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  Reply # 719810 19-Nov-2012 22:28 Send private message

alasta: I would love for TV3 to make an iPad app available, but only if the quality is decent. I often stream from the 3News app to my Apple TV and it's great for convenience but the resolution is a bit too low for a typical modern TV.


Yeah the PS3 TVNZ on demand app lost the option for high/low quality a while back and is pretty raw now.

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  Reply # 720103 20-Nov-2012 14:27 Send private message

mattwnz: Also I though it would be available on Sony smart tvs considering it is on the playstation already, and quickflix is already on Sony tvs


+1 for Sony TV's.  Sony seem to be actively adding online content, I like the Ziln channel they have, especially since my ISP (TelstraClear) offer Ziln.co.nz as part of their zero-rated package.

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  Reply # 720111 20-Nov-2012 14:37 Send private message

MurrayM:
mattwnz: Also I though it would be available on Sony smart tvs considering it is on the playstation already, and quickflix is already on Sony tvs


+1 for Sony TV's.  Sony seem to be actively adding online content, I like the Ziln channel they have, especially since my ISP (TelstraClear) offer Ziln.co.nz as part of their zero-rated package.


Yes the sonys system works quite well. But I think it is interesting how some manufacturers seem to be getting favoured over others. So if you buy a samsung you may get tvnz ondemand content, but if you buy another brand, you may get eg. media works content. I think there needs to be some regulation and openness on this for consumer benefit. Youtube for example seems to be on most devices these days.



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  Reply # 720195 20-Nov-2012 16:13 Send private message

I imagine it's basically up to the device manufacturers to facilitate it once the broadcasters choose to promote the medium.

You wouldn't really want your TVs not to have TVNZ on demand once a major brand like Samsung has it.

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  Reply # 720200 20-Nov-2012 16:26 Send private message

stuzzo: I imagine it's basically up to the device manufacturers to facilitate it once the broadcasters choose to promote the medium.

You wouldn't really want your TVs not to have TVNZ on demand once a major brand like Samsung has it.


I would have thought it was more to do with exclusive arrangements between the manufacturer and the TV channels

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  Reply # 720224 20-Nov-2012 17:14

So long as it doesnt have IGLOO style delays!

Actually - pretty cool if they do go down the android app path.
I have a Samsung smart TV - so that should be good to go when TVNZ release it - but I see a lot of those cheap android/USB/HDMI dongles run android and they would be a good way of making a non smart tv 'smart'.

I have a non smart TV as well - so considering how to give it some smarts at the moment.

I see PBtech seem to be the first 'shop' to sell such a device locally:
http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?z=p&p=DVATZB0010&name=TizzBird-N1G--USB-Android-Dongle-Android-2.4-Based

Anyone tried one?
I thought it was a little pricey but this unit has a remote control and remote control sensor as well as a PSU - so probably not bad at $160ish.




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  Reply # 720618 21-Nov-2012 10:24 Send private message

Heaps of those smart tv dongles on ebay for half that price.

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  Reply # 723733 27-Nov-2012 16:45 Send private message


TVNZ Partners with Brightcove for New onDemand Catch-up TV App

Brightcove (NASDAQ: BCOV), a leading global provider of cloud content services, today announced that TVNZ, New Zealand’s national broadcaster, will launch a new TVNZ onDemand catch-up TV app for Apple iOS and Google Android devices using the Brightcove App Cloud mobile app platform. With App Cloud, TVNZ will be able to deliver rich, long-form advertising-supported content experiences to viewers across devices, while also ensuring its content is protected with digital rights management (DRM) technology. The new mobile app will also leverage App Cloud’s seamless integration with the Brightcove Video Cloud online video platform, which is currently used to power video content across TVNZ’s Web properties and for the desktop version of TVNZ onDemand.

