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#154895 12-Nov-2014 04:28
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Although I'd love to see the 'latest and greatest' is there any move by Spark/Lightbox to bring the back catalogue of oldies available such as Red Dwarf, Black Adder, Young Ones, Cheers, MASH etc?




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  #1173594 12-Nov-2014 14:15
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Yes I would like to keep and eye out on Lightbox's content that is available, I signed up for the trial a few months back however extremely disappointed in the lack of content. I wish to support a NZ based Online Streaming Service but at the moment due to the lack of content i've gone to alternative methods mostly netflix.




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  #1175603 14-Nov-2014 08:52
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Nebbie: Yes I would like to keep and eye out on Lightbox's content that is available, I signed up for the trial a few months back however extremely disappointed in the lack of content. I wish to support a NZ based Online Streaming Service but at the moment due to the lack of content i've gone to alternative methods mostly netflix.


For me I can understand not having the latest and greatest because it is costly to bring the content to NZ due to licensing but they would get many people of my parents generation signed up if they were able to watch some of the oldies. For kids, maybe the old catalogue of Loony Tunes?




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  #1175774 14-Nov-2014 12:45
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We generally license content that's from 2000 and onwards, but make exceptions for classics.

Whether we license a particular show will depend on lots of factors - who has the rights, how the overall genre mix on our service is, what price is being asked or whether a show is even available for licensing. For some shows (especially older shows), the rights for online streaming can be quite murky (since online usage wasn't included in the original agreements with cast etc.). There's also a cost per episode for transcoding and supply, that makes it uneconomical to put very niche stuff on a video platform.

Anyway: I can't provide any details on any of those shows, though I've sent it through to our programmer as inspiration.




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