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#261707 11-Dec-2019 13:16
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Just received:

 

 

Sky’s free-to-air channel Prime is now available to stream on Freeview.

Freeview caters to a broad range of New Zealanders, with 34 channels on air, 13 streaming channels and an on-demand platform combining all the content from TVNZ OnDemand, ThreeNow and Māori TV On Demand. The addition of Prime on Freeview’s streaming platform will provide even better access to a great range of sport and entertainment content.

CEO of Sky, Martin Stewart, says: “Prime acts as a window into Sky, providing a great selection of some of our premium sport and entertainment content.

“It’s our hub for free-to-air sport. Through Prime the whole country can access key sporting moments such as the upcoming Dream 11 Super Smash, Black Caps, Super Rugby and Sky Sport Breakers games. It’s also the home of unique New Zealand stories and award-winning drama series like The Brokenwood Mysteries.

“We’re delighted Prime and its superb content will now be available to be streamed through Freeview, making it more accessible to all New Zealanders.”

Prime is now also available to be broadcast in HD via UHF transmission, creating a better viewing experience.

CEO of Freeview, Jason Foden, says: “According to a recent study by NZ On Air, almost three out of four Kiwis watch free-to-air television – which is why access to premium content via Prime streaming and Prime HD in this latest collaboration with Sky is important to our viewers.”

“We’re committed to providing Kiwis with free, innovative and future-focused viewing solutions. As such, we will continue to look for partnerships that will further enrich TV viewing for New Zealanders.” Foden concludes.

Over half of Freeview viewers already tune in via UHF and watch TVNZ 1, 2, DUKE, Three, ThreeLife and Māori TV in HD. For these viewers, Prime will have automatically upgraded to HD.

For most others residing in HD coverage areas (encompassing 86% of New Zealand homes), simply connect the TV to a UHF aerial to enjoy HD programming on Prime and other channels. For residents outside HD coverage areas, many channels (including Prime) are also available in HD on Freeview’s streaming platform, currently accessible on the SmartVU X streaming dongle and will be extended to more devices in the new year.

 





 

 

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  #2372425 11-Dec-2019 13:25
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I can confirm this is now available on SmartVU devices, appeared in the EPG yesterday.

However it definitely does not look HD, so I assume the stream is only SD?


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  #2372480 11-Dec-2019 14:33
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I can confirm this is now available on SmartVU devices, appeared in the EPG yesterday.

However it definitely does not look HD, so I assume the stream is only SD?

 

 

Selected HD programmes, 





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  #2372484 11-Dec-2019 14:48
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timbosan:

 

I can confirm this is now available on SmartVU devices, appeared in the EPG yesterday.

However it definitely does not look HD, so I assume the stream is only SD?

 

 

Selected HD programmes, 

 



That's excellent news!  Will these programs be identified somehow in the guide?


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  #2372488 11-Dec-2019 14:54
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How does this work for devices not marketed as freeview (smart vu, vodafone tv)?  As far as i know there is no on demand app for ios or android for prime.





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  #2372492 11-Dec-2019 15:07
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They are in the Freeview platform so they should get it - the SmartVU thread says it showed up this morning.





 

 

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  #2372559 11-Dec-2019 15:42
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This makes me think that a SmartVU might be a good replacement for my troublesome Vodafone TV, but the SmartVU thread seems to be suggesting that Prime's content will only live stream and cannot be viewed on demand. This would be a shame as most of what I currently watch on the VTV is content that I have recorded from Prime.

 

Does anyone know whether Prime's content is carried on Neon?


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Hi Guys, just to clarify Prime is on the streaming platform as the channel, no on demand. Thats up to the cool guys at Sky :) 





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  #2372619 11-Dec-2019 16:54
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freitasm:

 

For residents outside HD coverage areas, many channels (including Prime) are also available in HD on Freeview’s streaming platform, currently accessible on the SmartVU X streaming dongle and will be extended to more devices in the new year.

 

 

In the Google Play Store for all AndroidTV devices, particularly nVidia ShieldTV, would be nice.


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  #2372800 11-Dec-2019 23:13
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So has anyone ripped the stream yet?

 

 


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  #2372859 12-Dec-2019 00:14
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So the Smartvu X gets an exclusive, until next year, that will boost their Christmas sales. and pretty unfair on other manufacturers.

 

I note the Prime stream isn't on SKYtv.co.nz or Primetv.co.nz  websites or even on SKY GO.

 

Gee what a stupid situation!

 

 

 

 


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  #2374436 12-Dec-2019 21:10
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If someone can supply a copy of the new apk? i can examine and extract the new stream?

 

 


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  #2374498 13-Dec-2019 06:22
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Why are New Zealand content providers so predisposed to ridiculous exclusive tie-ups that actually end up limiting their potential audience for the presumed sake of saving a few bucks on app development? Back in the day everything was exclusive to Samsung TVs, now SmartVu boxes that nobody wants? Not to mention Neon who in 2019 still do not have an Apple TV app.

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  #2374509 13-Dec-2019 07:22
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freitasm:

 

For residents outside HD coverage areas, many channels (including Prime) are also available in HD on Freeview’s streaming platform, currently accessible on the SmartVU X streaming dongle and will be extended to more devices in the new year.

 

 

In the Google Play Store for all AndroidTV devices, particularly nVidia ShieldTV, would be nice.

 

 

Why? The app is not a Freeview product, it's a SmartVu product. They're the ones who have developed and built it.

 

There are plenty of other app options out there to view all the Freeview streaming channels (with the exception of Prime as nobody knows the stream source at present), and IMHO some are significantly better than the SmartVu app.

 

 


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  #2374578 13-Dec-2019 09:46
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I would really love a Freeview app for Apple TV to allow streaming of all channels. I'm probably dreaming.


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  #2374580 13-Dec-2019 09:51
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I would really love a Freeview app for Apple TV to allow streaming of all channels. I'm probably dreaming.

 

 

 

 

I stopped hoping for this and bought a VTV Gen 2 box. I use this for all live FTA broadcast as I don't have an aerial or satellite dish on my house and use the ATV for all other catch-up and streaming platforms. Sometimes we just have to accept that we need more than one box to do it all.


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