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  #1179879 19-Nov-2014 22:26
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trig42: Will that mean though that I can convert to paying in NZD to NZ Netflix, but then use Unotelly to tell it I am in the US?


Yeah, what's the story here?

I'm happy to switch over to paying for an NZ Netflix service, provided I can retain the use of Getflix to switch to be able to take advantage of the full range on offer across ALL Netflix regions (necessary as the US service has probably one of the weaker selection of movies, and it's inevitable NZ's section will be just a fraction). Is that going to be possible?


I hope (and sort of expect) this will probably be possible, given you can currently do just that in other countries.


When I travel to other 'Netflix enabled' countries, my US Netflix account works fine, showing the local catalog, or if I use a VPN / DNS tool, then I can see the US catalog.

Don't see why this will change when they start in NZ. You'll be able to get an NZ account, which when used in NZ will show the NZ catalog, but if you travel (or use a geolocation hack) then I expect you'll be able to browse the U.S. / UK / German / whatever catalog of shows with that NZ account with no issues.

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  #1179921 20-Nov-2014 06:47
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Dratsab: Personally I'd like to see both the TVNZ and TV3 OnDemand services take a big hit for being so arrogantly stupid in their SVOD implementations. They provide a free service so I have no problem whatsoever with adverts, but their long lived 'limited Samsung devices only' and refusal to do anything further deserves to get smacked for six.


Yeah that's ridiculous and really annoys me.  I'm pretty sure Samsung paid them for some sort of exclusivity deal, that's the only reason they'd do it.


Not quite true. Samsung provided the IP and programming for the (Samsung) app. What's wrong with that?

Every other provider had or still has the same opportunity to produce a working app for both TVNZ and TV3 etc.

When you say that's the only reason "they" would do it. Who do you mean? Do you mean Samsung would pay to keep everybody else out? In other words "they" would develop an app for "their" platform (Samsung) that purposely keeps every other TV manufacturer out (LG, Panasonic, Sony) etc?

Please .... don't blame the manufacturer that has invested in the platform. Wake up. Blame the manufacturer that could not be bothered to provide "added value" to such a small NZ market.


Not quite true either.  Whilst that's true on the TV side, it's not on the Android side.  The Android apps are locked to Samsung, even though they run fine on other devices (I've shared my APK downloaded on my S4 with people with a Nexus 5, runs flawless).

 
 
 
 


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  #1179934 20-Nov-2014 08:22
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But if your Samsung device is rooted, it still doesn't work. Bah, humbug.

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  #1179944 20-Nov-2014 08:43
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I just heard John Fellet on Radio Live. Apparently Sky is a "Fast Follower" which I found to be an entertaining statement. Maybe they will pick up speed. Who knows.




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  #1179955 20-Nov-2014 09:09
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Good to see it's launching, and very likely on lots of devices.

However, the content lineup in the press release sounds like total cr@p.

If lightbox or neon had announced that content before they launched they would have been panned.

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  #1179956 20-Nov-2014 09:14
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But will the manufactures of smart TV's, Panasonic, Samsung etc, update their existing sets to include the Netflix app?

Will Apple TV NZ/Aus get Netflix now? if so I might be tempted to finally get one.

Will this force HBO to come on down under?




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  #1179959 20-Nov-2014 09:23
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FineWine: 
Will Apple TV NZ/Aus get Netflix now? if so I might be tempted to finally get one.


That appears to be controlled by iTunes account region, so hopefully it should be as simple as allowing the Netflix app for our region. 

We'll probably be sticking to our US based iTunes account, as we use our Apple TV for Hulu as well.

 
 
 
 


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  #1179960 20-Nov-2014 09:23
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HBO is already here with Sky TV having rights to HBO. That is what SOHO is.




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  #1179987 20-Nov-2014 10:19
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NonprayingMantis: Good to see it's launching, and very likely on lots of devices.

However, the content lineup in the press release sounds like total cr@p.

If lightbox or neon had announced that content before they launched they would have been panned.


