendall, Kylie, Kim and Kris all fly to New York for the most fabulous of all Met Balls. Momager Kris plans a family trip to Wyoming to help resolve some tensions among the group, while Kim and Khloé voice their concerns that some family members aren’t helping to carry the load when it comes to sharing their personal lives on camera. But no matter what comes their way – and you know it could be literally anything – be prepared for explosive arguments, tearful moments and riotous fun and laughter as America’s first family live out their best lives before your very eyes. 

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8 Emmy Awards 2019 nominated shows to watch

Entertainment

Posted on September 20, 2019

7 min read

The television industry’s night of nights is upon us once again with the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Stream all the glamour and excitement live from 10am (AEST) this Monday 23 September on Foxtel Now – and catch up on this year’s must-see TV with some of our favourite nominated shows available now on Telstra TV.

Game of Thrones (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)

One of the most anticipated and talked-about final seasons in television history, GAME OF THRONES ended its eight-season run this year with a gobsmacking conclusion and some standout performances from its vast ensemble cast. Based on the bestselling novels by George R.R. Martin, the hybrid medieval fantasy/political drama series has enjoyed a huge fan base, thanks to its impressive mix of action, high-end drama and cinematic special effects. Receiving a record-breaking total of 161 Emmy nominations to date, this year it earned another record with 32 nominations in both the Primetime Emmys and Creative Arts Emmys combined. This year’s nominations include Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a Drama Series for fan favourites Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke as Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen, Outstanding Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Outstanding Supporting Actress for Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, and directing nominations for David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, David Nutter and Miguel Sapochnik to name just a few.

When They See Us (Netflix)

Picking up eleven Primetime Emmy nominations this year is the critically-acclaimed miniseries WHEN THEY SEE US, following the harrowing true story of the Central Park Five case that saw five innocent African-American youths wrongfully convicted of a savage attack on a jogger in New York City. Nominated for Outstanding Limited Series, director Ava DuVernay is also nominated for Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series. Twenty-one-year old Jharrel Jerome’s moving portrayal of Korey Wise has earned the actor a well-deserved nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series category, while Asante Blackk, John Leguizamo, Michael K. Williams, Linda McCray and Vera Famiga have all received nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor/Actress.

Chernobyl (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)

Another strong contender in the Limited Series category is CHERNOBYL, the breathtaking five-part dramatic retelling of the infamous 1986 nuclear power plant disaster in Ukraine. The tensely gripping series is widely praised not only for its realistic depiction of the meltdown and the ensuing fallout but also for its expert examination of the bureaucratic failures that led to the catastrophe reaching unimaginable proportions. Jared Harris is nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series for his role as nuclear physicist Valery Legasov, while Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson are nominated in the Supporting Actor/Actress categories for their portrayals of Boris Shcherbina and Ulana Khomyuk respectively. Writer Craig Mazin is also nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series.

Fleabag (Amazon Prime Video)

It’s no surprise that the intelligently witty British comedy FLEABAG is nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Creator and lead actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge has received rave reviews for both seasons of the show, each offering a hilariously deadpan take on the slightly tragic life of a single woman in London as she grapples with friendship, family and love interests. The second season is this year also nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Waller-Bridge is a strong contender for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her brilliantly nuanced portrayal of the titular character. Sian Clifford is also nominated for Supporting Actress in the role of Fleabag’s sister Claire, while British acting royalty Olivia Colman is her challenger in the same category for the character of Godmother.

Killing Eve (Stan, ABC iview)

Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer compete for the title of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for their superb performances in the second season of KILLING EVE. Oh stars as Eve Polastri, a British intelligence agent tasked with tracking down deadly assassin Villanelle (played by Comer) – the pair becoming completely consumed with each other in a perilously thrilling game of hide and seek. Fiona Shaw is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her portrayal of MI6 Head Carolyn Martens (while also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actress in Fleabag) and Lisa Brühlmann is nominated for Outstanding Directing for her work on the season’s fourth episode, ‘Desperate Times’.

Veep (Foxtel Now, Telstra TV Box Office)

Another highly-lauded HBO series finishing up this year with seventeen Emmy wins already under its belt is the hilariously astute political sitcom, VEEP. Nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series is Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the perpetually frustrated Vice President (and eventual President) and Selina Meyer – the self-centred Commander in Chief who struggles to gain and maintain power as she comes up against a never-ending stream of comically prescient political problems, as well as stumbling blocks caused by her own witlessly incompetent team. As well as leading the pack in the contenders for Outstanding Comedy Series this year, much-loved cast members Tony Hale and Anna Chlumsky are also nominated for their Supporting roles as bag man Gary Walsh and Chief of Staff Amy Brookheimer. Peter MacNicol is also nominated for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series, while David Mandel is nominated for Outstanding Writing on the series finale.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)

The one to beat – taking home last year’s prize for Outstanding Comedy Series, as well as the awards for Lead Actress (Rachel Brosnahan), Supporting Actress (Alex Borstein), and Writing and Directing (Amy Sherman-Palladin) – is the charmingly fearless comedy THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL. Set in 1950s Manhattan, the series stars Brosnahan as Midge Maisel – a jilted Jewish housewife turned stand-up comic, hustling to get a foothold in a male-dominated industry with the help of her hot-tempered manager Susie (Borstein). The second season of the series is again up for all of the aforementioned comedy awards (except for Writing), as well as Supporting Actor and Actress roles for Tony Shalhoub and Marin Hinkle as Midge’s parents. And look out for season three, streaming from 6 December on Amazon Prime Video.

Better Call Saul (Stan, Telstra TV Box Office)

With news of the imminent release of ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’ on Netflix from 11 October, Vince Gilligan fans have plenty to look forward to in the lead up to season five of the Breaking Bad prequel series, BETTER CALL SAUL – set to return to our screens in 2020. This year, the fourth season of this exceptional crime drama has garnered five Emmy nominations – including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill, the shady Albuquerque lawyer who eventually becomes the eponymous Saul Goodman. Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito are nominated for their notable Supporting performances as Mike Ehrmantraut and Gus Fring, while the series itself is also nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Writers Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz are nominated for their work on the tenth and final episode of the season.

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