Binge on with Australia’s newest streaming service, get back into footy fever, curl up with a feelgood movie or laugh along with a new comedy series – here are some of our top picks streaming this week on Telstra TV.
The Sopranos (Binge)
Launching on Telstra TV earlier this week, Australia’s newest streaming service Binge brings together content from the world’s greatest creators like HBO, FX, Warner Bros, NBCUniversal and the BBC. There’s never been a better time for streaming entertainment than right now – and if you’re looking for (in my opinion) one of the best binge-worthy shows to dive right into, look no further than the series that arguably started the trend: THE SOPRANOS. Winning 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and 5 Golden Globes, this superbly crafted premium drama opens with New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) as he begrudgingly begins therapy to cope with the mounting pressure of work and family life. Across six incredibly compelling seasons, the series delves into what makes Tony, his family and his colourful associates tick. At times violent, with darkly funny dialogue and constantly surprising plot turns, once you start you won’t be able to turn it off. New Binge customers can sign up on the Binge website now for a 14-day trial, with plans starting at only $10 per month thereafter.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (Telstra TV Box Office)
For a heartwarming buddy adventure the whole family will love, check out THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Scoring 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, this sincerely sweet comedy-drama follows the journey of Zak (played by Zack Gottsagen), a young guy with Down syndrome and big dreams of one day becoming a professional wrestler like his hero, the Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). Hatching a plan with his roommate Carl (Bruce Dern) to escape their care home and make his way to Redneck’s wrestling school across state, Zak meets a happy-go-lucky drifter named Tyler (Shia LaBeouf). Heading in the same direction, the pair become fast friends – and when Zak’s carer Eleanor (Dakota Johnson) tracks them down, they convince her to come along for the ride.
Space Force (Netflix)
Steve Carell stars in the Netflix comedy series ripped from the headlines, SPACE FORCE – with all episodes streaming this Friday 29 May from 5pm (AEST). Co-created by Carell and ‘The Office’ showrunner Greg Daniels, this fantastically funny workplace farce sees veteran pilot Mark R. Naird (Carell) tapped by the White House to “Make America Get [on the Moon] Again” by heading up the formation of a new branch of the armed forces – the titular Space Force. Pulling up stumps and moving his wife (played by Lisa Kudrow) and family to an isolated base in Colorado, he’s tasked with coordinating a chaotic crew of scientists and astronauts with the help (and often hindrance) of his head scientist Dr Adrian Mallory (John Malkovich), media manager Tony Scarapiducci (Ben Schwartz) and army offsider Kick Grabaston (Noah Emmerich).
2020 NRL Telstra Premiership (Kayo)
Footy fans can rejoice with the return of the 2020 NRL TELSTRA PREMIERSHIP this week after it’s initial shutdown back in March – and Kayo, the game-changing sports streaming app on Telstra TV, is your ticket to the best seat in the house. Catch every game played live and on-demand, with expert commentary from Fox League’s trusted team. And with Kayo Minis, you’ll get a condensed highlights package of all the key moments for any games you miss.
In an exclusive for Telstra customers on a consumer post-paid plan, you can add on Kayo Basic for only $15 per month for 12 months (normally $25 a month) – saving you $10 a month for a whole year! Redeem by 30 September 2020. Find out more at telstra.com/kayo
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 22 May:
Downhill (Telstra TV Box Office)
What would be your immediate gut reaction in the face of danger? Would you bravely stand your ground to protect your loved ones, or would you flee to save yourself? That’s the question Will Ferrell’s character Pete answers in the disaster comedy, DOWNHILL – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the critically-acclaimed 2014 Swedish film, ‘Force Majeure’, the film follows Pete, his wife Billie (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and their two sons on a ski vacation in the Austrian Alps. As they lunch one afternoon on a picturesque mountainside terrace, a controlled avalanche starts hurtling towards them – and Pete grabs his phone and runs. The family and fellow diners are left unharmed, but Pete and Billie’s already strained marriage begins to go downhill from there. Also starring Zach Woods, Zoë Chao, Miranda Otto and Kristofer Hivju.
Little Fires Everywhere (Amazon Prime Video)
If you loved ‘Big Little Lies’, then you’re in for a treat this week with the highly anticipated eight-part drama series, LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE – streaming this Friday 22 May on Amazon Prime Video. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Celeste Ng, the series sees affluent and well-intentioned suburbanite Elena Richardson (played by Reese Witherspoon) leasing her family’s rental property to single mother and artist Mia Warren (Kerry Washington). When Mia’s daughter Pearl (Lexi Underwood) becomes friendly with the Richardson kids and Elena offers Mia a housekeeping job in their home, the two families become more closely connected. But as secrets begin to surface, tensions start to simmer as differences in class and ideology become more apparent – kicking off a chain of gradually escalating events that culminate in the arson of the Richardson home, with Elena still inside.
