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3rd-gen Telstra TV introduced

February 19, 2019

By Colin Mann

Australian multiplay telco Telstra has introduced its third-generation Telstra TV which it says is another leap forward for affordable entertainment in Australian homes.

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

Writing in the Telstra Exchange blog, Michael Ackland, Acting Group Executive, Consumer & Small Business, says that Telstra TV’s Smart Search function – which brings together several sources of TV shows, movies, documentaries and more to find 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,” he advises.

“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,” he adds.

Another major change is the introduction of Telstra TV Box Office, replacing BigPond Movies and giving subscribers a direct route to the latest new-release films fresh from the cinema with convenient billing to their Telstra account.

“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,” he says.

To coincide with the release of the new Telstra TV, the telco has revamped its Home Broadband with the launch of new Internet Plans for new or returning customers – including no more lock-in contracts.

“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,” he concludes.

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