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Consumers with Telstra Next G mobile phones will be able to make history by watching live Federal Election coverage this weekend on their mobile phones.

From 5:30pm on Saturday afternoon, Telstra will stream live video coverage from Channel nine to Next G handsets, which will be accessible via BigPond TV, or BigPond News on the BigPond portal.

Telstra will also stream Australian Idol final results to the 1.5 million Next G users on Sunday, which will include behind-the-scenes footage during the ad breaks.

Accessing Federal Election coverage will cost users a one-off subscription fee of $2.95 while the Idol LIVE TV Pack costs $2 a week.

“There’s no need to worry about not being near a TV this weekend as live video coverage from both the Federal Election and Australian Idol will be streamed directly to Telstra Next G mobiles,” Telstra spokesperson Peter Taylor said.

“This type of mobile technology was unheard of just a few years ago but it’s now a reality on Telstra’s world leading Next G network.

“What’s more, Telstra’s Next G network provides coverage to 98.9 per cent of the Australian population, so you can just as easily access this live streaming video if you are in Sydney or Broome in regional Western Australia.”

Streaming video from the Federal Election and Idol LIVE TV are the latest additions to the BigPond mobile entertainment line up which brings Telstra’s Next G customers a range of TV shows, made-for-mobile programs and sports and music videos.

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