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  Reply # 602347 30-Mar-2012 09:43
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ronw: its not the Bravia its the Sony website. I cannot activate the Bravia fro quickflix. I have a funny feeling that it has gotten confused with the Sony registration of the TV set. It will allow me to enable Music but not Quickflix.
Try registering a new account with Sony, that may help

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  Reply # 602349 30-Mar-2012 09:44
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reven:
NonprayingMantis:
davidcole: I'm more interested in the lack of playback devices rather than the small selections.

Xbox?, Wii?, ATV?, Roku, Boxee box? All of these have netflix, Quickflix should be trying to get themselves into these platforms as the AU/NZ streaming service.


I imagine they are, but give them a chance - they have only launched for 1 day in NZ. Bravia and PS3 gives them a good starting point


but how long have they been in australia?   


Exactly.  Lets not forget they've been there a while (anyone know how long?)




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  Reply # 602351 30-Mar-2012 09:49
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freitasm:
xpd: Im in two minds about such a service coming to NZ... yes, very cool and handy, but can everyone afford it ? Looking at a minimum $15 per month for streaming access then PPV.... (as i understand it anyway) plus your ISP charges for the data thats used - unless someone like Orcon came on board and added it to the O-zone... (I did ask them, but got a "not saying yes or no" response ;)


People complain when there's no option for legal content sourcing, then complain when there's... 

My point is that pirates will keep pirating, regardless. It would be wonderful if that was not the case, but sorry, it's how it works. Free trumps paid.
 


I signed up for Quickflix last night.

There is a reasonable selection of relatively recent movies. There are more recent pay-per-view movies.

I signed up mainly for the TV content....and was prety disappointed. There are exactly 10 (ten) TV series on offer....and they are all either old (5 years old), older (15 years old) or ancient (25-30 years old).  I actually own 4 of them on DVD.  We're talking Fawlty Towers, Blackadder 1, 2 and 3, Robin Hood (series 1), Dr Who (Series 1 - the reboot)....and the other four are less interesting.  

Nothing NZ free to air. Nothing live.

It's not a complete waste of money and may improve.....but if you're after TV content, you'd be looking for something else. 

Update: Braaiguy just posted this link to a story in Stuff: Quickflix asking for an 'anti-siphon' law...whatever that is.

Update 2: That's a brave call....banning exclusive broadcasting rights to sporting events. I just don't buy Sky and don't watch their content. It's so easy and saves me about $1000 / year. More people should try it. :-)

Update 3: I'll probably can the Quickflix account because they require Silverlight and I mainly use Linux on my desktop and my Android phones to watch TV.

Update 4: Can't cancel until after 11am. They must be located well outside NZ. Singapore?  




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  Reply # 602353 30-Mar-2012 09:51
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Saw this on stuff this morning. Probably also explains why the TV series content is so bad.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/6662950/Quickflix-asks-for-anti-siphon-law

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  Reply # 602369 30-Mar-2012 10:25
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old3eyes: You think this lot will open it up to other hardware brands or is everyone else going to be excluded??


I read that they've got a deal with Samsung for their TVs and mobiles (Galaxy S/S II etc I'd presume) + Tablets to happen sometime soon.   There is also an iOS app that they seem to be advertising as "coming soon" too.

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reven:
but how long have they been in australia?   


Exactly.  Lets not forget they've been there a while (anyone know how long?)


I think it's only a matter of months, I've seen December 2011 come up a lot, so if that is correct, 4-4 1/2 months, but also, it seems that it's the first International expansion done by Quickflix, if it was Netflix it may not have been so bad, as they already operate a multi-region model (Canada/US).

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  Reply # 602370 30-Mar-2012 10:27
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its interesting that quickflix is hinting at streaming live sports in nz yet they dont seem to do this at all in australia....

they appear to be a copy of netflix but also with some pay per view movies, but not as recent as vudu who offer tv shows a day after they air for rent/purchase

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  Reply # 602372 30-Mar-2012 10:27
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What's wrong with mono?. Anyway you dont need silverlight for the streaming to TV

Update 3: I'll probably can the Quickflix account because they require Silverlight and I mainly use Linux on my desktop and my Android phones to watch TV.







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  Reply # 602373 30-Mar-2012 10:27
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Great, now we have these guys crying to the govt when they cant compete. Was bad enough all the telcos doing it (still doing it?) but now this.





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  Reply # 602374 30-Mar-2012 10:29
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ronw: What's wrong with mono?. Anyway you dont need silverlight for the streaming to TV

Update 3: I'll probably can the Quickflix account because they require Silverlight and I mainly use Linux on my desktop and my Android phones to watch TV.





