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  Reply # 1250064 3-Mar-2015 10:15
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  Reply # 1250066 3-Mar-2015 10:17
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Ahh I see. I thought that was Neon, are they doing the same with Netflix?
I suppose you will have to sign up for 12 months too, so will be forced to pay for the service for 6 months, even if you don't want it.

Stuff has an article up too, but it looks like a rip from an Australian site (it mentions HiSense TVs, which don't sell in NZ):
http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/66869295/netflix-to-launch-new-zealand-service-on-march-24 


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  Reply # 1250111 3-Mar-2015 11:01
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The launch date has been confirmed as the 24th March
http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11410836&ref=nzh_tw

I've added netflix-nz listings to http://lemontv.co.nz




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  Reply # 1250123 3-Mar-2015 11:14
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I might have missed it, but have any of the local globalmode providers announced how they are going to resolve the issue of which version of Netflix to offer up? Given that the US version might have more content, there might still be people who want/expect NZ specific content from Netflix NZ.




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Here is a Vodafone press release just received:


Vodafone is excited to be giving Kiwis an offer to get Netflix streaming on their smartphones, teaming up with Netflix as the exclusive communications launch partner in New Zealand.

From March 24, Vodafone New Zealand will give customers Netflix service free for 6 months when they sign up for 24 months to one of its Red+ mobile plans. The addition packs even more value into Vodafone’s popular mobile packages and will be available to new and existing customers*. Some lucky customers will also be rewarded as part of Vodafone’s Fantastic Fridays loyalty initiative.

Partnering for the launch in New Zealand, the link between the two providers highlights Vodafone’s continued commitment to put the best content and entertainment in front of Kiwis.

Armed with Vodafone’s reliable 4G mobile network, customers will be able to unlock a world of movies and TV series while on the go. Using smartphones, tablets or laptops, Netflix members can choose from a range of content including original series such as family thriller Bloodline; and the globe-spanning adventure series Marco Polo as well as local movie favourite, ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.’ With new episodes added regularly, Netflix members can start watching on one device, pause and resume on another.

“We know how excited Kiwis are about the arrival of Netflix, and are delighted to be partnering with the Netflix team to launch in the home of ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,’’ said Matt Williams, Vodafone Consumer Director.

‘’We’ve got New Zealand’s largest 4G network so our customers can have the best seat in the house on their mobile.

“New Zealanders are showing us just how much great mobile content has become part of their everyday. Recent research highlighted that 41% of our customers stream content at least once a month.”

The promotional offer is available to customers until June 30, 2015



Seriously? Netflix over 4G?






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freitasm: Here is a Vodafone press release just received:


Vodafone is excited to be giving Kiwis an offer to get Netflix streaming on their smartphones, teaming up with Netflix as the exclusive communications launch partner in New Zealand.

From March 24, Vodafone New Zealand will give customers Netflix service free for 6 months when they sign up for 24 months to one of its Red+ mobile plans. The addition packs even more value into Vodafone’s popular mobile packages and will be available to new and existing customers*. Some lucky customers will also be rewarded as part of Vodafone’s Fantastic Fridays loyalty initiative.

Partnering for the launch in New Zealand, the link between the two providers highlights Vodafone’s continued commitment to put the best content and entertainment in front of Kiwis.

Armed with Vodafone’s reliable 4G mobile network, customers will be able to unlock a world of movies and TV series while on the go. Using smartphones, tablets or laptops, Netflix members can choose from a range of content including original series such as family thriller Bloodline; and the globe-spanning adventure series Marco Polo as well as local movie favourite, ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug.’ With new episodes added regularly, Netflix members can start watching on one device, pause and resume on another.

“We know how excited Kiwis are about the arrival of Netflix, and are delighted to be partnering with the Netflix team to launch in the home of ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug,’’ said Matt Williams, Vodafone Consumer Director.

‘’We’ve got New Zealand’s largest 4G network so our customers can have the best seat in the house on their mobile.

