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  Reply # 603345 1-Apr-2012 16:21 Send private message

I would hate to imagine what the content providers are charging for the ability to stream their content on an unlimited basis.

Warners, Universal (who also control Fox and Paramount) and Sony (who also control Disney) are fairly commercial in NZ, Road$how are still operating in 1983 believing that their content is somehow superior and they should be able to charge more for it (this could be one reason why they have lost control of so many major studios product over the last few years here in NZ), this is why I guess we are seeing more Warners product on their lineup.

TV on disc is one of the last few growth areas for studios when it comes to DVD, I would guess that they don't want to bastardise that market too soon.

The bulk of the foreign film market in NZ is controlled by Rialto (DVD distribution rights via Gamewizz Digital Entertainment) and Madman, both I would think would be keen to expand their market, but a lot of that product is so market specific, it could be a little scary for them to release it in this way, who knows (as our Gamewizz rep says, their movies almost always rent well, because who the hell bothers to download them, its not the market for foreign / arthouse films).

Even your most piss-poor video shop would have a wider selection than what is available from quckflix at this point, will be interesting to see how it grows.

Full unlimited streaming of HD content, maybe, anything less than that and its a bit of a gimmick

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  Reply # 603428 1-Apr-2012 19:24 Send private message

for those of you complainingabot the range of content, some good news (maybe)

When I looked onlaunch day there were fewer than 360 movies on the 'watch now' section (i.e. excluding pay per view). (I didn't count, but I selected to show 120 items per page, and there were only 3 pages. anybody know exactly how many there were?)

When I looked again tonight, there were 4 pages! woop woop. the last page only has 13, so there are now 373 movies.

Ok, so it isn't huge. But it does at least mean they are adding content, and after only a few days of being live. I don't know which titles are new though. there doesn't seem to be any easy way of sorting by how recently they were added, which will prove frustratng in future

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  Reply # 603542 2-Apr-2012 06:58 Send private message

It also seems there are a few extra shows under TV including Robin Hood - Season 1.


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  Reply # 603551 2-Apr-2012 07:35 Send private message

BraaiGuy: It also seems there are a few extra shows under TV including Robin Hood - Season 1.



no those were all there at launch.

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  Reply # 603658 2-Apr-2012 11:02 Send private message

I'm at the point now where I am signed up and running via my PS3 but not interested in watching anything that they offer...




this is a slap in the face!

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  Reply # 603694 2-Apr-2012 11:44 Send private message

shadybrothers: I'm at the point now where I am signed up and running via my PS3 but not interested in watching anything that they offer...


+1 I have watched 3 movies that I went out of my way to watch and I have 4 of the TV series on dvd

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  Reply # 603884 2-Apr-2012 15:04 Send private message

Cant say i've enjoyed my experience so far:

I have had site issues, though these have fixed themselves (this I can forgive).

The lack of content is a large problem for me, even the TV series's that are listed dont have all the seaons.

When signing up you are billed an "administration fee". Why is there one for what I asume is an automated process? Also this is NOT clearly outlined and in my mind is borderline false advertising. I complained about this and suggested that they amend their advertising to make it clear as to what you are actually charged (not just $9.99!). Note: They did refund me the extra $8.50 charge when I complained.

Pay per view has quite a few popular, dated movies that I actuly want to watch, that leaves me wondering what the point of the subscription is.

Finally the worst of all, cancelling. I went to cancel online to find I could not! You have to call their 0800 number and wait on hold to reach one of their CSRs just to cancel your account. What makes matters worse is if you cancel your subscription right away you lose all your remaining time! In my case I only signed up a few days ago, but was told if I cancel now I lose the rest of my month.


So overall I havent had all that plesent of an experience. I can forgive some issues and chalk it up to their launch, but I seem to have been hit left right and center. It's a real pitty as I want to support a service like this, but they have made it so hard.

I'm currently in no rush to go back.

