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# 143330 10-Apr-2014 17:13
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Got one of these boxes a few months back https://shop.nowtv.com/. The free to TV apps that come with it work well (BBc iplayer) but the sky content is a low quality picture with  a great deal of buffering. I'm using overplay as a DNS  provider. Anyone else on the forums have a play with this box. For 5 pound a month for 10 entertainment channels it's great value, shame it has so many issues.

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  # 1023041 10-Apr-2014 18:08
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Do you pay with a NZ credit card ?

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  # 1023052 10-Apr-2014 18:54
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Hi, would you mind comparing it to the offering from Igloo (as I suspect that's its closest competitor in NZ)?  How bad is the quality? Are there any HD offerings?

 
 
 
 




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  # 1023064 10-Apr-2014 19:33
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Reanalyse: Do you pay with a NZ credit card ?


Yes



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  # 1023065 10-Apr-2014 19:34
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timbosan: Hi, would you mind comparing it to the offering from Igloo (as I suspect that's its closest competitor in NZ)?  How bad is the quality? Are there any HD offerings?


Sorry cant compare. Igloo is UHF from NZ this is internet from the UK. 

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  # 1023094 10-Apr-2014 20:17
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AH I see!  So there is no UHF service at all? Therefore more like an Apple TV/Roku/Etc but with paid services?



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  # 1023097 10-Apr-2014 20:26
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timbosan: AH I see!  So there is no UHF service at all? Therefore more like an Apple TV/Roku/Etc but with paid services?

It's sky tv UK, so no they don't broadcast in UHF in N.Z



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  # 1023204 11-Apr-2014 06:26
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I think I now understand what you mean. I'm in NZ using this box, not in the UK. All via the internet.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1025607 15-Apr-2014 14:44
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For 5 pounds you are going to get the lowest quality and the fact that you are as far as possible from the UK servers anyone could be will pull down the quality also.

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  # 1025738 15-Apr-2014 18:07
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What sort of internet connection do you have? Do other streaming services normally work ok for you (Netflix, Hulu etc?)

Unblock-us have a 2-week free trial. I'd be interested to know how you go on that -- if it works OK I might look into it myself.

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  # 1025746 15-Apr-2014 18:39
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steve98: What sort of internet connection do you have? Do other streaming services normally work ok for you (Netflix, Hulu etc?)

Unblock-us have a 2-week free trial. I'd be interested to know how you go on that -- if it works OK I might look into it myself.


I think streaming from the UK will have a lot more latency than a USA based service ?




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  # 1025788 15-Apr-2014 20:02
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steve98: What sort of internet connection do you have? Do other streaming services normally work ok for you (Netflix, Hulu etc?)

Unblock-us have a 2-week free trial. I'd be interested to know how you go on that -- if it works OK I might look into it myself.


VDSL via telecom. Getting 3.16Mbps down and 0.72Mbps up testing a UK server. I used to be with unblock us but switched to Overplay. Not sure Unblock Us supports now TV.
All other streaming services work well, Hulu, BBC iplayer, Netflix and Aereo. Just Now Tv.



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  # 1025789 15-Apr-2014 20:08
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Jas777: For 5 pounds you are going to get the lowest quality and the fact that you are as far as possible from the UK servers anyone could be will pull down the quality also.


5 pound is just the entertainment package. Other packages on offer. https://shop.nowtv.com/
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 understand Sky Uk is streaming in 720p http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/tech/advertorial/a529627/now-tv-your-burning-questions-answered.html#~oBudSUeISK03uP





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  # 1025790 15-Apr-2014 20:09
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steve98: What sort of internet connection do you have? Do other streaming services normally work ok for you (Netflix, Hulu etc?)

Unblock-us have a 2-week free trial. I'd be interested to know how you go on that -- if it works OK I might look into it myself.


I think streaming from the UK will have a lot more latency than a USA based service ?



I would tend to agree except that BBC iplayer is lag free with a great quality picture using the same Now TV  box.

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  # 1025968 16-Apr-2014 08:57
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That looks awesome - nice find!  I just ordered one to try out.  Thanks for posting!

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  # 1025972 16-Apr-2014 09:04
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BTW I'm on Telecom VDSL but my connection doesn't go via the transparent proxy.  It'll be interesting to see how or if that effects the streaming quality.

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