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  Reply # 726426 3-Dec-2012 20:12 Send private message

No PVR :-(  It surely would have been an option to their software provider they have the USB port, and even the ability to use a USB stick as a circular buffer (... which can't be good for said USB stick ...), but no PVR.  

A real missed opportunity if you ask me.




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  Reply # 726427 3-Dec-2012 20:15 Send private message

Jaxson:They do have some fairly recent downloadable content, but once again I'll be getting it cheaper and on bluray from my local video store where everything is either $4 or $1.  Once again, I guess I'm just not their target audience.



Herein lies the problem.
Until streaming options (i.e. QuickFlix, Igloo etc) can get their Pay per view prices to match, or be under that of the local Video Store (Blu-ray), it's an immediate fail. At least IMO, it is.

I would definitely pay for HDX 1080p Vudu quality streaming if it was $5 or under for 24-48 hours access.

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  Reply # 726440 3-Dec-2012 20:34 Send private message

I've never had Sky and apart from the odd All Blacks game I don't watch much sport.
The right channel combination with a smart box and a good on-demand service could have been tempting. For me I think they've missed the mark.
1. No HD option (aside from the 3 Freeview channels).
2. No recording.
3. The non-Freeview content just a bit too expensive.

The cherry on top is the cloaked CA.


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  Reply # 726442 3-Dec-2012 20:42 Send private message

mattwnz:
Behodar: $25 for 30 days access. You get these channels with that package. It took me a while to find that page too!


One of the channels was previously on freeview, kidszone/tvnz6, while one has content paid for by taxpayers through the licensing fee, heartland.



Except:
1.  There is no licensing fee, hasn't been for a decade or more.

2.  Probably more accurate to say "purchased from taxpayers". As a taxpayer, if TVNZ can extract some extra money by re-selling old content to Sky - when it doesn't have a viable business case to re-broadcast itself and it is simply otherwise just mouldering in its archives - then I'm all for it. They have to fund themselves somehow, and that seems like money for jam.

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  Reply # 726455 3-Dec-2012 20:56 Send private message

JimmyH:
mattwnz:
Behodar: $25 for 30 days access. You get these channels with that package. It took me a while to find that page too!


One of the channels was previously on freeview, kidszone/tvnz6, while one has content paid for by taxpayers through the licensing fee, heartland.



Except:
1.  There is no licensing fee, hasn't been for a decade or more.

2.  Probably more accurate to say "purchased from taxpayers". As a taxpayer, if TVNZ can extract some extra money by re-selling old content to Sky - when it doesn't have a viable business case to re-broadcast itself and it is simply otherwise just mouldering in its archives - then I'm all for it. They have to fund themselves somehow, and that seems like money for jam.


NZ on air is still funded by taxes, so the tax payer still paid for much of the content. Also many of the programs on it are over a decade old, so would have been paid by the old licensing system. 

I would prefer to see all this taxpayer paid content available in an ondemand service online for all NZers to see for free. I recall hearing that Ziln was asking for some of the content for their own online service. Then there is the NZ archive that could do it.

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  Reply # 726597 4-Dec-2012 08:50 Send private message

When I had Sky the only Igloo channels that I watched was Natgeo but that seems to have turned into a reality TV channel when i watched it the other week.., BBC news occasionally for for my point of view most of the channels are ones I wouldn't watch...




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  Reply # 726605 4-Dec-2012 09:04 Send private message

old3eyes: When I had Sky the only Igloo channels that I watched was Natgeo but that seems to have turned into a reality TV channel when i watched it the other week.., BBC news occasionally for for my point of view most of the channels are ones I wouldn't watch...


The Sky channels I would watch on Igloo are, BBC World, BBC Knowledge, Comedy Central, UK TV, Heartland and Food.




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  Reply # 726760 4-Dec-2012 12:39

The USB input is a bit fussy. The igloo instruction sheet says "any USB stick will do" but I tried a pre formatted 16G stick and it wouldn't see it. Thought I'd chuck a 256M one on for a laugh and it says "too small".





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  Reply # 726772 4-Dec-2012 12:45 Send private message

I have read somewhere that an 8G flash drive gives you 4 hrs of "time shifting"
In the PDF manual it says the USB flash drive must be empty and it will format it on insertion?

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  Reply # 726804 4-Dec-2012 13:30 Send private message

anyone know whether the Igloo box will support Quickflix? (as per this announcement http://nz.finance.yahoo.com/news/quickflix-gets-freeview-channel-nz-000455981.html

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  Reply # 726950 4-Dec-2012 16:39 Send private message

Interesting launch story at STUFF/Technology re the Quickflix/FREEVIEW HD expected launch next year.
A quote..."FreeviewHD viewers who connect their set-top boxes or televisions to broadband will be able to access Quickflix' internet pay-television service via their on-screen electronic programming guides next year, Freeview says."

From the story here

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/8033988/Quickflix-goes-mainstream-on-Freeview

So yes its quite possible an IGLOO set top box connected to the internet MAY be able to connect to Quickflix

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  Reply # 726954 4-Dec-2012 16:47 Send private message

We have posted the announcement in the appropriate threads (Quickflix coming to NZ and Freeview MHEG5 services topics).

Read this reply in the other topic for some relevant information.

Please discuss Igloo here. Discuss the Quickflix and Freeview in its own thread. Discuss the Freeview app platform in its own thread - those three topics are related but not exactly the same.




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  Reply # 726955 4-Dec-2012 16:47 Send private message

mgc54: Interesting launch story at STUFF/Technology re the Quickflix/FREEVIEW HD expected launch next year.
A quote..."FreeviewHD viewers who connect their set-top boxes or televisions to broadband will be able to access Quickflix' internet pay-television service via their on-screen electronic programming guides next year, Freeview says."

From the story here

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/8033988/Quickflix-goes-mainstream-on-Freeview

So yes its quite possible an IGLOO set top box connected to the internet MAY be able to connect to Quickflix


I thought the freeview platform though was for free channels. What stops sky from doing the same sort of thing on the freeview  platform? 

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  Reply # 727906 6-Dec-2012 10:28 Send private message

I have posted my Igloo review now. Ask away :)





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  Reply # 727910 6-Dec-2012 10:34 Send private message

Does your Igloo go onto Standby overnight ?? even when Power options are set to NEVER  !!
a real nuisance if you want to record overnight onto the HDD recorder 



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