“New Zealanders are showing us just how much great mobile content has become part of their everyday. Recent research highlighted that 41% of our customers stream content at least once a month.”

The promotional offer is available to customers until June 30, 2015



Seriously? Netflix over 4G?




VF and other Telcos are either going to release some good data plans, remove data caps, reduce prices or they believe Kiwi's have suddenly become very wealthy




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  Reply # 1250139 3-Mar-2015 11:28
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freitasm: Seriously? Netflix over 4G? 


Yeah, so I'm guessing they're hoping to lure unsuspecting new customers in with this..."free Netflix service" bait. Wait till they bill you for the data you use though! Holy crap, that'll be KILLER for some people. I smell a whole new raft of Com-Com misleading advertising complaints coming, if they don't spell this out clearly. 

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  Reply # 1250140 3-Mar-2015 11:33
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n4: I might have missed it, but have any of the local globalmode providers announced how they are going to resolve the issue of which version of Netflix to offer up? Given that the US version might have more content, there might still be people who want/expect NZ specific content from Netflix NZ.


Umm, I asked the same question only a few days ago on the same thread! My post here; answers to it in the following posts: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=151&topicid=161722&page_no=8#1246417

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  Reply # 1250142 3-Mar-2015 11:34
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VF are currently offering NEON as an option on their UFB and HSC plans.
Will they also offer Netflix on these plans - in competition with NEON/Sky?




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People on Twitter already correcting me saying it's "unmetered"... They don't know the difference between "FREE service" and unmetered.

This is going to be good.





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freitasm: People on Twitter already correcting me saying it's "unmetered"... They don't know the difference between "FREE service" and unmetered.

This is going to be good.



Ah how awesome it is that people with the most tenuous grasp of written language comprehension are often SO certain that they are right. 

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freitasm: Seriously? Netflix over 4G? 

Absolutely - you can use your entire months datacap in a matter of minutes then receive a bill that'll bring tears to your eyes. Funny thing with this one is I can't even get a reliable 3G connection in Tawa, let alone 4G. Wife gets rock solid 4G on Spark though. I can see this partnership proving disastrous for Vodafone given their 'helpdesk' services seem to be at an all time low.

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I noticed in the Vodafone release they stayed well away from mentioning Netflix on iPad, or the telly...got to keep the boys over at Sky happy....that's a lot of plates to spin! Good luck! (it would have to be unmetered over 4G for me to even consider doing that)

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anybody else notice this tidbit from the Netflix press release

"From launch, consumers will be able to purchase Netflix gift cards in denominations of $20, $30 and $50 at participating Australian retailers, including Woolworths, Coles, Big W, 7-Eleven, Australia Post and Officeworks. Netflix will offer a single-stream standard definition plan, two-stream high-definition plan and four-stream 4K ultra-high definition "family" plan. Details on monthly pricing will be available at launch."

given the pricing of those gift cards, and the assumption that it makes little sense to offer gift cards for part months, it seems highly likely to me that the pricing of the three plans will be:

$10 (single stream, SD)  (2 months of the $10 gift card)
$15 (2 streams, HD)  (2 months of the $30 gift card)    (this is the same price as Lightbox for the same elements - 2 streams, HD)
$25 (4 stream, 4K)   (2 months of the $50 gift card)


This is all Australian dollars of course,  so expect NZ to either be the same, or maybe a dollar dearer. (given the small difference in exchange rate, 15% GST instead of 10% GST)



Also, anybody else think it a bit odd that 'Netflix Australia and NZ' somehow already has 12m facebook likes :P

https://www.facebook.com/NetflixANZ?fref=ts

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  Reply # 1250273 3-Mar-2015 14:02
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I think the stand out piece of information in the release http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=17209 is that they are offering 4K!  Compare this to Sky's 1989 based offering on Neon in SD only, and how can you even compare the two offerings?

Sure, only a few shows are in 4K currently, but Netflix are pumping a lot into creating original content in 4K, and it shows they believe NZ (and AUS) has the bandwidth to support this.

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