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Topic # 135109 14-Nov-2013 13:26
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Hey there,

I'm interested in giving Netfilx and/or Hulu Plus a go, but wanted to firstly get a good idea as to the content provided by these services. I've been able to access Hulu Plus's website to view their programmes, but not Netflix (shut out as in NZ). While I know I could sign up for UnblockUs (one week free trial) and access ths site, I'd hoped to save this until I knew which services I was going to sign up for.

Does anyone know of a good rundown of the programmes (and movies) provided by Netflix? I'm aware that cable stuff won't be on there, which is my biggest problem - much of what we currently watch is either Showtime or HBO, but there may still be enough to warrant it...

Thanks!

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  Reply # 933845 14-Nov-2013 13:27
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basically, Netflix is virtually anything that is
a) older than 1 year
and
b) not HBO or Starz

they do have some new stuff they make themselves, which is very good, but other than that it is all slightly older.
Still, bloody good value for money IMO

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  Reply # 933847 14-Nov-2013 13:29
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Try this

 
 
 
 




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  Reply # 933853 14-Nov-2013 13:42
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gehenna: Try this


Fantastic! That's really helpful.

So there's often a decent delay between original broadcast and Netflix having it available?

And Showtime programmes do end up on it as well? (IIRC "Orange is the New Black" was made by Netflix but broadcast on Showtime as well).

Sure, it does look like it has some dross, but it can't be worse than Quickflix! I'd love to use that service but seeing Blackadder for the Xth time doesn't appeal to me when there are so many good new programmes to watch.  We hardly used it for the five week trial period we had a month back; I know they're in a tricky situation (given the stranglehold on content Sky has), but until that's resolved I'd imagine many will be looking elsewhere such as Netflix.

Final question - is using Netflix and/or Hulu ok on a HTPC? We currently use a Mac Mini for such purposes (XBMC etc), and I wouldn't want to have to purchase another device (eg Apple TV), but if the interface is poor (eg fonts hard to read from a distance, especially if the whole thing is managed over a broweser), I may have to look at that...

Thanks for the advice.

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Reply # 933868 14-Nov-2013 13:58
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Hi i think what you want is this http://www.moreflicks.com/ 




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  Reply # 933881 14-Nov-2013 14:20
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netflix is pretty great it has

breaking bad season 1 to 5 (not second half of season 5 though)
dexter seasons 1 to 4 (this was recently added)
weeds season 1 to 8 i think
arrested development + season 4 (produced by netflix/for netflix)

lots of tv shows on there, quite a few cable ones. lots and lots of old tv shows too, all star treks, macgyver, magnum pi, cheers, frasier etc. new stuff too arrow season 1, supernatural season 1 to 8.

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  Reply # 933887 14-Nov-2013 14:29
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just remember that different countries have different programing, i find that Canada has the best and latest films to watch, with the UK best for British TV, in fact i can find something to watch by visiting most countries, the last count ive tried 7 countries. Just use Hola enroll to usa and when logged on, or on the USA site , just click on the countries and switch




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  Reply # 933921 14-Nov-2013 15:20
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rokki: Hi i think what you want is this http://www.moreflicks.com/ 


Thanks, bookmarked!



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  Reply # 933932 14-Nov-2013 15:32
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itxtme:
rokki: Hi i think what you want is this http://www.moreflicks.com/ 


Thanks, bookmarked!


Indeed, that's brilliant!

Great to see the current season of Homeland on Netflix...

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  Reply # 933934 14-Nov-2013 15:35
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jonathan18:
gehenna: Try this


Fantastic! That's really helpful.

So there's often a decent delay between original broadcast and Netflix having it available?

And Showtime programmes do end up on it as well? (IIRC "Orange is the New Black" was made by Netflix but broadcast on Showtime as well).

Sure, it does look like it has some dross, but it can't be worse than Quickflix! I'd love to use that service but seeing Blackadder for the Xth time doesn't appeal to me when there are so many good new programmes to watch.  We hardly used it for the five week trial period we had a month back; I know they're in a tricky situation (given the stranglehold on content Sky has), but until that's resolved I'd imagine many will be looking elsewhere such as Netflix.

Final question - is using Netflix and/or Hulu ok on a HTPC? We currently use a Mac Mini for such purposes (XBMC etc), and I wouldn't want to have to purchase another device (eg Apple TV), but if the interface is poor (eg fonts hard to read from a distance, especially if the whole thing is managed over a broweser), I may have to look at that...

Thanks for the advice.


To get the best audio experience with Netflix you need a Roku or an Apple TV, PC=Stereo, Apple TV/Roku=Sometimes 5.1 Audio .




My gear 55" Samsung 4K SUHD LCD HDR , Denon AVR-4200W Reciever in 7.1.2 Surround , Denon 2 Channel Amp to power ceiling speakers , Combination of Polk Audio Fronts And Tannoy Surrounds plus 2 Cambridge Audio Ceiling Speakers Pioneer Downfiring Subwoofer , Oppo UDP-203 UHD Player , Roku Ultra , Apple TV 3



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  Reply # 933952 14-Nov-2013 15:55
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rokki:
jonathan18:
gehenna: Try this


Fantastic! That's really helpful.