The detail on content was pretty vague as I recall? Given the size of Netflix and their content range, I'd be surprised if it was small. I'd expect a solid subset of the US offering

I wonder how this will affect fragmentation? Will these new offerings cause content to be spread over various providers? Off course many contents will be across many but many will be on one, maybe two. Many seem to want a big content range, covering all their needs but it wont be like that

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  #1179988 20-Nov-2014 10:31
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I wonder how this will affect fragmentation? Will these new offerings cause content to be spread over various providers? Off course many contents will be across many but many will be on one, maybe two. Many seem to want a big content range, covering all their needs but it wont be like that


We currently subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and Lightbox. Ideally we'd only need to subscribe to one, but each bring a little something to the viewing table for us currently.  And being subscribed to all those (approx $32 per month, including DNS costs) is still far better value for money than our current Sky subscription ($62 per month). They are the ones who should really be crapping their daks with the impending Netflix arrival.

The only reason we still subscribe to Sky is because we haven't yet got our Freeview aerial wired down to our lounge. Once that happens, we can happily ditch it.

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  #1180007 20-Nov-2014 11:14
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dclegg:
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I wonder how this will affect fragmentation? Will these new offerings cause content to be spread over various providers? Off course many contents will be across many but many will be on one, maybe two. Many seem to want a big content range, covering all their needs but it wont be like that


We currently subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and Lightbox. Ideally we'd only need to subscribe to one, but each bring a little something to the viewing table for us currently.  And being subscribed to all those (approx $32 per month, including DNS costs) is still far better value for money than our current Sky subscription ($62 per month). They are the ones who should really be crapping their daks with the impending Netflix arrival.

The only reason we still subscribe to Sky is because we haven't yet got our Freeview aerial wired down to our lounge. Once that happens, we can happily ditch it.


It will be interesting to see what Sky does, as they will need to do something. That may be a price reduction to narrow the gap, to a point where many will say "hmmm, still a bit extra, but its all in one box"  And/or, they made add some flexi to the plans. 

I have Sky, long time subscriber, but I am looking at options, which will quite possibly be FTA, Lightbox, Netflix. All of us will need to see what comes out in the wash, price wise, and most importantly, content wise. And Sky's reaction.

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  #1180009 20-Nov-2014 11:23
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It will be interesting to see what Sky does, as they will need to do something. That may be a price reduction to narrow the gap, to a point where many will say "hmmm, still a bit extra, but its all in one box"  And/or, they made add some flexi to the plans. 

I have Sky, long time subscriber, but I am looking at options, which will quite possibly be FTA, Lightbox, Netflix. All of us will need to see what comes out in the wash, price wise, and most importantly, content wise. And Sky's reaction.


The fact that they've announced their SVOD service with a price of $20 per month does not fill me with confidence that they'll be able to compete on the value for money stakes.

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dclegg:
FineWine: 
Will Apple TV NZ/Aus get Netflix now? if so I might be tempted to finally get one.


That appears to be controlled by iTunes account region, so hopefully it should be as simple as allowing the Netflix app for our region. 

We'll probably be sticking to our US based iTunes account, as we use our Apple TV for Hulu as well.


Why do you need a US itunes account on Apple TV, I just change the region to US and all the apps appear. Unotelly DNS also programmed in... 

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  #1180039 20-Nov-2014 12:10
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It will be interesting to see what Sky does, as they will need to do something. That may be a price reduction to narrow the gap, to a point where many will say "hmmm, still a bit extra, but its all in one box"  And/or, they made add some flexi to the plans. 

I have Sky, long time subscriber, but I am looking at options, which will quite possibly be FTA, Lightbox, Netflix. All of us will need to see what comes out in the wash, price wise, and most importantly, content wise. And Sky's reaction.


The fact that they've announced their SVOD service with a price of $20 per month does not fill me with confidence that they'll be able to compete on the value for money stakes.


Have they released the full catalogue? Content is everything

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  #1180040 20-Nov-2014 12:10
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timmmay: Since this is Geekzone... AFAIK Netflix runs entirely on AWS, the closest region is in Australia. Will they use the Sydney region as their primary data centre, or will they set up something in NZ? I wonder if providers will need to provision more bandwidth on the Southern Cross cable to Australia.


That hasn't been true for some years, and it was Akamai, not AWS. Now they're on fully self-managed infrastructure - far too big for any cloud provider.

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