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Topic # 41499 17-Sep-2009 12:49 Send private message

Telecom broadband will enable TiVo entertainment downloads with no impacton customers’ monthly data allowance

17 September 2009 - Telecom and Hybrid Television Services, the exclusive licensee of TiVo® products in Australia and New Zealand, today announced a partnership that will see TiVo delivering unmetered entertainment to NZ living rooms from November.

The deal will provide Telecom broadband customers with the ability to download movies and shows to their TV with no impact to their monthly broadband data allowance as well as access to all of the Freeview|HD®
channels.

The TiVo media device allows viewers to pause and rewind live TV, record every episode in a series with the Season Pass feature, auto record favourite actors using the WishList search and provide a safe viewing
environment for their children with TiVo KidZone.

Telecom broadband will also unmeter games and information services as well as the 14-day on-screen guide and software updates within the TiVo.

Alan Gourdie, CEO Telecom Retail: “TiVo represents a revolution in the way Kiwis watch television, this new entertainment service allows the freedom to watch what you want, when you want and enjoy top rated movies on the television without impacting your monthly broadband data allowance.

“We are delighted to add this world class entertainment device to New Zealand’s most popular broadband service; which already provides customers services such as Yahoo!Xtra Pro Mail, a comprehensive security suite and photo manager Flickr Pro all at no additional cost,” says Mr Gourdie.

Robbee Minicola, CEO of Hybrid TV: “The partnership between Hybrid TV and Telecom is an outstanding result for the consumer. We are very pleased to have New Zealand’s largest telecommunication provider support our efforts in supplying unmetered broadband entertainment to the TiVo media device.

“In addition to getting the best of free-to-air digital TV, Telecom customers will have access to broadband entertainment which they will only pay for what they view instead of paying monthly subscription fees.

“When we announced our plans to launch in NZ back in March of this year we were greeted with a high level of interest. We are confident that New Zealanders will enjoy the entertainment choices, convenience, and value we will provide just in time for Christmas shopping,” said Ms Minicola.

At launch the TiVo Media Device plus the Wireless Adaptor will be sold as a bundle for $920.00 (incl. GST) from Telecom retail stores, customer service channels at 123 and online at www.telecom.co.nz/mytivo

Telecom will also offer a deferred payment option of 24 monthly payments of $30 plus an upfront initial payment of $200 (incl GST) which is placed on your Telecom phone bill. This payment option will only be available to Telecom Broadband customers.

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  Reply # 256473 17-Sep-2009 13:04 Send private message

Awesome. Good move telecom

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  Reply # 256474 17-Sep-2009 13:11 Send private message

Also a running topic in the TiVo forum too...




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  Reply # 256475 17-Sep-2009 13:12 Send private message

Great to see the data cap gone etc but what happens to non Telecom broadband customers???  I have read that the likes of Orcon where trying to contact the company but where not taking calls.

Im at a lost as I want Tivo but I dont want to join Telecom broadband as we have all our calls through Oron.

Its a pity this couldnt be shared accross all ISP's.




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  Reply # 256477 17-Sep-2009 13:16 Send private message

Lipex666: Great to see the data cap gone etc but what happens to non Telecom broadband customers??? 

They pay for the data and/or blow their data cap.

EDIT - IT APPEARS YOU MUST HAVE TELECOM BROADBAND TO GET ANY TIVO INTERNET BASED CONTENT.

I have read that the likes of Orcon where trying to contact the company but where not taking calls.

Where?

Im at a lost as I want Tivo but I dont want to join Telecom broadband as we have all our calls through Oron.

Its a pity this couldnt be shared accross all ISP's.

It's very common for companies to try and offer extra things that their competitors don't, to entice you.

Which is more important to you - unmetered TiVo, or Orcons calling rates?




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  Reply # 256481 17-Sep-2009 13:22 Send private message

tonyhughes: 

Which is more important to you - unmetered TiVo, or Orcons calling rates?


Not having to use Telecom as an ISP.  This sounds like the discounted Telecom Sky offers some years ago.  No one else got access to it.  Count me out of this one..  I'm on Orcon..




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  Reply # 256484 17-Sep-2009 13:23 Send private message

This might see me go back to Telecom, love the speed of TCL, but TIVO with Telecom sounds pretty appealing.




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  Reply # 256485 17-Sep-2009 13:24 Send private message

old3eyes:
I'm on Orcon..


My condolences.




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  Reply # 256487 17-Sep-2009 13:30 Send private message

The post I read was over at the NBR 
Orcon: We’re trying to get it on with TiVo
At our fourth largest ISP, head of brand communications Duncan Blair complained: “We have been trying to talk to TiVo, but so far without success.


Fair point do I want Tivo or landline, tolls and broadband and hopefully soon mobile calls with Orcon.   I shouldn't have to choose as the company should have the same deal with all ISP's.

I am just just saying locking out a fair chunk of New Zealand is not good news and would drive people to My Sky.




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  Reply # 256488 17-Sep-2009 13:32 Send private message

old3eyes:
tonyhughes: 

Which is more important to you - unmetered TiVo, or Orcons calling rates?


Not having to use Telecom as an ISP.  

Is that your only reason?




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  Reply # 256492 17-Sep-2009 13:40 Send private message

Great news for Telecom customers, not so good for the rest of us!

As a TelstraClear cable customer I can kiss TiVo Goodbye. Anyway with my new Hyundai AH-3110 combination Terrestrial HD and Satellite receiver (including Satellite HD), with an attached USB hard drive I probably have everything TiVo has to offer except downloading of movies - and I can get those at the video store across the road for from $1 which will be cheaper than TiVo I'm sure.

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  Reply # 256498 17-Sep-2009 14:02 Send private message

Sounds good to me! If only it was not so much money for the box...

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  Reply # 256500 17-Sep-2009 14:05 Send private message

Telecom deal or not it really depends on what you want to use Tivo for and what it can really do.

I.E. Recording HD shows would be the main use, EPG updates would require internet access. But noone is going to force you to download content if you don't want to.

One would assume Tivo can connect to DLNA devices or at a minimum play movies, music from a networked device. At least I would hope, but perhaps they want to charge for downloads maybe this wouldn't be possible.

The pricing for each movie or show you purchase might put Fatso monthly sub in the equation or you might just be better off with a HTPC or MySky HDi.

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Reply # 256519 17-Sep-2009 14:37 Send private message

I am disgusted with the fact that online services will be available exclusively with Telecom broadband.

Perhaps this is the real reason why so many people where removed from the beta?





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  Reply # 256522 17-Sep-2009 14:40 Send private message

freitasm: I am disgusted with the fact that online services will be available exclusively with Telecom broadband.

Perhaps this is the real reason why so many people where removed from the beta?

To be fair, if it was only your ISP that had TiVo access, would you be as unhappy? (Of course I accept that the issue is not a problem for me, as I am a Telecom Broadband customer - I might be a bit miffed if I was on another ISP and wanting TiVo).

I am not sure if this had anything to do with people being removed from the trial, as I was removed, but I have a Telecom Broadband connection.




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