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# 142568 17-Mar-2014 16:35
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Has anyone subscribed to Nimble TV from New Zealand?

http://watch.nimbletv.com/plans/nyc/invited

It appears to overcome the issue of requiring a cable subscription in the US to watch content online.  Instead they offer a 'TV concierge' service and subscribe you to cable TV - and you can then stream content in HD from any country.  You can also add premium channels like HBO.

All you need is to enter a US mailing address and you're away.  No idea how the content rights work since they let you watch from any country, but it all seems to check out.  Heaps of channels and masses of DVR space. 

I signed up in the weekend but then I chickened out and cancelled cause I didn't wan't to pay $85.  Even though I used a NZ billing address they let me sign up and even sent emails asking me to rejoin. 

I'm already an Aereo subscriber but this seems better again as you have some dollars to throw around.  

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  # 1007449 17-Mar-2014 17:14
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How'd you get Aereo?



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  # 1007450 17-Mar-2014 17:16
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I used an Air NZ OneSmart card and entered a New York mailing address.  Same as I did with Nimble TV. 

 
 
 
 


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  # 1007454 17-Mar-2014 17:22
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Whats the quality like?



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  # 1007455 17-Mar-2014 17:23
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Pretty good - comparable to Netflix / Hulu.  You need a New York VPN. 

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  # 1007456 17-Mar-2014 17:25
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For Aereo? Or both?



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  # 1007457 17-Mar-2014 17:26
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Just for Aereo.  Nimble TV supposedly works in any country. 

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  # 1007458 17-Mar-2014 17:29
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Signed up for a trial with Nimble TV.

 
 
 
 




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  # 1007459 17-Mar-2014 17:31
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Keen to know how it goes.  If it's a no go then definitely give Aereo a spin.  

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  # 1007461 17-Mar-2014 17:32
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From what I understand with Nimble you have to sign up to a cable subscription as well? How do you manage that? Will they attempt to install cable at the address you give them?




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  # 1007463 17-Mar-2014 17:36
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pedrogarcia: Pretty good - comparable to Netflix / Hulu.  You need a New York VPN. 


Which VPN service do you use?




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  # 1007466 17-Mar-2014 17:38
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jarledb: From what I understand with Nimble you have to sign up to a cable subscription as well? How do you manage that? Will they attempt to install cable at the address you give them?
You have the option to use your cable sub you already have if you are american or it will sign you up for a directv sub



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  # 1007468 17-Mar-2014 17:40
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I use strongVPN. I'm not sure how the TV concierge service works but if they can set you up with a sub that would be great

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  # 1007837 18-Mar-2014 08:28
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benokobi: How'd you get Aereo?


This is how I Aereo.DD-WRT router, Linksys 4200 flashed with "Big" firmware. PPTP connection.  
Astrill VPN sub. I selected Dallas, Texas as the VPN site as it was one of the closest to NZ, only 11,000km away. Speed check 5.03MB d/load. 
Air New Zealand Debit card mastercard with USD loaded into the account.
Free month sub from Aereo. There after $8 USD a month.

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  # 1007970 18-Mar-2014 11:18
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I signed up for the trial yesterday evening and they activated me overnight.

Used a standard NZ credit card, NZ billing details.

I ran wireshark, they don't appear to be using a CDN. All their own IP space and a fairly long traceroute to their servers in New York.

On their HD setting it uses approx 2.5Mbps. Pretty good so far but I did have the odd 5sec glitch at "HD".

I checked the international transit link the stream is coming over and plenty of spare capacity there, so the above factors might be causing some variation in experience for New Zealand viewers.



I've hit record on some shows so will be interested to see if they perform any difference to the live channels.



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  # 1008337 18-Mar-2014 19:21
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You're talking Nimble TV not Aereo right?  And youre watching without a VPN?  Which package did you select on sign up?

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