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  Reply # 1230326 3-Feb-2015 11:07
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sen8or: Not one single article I have seen touches on how people access these services, just what's on them.


content is king



If Netflix opens up their app for our part of the world, that will enable it on pretty much any smart TV or connected bluray player p, plus ofcourse games consoles, Apple tv etc.

Lightbox are what, ipad air played to Apple tv, PS3 and samsung TVs or laptop connected via hdmi (happy to be corrected, haven't kept up with their app support).
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to be fair,  those devices probably cover the majority of the population.



You dont honestly believe that , do you.
Geeks will be covered & will sort it out regardless.
Average home users, 1st timers on streaming...hardly. Expecting them to plug the TV into a Laptop or PC just for this is a bit stupid.
Sure, theres not much that can be done for TV's that simply will never work, and its not reasonable to expect support for every Smart TV ever made.

Adding xbox360 & xboxone would have been high priority I would have thought. ???
And adding full support for most Androids , not just the latest Samsungs.

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  Reply # 1230330 3-Feb-2015 11:11
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Take Roku for example. No major store in NZ stocks it AFAIK, and it can only be imported. 


An interesting development in recent weeks is that Amazon are now shipping the Roku directly to NZ. When I purchased mine 6 months ago I had to use YouShop. I wonder how long until we see a retailer selling it here?

The Roku in NZ is currently being used by innovators and early adopters but as *we* talk to our friends and colleagues more and more people will start adopting this technology. I have convinced 3 people to buy a Roku in the last month alone.

You make a good point about building for what NZers are currently using but I think future technologies need to be accounted for sooner than later.

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  Reply # 1230364 3-Feb-2015 11:30
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BigPipeNZ:
sen8or: Not one single article I have seen touches on how people access these services, just what's on them.


content is king



If Netflix opens up their app for our part of the world, that will enable it on pretty much any smart TV or connected bluray player p, plus ofcourse games consoles, Apple tv etc.

Lightbox are what, ipad air played to Apple tv, PS3 and samsung TVs or laptop connected via hdmi (happy to be corrected, haven't kept up with their app support).
.


to be fair,  those devices probably cover the majority of the population.



You dont honestly believe that , do you.
Geeks will be covered & will sort it out regardless.
Average home users, 1st timers on streaming...hardly. Expecting them to plug the TV into a Laptop or PC just for this is a bit stupid.
Sure, theres not much that can be done for TV's that simply will never work, and its not reasonable to expect support for every Smart TV ever made.

Adding xbox360 & xboxone would have been high priority I would have thought. ???
And adding full support for most Androids , not just the latest Samsungs.


xbox is the biggest missing at the moment when it comes to numbers of devices available in NZ I would think, but other than that, yes, between ipad, ps3, ps4, samsung smart tv, samsung tablets that does cover the majority of the population who might conceivably use a streaming video service. (I think even just the playstations (3+4) would account for 3-400k households)


And bear in mind that even Netflix, with all those devices, still sees a very large proportion of viewing come via browser.  

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/playstation-3-becomes-leading-device-408426

"“PS3 is our largest TV-connected platform in terms of Netflix viewing, and this year, at times, even surpassed the PC in hours of Netflix enjoyment to become our No. 1 platform overall,” said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on the official Sony PlayStation blog"

which means that the rest of the time, PC was the biggest platform.






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BigPipeNZ:
Take Roku for example. No major store in NZ stocks it AFAIK, and it can only be imported. 


An interesting development in recent weeks is that Amazon are now shipping the Roku directly to NZ. When I purchased mine 6 months ago I had to use YouShop. I wonder how long until we see a retailer selling it here?

The Roku in NZ is currently being used by innovators and early adopters but as *we* talk to our friends and colleagues more and more people will start adopting this technology. I have convinced 3 people to buy a Roku in the last month alone.

You make a good point about building for what NZers are currently using but I think future technologies need to be accounted for sooner than later.


sure, but which would you prioritise?  Devices you know that Nzers already have,  or devices they might buy in the future?




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  Reply # 1230398 3-Feb-2015 11:55
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I can't see a case for the Roku before the xbox, or the AppleTV, or other brands of SmartTV or Android Tabs.

 

WDTV maybe, I don't know how many of them people have, but they are at least available in NZ.

I can see a case for Lightbox branding their own Roku and selling it (isn't there a UK service that does this?), but that must be way down the track.

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  Reply # 1230401 3-Feb-2015 11:57
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trig42: I can't see a case for the Roku before the xbox, or the AppleTV, or other brands of SmartTV or Android Tabs. WDTV maybe, I don't know how many of them people have, but they are at least available in NZ.

I can see a case for Lightbox branding their own Roku and selling it (isn't there a UK service that does this?), but that must be way down the track.


yep, it's called NOW TV  (it's a sky product IIRC)




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  Reply # 1230435 3-Feb-2015 12:50
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myopinion: Netflix is the leader because it understood that the app needs to be on every device. It is a massive advantage and I can't see Lightbox/Quickflix competing in the long run, without doing this. 

