Telstra will offer Foxtel for its T-box PVR over ADSL. Previously the telco only offered the service to cable customers.
The announcement comes after the telco said it would axe its BigPond DVD rental service in July this year, with Telstra executive director of media, J-B Rousselot, saying the move made sense for the company.
“Internet-enabled entertainment is fast becoming the norm as products like the Telstra T-Box and smart TVs become part of the furniture in living rooms across the country,” Rousselot said.
“The technology has evolved from being a novelty for technology enthusiasts into something anyone can understand and use.”
A new iPhone remote control app will allow customers to change channels, record video and mute the sound; an Android app is expected to follow soon.
Rousselot said the new app caters to its growing smartphone user base, with much time invested into the process.
“With around half of Telstra’s mobile customers owning a smartphone we’ve spent considerable time designing the app to ensure the technology in our homes is working together to give customers a more integrated home entertainment experience.”
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