“Like many broadcasters, we have had to redefine the way we deliver video to devices to ensure we are reaching our full audience with secure, high quality content experiences,” said Tom Cotter, general manager of digital media at TVNZ. “By partnering with Brightcove, we are able to expand the success of our onDemand desktop viewing experiences to smartphones and tablets with a completely cloud-based and DRM-supported platform. Now we’re able to deploy world-class video experiences across new devices to consumers at a cost that makes sense for our organization and our market.”

TVNZ’s new onDemand smartphone and tablet app will allow viewers to easily watch full, advertising-supported episodes of popular TVNZ programming, such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” “One Born Every Minute,” “The Mentalist,” and “The Amazing Race Australia”, while also ensuring the content is protected thanks to Brightcove’s support for DRM technologies like Google Widevine and Adobe Access.

“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with TVNZ and to help open the door to a new kind of content experience for TVNZ’s mobile consumers,” said Chris Johnston, director of digital media solutions at Brightcove. “By taking advantage of our cloud-based platform and App Cloud’s hybrid app development model, TVNZ is able to securely offer its content portfolio on smartphones and tablets and mirror the rich diverse experience TVNZ onDemand provides on the desktop.”

With App Cloud, TVNZ will be able to quickly build and roll out a powerful native app for Apple iOS and Google Android devices. App Cloud’s hybrid app development model enables TVNZ to provide the best user experience and functionality by fusing HTML5 and native code, providing maximum cross-platform leverage and taking advantage of the power and performance of native features at the same time.

App Cloud also makes it easy for TVNZ to manage the entire lifecycle of its app by combining an open HTML5 Web development model with intelligent cloud services that continuously optimize the performance of the app, measure the effectiveness of different content and enable dynamic updates to the app in the future. App Cloud also provides an open native plugin architecture, includes built-in integrations with major third-party technologies from Google and comScore, and provides intelligent push messaging.







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  Reply # 723743 27-Nov-2012 17:25 Send private message

robjg63: I have a non smart TV as well - so considering how to give it some smarts at the moment. 


I was looking at this too, for monitors/non smart TV's etc.
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumId=106&topicId=112066

There's a need for cheap devices to handle the quite specific web content formats of on demand services.  Especially for quality interfaces, so you're not having to do too much to make it work etc.  App based approaches are definitely preferred as they 'take over' the device, so you don't have to run them as web pages in some fiddly browser etc.

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  Reply # 734575 18-Dec-2012 21:08

I see the TVNZ ondemand app is available on the samsung app store for samsung smart TVs.
Seems to work ok when I installed it last night.

I wonder if the android version is far away - It seems like they are letting Samsung get the jump on the app for now.




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  Reply # 734847 19-Dec-2012 11:26 Send private message

robjg63: I see the TVNZ ondemand app is available on the samsung app store for samsung smart TVs.
Seems to work ok when I installed it last night.

I wonder if the android version is far away - It seems like they are letting Samsung get the jump on the app for now.

What generation is your smart tv?




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  Reply # 734862 19-Dec-2012 11:55

Not sure of the exact model to be honest - Bought it mid year and it was a new model then.
Has the whole SmartTV menu that the new samsung TVs have. So it has its own Samsung Application suite that is like the android google play store.




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  Reply # 735212 19-Dec-2012 22:29 Send private message

TVNZ Ondemand app appeared on my ES8000 , played back pre show adverts fine. But stopped with error message. I need to upgrade firmware as i'm currently on v1016,. I just bought this set and not keen on doing a firmware update, until I read up on what the changes are.

I'm still calibrating it and studying the forums.




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  Reply # 735217 19-Dec-2012 22:33

Samsung seem to have firmware updates all the time for the 'smart' tvs.
What do you think the risks are?
The issue is that now they are more than a 'simple' tv - they have lots of software - you will potentially gets lots of software updates.




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  Reply # 735237 20-Dec-2012 03:10 Send private message

robjg63: Samsung seem to have firmware updates all the time for the 'smart' tvs.
What do you think the risks are?
The issue is that now they are more than a 'simple' tv - they have lots of software - you will potentially gets lots of software updates.




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