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  Reply # 726724 4-Dec-2012 12:20 Send private message

Here it is:


Quickflix will launch its streaming movie and TV series to the estimated 500,000 New Zealand households with compatible MyFreeview|HD digital TV recorders and connected Freeview|HD TVs in early 2013.

Quickflix today announced that it had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with Freeview to provide easy, viewer initiated, access to the Quickflix movie and TV streaming service via a Freeview|HD channel to the estimated half a million New Zealand households with access to compatible MyFreeview|HD digital receivers and connected Freeview|HD TVs. The majority of MyFreeview|HD and Freeview |HD TVs sold since January 2011 are enabled with this connected functionality.

The service, which will launch in 2013, will include the Quickflix “all you can view” subscription offering as well as premium new release titles, which will be available as part of its “pay per play” service. Quickflix will have its own dedicated channel on the Freeview platform - channel 200.  Freeview viewers will be able to seamlessly switch from any of Freeview’s broadcast free to air channels to instant streaming of movies and TV series just by changing channels. This is made possible by Freeview's unique MHEG interaction channel technology, which allows for the switch from broadcast linear free to air services to interactive on demand channels delivered by broadband. The Quickflix channel will also feature free movie trailers and previews for all Freeview viewers able to receive the channel.

Freeview is owned by New Zealand’s leading free to air broadcasters TVNZ, Mediaworks, Maori Television and Radio New Zealand. The Freeview|HD service is available to 86 percent of New Zealand homes and can be picked up using a UHF aerial connected to a Freeview|HD receiver.

Paddy Buckley, Managing Director of Quickflix NZ, said "We're delighted to be partnering up with Freeview to deliver an alternative to traditional pay TV in New Zealand.  Half a  million Kiwis will have access to our subscription and pay-per-view movie and TV streaming service so this is a big development for television consumers in this country.  This agreement allows us to hugely increase our reach and also to boost the core Freeview offering, which we're already big fans of."
Sam Irvine, GM Freeview, said "This development is exciting for  Freeview|HD owners as it gives them the option of easy access to Quickflix’s services - Freeview with extras, if you like. We think this will lead to a big uptake in connected devices."




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  Reply # 726747 4-Dec-2012 12:35 Send private message

wow, just wow, thats really really great news. i hope quickflix does very well out of this.

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  Reply # 726759 4-Dec-2012 12:38 Send private message

No TiVo then..




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  Reply # 726762 4-Dec-2012 12:39 Send private message

Correct. I have just created a Freeview MHEG5 discussion in the Freeview forum. Basically no TiVo and no Windows Media Center.





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  Reply # 726771 4-Dec-2012 12:44 Send private message

Huh no WMC waa pretty much the only way we watch FTA tv at home (unless my pc is off then my son watches old skool through the tv).

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  Reply # 726773 4-Dec-2012 12:46 Send private message

Although on Media Center you can just the browser to get Quickflix content...




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  Reply # 726776 4-Dec-2012 12:49 Send private message

I've just installed (last weekend) the Xbox app for QF and it looks pretty good although I am a little annoyed it shows only 50 results in each category. I am yet to look around to see if this can be changed. The Xbox app may just change me from getting rid of the service due to non use.

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  Reply # 726801 4-Dec-2012 13:27 Send private message

I guess that makes my initial question in the freeview Q&A thread soemwhat redundant (although still interested to see if they are talking to other people to get content on there - sky, tvnz etc)

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  Reply # 726803 4-Dec-2012 13:28 Send private message

freitasm: Correct. I have just created a Freeview MHEG5 discussion in the Freeview forum. Basically no TiVo and no Windows Media Center.



what about Igloo?

could be a pretty good reason to buy an Igloo box - get the best of both worlds with quickflix for your general subscriptoin and Igloo for sports

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  Reply # 726806 4-Dec-2012 13:30 Send private message

Quickflix needs a api, at least then it could drive access via things like Media Center, Media Portal, NextPVR, XBMC etc....




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  Reply # 727022 4-Dec-2012 18:46 Send private message

While this is good news, viewing options aren't really the issue IMO - it's easy enough to hook a laptop up to the telly if needed.

What will make-or-break whether I am interested in QF is the overall package of:
1. Pricing - for both subscription streaming and pay-to-play
2. Range of content
3. Split of content - what is included in the subscription package, and what costs extra on a PPV basis
4. Quality of the stream

The package has to be competitive in terms of price, convenience and range with other options - Sky movies & SoHo, local video store, Fatso, and potentially Netflix and Hulu+ over a VPN.

