Telstra will begin a live trial of its new digital set-top “T-box” this week, ahead of its release in Australia. Several hundred customers will begin using the device in a trial that will enable them to start watching movies downloaded from the Internet on their TV sets. The T-box will make it possible for Telstra customers to download and watch movies using Telstra sites such as BigPond movies, or watch BigPond’s IPTV channels, including news and sport, all without running up any additional charges.
The personal video recorder and set-top box is Telstra’s attempt to offer its online content on the more user-friendly TV set. Telstra said the set-top box would also have TiVo-like functionality allowing users to record free-to-air TV.