Telstra to launch game-streaming service in Australia - Report

<i>The Australian</i> reports that a national telco will launch a subscription game-streaming service by next year; Telstra tells GameSpot AU that plans are "still at the concept stage."

In the past year, on-demand game-streaming services like OnLive and Gaikai have launched in the US and the UK, but Australia has yet to see a step in this direction.

Now, according to a report in The Australian, Telstra is planning to launch a subscription-based game-streaming service as early as next year. According to the newspaper, the service will utilize Telstra's T-box digital set-top box, allowing users to stream games directly to their television sets.

OnLive's game-streaming service is currently only available in the US and UK.

The report also indicates that Telstra is trialing a subscription-based on-demand video service to rival services like Quickflix--which recently launched in Australia--as well as a subscription music service. Citing Telstra IPTV chief JB Rousselot, The Australian claims Telstra plans to launch all of its new services next year.

"It is understood that Telstra is already in negotiations with major game studios, including game giant Electronic Arts, and is hoping to launch the gaming service as a subscription model, where consumers pay on a per-month basis for the use of games titles," the report states.

Telstra confirmed to GameSpot AU that it is working on a game streaming service, but that it is still a long way from completion.

"The story in [The Australian] made it sound like that service was much closer than it really is," a Telstra spokesperson told GameSpot AU. "It is still at the concept stage."

According to the report, Telstra plans to upgrade its T-Box digital set-top box to allow it to properly stream games and other content. The report states that Telstra's plans to launch a game-streaming service come as part of its recent announcement in June to invest $800m over the next five years on cloud technology.

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emerin76
emerin76

The T-Box turned out better than expected for me. I wondered how adsl 2+ would go with streaming foxtel. Quite well is the answer. There is the occasional glitch I admit. I wonder how they'll do gaming through it!?

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@eBentl That's an awesome service. Pity nothing like that exists in my own area. I actually had a look with TPG before signing up with Telstra, and the only plan they had matching was $100/month capped at 200 gig, and still the house phone had to be payed. I envy you! And yea it is incredibly expensive. I might have a look with TPG down the track once that internet is upgraded here. Cheers for the info!

eBentl
eBentl

@Devils-DIVISION Hmm... see I pay $75 for unlimited adsl2+ and a mobile with $500 credit through TPG, I used to consider Telstra reliable but honestly I was amazed when I switched to TPG, good speeds, don't mess anything up and when you call them you're only ever on hold for about a minute (in my experience at least) Curious to see how the NBN will turn out price wise, all the FTTP connections currently available are incredibly expensive.

Devils-DIVISION
Devils-DIVISION

@eBentl I'm with Telstra I pay $150/month: unlimited downloads, ulimited phone calls to home and mobile, and they give you the fastest connection in your area. Which for my area sucks! Because my fastest connection is 1.5mb. But as soon as that government internet scheme rolls through my neighbourhood, I'll be cheering! Otherwise they're pretty reliable, but expensive, yes.

eBentl
eBentl

Yeah I think I'll pass, Telstras internet prices are horrible and so is the T-Box from what I've seen, plus I hate to think what they'll charge for this.

lilkev85
lilkev85

Gah, T-Box... getting tired of telstra trying to shove that thing down my throat...