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  Reply # 687124 17-Sep-2012 14:14 Send private message

lchiu7:
I must admit I was sceptical about streaming HD content with high quality audio (like DD+) versus renting a BD title, but having watched a few now on Vudu at 1080P and DD+ audio,  with little or no buffering, it's a very viable alternative to driving out to the video store and finding the title you want to watch is rented out!


I was the same as you, skeptical about streaming coming anywhere close to Blu-ray quality.
But after watching a 1080p DD+ film through Vudu, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, and the fact that there wasn't any buffering at all. I was actually dumbfounded, to tell you the truth.
Either I had a miracle full speed connection to the US, or the content was being served via an Akamai CDN or similar, because I was getting full line speed (~16Mbps) for pretty much the entire duration of the film.
I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. (I was checking the real time bandwidth using a tomato router).

I can't remember if this has been answered, but do we know if QuickFlix has local NZ servers, or does it all come from OZ currently?

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  Reply # 687128 17-Sep-2012 14:25 Send private message

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lchiu7:
I must admit I was sceptical about streaming HD content with high quality audio (like DD+) versus renting a BD title, but having watched a few now on Vudu at 1080P and DD+ audio,? with little or no buffering, it's a very viable alternative to driving out to the video store and finding the title you want to watch is rented out!


I was the same as you, skeptical about streaming coming anywhere close to Blu-ray quality.
But after watching a 1080p DD+ film through Vudu, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, and the fact that there wasn't any buffering at all. I was actually dumbfounded, to tell you the truth.
Either I had a miracle full speed connection to the US, or the content was being served via an Akamai CDN or similar, because I was getting full line speed (~16Mbps) for pretty much the entire duration of the film.
I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. (I was checking the real time bandwidth using a tomato router).

I can't remember if this has been answered, but do we know if QuickFlix has local NZ servers, or does it all come from OZ currently?


I am on TCL Warpspeed plan which purports to provide 100Mbs download speeds though I have only ever seen that on the TCL speedtest site.

Vudu say 6-7 Mbs is enough so support 1080p with full audio so I guess we both had plenty, international bandwidth constraints notwithstanding. And this takes into account any VPN overhead if you're using one (which I am not).




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  Reply # 687140 17-Sep-2012 14:38 Send private message

lchiu7:
Vudu say 6-7 Mbs is enough so support 1080p with full audio so I guess we both had plenty, international bandwidth constraints notwithstanding. And this takes into account any VPN overhead if you're using one (which I am not).


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  Reply # 687146 17-Sep-2012 14:47 Send private message

dontpanic42:
lchiu7:
I must admit I was sceptical about streaming HD content with high quality audio (like DD+) versus renting a BD title, but having watched a few now on Vudu at 1080P and DD+ audio,  with little or no buffering, it's a very viable alternative to driving out to the video store and finding the title you want to watch is rented out!


I was the same as you, skeptical about streaming coming anywhere close to Blu-ray quality.
But after watching a 1080p DD+ film through Vudu, I was pleasantly surprised by the quality, and the fact that there wasn't any buffering at all. I was actually dumbfounded, to tell you the truth.
Either I had a miracle full speed connection to the US, or the content was being served via an Akamai CDN or similar, because I was getting full line speed (~16Mbps) for pretty much the entire duration of the film.
I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing. (I was checking the real time bandwidth using a tomato router).

I can't remember if this has been answered, but do we know if QuickFlix has local NZ servers, or does it all come from OZ currently?


Given that Orcon and Slingshot unmeter them, one would have to assume servers in NZ.  they would be very iunlikely to unmeter something that cost international.


I watch QF in HD on my Sony Bravia.  I think it is only 720p, but the quality is fine.

I also watch Netflix in HD. (720p too I believe)

Both work seamlessly
(Netlfix takes a few seconds longer to start, presumably cos of internaitonal lag, but once streaming starts it is fine I also use Unblock-Us so no VPN overhead

I'm only on ADSL2  (~15Mbps downstream)

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  Reply # 687156 17-Sep-2012 15:04 Send private message

I also use unblockUS but because my ISP is TCL I can only watch on devices. That isn't a big issue since I watch Vudu on a PS3, Netflix on a Logitech Revue, Roku and various handhelf devices and Amazon on the Roku and PS3.

But I need to use a VPN when I want to do account maintenance on Netflix via a browser.




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  Reply # 687208 17-Sep-2012 16:30 Send private message

I have asked Quickflix and received confirmation they use Akamai for distribution in New Zealand.




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  Reply # 687222 17-Sep-2012 16:42 Send private message

freitasm: I have asked Quickflix and received confirmation they use Akamai for distribution in New Zealand.


Cheers MF. Good to know.

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