Bad Education (Foxtel Now)
Australia’s Hugh Jackman stars in the brand new HBO comedy drama film, BAD EDUCATION – streaming now on Foxtel Now. Having made its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the story centres on the unbelievably audacious real-life scandal that rocked a suburban New York community back in 2002. Jackman plays Dr. Frank Tassone, a charismatic school district superintendent and somewhat of a local celebrity due to the stellar performance of the students and teachers under his command. Exuding a charmingly polished professionalism and a genuine devotion to learning, Tassone seemingly could do no wrong. But that all starts to come spectacularly undone when his business manager, Pam Gluckin (played by Allison Janney) is found to be stealing from the school coffers. Just how deep the corruption goes, and what twists and turns the plot then takes, must be seen to be believed.
The Voice (9Now)
Returning for its ninth season this Sunday 24 May is THE VOICE, airing from 7pm on Nine and streaming on 9Now. Hosted by Darren McMullen alongside new co-host this season Renee Bargh, Guy Sebastian joins the superstar coaching panel this year – competing with Delta Goodrem, Kelly Rowland and Boy George to unearth and cultivate Australia’s hottest new vocal talent. With an EMI Music recording contract up for grabs, as well as a $100,000 cash prize, the stakes couldn’t be higher. And in 2020, the coaches will battle it out like never before – with a new twist to the Blind Auditions round: the Coach’s Block. Sure to stir the pot, each coach will be given two chances to prevent another coach from poaching a contestant for their team. And if that isn’t enough drama for you, the new season also brings with it two new rounds to the show’s format – the “Playoffs” and “Showdowns”. Tune in for what’s sure to be a cracker season.
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 15 May:
Mega Movie Week: 14 – 20 May (Telstra TV Box Office)
Make every night a movie night with MEGA MOVIE WEEK, running until 20 May on Telstra TV Box Office. For this week only, you can buy^ from a selection of forty-two of our hottest recent releases and classic favourites for a special price (limited time only) – to add to your library, so you can watch again and again. Prices start from just $4.99 for titles like The Devil Wears Prada, Terminator: Genisys, Hidden Figures and Pretty Woman – to $7.99 for films such as Bohemian Rhapsody and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; $9.99 for Joker, Ford v Ferrari, Top Gun and Trolls – and $14.99 for our newest releases 1917, Jumanji: The Next Level, Playing with Fire and Dolittle. Get in quick – this promotion must end at 11:59pm on Wednesday 20 May.
I Know This Much Is True (Foxtel Now)
Mark Ruffalo stars as twins Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in the brilliantly heartbreaking HBO drama series, I KNOW THIS MUCH IS TRUE – streaming Mondays from 11 May on Foxtel Now. Based on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, this six-part miniseries follows divorcé house painter Dominick, as he cares for his brother Thomas who is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and the mistreatment of a poor mental health system. When their mother (played by Melissa Leo) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she passes on to Dominick her Italian father’s life story in manuscript form – but his attempts to have it translated by erratic grad student Nedra (Juliette Lewis) adds even more trouble into the mix. And when their mother dies, Thomas does something truly horrific that forces Dominick to have to fight for his brother’s rights – all while coming to terms with the truth and trauma of their family’s past.
The Great (Stan)
From Tony McNamara, screenwriter of Academy Award-winner ‘The Favourite’, comes Stan’s wickedly funny satirical series THE GREAT – streaming from this Saturday 16 May. A somewhat fictionalised retelling of the rise of Russia’s longest ruling empress, the series stars Elle Fanning as Catherine – who is arranged to marry the unpredictable and debaucherous Emperor Peter (Nicholas Hoult), but soon discovers just how dangerous and depraved her new husband can be. Confident that she could more effectively rule if the power were in her hands, she sets in motion a coup to kill him, seize the royal court, commandeer the military and side-step the church – in a saga where half the fun lies in guessing whether each of the absurdly outrageous acts are drawn from historical fact or imaginative fiction.