Mono/Moonlight (the Mono Silverlight plugin), doesn't support DRM with Quickflix requires.  There was apparently a big hoo-haa in Australia about that (from when I looked up to see if that was the case) when they started streaming in .au

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  Reply # 602377 30-Mar-2012 10:33
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ronw: What's wrong with mono?. Anyway you dont need silverlight for the streaming to TV 


No, but you do need a fairly specific model of TV - if it ain't Sony, and it ain't Bravia, and it ain't internetty, you're outta luck. 

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  Reply # 602382 30-Mar-2012 10:44
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Just a thought off subject but did I see an article recently that Microsoft were moving away from Silverlight?
 
Mono/Moonlight (the Mono Silverlight plugin), doesn't support DRM with Quickflix requires.  There was apparently a big hoo-haa in Australia about that (from when I looked up to see if that was the case) when they started streaming in .au




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  Reply # 602383 30-Mar-2012 10:48
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ronw: Just a thought off subject but did I see an article recently that Microsoft were moving away from Silverlight?
 
Mono/Moonlight (the Mono Silverlight plugin), doesn't support DRM with Quickflix requires.  There was apparently a big hoo-haa in Australia about that (from when I looked up to see if that was the case) when they started streaming in .au


no that was a rumour started when win 8 was announced and they were only advertising html5 based apps.

silverlight is still going strong, and is used on the Windows Phone platform for most apps.

netflix also uses silverlight on windows and mac 

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  Reply # 602400 30-Mar-2012 11:21
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richms: Great, now we have these guys crying to the govt when they cant compete. Was bad enough all the telcos doing it (still doing it?) but now this.



Well it worked last time very successfully, in unbundling telecom, and getting another mobile provider in. I would support a lot more competition in the pay tv field, as there is hardly any, and it is all about content rights.

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  Reply # 602409 30-Mar-2012 11:41
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vexxxboy: you may find that Sky has first choice of HBO shows ie you wont see Game of Thrones on Quickflix.


Quickflix in Australia has a pretty full portfolio of HBO shows including Game of Thrones Season One. For television shows, Quickflix Oz is very impressive.

My assumption is that as licensing deals are finalised we'll see more content added this side of the ditch. For that reason I've signed up while the introductory $9.99 a month offer is available. If there's no improvement in content (and no definite plan for improvement) by the time I've watched everything that interests me from the current offerings, I'll unsubscribe.

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Here is the article I read from ZDnet
Nearly a year ago, Microsoft pulled together a group of reporters for Bing Fall Release event. The highlight of the presentation was a demo showing off some nifty new features in Bing Maps. The problem? All of this stuff required Microsoft’s Silverlight browser plug-in to work. I berated the company for once again pushing users towards a more proprietary web. So today it’s time to laud them, as they seem to be backing away from that strategy.

During last week’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC), ZDNet’s Mary-Jo Foley asked Bob Muglia, Microsoft’s SVP of the Server and Tools Business, why the company failed to highlight Silverlight in a meaningful way this year. His answer was rather surprising.

Silverlight is our development platform for Windows Phone,” he said. And while he said that the technology has some “sweet spots” for media applications (presumably like Netflix, which uses Silverlight on the web), its role as a vehicle for delivering a cross-platform runtime appears to be over. “Our strategy has shifted,” is how Muglia put it.

Instead, as they made clear during PDC, Microsoft is putting their weight behind HTML5 going forward. Hallelujah.

Microsoft’s new IE9 web browser (which is in public beta testing) will be a big part of this strategy. And presumably, a lot of the things that currently require Silverlight, like some of those nifty Bing Maps features, will move to HTML5 going forward. Again, that’s great news.

So why is Microsoft doing this? It seems that Microsoft sees the writing on the wall. They likely know that’s it’s going to be much harder to make a dent in the new developer world order with Silverlight, which still has a relatively small market penetration and no penetration in mobile, than with HTML5, which is (or shortly will be) everywhere — including all of Apple’s devices.

HTML is the only true cross platform solution for everything, including (Apple’s) iOS platform,” Muglia told Foley.

This is a very different tone than Muglia had just a year ago, when he and then Microsoft Chief Software Architect Ray Ozzie were out on the circuit drumming up support for Silverlight with hopes that it would become a new de-facto standard like Adobe’s Flash. It’s not clear if Ozzie’s imminent departure from the company has anything to do with this change of tone or vice versa.

Regardless, Silverlight will now be mainly known as the development platform for Windows Phone going forward. In other words, the way to make native apps for those devices. But for just about everything else, it will be HTML5 or bust. And that’s great news for all end users. It’s one less plug-in to download. And it’s another step towards a unified web.


ronw: Just a thought off subject but did I see an article recently that Microsoft were moving away from Silverlight?

no that was a rumour started when win 8 was announced and they were only advertising html5 based apps.

silverlight is still going strong, and is used on the Windows Phone platform for most apps.

netflix also uses silverlight on windows and mac 




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