T-Box at Last Ready to Go Live

TelstraClear will start installing its first PVR, the T-Box, into subscribers’ homes from Monday, when ScreenScribe.tv will post a review.

“With T-Box, TelstraClear is proposing to deliver a level of video-on-demand functionality well beyond what is available on cable networks in most other countries, including Australia,” TelstraClear’s head of consumer markets, Steve Jackson, said in a statement.

He acknowledged TelstraClear has collected a huge number of registrations of interest from customers wanting to experience the T-Box since the IPTV-enabled set-top box’s development was announced 15 months ago.

“We know our customers have been waiting for this product as the testing and refining of the T-Box took longer than expected.

“However, now the launch is underway we will be contacting each of these customers, and others, over the coming weeks to confirm their orders and we expect to be installing T-box in homes from September 27.”

Customers can choose between paying a one-off rental fee of $499 or $15 monthly.

T-box users will be able to record two high definition (HD) channels simultaneously while watching a third HD channel either live or as a recording.

It can record up to 50 hours of HD television, up to 180 hours of SD, and will support the future delivery of on-demand video via the Internet.

Jackson said the launch of the T-Box has huge importance for fibre-to-the-home developments in NZ.

It is available to TelstraClear’s InHome customers in Wellington, Kapiti and Christchurch who have access to the company’s hybrid fibre cable (HFC) networks. Customers in other areas will be able to access it as new networks are built as part of the Government’s ultra-fast broadband initiative.

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