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# 177530 5-Aug-2015 15:52
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Hey all

Can someone help me please. We are looking to ditch Sky soon, and replace with alternatives. So far I have installed Chromecast, using Netflix and Lightbox to 'cast'. We like that so far.

The last piece of the puzzle we cant seem to solve is "casting TV3 and TVNZ Ondemand to the TV". It was suggested to use AppleTV and fire it through there... however I heard conflicting stories that TVNZ and TV3 have blocked being able to do that?

My wife has a iPhone 6+, I use a M9 HTC, and the kids iPods.

We're not super techy too, so please water it down in plain english (as much as possible)

Cheers!

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  # 1359511 5-Aug-2015 16:14
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why no buy one of these? does normal TV and has the freeview plus functions which will do your TVNZ and TV3 on demand stuff

http://www.dishtv.co.nz/Freeview|HD-aerialBox/167-aerialBox-T2100-FreeviewPlus-PVR/flypage_web2_lite.tpl.htm

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  # 1359521 5-Aug-2015 16:35
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At this point FreeviewPlus with chromecast built in would win the nz market




 


 
 
 
 


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  # 1359589 5-Aug-2015 18:08
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they both block airplay streaming so don't bother with that. your best option is if you have a samsung tv with the apps. or if you have one of the freeview plus capable tvs. or if you don't have either of those two options you could grab one of the freeview boxes jase2985 mentioned which has freeview plus.

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  # 1359595 5-Aug-2015 18:14
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Frags: Hey all

Can someone help me please. We are looking to ditch Sky soon, and replace with alternatives. So far I have installed Chromecast, using Netflix and Lightbox to 'cast'. We like that so far.

The last piece of the puzzle we cant seem to solve is "casting TV3 and TVNZ Ondemand to the TV". It was suggested to use AppleTV and fire it through there... however I heard conflicting stories that TVNZ and TV3 have blocked being able to do that?

My wife has a iPhone 6+, I use a M9 HTC, and the kids iPods.

We're not super techy too, so please water it down in plain english (as much as possible)

Cheers!


There is no chromcast support for the tvnz app (which is pretty slack but probably due to their agreement with suppliers). However you can cast TVNZ to your chromecast via a PC using the chrome browser. Quality isn't great, but TVNZ Ondemand quality is poor anyway. Ironically some of their ads seem to be in a form of HD, but the programs appear to be in SD. Don't know about apple tv, but I had also heard that they block it.



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  # 1360219 6-Aug-2015 18:29
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Thanks all,I'm leaning towards the freeview units, and be done with it. Sounds easier and cheaper, so thanks again for the advice given. This is what geek zone is about??

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  # 1360310 6-Aug-2015 21:35
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Cant even use the android app on an android tv box because they block things with HDMI out.

Its like they don't want people to watch the content. HDMI on a windows PC is no issue for them, but do that on something running android and its all oh no, cant do that! So I use a little windows 8.1 PC for when I desperately need to watch something off on demand. Its choppy, blurry, and unpleasant to watch.




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  # 1360770 7-Aug-2015 16:56
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I also use a little Windows 8.1 box attached to my TV via HDMI. http://www.expansys.co.nz/minix-neo-z64-64-bit-mini-pc-windows-81-273247/ I have a wireless keyboard with trackpad for navigation. It's not the best experience in the world, but that's mainly due to the poor quality of the source. I use it to run Plex (home network streaming) and watch YouTube as well. 




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  # 1360802 7-Aug-2015 17:59
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Same here. As you know I went through purgatory getting it set up but it works pretty well now. I find my browser's url shortcuts really help with navigation form the couch with the wireless keyboard/trackpad combo.





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  # 1360928 7-Aug-2015 21:44
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I'm hoping in 10 years there will be some universal system the wife can use via remote to access all available streaming channels in the world.  Currently it's a mess.




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