To quote above "They need to get Chromecast going. They need to get Xbox going. They need an App for AppleTV" etc etc.


Agree on the last part about adding xbox etc, but my point is that it doesn't really need to be on every device.  It needs to be on devices that people have. 

Being on a device that virtually nobody owns in NZ is only a very very tiny advantage.  (and, assuming you have to spend money developing the app, it would actually be a disadvantage because of the opportunity cost)

Take Roku for example. No major store in NZ stocks it AFAIK, and it can only be imported.  So I'd be pretty surprised if there were more than 2,000 Roku boxes in NZ households (vs the hundreds of thousands of PS3s and Samsung Smart Tvs)
So the advantage for any service in NZ being on Roku is only relevant for those 2,000 houses. And not really relevant for anybody else.  (and most of them will already have a Netflix USA subscription too)
People don't really care if a service is available on a device they don't own.

(and note that quickflix actually has a pretty good range of devices, but because the content is so weak they are doing terribly.)


Also most of their content is in SD only is the main reason I only use them for the Subscription TV programs  rather than movies..




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  Reply # 1230452 3-Feb-2015 12:56
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BigPipeNZ:
MileHighKiwi:
BigPipeNZ:
Take Roku for example. No major store in NZ stocks it AFAIK, and it can only be imported. 


An interesting development in recent weeks is that Amazon are now shipping the Roku directly to NZ. When I purchased mine 6 months ago I had to use YouShop. I wonder how long until we see a retailer selling it here?

The Roku in NZ is currently being used by innovators and early adopters but as *we* talk to our friends and colleagues more and more people will start adopting this technology. I have convinced 3 people to buy a Roku in the last month alone.

You make a good point about building for what NZers are currently using but I think future technologies need to be accounted for sooner than later.


sure, but which would you prioritise?  Devices you know that Nzers already have,  or devices they might buy in the future?

The one thing that light box need now that it does not have is a cheapish box that you plug into your TV and give you light box. My brother ask me what his option was to get it to his tv, best option would be currently a ps3, but don't want a gaming box. Happy to pay for a apple TV tho.

He ended up going OK no light box then, even tho it free as he a xtra user

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  Reply # 1230475 3-Feb-2015 13:07
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bagheera:
BigPipeNZ:
MileHighKiwi:
BigPipeNZ:
Take Roku for example. No major store in NZ stocks it AFAIK, and it can only be imported. 


An interesting development in recent weeks is that Amazon are now shipping the Roku directly to NZ. When I purchased mine 6 months ago I had to use YouShop. I wonder how long until we see a retailer selling it here?

The Roku in NZ is currently being used by innovators and early adopters but as *we* talk to our friends and colleagues more and more people will start adopting this technology. I have convinced 3 people to buy a Roku in the last month alone.

You make a good point about building for what NZers are currently using but I think future technologies need to be accounted for sooner than later.


sure, but which would you prioritise?  Devices you know that Nzers already have,  or devices they might buy in the future?

The one thing that light box need now that it does not have is a cheapish box that you plug into your TV and give you light box. My brother ask me what his option was to get it to his tv, best option would be currently a ps3, but don't want a gaming box. Happy to pay for a apple TV tho.

He ended up going OK no light box then, even tho it free as he a xtra user

 

Samsung BD-H5500 will do it: http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=2554620

from $148. Plays Blurays too (and, will do TVNZ and TV3 ondemand).

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  Reply # 1230492 3-Feb-2015 13:13
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bagheera:
BigPipeNZ:
MileHighKiwi:
BigPipeNZ:
Take Roku for example. No major store in NZ stocks it AFAIK, and it can only be imported. 


An interesting development in recent weeks is that Amazon are now shipping the Roku directly to NZ. When I purchased mine 6 months ago I had to use YouShop. I wonder how long until we see a retailer selling it here?

The Roku in NZ is currently being used by innovators and early adopters but as *we* talk to our friends and colleagues more and more people will start adopting this technology. I have convinced 3 people to buy a Roku in the last month alone.

You make a good point about building for what NZers are currently using but I think future technologies need to be accounted for sooner than later.


sure, but which would you prioritise?  Devices you know that Nzers already have,  or devices they might buy in the future?

The one thing that light box need now that it does not have is a cheapish box that you plug into your TV and give you light box. My brother ask me what his option was to get it to his tv, best option would be currently a ps3, but don't want a gaming box. Happy to pay for a apple TV tho.

He ended up going OK no light box then, even tho it free as he a xtra user

Samsung BD-H5500 will do it: http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=2554620

from $148. Plays Blurays too (and, will do TVNZ and TV3 ondemand).


In that case their web page needs updating. Their FAQ say How do I watch Lightbox on my TV?