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  Reply # 603913 2-Apr-2012 15:30 Send private message

!. Why pay when you could have the first 21 days free. You were not asked to pay just to put in the promo code which has been mentioned preciously.
2. It has only been going a few days and as the majority of signups are probably the promo codes ones why would they put all their good content up straight away. I am sure more good stuff will be coming down track.
They are also working to include other TV's so it will not just be Sony Bravia
3. As I understand it the $8.50 is for streaming of the non PPV items. You can watch as many of those you like for the one monthly fee.
Obviously PPV will be newer content and will compete with the local video store.
I note from the news release that HBO have taken a share in the company so I hop this will mean that HBO content will eventually be part of the Quickflix service.
I am content to wait and see what eventuates




ArcticSilver: Cant say i've enjoyed my experience so far:
The lack of content is a large problem for me, even the TV series's that are listed dont have all the seaons.
When signing up you are billed an "administration fee". Why is there one for what I asume is an automated process? Also this is NOT clearly outlined and in my mind is borderline false advertising. I complained about this and suggested that they amend their advertising to make it clear as to what you are actually charged (not just $9.99!). Note: They did refund me the extra $8.50 charge when I complained.
Pay per view has quite a few popular, dated movies that I actuly want to watch, that leaves me wondering what the point of the subscription is.
Finally the worst of all, cancelling. I went to cancel online to find I could not! You have to call their 0800 number and wait on hold to reach one of their CSRs just to cancel your account. What makes matters worse is if you cancel your subscription right away you lose all your remaining time! In my case I only signed up a few days ago, but was told if I cancel now I lose the rest of my month.
So overall I havent had all that plesent of an experience. I can forgive some issues and chalk it up to their launch, but I seem to have been hit left right and center. It's a real pitty as I want to support a service like this, but they have made it so hard.
I'm currently in no rush to go back.




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  Reply # 603982 2-Apr-2012 16:27 Send private message

ronw: 
why would they put all their good content up straight away.

To encourage people to sign up and stay signed up? 

 ronw: 
I am content to wait and see what eventuates

Yeah, so are most of us. But most of us are waiting to see what eventuates before we hand over hard earned. 

If you are not ready to go to market, don't go to market.

This company had a very good opportunity to be impressive at launch, but only one opportunity to do so. They have failed and now will have a harder road ahead. 

I feel very sorry for them because they just burned all the pre-launch good will, stupid really.

They promise apps for more devices and more content 'Any day now'. Cool, I'll sign up "any day now". 







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  Reply # 604005 2-Apr-2012 16:52 Send private message

crackrdbycracku: ronw: 
why would they put all their good content up straight away.

To encourage people to sign up and stay signed up? 

 ronw: 
I am content to wait and see what eventuates

Yeah, so are most of us. But most of us are waiting to see what eventuates before we hand over hard earned. 

If you are not ready to go to market, don't go to market.

This company had a very good opportunity to be impressive at launch, but only one opportunity to do so. They have failed and now will have a harder road ahead. 

I feel very sorry for them because they just burned all the pre-launch good will, stupid really.

They promise apps for more devices and more content 'Any day now'. Cool, I'll sign up "any day now". 




+1

They could have waited a week or four (or had a 'Soft Launch' to iron out issues).
Imagine the awesome-ness if they had launched with an iOS and Android App, Apps on Sony, Samsung and Panasonic smart TVs, support for media players/BD players and a few more than 10 TV series.

I hope it succeeds. It is a service I can see myself (and the Wife) using a lot. I would even get rid of MySky if it had a decent range of eye-fodder - does not have to be the latest and greatest, just enough variety and choice for when there is nothing on broadcast TV.

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  Reply # 604016 2-Apr-2012 17:08 Send private message

ronw: !. Why pay when you could have the first 21 days free. You were not asked to pay just to put in the promo code which has been mentioned preciously.
2. It has only been going a few days and as the majority of signups are probably the promo codes ones why would they put all their good content up straight away. I am sure more good stuff will be coming down track.
They are also working to include other TV's so it will not just be Sony Bravia
3. As I understand it the $8.50 is for streaming of the non PPV items. You can watch as many of those you like for the one monthly fee.
Obviously PPV will be newer content and will compete with the local video store.
I note from the news release that HBO have taken a share in the company so I hop this will mean that HBO content will eventually be part of the Quickflix service.
I am content to wait and see what eventuates