So there's often a decent delay between original broadcast and Netflix having it available?

And Showtime programmes do end up on it as well? (IIRC "Orange is the New Black" was made by Netflix but broadcast on Showtime as well).

Sure, it does look like it has some dross, but it can't be worse than Quickflix! I'd love to use that service but seeing Blackadder for the Xth time doesn't appeal to me when there are so many good new programmes to watch.  We hardly used it for the five week trial period we had a month back; I know they're in a tricky situation (given the stranglehold on content Sky has), but until that's resolved I'd imagine many will be looking elsewhere such as Netflix.

Final question - is using Netflix and/or Hulu ok on a HTPC? We currently use a Mac Mini for such purposes (XBMC etc), and I wouldn't want to have to purchase another device (eg Apple TV), but if the interface is poor (eg fonts hard to read from a distance, especially if the whole thing is managed over a broweser), I may have to look at that...

Thanks for the advice.


To get the best audio experience with Netflix you need a Roku or an Apple TV, PC=Stereo, Apple TV/Roku=Sometimes 5.1 Audio .


Why is this? Does the computer-delivered method inevitably involve a lower-quality audio stream, eg only 2.0 sound or similar? We run the Mac Mini directly into our home theatre set-up, which is 7.1 (and we have full digital surround on video rips played off the NAS via the Mac Mini), so I'd be surprised if it's our equipment that would be the limiting factor here.

And to hear it's only sometimes 5.1 is a bit depressing! I'm so used to 5.1...

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samsung smart tvs/blurays run 5.1 as well. just fyi

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jonathan18:
rokki:
jonathan18:
gehenna: Try this


Fantastic! That's really helpful.

So there's often a decent delay between original broadcast and Netflix having it available?

And Showtime programmes do end up on it as well? (IIRC "Orange is the New Black" was made by Netflix but broadcast on Showtime as well).

Sure, it does look like it has some dross, but it can't be worse than Quickflix! I'd love to use that service but seeing Blackadder for the Xth time doesn't appeal to me when there are so many good new programmes to watch.  We hardly used it for the five week trial period we had a month back; I know they're in a tricky situation (given the stranglehold on content Sky has), but until that's resolved I'd imagine many will be looking elsewhere such as Netflix.

Final question - is using Netflix and/or Hulu ok on a HTPC? We currently use a Mac Mini for such purposes (XBMC etc), and I wouldn't want to have to purchase another device (eg Apple TV), but if the interface is poor (eg fonts hard to read from a distance, especially if the whole thing is managed over a broweser), I may have to look at that...

Thanks for the advice.


To get the best audio experience with Netflix you need a Roku or an Apple TV, PC=Stereo, Apple TV/Roku=Sometimes 5.1 Audio .


Why is this? Does the computer-delivered method inevitably involve a lower-quality audio stream, eg only 2.0 sound or similar? We run the Mac Mini directly into our home theatre set-up, which is 7.1 (and we have full digital surround on video rips played off the NAS via the Mac Mini), so I'd be surprised if it's our equipment that would be the limiting factor here.

And to hear it's only sometimes 5.1 is a bit depressing! I'm so used to 5.1...


PC also has far less stuff in HD, and zero stuff in super HD.  No idea why. probably something to do with DRM.

PS3 works for 5.1  (as well as HD and super HD)

super HD only applies here in NZ if your international bandwidth can handle it, which most ISPs can't (you need, I think, 7Mbps of international)

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  Reply # 933991 14-Nov-2013 16:32
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reven: samsung smart tvs/blurays run 5.1 as well. just fyi

I use AppleTV -> Samsung Smart via HDMI, then Optical out to AV receiver (which only has 1 x Optical in).
The Sammy does not pass 5.1 through from the ATV to the receiver. ATV is outputting 5.1. In fact, I thought the only 5.1 Sammy's output over optical was from the inbuilt DTV tuner. ARC may be different.
I am looking at getting an optical switcher so I can have the ATV, TV and maybe one other into the splitter and one out from that into the Receiver.

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  Reply # 933995 14-Nov-2013 16:42
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My lounge setup for Neflix is Apple TV 3 and Roku 2XS into Denon Reciever.



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  Reply # 934041 14-Nov-2013 19:24
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Thanks for the additional information.

I had a brain wave as to whether it was worth trying to get Netflix working on the TV. But... on an earlier thread here on GZ I read someone with the same model TV as mine (Panasonic ST60) hasn't managed to get it working, so there goes that idea!

Having read a bit more elsewhere, it appears the lack of DD on the computer interface relates to a concern that users will record the streamed videos; surely, given what's already out there on P2P, that can't be a big enough reason?

At least we can give Netflix and/or Hulu Plus a go via the computer interface to see if either is worth continuing with; then we can make a call as to whether an Apple TV is worth it, though it would need to be the current model given I'd want full HD support (however I'm sure my wife will complain about yet another device!).

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