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  Reply # 1981036 21-Mar-2018 14:58
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Love the system requirements

 

"You can watch Stuff Pix movies on your Android smartphone or tablet, provided it is running Android 8.0 or newer"

 

 

That is a real high bar to set. Even my Samsung Galaxy S8 only runs Android 7, and my two tables run 6.0. Given that most apps seem to be happy on Android 6.0+ (and some are even 4.4+) I wonder why Stuff choose only to allow Android 8.0 or newer.

 

 

they dont say that , they say 4.4 or higher to run it.

 

 

 

You can watch Stuff Pix movies on your Android smartphone or tablet, provided it is running Android 4.4+ or newer. We recommend running the latest operating system on your Android device for the best streaming experience. Simply download the Stuff Pix app from the Google Play Store and sign in to browse and rent any of our movies.





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Computers to TV are not a great experience.  It's been talked about over and over again.  A mouse only browser experience doesn't work when you're 3m away on your couch.  Yes yes yes You can get remote keyboards, but most sites are designed for someome < 1m away and have the font size to match.  TVs, mediaplayers etc are designed for up down left right type activities.

 

 





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  Reply # 1981049 21-Mar-2018 15:34
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they dont say that , they say 4.4 or higher to run it.

 

 

 

You can watch Stuff Pix movies on your Android smartphone or tablet, provided it is running Android 4.4+ or newer. We recommend running the latest operating system on your Android device for the best streaming experience. Simply download the Stuff Pix app from the Google Play Store and sign in to browse and rent any of our movies.

 

 

I tweeted them and they fixed the Android one.... theyve left the PC reqs tho :D





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  Reply # 1981052 21-Mar-2018 15:38
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Rikkitic:

 

Surely even non-technical types can manage buying a spare HDMI cable and plugging the laptop into their TV? Or they can just move the cable from their DVD or Blu-Ray player like my stepdaugther does. Voila! Proper screen with proper sound, depending on the source. Not exactly rocket science.

 

 

Really?

 

It's space year 2018 for cryin' out loud!

 

We should all be living the Jetson's dream by now.

 

Who's going to bother plugging a laptop into a TV these days?

 

With various smart TV platforms, AppleTV, Chromecast, FireTV and even $50 DVD players that can cope with Netflix why should you have to muck about like that?

 

Apart from providing the opportunity to give my money to "The Man" in Australia instead of the one in Silicon Valley what differentiates this service from the likes of the iTunes store, Google Play or Amazon?

 

 

Not everyone has the same mass taste. Not everyone wants to watch whatever is on Netflix or Apple TV or Amazon. The world is bigger than that and the apps haven't caught up. Sometimes plugging into a laptop is still the only good way to see what I want. There is more to life than juvenile superhero special effects blockbusters.

 

 





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  Reply # 1981076 21-Mar-2018 15:46
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Computers to TV are not a great experience.  It's been talked about over and over again.  A mouse only browser experience doesn't work when you're 3m away on your couch.  Yes yes yes You can get remote keyboards, but most sites are designed for someome < 1m away and have the font size to match.  TVs, mediaplayers etc are designed for up down left right type activities.

 

 

As the man says, we are in the age of the Jetsons. Air mice work just fine for pc control from the couch. I use one all the time. I also have a notebook with Anydesk on it next to the couch so I can operate the streaming pc close up. No problem seeing the notebook screen at all. I can also hit the screen magnifier if that is too much trouble. And then there is Android TV. The point being, today's technology gives you all kinds off different ways of doing things and the limitations you cite do not affect all of them.

 

And when my stepdaughter wants to watch a film from her laptop on the TV, she usually wants to watch the whole thing, not zap back and forth to see the mega-explosion over and over again. That's how art films work. She doesn't need that level of control.

 

 

 

 





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  Reply # 1981090 21-Mar-2018 16:24
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davidcole: Same model as [...] Quickflix

 

Apparently is IS Quickflix (assuming that I'm interpreting NBR's paywalled headline correctly).


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Rikkitic:

 

Not everyone has the same mass taste. Not everyone wants to watch whatever is on Netflix or Apple TV or Amazon. The world is bigger than that and the apps haven't caught up. Sometimes plugging into a laptop is still the only good way to see what I want. There is more to life than juvenile superhero special effects blockbusters.

 

 

Taste in programming is irrelevant (just finished watching "The Crown" on Netflix, BTW. Not a mutant or cape in sight).

 

Sarcasm aside, my point is that with a wife and three children under the age of 10 that anything other than "plonk bum on sofa and launch programming of choice" isn't going to cut it in my household.

 

Dragging the laptop over to the TV, locating the power block so it doesn't die halfway through, plugging everything in, changing inputs, getting the laptop resolution to match the TV, launching browser and then sitting down to choose something to watch isn't going to cut it.

 

Used to do it three years ago. Ain't going back.

 

Launching a service without decent Smart TV/STB/Chromecast support these days is just half arsed in my opinion. 




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  Reply # 1981327 22-Mar-2018 08:56
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Rikkitic:

 

Not everyone has the same mass taste. Not everyone wants to watch whatever is on Netflix or Apple TV or Amazon. The world is bigger than that and the apps haven't caught up. Sometimes plugging into a laptop is still the only good way to see what I want. There is more to life than juvenile superhero special effects blockbusters.

 

 

Taste in programming is irrelevant (just finished watching "The Crown" on Netflix, BTW. Not a mutant or cape in sight).

 

Sarcasm aside, my point is that with a wife and three children under the age of 10 that anything other than "plonk bum on sofa and launch programming of choice" isn't going to cut it in my household.

 

Dragging the laptop over to the TV, locating the power block so it doesn't die halfway through, plugging everything in, changing inputs, getting the laptop resolution to match the TV, launching browser and then sitting down to choose something to watch isn't going to cut it.

