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Topic # 151457 26-Aug-2014 09:33
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Currently looking at this to avoid NZ SKY.

Potentially aiming to use it via Slingshot Global mode if it works with the service.

Anyone have any feedback?

Things of interest to me are:
-HD support.
-BW requirements.   (I get 7+ Mbps to most UK speedtest servers)
-BBC I Player, ITV, 4oD apps - do they work as well?

Also open to hearing about alternatives as well, but I am mainly interested in the UK channels.

US television is mostly dross to me and I am sick to death of stupid NZ reality TV (home renovations and kitchen shows need to die).   laughing

Thanks in advance.

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  Reply # 1115708 26-Aug-2014 10:27
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You would think Spark should be looking at a box like this for their lightbox service....

There was some discussion on it here:

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  Reply # 1115903 26-Aug-2014 14:54
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Unless this service offers live specials (sports mainly) it would be better to simply get an Amazon Fire TV box and subscribe to the services you want - Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video...

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  Reply # 1115917 26-Aug-2014 15:26
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I've got one at home.


Works fine for what it is.


Basically a Roku box so nice user interface.




I got it to watch BBC iplayer, ITV and other UK TV on demand.


It also a range of other channels free.


This side works well.




I also purchased also hoping to sideload Netflix via Plex, but that didn't work.




It come with a months free movies on sky UK -normally $10/month. Watched that while it was free. Range of movies was ok and played fine on ADSL2.




Have since got Netflix on the Xbox and not used it for the past 2 months




Happy to sell it to you $20 delivered via NZ post parcel delivery (non-tracked).



Its about 6 months old.


PM me if interested



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  Reply # 1116070 26-Aug-2014 19:14
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I have one.  It worked well for BBC iPlayer but I couldn't get Sky to stream HD, only SD.

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  Reply # 1116083 26-Aug-2014 20:00
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I also have one of these.  Similar to others I use it to watch UK catch-up TV.  I also have a Samsung Smart blu-ray which I previously used for UK catch up.  Both seem to be reasonable, however I reckon 4od looks better on the Blu-ray player than the NowTv.  I tried the free month of  Sky Movies but the quality is unacceptable.

Digging around the interwebs I have seen some similar complaints about picture quality.

Considering it'll cost about $40 to get one here once you factor in delivery, it's not too much of a stretch to get a Roku stick from Amazon US which if linked to a UK Roku account will (apparently) install the UK firmware and therefore UK channels.  Plus Netflix, plus extra Roku channels which you'll never watch but are nice to know are there.  Roku stick is about $80 delivered.

Although if you just want to watch UK catch-up maybe take up the $20 offer above. 

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  Reply # 1116106 26-Aug-2014 20:55
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Thanks for the replies everyone.

Will have a think.

I would also be subscribing to the entertainment package as opposed to the movies I think.

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