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Topic # 223755 16-Oct-2017 10:47
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I was at a mates place and he had what she called a Vodafone tv box, not the usual box vodafone does but a different one... Anyone got details? Also not sure where to post this.


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  Reply # 1884222 16-Oct-2017 11:06
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shhhhhh just wait...........


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  Reply # 1884227 16-Oct-2017 11:15
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Vodafone TV has been around for ages, it was originally Kiwi Cable then Saturn. With UFB they tried doing IPTV using multicast but have since limited it back to Cable areas.

 

There seems to be a new box on the horizon however: https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/97851249/vodafone-expected-to-shakeup-tv-market

 

 


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  Reply # 1884234 16-Oct-2017 11:30
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Maybe a test unit of their soon to be released new Set Top Box for Sky services and possibly others. Apparently its a lot smaller about the size of the size of an Mac Mini





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  Reply # 1884271 16-Oct-2017 12:41
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Related to this announcement perhaps? https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/97914804/vodafone-launches-internet-tv

 

My first thought on this was: Well this justifies the commerce commission's decision.


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  Reply # 1884274 16-Oct-2017 12:44
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Need to see the pricing but if it's good then might be switching once the Geekzone inspired sweetheart telemarketer Sky deal expires.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1884276 16-Oct-2017 12:46
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More info is on the link above as stuff has updated their site.

 

 

 

See did not have to wait long at all


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  Reply # 1884278 16-Oct-2017 12:49
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nzkc:

 

Related to this announcement perhaps? https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/97914804/vodafone-launches-internet-tv

 

My first thought on this was: Well this justifies the commerce commission's decision.

 

 

However if they (Sky) don't allow Spark to present on their network does that make it anti competitive in the broadband market? If so there could be more huffing and puffing to come from the CC.

 

 


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  Reply # 1884282 16-Oct-2017 12:55
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Says it has a Netflix type of EPG for easier access to On Demand. So is it a Voda based MySky type of box with the usual SkyOnDemand or is it an OD only version of Sky? 


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  Reply # 1884290 16-Oct-2017 13:09
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tdgeek:

 

Says it has a Netflix type of EPG for easier access to On Demand. So is it a Voda based MySky type of box with the usual SkyOnDemand or is it an OD only version of Sky? 

 

It appears to provide a centralised viewing experience from all the VoD providers so you don't have to load 'apps' which then load a subset of channel information. I can't tell if this includes any sky channels but they mention being able to pay for premium content within the ecosystem for channels like SoHo and Sport.


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  Reply # 1884315 16-Oct-2017 13:14
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tdgeek:

Says it has a Netflix type of EPG for easier access to On Demand. So is it a Voda based MySky type of box with the usual SkyOnDemand or is it an OD only version of Sky? 



It says

"Vodafone said the service, which won't require a satellite,"

I'm guessing it'll have live channels streaming.
So Sky is getting with times, but only with one internet company?
I'm not changing ISP's to get Sky cheaper, though Sports people may feel differently.

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  Reply # 1884338 16-Oct-2017 13:31
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At the heart of Vodafone and Sky's next set-top boxes will be an internet-delivered EPG (electronic programme guide), similar to the kind offered by Netflix.

 

That should make it much easier for customers to browse and search for programmes to watch on-demand.

 

The EPG would mean Sky and Vodafone could include software to make recommendations to viewers on shows they might want to watch, in a similar to way to how music service Spotify recommends music to its subscribers.

 

 

 

So It has a Netflix type EPG? Handy. Will that include yet to be aired content, i.e. other docos on Discovery etc?. If not, I still need a linear solution as well as OD? Or will it livestream linear as well? If so, then all this is, is Sky without a dish, nothing more? It has a Netflix app, like my many other devices. iHeartRadio, so what? I cant recall what my SkyOnDemand has, I should update myself on that 

 

This just seems like a standard STB that Sky allows access, or a MySky type device with a Netflix app

 

Groundbreaking?? Wait and see I guess, but doesnt seem anything new. Id wager price isnt a big reduction


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  Reply # 1884340 16-Oct-2017 13:33
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Why can't Sky just create channels on Roku, AppleTV eetc like all the other TV companies?

 

 


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  Reply # 1884341 16-Oct-2017 13:35
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We pay for SKY mainly to get the Sports channel, but yet again this is going to be a premium "pay extra" channel. It's all very well having SKY Basic available on internet, but we don't watch most of the channels on the Basic service. You can see these for free on Free View.

 

It will be interesting to see how the pricing works out, but why announce a new internet TV service without giving the pricing details?

 

Also, from a reliability viewpoint, I'm not sure whether internet TV is quite as reliable as a satellite service. Very occasionally, we experience severe weather interruption from our satellite service, but internet TV can also be interrupted during peak user times.


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  Reply # 1884342 16-Oct-2017 13:37
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kryptonjohn:

 

Why can't Sky just create channels on Roku, AppleTV eetc like all the other TV companies?

 

 

 

Because people smart enough to have those don't want to pay for sky


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