Out with the T-Box, in with a Netflix/Presto/Stan streaming solution courtesy of Roku.
The rumours have been swirling for some time that Telstra’s T-Box was living on borrowed time, despite the company recently giving all T-Box customers six months of free Presto access to T-Box customers. The suggestion was that the T-Box would be replaced with a smaller, cheaper alternative.
The Australian reports that Telstra’s dumping its T-Box streaming device in order to replace it with a device produced by Roku that will offer access to Netflix, Presto and Stan. Technically that’ll make it the first one-stop shop for all three services, although it’s feasible to stream all three through a Chromecast already from a secondary device.
Telstra will launch a Telstra TV service in September, axing the T-Box along the way. Although if you do own a T-Box, you’re not going to be left with an entirely worthless lump of silicon and plastic in front of your TV. The Australian quotes Telstra’s head of Media and Marketing, Joe Pollard as stating that:
“We will not sell any more T-boxes once this device launches but we’ll continue to support it with content because the people who have the T-box love it.”
The new device will, according to leaked details, sell for $109 outright or as part of a Telstra broadband bundle.
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