Last time I looked, the range was too limited, and the pay-to-play prices were too high. In terms of price, quality and range a blu-ray or DVD from the local rental store seemed beat QF hands-down on all counts. However, I acknowledge streaming does offer convenience.


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  Reply # 727228 5-Dec-2012 08:57 Send private message

NonprayingMantis:
freitasm: Correct. I have just created a Freeview MHEG5 discussion in the Freeview forum. Basically no TiVo and no Windows Media Center.



what about Igloo?

could be a pretty good reason to buy an Igloo box - get the best of both worlds with quickflix for your general subscriptoin and Igloo for sports


I doubt it.  Sky would not want a competitors PPV movies on the STB..




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  Reply # 727251 5-Dec-2012 09:25 Send private message

JimmyH: While this is good news, viewing options aren't really the issue IMO - it's easy enough to hook a laptop up to the telly if needed.

What will make-or-break whether I am interested in QF is the overall package of:
1. Pricing - for both subscription streaming and pay-to-play
2. Range of content
3. Split of content - what is included in the subscription package, and what costs extra on a PPV basis
4. Quality of the stream

The package has to be competitive in terms of price, convenience and range with other options - Sky movies & SoHo, local video store, Fatso, and potentially Netflix and Hulu+ over a VPN.

Last time I looked, the range was too limited, and the pay-to-play prices were too high. In terms of price, quality and range a blu-ray or DVD from the local rental store seemed beat QF hands-down on all counts. However, I acknowledge streaming does offer convenience.



I do believe viewing options is a huge issue.  The majority of NZers (not us geeks) wont really have access to quickflix, sure its in some tvs, but not all.  Making it on freeview opens that up more, and with more subscribers they can buy more content and buy it at cheaper rates.  

the more customers they have the better quickflix will be.

I do want way more tv shows though, and an account option to just watch pay per view (this may already exist?).  I personally have netflix, but mostly use netflix to watch tv shows, I rarely watch movies on it.  For movies I tend to rent them from vudu, which is a pay per view service that just gets movies quickly and in HD for around $7 NZD a viewing (so on par with quickflix prices).  Sure there's your local video store, but to me thats a hassle, and I rather pay a couple more bucks and get it on demand when I want it, I wouldn't even consider using a video store any more, its not how I want my content.

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  Reply # 727256 5-Dec-2012 09:32 Send private message

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JimmyH: While this is good news, viewing options aren't really the issue IMO - it's easy enough to hook a laptop up to the telly if needed.

What will make-or-break whether I am interested in QF is the overall package of:
1. Pricing - for both subscription streaming and pay-to-play
2. Range of content
3. Split of content - what is included in the subscription package, and what costs extra on a PPV basis
4. Quality of the stream

The package has to be competitive in terms of price, convenience and range with other options - Sky movies & SoHo, local video store, Fatso, and potentially Netflix and Hulu+ over a VPN.

Last time I looked, the range was too limited, and the pay-to-play prices were too high. In terms of price, quality and range a blu-ray or DVD from the local rental store seemed beat QF hands-down on all counts. However, I acknowledge streaming does offer convenience.



I do believe viewing options is a huge issue.  The majority of NZers (not us geeks) wont really have access to quickflix, sure its in some tvs, but not all.  Making it on freeview opens that up more, and with more subscribers they can buy more content and buy it at cheaper rates.  

the more customers they have the better quickflix will be.

I do want way more tv shows though, and an account option to just watch pay per view (this may already exist?).  I personally have netflix, but mostly use netflix to watch tv shows, I rarely watch movies on it.  For movies I tend to rent them from vudu, which is a pay per view service that just gets movies quickly and in HD for around $7 NZD a viewing (so on par with quickflix prices).  Sure there's your local video store, but to me thats a hassle, and I rather pay a couple more bucks and get it on demand when I want it, I wouldn't even consider using a video store any more, its not how I want my content.


You can watch just pay per view on quickflix. You don't need the subscription to be able to do it. They tend to get the latest movies before iTunes or sky too, which is pretty good. Shame it's not in hd yet.

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  Reply # 727260 5-Dec-2012 09:37 Send private message

yeah thats another issue I have, on their FAQ (or anywhere on the website) i can't find out what resolution the movies are in.

I can pay basically the same to watch "The Dark Knight Rises" on quickflix or vudu, but is it HD or is it SD? i rather watch on vudu if quickflix is just SD. but quickflix works on my xbox (vudu doesnt because the app is tied to my gamertag, which is a nz one).

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