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# 99860 28-Mar-2012 21:56
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You may have heard the announcement that QUICKFLIX has launched in New Zealand?


We are pleased to announce that Slingshot will be the first ISP to un-meter NZ's newest online movie subscription service.

You don't have to do a thing - just sign up with QuickFlix, enjoy the service and don't worry about your data cap - only with Slingshot from tomorrow!!


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  # 601630 28-Mar-2012 23:04
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nice.

the service is actually launching tomorrow,or are they just having a press release to announce the launch?


ETA: why is this in the off-topic forum?


ETA2:  http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=82&topicid=99856  apparently Orcon are joint first :p

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  # 601691 29-Mar-2012 08:36
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This is from Slingshot:


Slingshot first ISP to unmeter Quickflix, more unmetering planned!

Despite already offering NZ’s biggest broadband data plans, Slingshot is establishing a range of content partnerships so even more internet content can be ‘unmetered’ for its customers.

Taking the lead ahead of all other ISPs, Slingshot is today announcing itself as the first ISP to unmeter NZ's newest online movie subscription service, Quickflix.

Slingshot’s Chief Executive, Mark Callander, says “the decision to unmeter content from selected web sites and content providers has proven to be very popular, so we are now extending this policy to as many other content providers as possible, starting today with Quickflix.”

“It is great to see new business models emerging with players such as Quickflix and Spotify now focusing on the NZ market. This is good for competition and consumer choice in the longer term, and even better for Slingshot’s customers who can access this content for free.”

Callander continues “By extending our free data policy to Quickflix, Slingshot is playing a very important role in the delivery of this service and most ISPs will probably follow suit. Given the relatively low monthly data caps in NZ compared with overseas, customers could very quickly hit their monthly limit and incur additional charges - we don’t want our Slingshot customers to have to worry about data caps and it is time we caught up with the rest of the world.”

Quickflix CEO Chris Taylor said "We applaud the decision by Slingshot to unmeter our service. In doing so, Slingshot has identified the appeal and likely uptake of services like ours, and want to ensure their customers can enjoy the benefits of Quickflix without concern for their data caps. In the current environment, access to premium zero-rated content will be a key consideration for consumers when choosing their ISP."

Callander concluded “the United States has for some time enjoyed subscription-based online movies and TV shows on services such as Netflix, which now accounts for 30% of all online data traffic in the USA. Until now, we have been deprived of access to such services and we are delighted to be a part of this emerging content market in NZ."

 




 
 
 
 


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  # 601745 29-Mar-2012 10:20
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Their videos available for streaming is pretty limited and the quality is said to be similar to DVD
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Ill pass.

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  # 601779 29-Mar-2012 10:53
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If it was unmetered (and actual access!) to Hulu and/or Netflix I'd be excited... Quickflix is pretty 'meh'

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  # 602106 29-Mar-2012 19:11
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mikebails: If it was unmetered (and actual access!) to Hulu and/or Netflix I'd be excited... Quickflix is pretty 'meh'

Netflix is not available in NZ and provably wont be because of the greedy movie companies make too much money out of NZers delaying their TV shows and movies charging a EXTREMELY high rate...

Starting netflix in nz will result in a loss of revenue to the Movie producers so I don't see it happening too soon...

This is my personal view on why NZ doesn't have netflix




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  # 602247 29-Mar-2012 22:33
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is it unmetered on CALLPLUS ADSL connections too?




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  # 602294 30-Mar-2012 07:41
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Hi Regs,

Sorry it is for Slingshot only.

Cheers.
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Nebbie:
mikebails: If it was unmetered (and actual access!) to Hulu and/or Netflix I'd be excited... Quickflix is pretty 'meh'

Netflix is not available in NZ and provably wont be because of the greedy movie companies make too much money out of NZers delaying their TV shows and movies charging a EXTREMELY high rate...

Starting netflix in nz will result in a loss of revenue to the Movie producers so I don't see it happening too soon...

This is my personal view on why NZ doesn't have netflix


Sigh, they already get enough money, I don't understand why they want more. Greedy people. -_- 





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  # 605695 5-Apr-2012 13:13
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Not that it matters too much to me being on the unlimited plan, but kudos to slingshot for doing this and encouraging legal solutions for media in nz.

 

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  # 611681 19-Apr-2012 09:51
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does unmetered also include a bandwidth shaping component?

I don't really see the benefit of having unmetered access when I want to watch a movie at 8:30 in the evening when the "net" is going slow. Will there be any caching of popular requests similar to youtube?

thanks :)

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  # 611851 19-Apr-2012 13:02
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Unmetered simply means any data used for watching content through Quickflix doesn't get counted against your data allowance.




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  # 612558 20-Apr-2012 18:57
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Yep, I'm aware of what unmetered means, I mean will there be QoS to prioritise bandwidth during peak hours to allow subscribers to get line speed (or thereabouts) when streaming? It's nice to get it for free, but I don't want to buffer for two hours before I can start watching the movie :)

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  # 613689 23-Apr-2012 14:40
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To my knowledge there is no difference between Quickflix and streaming other local content.

That said, it should be fairly high as far as network priority goes and should be pretty fast so long as the conent is hosted locally and not offshore.

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  # 613691 23-Apr-2012 14:45
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Kordia (Orcon) hosts the content locally (by local, I mean in NZ) so speeds should be good for anyone in NZ who has reasonable regular broadband speeds, provided you are not on a plan that has some other artificial limitation on bandwidth (such as slingsahot unlimited plan)

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  # 613901 23-Apr-2012 20:16
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NonprayingMantis: Kordia (Orcon) hosts the content locally (by local, I mean in NZ) so speeds should be good for anyone in NZ who has reasonable regular broadband speeds, provided you are not on a plan that has some other artificial limitation on bandwidth (such as slingsahot unlimited plan)


Most of the data is stored on Akamai most ISP's in NZ have their own Akamai cluster.




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