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Who wants a Roku streaming video box from Telstra?

By Adam Turner

Watching Telstra TV on a rebadged Roku 2 makes good sense for people who don’t know what they’re missing out on.

Along with Netflix, the Roku streaming media player is a poster boy for the US cable-cutting trend – the idea of turning your back on the traditional media giants in favour of a new world of online content. The tiny Roku set-top boxes have never officially made it to Australian shelves, but for several years local cable cutters have imported Rokus for their slick US Netflix, Hulu and Plex apps.

At first glance the idea of Telstra running its new Telstra TV streaming video service on a Roku 2 seems odd, considering Telstra represents everything that Roku is attempting to overthrow. If you actually wanted a Roku media player, why would you want one locked-down by Telstra and perhaps locked to Bigpond? Why forgo a wealth of US content for local services like Netflix, Presto, Stan, Bigpond Movies and some of the free-to-air Catch Up services?

Telstra's rebadged Roku 2 aims to bring streaming video into Australian lounge rooms.

Telstra’s rebadged Roku 2 aims to bring streaming video into Australian lounge rooms.

If you already know what a Roku is then you’re unlikely to be satisfied with one that’s locked-down for Australia, especially when we’re getting a rebadged Roku 2 rather than the more advanced Roku 3.

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