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  # 1053479 26-May-2014 11:52
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Theres Quickflix, which isn't badly priced. Although unlike Hulu and Netflix no one month free trial and the amount of movies/TV for streaming is limited. Plus I refuse to pay a $5 activation fee or whatever it is for the first month. 


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  # 1053480 26-May-2014 11:54
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Kinodad: We know Telecom are about to launch an alternative to NF in NZ...There are rumours Sky have been working on a project too


The problem is that, while content is a large part of the puzzle, an often overlooked part is the actual delivery vehicle for content. NetFlix is the first streaming service I've used that has provided an easy way to get TV quality streamed video to our TVs. All other services I've tried (including Quickflix, local TV on demand offerings, and Sky's SkyGo) have appalling video quality, and the UX of the apps (if there are apps available for our connected hardware) are generally terrible.

I really hope Telecom can overcome this. Ideally I'd personally like to see support for the Apple TV, but I suspect that may be a long shot. I fear a similar scenario to the Samsung/TVNZ On Demand thing, where we will see one hardware vendor being offered the official app, and users of any other hardware forced to use third rate solutions.


But I really am drifting off topic now. Time to get back to work...


 
 
 
 




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  # 1053484 26-May-2014 11:57
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Kinodad:
davidcole: So is anyone game enough to approach their ISP? Personally I think it would be a futile option.
Someone earlier in the thread posted a response from Vodafone...something to do with not investigating issues relating to Netflix


From a previous issue I was having with Netflix. This is posted on the VF Community forum - 

"Vodafone is partnered with SKY and unfortunately Netflix contravenes SKY's broadcasting rights to their content. We won't be able to investigate this further. =/"

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  # 1053485 26-May-2014 11:58
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If this is an intentional move by NZ ISPs why would they only target US/Canada Netflix and not all the regions?

My contract with Vodafone expires tomorrow so this seems like a good time to abandon them. Does anybody out there know which ISPs do not share the upstream providers common to vodafone/sllingshot/telecom? From the posts I have seen it seems that Snap users are unaffected by this, is that correct - are any Snap users facing the same issues?

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  # 1053487 26-May-2014 11:58
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Lurch: Theres Quickflix, which isn't badly priced. Although unlike Hulu and Netflix no one month free trial and the amount of movies/TV for streaming is limited. Plus I refuse to pay a $5 activation fee or whatever it is for the first month. 



Quickflix has little content and I couldn't get it to reliably stream.  Their back end systems are primitive, or deliberately engineered to lock people in.  I signed up for a trial and couldn't terminate it or remove my credit card from their system.  I ended up moving the payment option to a paypal account with bank\cc accounts linked to stop a payment going out.  I emailed Quickflix and got a reply several weeks later. 

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  # 1053488 26-May-2014 11:59
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Lurch: Theres Quickflix, which isn't badly priced. Although unlike Hulu and Netflix no one month free trial and the amount of movies/TV for streaming is limited. Plus I refuse to pay a $5 activation fee or whatever it is for the first month. 



The picture quality of Quickflix is awful! We got given two vouchers for 30 day trials when we upgraded our phones recently, and canceled our trial after 1 week. In addition to the PQ being poor, there were no subtitles for foreign dialog portions of a film we watched, when I know from previous viewings there should have been (IOW, it wasn't an intentional stylistic choice of the Director). 


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  # 1053490 26-May-2014 12:01
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Kinodad: We know Telecom are about to launch an alternative to NF in NZ...There are rumours Sky have been working on a project too


The problem with these two providers is, no matter how sexy the laugerie you dress a fat ugly chick in...

 
 
 
 


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  # 1053491 26-May-2014 12:01
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It's my fault sorry.

I paid for a whole year of UnoTelly on Saturday. Makes sense that they crack down on it now...

F*($rs.

 

At least mine is still going, however I suspect that when I next reboot my router (our lines require a reboot every couple of weeks - Chorus don't seem capable of fixing the noise on oour line for more than a month) I will end up with it not going. Unhappy Wife.
I will then just download the series that I am part way through (and was PAYING to watch).

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  # 1053492 26-May-2014 12:01
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JimmyC:
Kinodad:
davidcole: So is anyone game enough to approach their ISP? Personally I think it would be a futile option.
Someone earlier in the thread posted a response from Vodafone...something to do with not investigating issues relating to Netflix


From a previous issue I was having with Netflix. This is posted on the VF Community forum - 

"Vodafone is partnered with SKY and unfortunately Netflix contravenes SKY's broadcasting rights to their content. We won't be able to investigate this further. =/"

Lon Sherrard
Community Moderator
Digital & Social Media
Vodafone New Zealand Ltd.


They can't investigate Netflix, but someone could ask who is traffic shaping and for what reasons.

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  # 1053493 26-May-2014 12:03
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From that I'll take a wide birth around Quickflix. A shame Netflix doesn't have a local provider. Will stick with the current setup and wait it out.

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  # 1053494 26-May-2014 12:03
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50n0f508: If this is an intentional move by NZ ISPs why would they only target US/Canada Netflix and not all the regions?

My contract with Vodafone expires tomorrow so this seems like a good time to abandon them. Does anybody out there know which ISPs do not share the upstream providers common to vodafone/sllingshot/telecom? From the posts I have seen it seems that Snap users are unaffected by this, is that correct - are any Snap users facing the same issues?


don't know about Snap,  but we haven't had any reports from Bigpipe users about issues yet,  and I am streaming Netflix just fine from my home Bigpipe connection as of last night.


(VDSL, using unblock-us, DNS set in my devices, not in my router.  FWIW)




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  # 1053495 26-May-2014 12:05
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Was looking at switching to Bigpipe but will have to wait for my contract with Vodafone to expire, too expensive to break the contract.


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  # 1053496 26-May-2014 12:05
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On Telecom 500Gb UFB plan was using unlocator DNS.
Just signed up for Playmo 7 day trial and have same problem on iPad Air, can access NF and look at content but when I try and stream get "Error  Cannot play movie. Please try again later"

So Playmo not a solution for me!

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  # 1053497 26-May-2014 12:07
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50n0f508: If this is an intentional move by NZ ISPs why would they only target US/Canada Netflix and not all the regions?

My contract with Vodafone expires tomorrow so this seems like a good time to abandon them. Does anybody out there know which ISPs do not share the upstream providers common to vodafone/sllingshot/telecom? From the posts I have seen it seems that Snap users are unaffected by this, is that correct - are any Snap users facing the same issues?


Good point. If it is Telecom and Vodafone doing it, and others aren't, I will change ISP. I hope it is just some change they made laste last week, and they realize it doesn't do what they wanted and put it back.

 

Saw someone saying BigPipe weren't affected. Could be an option (though, they are owned by Telecom).

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  # 1053498 26-May-2014 12:08
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suthland: On Telecom 500Gb UFB plan was using unlocator DNS.
Just signed up for Playmo 7 day trial and have same problem on iPad Air, can access NF and look at content but when I try and stream get "Error  Cannot play movie. Please try again later"

So Playmo not a solution for me!


You're using 213.5.182.117 for DNS? This is working for me, although I'm Vodafone.

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