The gamification of Netflix content continues with the release of its latest interactive movie, UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT: KIMMY VS. THE REVEREND – based on the much-loved four season sitcom series from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. Using just your Telstra TV remote, you’ll decide where the story goes as you guide Kimmy (Ellie Kemper), Titus (Tituss Burgess), Lillian (Carol Kane) and Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski) on a madcap journey across three states to outsmart the evil Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm) and get to her wedding in time to marry her fiancé Prince Frederick (Daniel Radcliffe). In true Kimmy style, along the way she’ll encounter explosions, dancing hamburgers, a robot army and a colourful cast of characters played by Amy Sedaris, Fred Armisen, Chris Parnell, Jack McBrayer and Johnny Knoxville. It’s your job to keep Kimmy alive, alert and on the right track. Sit back, grab the remote and enjoy. Streaming now on Netflix.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 1 May:
Like a Boss (Telstra TV Box Office)
Slap on your war paint and get ready for battle in the uproariously funny buddy comedy, LIKE A BOSS – available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish play chalk-and-cheese besties since childhood, who together built their own cosmetics brand, “Mia&Mel”. But when their company lands in financial hot-water, they’re relieved when a lifeline comes along in the form of a massive cash injection by ruthless beauty industry leader Claire Luna (played by Salma Hayek). The only catch is that Luna now controls 49 per cent of their company, with the option to completely take over if one of them quits. Turning the duo against each other and stealing their makeup ideas might have seemed like a solid plan, but now Mel and Mia are mad and they’ll stop at nothing in the fight to get their company back. Adding to the hilarity is Billy Porter and Jennifer Coolidge who play their employees, while Lisa Kudrow has a cameo as Luna’s former business partner Shay.
Harking back to the Golden Age of Hollywood (with a titillating twist) is the lavish new Netflix seven-part limited series, HOLLYWOOD – from co-creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan. In the wake of World War II, we see a group of hopeful actors descend upon Tinseltown with stars in their eyes and dreams of making it big in the pictures. David Corenswet plays Jack Castello, a Missouri farm boy with a pregnant wife in tow, willing to do whatever he can to get a foot in the door. To make ends meet in the flashy new city, he applies for a job at the Golden Tip gas station run by former actor Ernie (Dylan McDermott), where all the handsome pump jockeys turn out to be high-end escorts – a story allegedly based in truth, as told in the 2017 documentary, “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood”. Jeremy Pope plays his colleague, Archie – a closeted screenwriter who falls for one of his clients, the actor who would later become known as Rock Hudson (Jake Picking). Also starring Darren Criss, Jim Parsons, Queen Latifah, Samara Weaving and Patti LuPone, stream from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 1 May.
Back for its highly-anticipated fifth season on Stan this Sunday 3 May is the brilliantly Machiavellian high-finance drama series, BILLIONS. After last season saw power-players Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) working together towards mutual goals, we now see these titans return to their merciless conflicts of seasons past. Adding further fuel to that fire are new players seeking to dominate New York’s financial markets and the judicial system tasked with keeping them honest – including Mike Prince (Corey Stoll), a trailblazer in the move towards more socially-conscious investment who challenges Axe’s business practices and position in the industry. Chuck comes up against a worthy opponent in tough-as-nails Manhattan District Attorney Mary Ann Gramm (Roma Maffia), while Julianna Margulies joins the cast as Catherine Brant – an author and Yale sociology professor who takes an interest in Chuck’s unconventional personal life after it was publicly exposed last season. And while tensions ramp up as Taylor Mason returns to Axe Cap, Wendy begins to shift her alliances in ways that could hurt both her husband and business partner.
Upload (Amazon Prime Video)
From Greg Daniels, the creator of hit comedies ‘Parks and Recreation’ and ‘The Office (US)’ comes a sci-fi romantic comedy series, UPLOAD – streaming from Friday 1 May on Amazon Prime Video. Set in the not-too-distant future of 2033, the series is based on the intriguing ‘Black Mirror’-esque premise of uploading one’s consciousness into a chosen digital afterlife. When Nathan (played by Robbie Amell) is fatally wounded in an autonomous car accident, his cashed-up girlfriend gives him the chance to live out a luxurious hereafter in the ultra-exclusive virtual heaven “hotel” known as ‘Lakeview’. As Nathan gets used to his magical new world, there’s plenty to love – including literal climate control and actual all-you-can-eat buffets. But he’ll also have to get used to the in-app purchases, pop-up advertisements and talking therapy dogs. Thankfully, he’s got a guardian angel to guide him – his customer service representative, Nora (Andy Allo) – a Brooklyn local who remotely dials into the digital hotel and who begins to develop feelings for Nathan.