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Topic # 147392 18-Jun-2014 06:58
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This from the NZ Herald today:

Sky Television has unveiled a new subscription video-on-demand service that will be free for MySky customers and available for one-off purchases on tablets and mobile phones by non-Sky subscribers.

Chief executive John Fellet is negotiating a name and finalising eight rights deals for content. It was expected to be up and running in the fourth quarter of 2014 and would stand alone.


Content for the subscription video-on-demand service (SVOD) would include material that appears on Sky's Soho channel as well as recent release and library material on movie channels. It gave consumers the option of watching content without paying the subscription for full linear channels, Fellet said.

The deal continues Sky TV's close relationship with Vodafone which will bundle the service with its own TV offering, which is linked to the Sky linear service.

Telecom is to unveil its subscription video-on-demand service soon but Fellet said the announcement was brought forward to respond to industry rumour rather than pipping Telecom to the post.

While SVOD is available through Quickflix and some consumers can illegally obtain US service Netflix from US servers - the arrival of a corporate in the market marks a significant shift.

Pricing was still being resolved through market research.

There has also been speculation the expanding Netflix SVOD has been trying to buy New Zealand and Australian rights to content.

Fellet said Sky aimed to be profitable on the new service within three years.

Fellet declined to comment on speculation that Sky intended to buy the internet service provider Orcon.




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  Reply # 1068088 18-Jun-2014 07:01
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Interesting....a few things to think about here.

I'd certainly like to be able to buy single rugby matches without getting a sub, but I don't want to watch it on a poxy little tablet.




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  Reply # 1068089 18-Jun-2014 07:06
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If they beat Telecom to the market, is that

A) BAD for competition because Sky will continue to dominate?

Or

B) GOOD for competition because there will be more players in the market?




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  Reply # 1068090 18-Jun-2014 07:08
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"some consumers can illegally obtain US service Netflix from US servers"

OMG that old chestnut....makes the rest of the article less credible somehow.

Maybe it was someone from Sky or Telecom that told them that?




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  Reply # 1068092 18-Jun-2014 07:14
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So. This is launch number 3 for Sky. SkyGo was the last one.

Sky need to do three things to stop Netflix:

1. Open up ALL their content to SVOD including SOHO.
2. Make it easy for Sky customers to run the service on their home devices and have more than one stream at once.
3. Not charge extra for it. They already get $70+ a month from me. Netflix gets $8

That's it. I think Sky still have their heads in the sand and it won't happen. I would like to be wrong though.

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  Reply # 1068093 18-Jun-2014 07:22
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Stopping Netflix might be a bonus, but I think they will see Telecom as a bigger threat. (I doubt if they think about Quickflix at all!)





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  Reply # 1068094 18-Jun-2014 07:29
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turb: Interesting....a few things to think about here.

I'd certainly like to be able to buy single rugby matches without getting a sub, but I don't want to watch it on a poxy little tablet.


Well that is why you might want to get an cheap android tv box or airplay from iOS maybe?

It's easier to create apps that can stream from a device to a tv than trying to do apps for samsung tv, lg tvs, ps3, ps4, apple tv, on and on.......

If apps are released for "android" and iOS which is what sky does then it may pay to invest the $50 - $150 for a device



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  Reply # 1068096 18-Jun-2014 07:45
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I was hoping to use the stonking great HTPC I have sitting under the telly!




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  Reply # 1068098 18-Jun-2014 07:54
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turb: "some consumers can illegally obtain US service Netflix from US servers"

OMG that old chestnut....makes the rest of the article less credible somehow.

Maybe it was someone from Sky or Telecom that told them that?


Changed now to "While SVOD is available through Quickflix and some consumers can obtain the US service Netflix outside the terms of service using US servers - the arrival of a corporate in the market marks a significant shift."

Someone kicked NZ Herald where it should be kicked.





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  Reply # 1068099 18-Jun-2014 08:04
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Why do I have this nagging feeling that Sky will make a complete pigs breakfast out of this?




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  Reply # 1068101 18-Jun-2014 08:07
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KiwiNZ: Why do I have this nagging feeling that Sky will make a complete pigs breakfast out of this?


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  Reply # 1068102 18-Jun-2014 08:10
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I always thought it was illegal to want to watch the video content you want to watch, when you want to, on the device of your choice.

That's what sky has been saying for years. Or have I missed something where the world has changed and now people are happy to pay for a service that gives them what they want at a fair price.





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  Reply # 1068103 18-Jun-2014 08:14
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turb: This from the NZ Herald today:

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Fellet declined to comment on speculation that Sky intended to buy the internet service provider Orcon.


Well I for one see THIS as a confirmation of the Orcon buyout :)

What thoughts on that now if they allow "competition" with all ISP's heading to unlimited services so bundling the 'free data' wouldn't make a difference anymore... think we headed toward ComCast speed limits unless Sky gets paid for THE ISP to get good transfer rates?

scare mongereing maybe?

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  Reply # 1068106 18-Jun-2014 08:20
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turb: This from the NZ Herald today:

Sky Television has unveiled a new subscription video-on-demand service that will be free for MySky customers and available for one-off purchases on tablets and mobile phones by non-Sky subscribers.


Where does this leave Sky subscribers who don't pay for mysky? lol




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mrtoken:
turb: Interesting....a few things to think about here.

I'd certainly like to be able to buy single rugby matches without getting a sub, but I don't want to watch it on a poxy little tablet.


Well that is why you might want to get an cheap android tv box or airplay from iOS maybe?

It's easier to create apps that can stream from a device to a tv than trying to do apps for samsung tv, lg tvs, ps3, ps4, apple tv, on and on.......

If apps are released for "android" and iOS which is what sky does then it may pay to invest the $50 - $150 for a device


More than likely, samsung will have to pay for it to get it on their TVs only, IOS and Android will be available, but airplay and HDMI output will be disabled, and taking a cue from the NRL digital pass, they'll hobble computers:
http://crowdsupport.telstra.com.au/t5/NRL-2014/NRL-Digital-Pass-on-my-laptop-Yes-or-no/td-p/257869




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  Reply # 1068110 18-Jun-2014 08:35
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turb: "some consumers can illegally obtain US service Netflix from US servers"

OMG that old chestnut....makes the rest of the article less credible somehow.

Maybe it was someone from Sky or Telecom that told them that?


Changed now to "While SVOD is available through Quickflix and some consumers can obtain the US service Netflix outside the terms of service using US servers - the arrival of a corporate in the market marks a significant shift."

Someone kicked NZ Herald where it should be kicked.


I was going to ask for clarification on "illegal", ie what NZ laws are being broken by people who choose to use a different DNS server to that offered by their ISP?  A great bit of marketing for VF though if people believe it's illegal to use a competitor's product

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