The Telstra T-Box, currently enjoyed in more than 300,000 Australian homes, has won the world’s top IPTV award.
The T-Box has been judged “Best TV Service Innovation” at the IPTV World Forum awards in London, trumping competitors including, AT&T U-verse TV, Vodafone TV, VideoGuard Connect, Verizon FiOS TV app on Microsoft Xbox, Entertain Sat and Connect TV.
J-B Rousselot, Executive Director of Media, Applications and User Experience said the award confirmed the T-Box’s reputation for delivering a world-class entertainment experience to Telstra customers.
“Since the T-Box launched in 2010 we have aimed to provide our T-Box customers with compelling content over a range of exclusive channels and the vast library of titles on BigPond Movies. T-Box continues to evolve to bring even more entertainment to Australian homes, such as the recent Media Player upgrade, over 30 channels of FOXTEL and from this weekend every minute of live AFL.
“We also believed the T-Box experience should be easy for our customers to use so we have not only been focusing on content but also applications including a remote control app for smartphones and tablets and service upgrades for faster streaming, all to provide a better user experience for our customers,” Mr Rousselot said.
The T-Box currently provides:
- More than 4000 titles on BigPond Movies
- FOXTEL on T-Box including exclusive AFL content for 2012 season
- AFL and NRL Game Analysers
- 11 BigPond TV Channels including news, AFL, NRL, V8 Supercars, Home Shopping and BigPond Music
- Applications including Picasa and Weather
This is the second Award for T-Box in two years at the IPTV World Forum.
With HD personal video recorder functionality and 320GB of hard drive storage, the T-box, developed on the Netgem platform, is priced at $299 outright, or eligible customers can add it to one of Telstra's bundles and pay it off in installments over 24 months. BigPond movies start at $3.99 per movie.
The T-Box provides HDMI, composite and component video connections to the TV and requires a high speed BigPond Broadband connection such as BigPond Cable Elite or BigPond ADSL 2+ Elite, connected via ethernet or Wi-Fi. Additionally, the T-Box enables analog televisions to receive digital broadcasts, ideal for customers who don't want to upgrade their current TV to a digital set.
T-Box also supports connection to home theatre systems with digital audio and standard audio connections. It receives remote software updates which automatically download and install.
T-Box can be purchased from selected Telstra Stores.