 

Used to do it three years ago. Ain't going back.

 

Launching a service without decent Smart TV/STB/Chromecast support these days is just half arsed in my opinion. 

 

 

I agree. Reminds me of comments about another NZ provider, "get with the times, stop using old tech"!

 

The main platforms are Google or Apple based, so make sure there is an Android tablet and TV app, Apple TV4 and iPad app, Chromecast, throw in web based too as a cover all and done, IMHO. These days there is really no reason why Google and Apple users cannot have all of these services on one device.


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  Reply # 1981336 22-Mar-2018 09:25
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It's cheaper to watch some of this stuff on other more established platforms. The only reason to use this platform in my view: 

 

1) Content is cheaper (so far not a lot of evidence that this will be the case in a month or so when the current launch promos end)

 

2) They have content not available on other platforms (They have some weird stuff I'd never heard of before, wasn't interested so didn't look to see if other platforms had it).

 

They have obviously identified there is a market need for it, I just wonder who their target demographic is?

 

 


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  Reply # 1981338 22-Mar-2018 09:30
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Wish they'd say what a rental term is.  iTunes used to be 3 - 4 days to start watching it, but once you started you only had it for 24 hours.

 

 

 

 

 



All itunes movies I've rented get 30 days to start watching, and 48 hours from first play.
No mention of HD or DD 5.1 in article either so guessing SD for Stuff one.

 

Maybe partnering with Quickflix which is SD only  and I thought had died long ago but I see it's still alive but virtually no content. 





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  Reply # 1981352 22-Mar-2018 10:10
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Taste in programming is irrelevant (just finished watching "The Crown" on Netflix, BTW. Not a mutant or cape in sight).

 

Sarcasm aside, my point is that with a wife and three children under the age of 10 that anything other than "plonk bum on sofa and launch programming of choice" isn't going to cut it in my household.

 

Dragging the laptop over to the TV, locating the power block so it doesn't die halfway through, plugging everything in, changing inputs, getting the laptop resolution to match the TV, launching browser and then sitting down to choose something to watch isn't going to cut it.

 

Used to do it three years ago. Ain't going back.

 

Launching a service without decent Smart TV/STB/Chromecast support these days is just half arsed in my opinion. 

 

 

Valid points for a family, but they don't apply everywhere. My stepdaughter is happy to watch the occasional SBS film via her laptop. Our home setup is more elaborate and nothing has to be replugged, and I can even Chrome cast to the Android TV if I want to, but usually I don't. The only point I was trying to make is that the current defaults are geared to mass taste, and that doesn't apply to everyone.

 

 





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  Reply # 1981817 23-Mar-2018 08:21
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evilengineer:

 

Rikkitic:

 

Not everyone has the same mass taste. Not everyone wants to watch whatever is on Netflix or Apple TV or Amazon. The world is bigger than that and the apps haven't caught up. Sometimes plugging into a laptop is still the only good way to see what I want. There is more to life than juvenile superhero special effects blockbusters.

 

 

Taste in programming is irrelevant (just finished watching "The Crown" on Netflix, BTW. Not a mutant or cape in sight).

 

Sarcasm aside, my point is that with a wife and three children under the age of 10 that anything other than "plonk bum on sofa and launch programming of choice" isn't going to cut it in my household.

 

Dragging the laptop over to the TV, locating the power block so it doesn't die halfway through, plugging everything in, changing inputs, getting the laptop resolution to match the TV, launching browser and then sitting down to choose something to watch isn't going to cut it.

 

Used to do it three years ago. Ain't going back.

 

Launching a service without decent Smart TV/STB/Chromecast support these days is just half arsed in my opinion. 

 

 

As I mentioned earlier, Chromecast is supported. From the website:

 

Chromecast: Mobile Apps

 

Stuff Pix is optimised for Chromecast using command-and-control mode so you can cast a Stuff Pix movie from the Stuff Pix iOS or Android apps to your TV, as long as your Chromecast and mobile device are on the same Wi-Fi network. Simply press the Chromecast icon from within the Stuff Pix iOS or Android apps and choose the device you want to cast to.


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  Reply # 1982613 24-Mar-2018 17:53
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Code: PIXOFFER2 will give you $2 off at check out if anyone is planning to rent something. I have to echo the sentiment of others here that it being PPV is pretty disappointing. I'd love a flat fee service like this. Even cap it at, say, 6 movies a month for $10 or something. You can either pay a flat rate and get a library of old crap with a few gems or extortionate PPV for stuff that is often interesting to see or at least relatively recently released.




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Code: PIXOFFER2 will give you $2 off at check out if anyone is planning to rent something. I have to echo the sentiment of others here that it being PPV is pretty disappointing. I'd love a flat fee service like this. Even cap it at, say, 6 movies a month for $10 or something. You can either pay a flat rate and get a library of old crap with a few gems or extortionate PPV for stuff that is often interesting to see or at least relatively recently released.

 

 

I get that but you cant have everything.

 

"pay a flat rate and get a library of old crap with a few gems"  = Netflix

 

"extortionate PPV for stuff that is often interesting to see or at least relatively recently released."  Stuff Pix" ?

 

How is it extortionate? If you want all the new releases now, it wont be NF prices. 


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  Reply # 1982789 25-Mar-2018 11:02
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It is extortionate because it is a digital stream which is more expensive than renting a new release Blu-ray. A digital file is able to be rented to tens of thousands of people simultaneously where a physical video store has to buy dozens of copies of the Blu-ray to rent to dozens of people simultaneously.

 

The business has massively reduced overheads (even considering the need to pay for commercial CDN and IT infrastructure) but instead of making their product offering more attractive to consumers as a result they continue to try and milk every cent through PPV. It is extortion.


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