If you want to watch Lightbox on your TV, you’ve got five options:

Hook up your PC/Mac to your TV by using an HDMI cable
Use an Apple TV box and Airplay from our iPad app
On a Samsung Smart TV that is a 2012 model or above; using the Lightbox app in the Samsung Smart Hub.
PlayStation®3 Lightbox app via MyChannels
Using the PlayStation®4 Lightbox app, available from the PlayStation®Store"

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  Reply # 1230527 3-Feb-2015 13:36
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(I think even just the playstations (3+4) would account for 3-400k households)





Could you find a link supporting the 400,000 house hold figure ?

Wikipedia has sky with 950,000 customers.

Your suggesting that PlayStation has half the penetration of sky ?

Seems a bit high to me.

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  Reply # 1230539 3-Feb-2015 13:57
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afe66:
(I think even just the playstations (3+4) would account for 3-400k households)





Could you find a link supporting the 400,000 house hold figure ?

Wikipedia has sky with 950,000 customers.

Your suggesting that PlayStation has half the penetration of sky ?

Seems a bit high to me.

A.



http://www.3news.co.nz/technology/playstation-users-data-stolen--credit-cards-at-risk-2011042717#axzz3QdgM3iy3

"Sony in New Zealand can't say how many users are affected here, but it has sold more than 300,000 consoles that can go online."

and that was back in April 2011,  almost 4 years ago, when Ps3s were a lot more expensive, and before PS4 even launched.

(and yes, selling consoles doesn't equate exactly to how many active, but it gives you an idea)





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  Reply # 1230541 3-Feb-2015 14:04
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BigPipeNZ:
MileHighKiwi:
BigPipeNZ:
Take Roku for example. No major store in NZ stocks it AFAIK, and it can only be imported. 


An interesting development in recent weeks is that Amazon are now shipping the Roku directly to NZ. When I purchased mine 6 months ago I had to use YouShop. I wonder how long until we see a retailer selling it here?

The Roku in NZ is currently being used by innovators and early adopters but as *we* talk to our friends and colleagues more and more people will start adopting this technology. I have convinced 3 people to buy a Roku in the last month alone.

You make a good point about building for what NZers are currently using but I think future technologies need to be accounted for sooner than later.


sure, but which would you prioritise?  Devices you know that Nzers already have,  or devices they might buy in the future?

The one thing that light box need now that it does not have is a cheapish box that you plug into your TV and give you light box. My brother ask me what his option was to get it to his tv, best option would be currently a ps3, but don't want a gaming box. Happy to pay for a apple TV tho.

He ended up going OK no light box then, even tho it free as he a xtra user


Yeah chromecast (~$60) would be nice, but a second hand ps3 is really not that expensive at all (about the same as an apple TV actually, and it doubles as a blu-ray and gaming console as a bonus, even if you don't want that, you might do in the future)

e.g.  http://www.trademe.co.nz/gaming/playstation-3/consoles/auction-841862485.htm   $140 buy now.




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  Reply # 1230543 3-Feb-2015 14:10
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trig42:
bagheera:
BigPipeNZ:
MileHighKiwi:
BigPipeNZ:
Take Roku for example. No major store in NZ stocks it AFAIK, and it can only be imported. 


An interesting development in recent weeks is that Amazon are now shipping the Roku directly to NZ. When I purchased mine 6 months ago I had to use YouShop. I wonder how long until we see a retailer selling it here?

The Roku in NZ is currently being used by innovators and early adopters but as *we* talk to our friends and colleagues more and more people will start adopting this technology. I have convinced 3 people to buy a Roku in the last month alone.

You make a good point about building for what NZers are currently using but I think future technologies need to be accounted for sooner than later.


sure, but which would you prioritise?  Devices you know that Nzers already have,  or devices they might buy in the future?

The one thing that light box need now that it does not have is a cheapish box that you plug into your TV and give you light box. My brother ask me what his option was to get it to his tv, best option would be currently a ps3, but don't want a gaming box. Happy to pay for a apple TV tho.

He ended up going OK no light box then, even tho it free as he a xtra user

Samsung BD-H5500 will do it: http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=2554620

from $148. Plays Blurays too (and, will do TVNZ and TV3 ondemand).


In that case their web page needs updating. Their FAQ say How do I watch Lightbox on my TV?

If you want to watch Lightbox on your TV, you’ve got five options:

Hook up your PC/Mac to your TV by using an HDMI cable
Use an Apple TV box and Airplay from our iPad app
On a Samsung Smart TV that is a 2012 model or above; using the Lightbox app in the Samsung Smart Hub.
PlayStation®3 Lightbox app via MyChannels
Using the PlayStation®4 Lightbox app, available from the PlayStation®Store"


To be fair, I have not tried Lightbox with one of these BD players, but it does run SmartHub, and it is this years model. It *should* go.

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  Reply # 1230720 3-Feb-2015 19:20
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Will people happily consume more than 1 provider?

Netflix + lightbox +/- $30 vs skytv at >$48 it's still very good value

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