ArcticSilver: Cant say i've enjoyed my experience so far:
The lack of content is a large problem for me, even the TV series's that are listed dont have all the seaons.
When signing up you are billed an "administration fee". Why is there one for what I asume is an automated process? Also this is NOT clearly outlined and in my mind is borderline false advertising. I complained about this and suggested that they amend their advertising to make it clear as to what you are actually charged (not just $9.99!). Note: They did refund me the extra $8.50 charge when I complained.
Pay per view has quite a few popular, dated movies that I actuly want to watch, that leaves me wondering what the point of the subscription is.
Finally the worst of all, cancelling. I went to cancel online to find I could not! You have to call their 0800 number and wait on hold to reach one of their CSRs just to cancel your account. What makes matters worse is if you cancel your subscription right away you lose all your remaining time! In my case I only signed up a few days ago, but was told if I cancel now I lose the rest of my month.
So overall I havent had all that plesent of an experience. I can forgive some issues and chalk it up to their launch, but I seem to have been hit left right and center. It's a real pitty as I want to support a service like this, but they have made it so hard.
I'm currently in no rush to go back.


Why pay?

You are required to put a CC # in when you signup even with the free 21 day offer   

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 604023 2-Apr-2012 17:14 Send private message

ronw: !. Why pay when you could have the first 21 days free. You were not asked to pay just to put in the promo code which has been mentioned preciously.
2. It has only been going a few days and as the majority of signups are probably the promo codes ones why would they put all their good content up straight away. I am sure more good stuff will be coming down track.
They are also working to include other TV's so it will not just be Sony Bravia
3. As I understand it the $8.50 is for streaming of the non PPV items. You can watch as many of those you like for the one monthly fee.
Obviously PPV will be newer content and will compete with the local video store.
I note from the news release that HBO have taken a share in the company so I hop this will mean that HBO content will eventually be part of the Quickflix service.
I am content to wait and see what eventuates


1. I paid because I signed up on their launch day, before I had herd of/had any promo code. Before the post with the promo code was made on Geekzone! I was asked to pay.

2. Why wouldnt they put up all their good content straight away!? First impressions are everything! I may check back in the future, but why would I pay now for bugger all content?

3. There is a $10/month fee for streaming the non PPV items. They call the $8.50 a "Administration fee" so I fail to see how it has anything to do with normal streaming. Also the $8.50 is a one off cost, not monthly, so again your argument makes no sense.

"Obviously PPV will be newer content and will compete with the local video store." - Yet there are lots of popular dated movies on PPV, this is my argument, its not just the "newer" content.




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  Reply # 604028 2-Apr-2012 17:23 Send private message

ArcticSilver: 

"Obviously PPV will be newer content and will compete with the local video store." - Yet there are lots of popular dated movies on PPV, this is my argument, its not just the "newer" content.



Yeah, basically anything you don't see in New Release at the video store has no place in PPV. 

I just can't get my head around 10 TV series ... and a promise of more 'real soon'. Who are they trying to kid? 

The real shame for me is I want QuickFlix to succeed, I really do. I want to be a customer, I just won't sign up to a service like this. 




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  Reply # 604031 2-Apr-2012 17:32 Send private message

crackrdbycracku:
ArcticSilver:?

"Obviously PPV will be newer content and will compete with the local video store." - Yet there are lots of popular dated movies on PPV, this is my argument, its not just the "newer" content.



Yeah, basically anything you don't see in New Release at the video store has no place in PPV.?

I just can't get my head around 10 TV series ... and a promise of more 'real soon'. Who are they trying to kid??

The real shame for me is I want QuickFlix to succeed, I really do. I want to be a customer, I just won't sign up to a service like this.?


Yep number 1 reason they are going to fail is lack of content




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  Reply # 604035 2-Apr-2012 17:37 Send private message

As previously suggested, piracy is EASIER and more EFFICIENT, this is a major hurdle the content industry needs to overcome. They need to make things MUCH easier and MUCH MORE efficient to attract customers.

That statement is putting the retailer and content right holders in the same industry... but retailers do deserver some props.

I don't know for sure but I would bet on the fact Quickflix are tied up with contracts and distribution deals, or at least, its not Quickflix who are to blame for the tiny library, it is the rights holders, studios/large media companies.

That said, of course the retail outlet will get the bad rap for this, and for some part, rightly so in that they went into the business knowing the rules and regulations around it. 

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