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  Reply # 1100503 2-Aug-2014 10:25
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Is there going to be an iPhone app?

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  Reply # 1100579 2-Aug-2014 11:58
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Looks interesting, and I am fairly excited to see this service launch. If it flies, it will be good to finally get same mainstream competition into the NZ market. From my perspective, I *may* sign up. It will depend on a couple of things:

 

  • I like to watch TV on a TV, kicked back in my reclining armchair with a proper sound system etc turned on. I have no interest in consuming my TV hunched over a laptop, tablet or phone. So it will need to support my media players (WDTV boxes and an android based player) and be viewable on the telly.
  • The range and release window needs to be at least comparable to the alternatives (of which Netflix is the gold standard, but including Sky as well).
  • It needs to be pretty seamless - I don't want too much faffing around with configuring and registering devices etc every time I want to make it work.
  • It needs a pleasant user experience. If I'm paying for it, I would prefer to have no ad breaks, loud promos voiced over the credits, or dirty great "LIGHTBOX" logos smeared across the screen when playing.
Meet those requirements at an acceptable price point, and I'm in.


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  Reply # 1100581 2-Aug-2014 12:01
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lchiu7:

One thing that really bugs me about NTSC to PAL conversion is the so called PAL speedup effect. This is something we had to put up with before digital but alas it still persists on broadcast TV (thankfully no longer on BluRay).

If you ever manage to compare say The Big Bang Theory on local TV versus a US sourced version, the pitch increase in very noticeable (or is that because I have good pitch?). Sheldon sounds like a chipmunk!



I agree. Since it's streamed, it should just stream in whatever its native format is - be it NTSC or PAL, on a per show basis. There are very few modern playback devices or TVs that can't cope with both PAL and NTSC signals natively. There should be no need to mangle the audio through format conversion before streaming it.

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  Reply # 1100610 2-Aug-2014 13:02
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Streaming has been really fast and stable for me on VF ADSL2, but the user interface design is pretty poor to be honest.

I'm assuming a large majority of the project budget has been allocated to purchasing content - but seriously, hire a better web designer.

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  Reply # 1100611 2-Aug-2014 13:03
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Aren't PAL/NTSC problems a thing of the past in this digital age ???

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  Reply # 1100648 2-Aug-2014 14:01
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Would love to see a webos app for the new LG Smart TVs. Was so sad when I got my TV home and couldn't get the native netflix app on it.

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  Reply # 1100650 2-Aug-2014 14:09
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PhantomNVD:
riahon:
PhantomNVD:
riahon:
bagheera: does all the content have subtitles for the hard of hearing like netflix?


I asked and was told No. Unfortunately for me and a lot of my friends it means we probably wont take up this offer as good as it is. One thing I like about Netflix is that even the commercial DVD's that didn't have subtitles are subtitled on Netflix.


What's the big hang up on subtitles, just turn up the volume, get an hearing aid induction loop stereo, or better speakers?


WOW!!! I never thought of that, hold on let me try it..............................nope didn't work.


So you're completely deaf then? Guess this product is not (yet) for you. Niche markets are not normally the aim when launching a completely new service (see the Roku and chrome cast comments) so you might get lucky later on, but will have to wait it out I guess.


There are reasons other than disability to turn on subtitles...

A few out of the hat:

 

  • Accents ("What did that Welsh guy just say?")
  • Fast dialogue ("I couldn't make out a word of that!")
  • Confusing dialogue ("Did he just say kill or grill?")
  • Biggie: Non-native English speakers ("Hey, subtitles help me understand what is said!")

My hearing ain't bad, my headphones etc aren't bad, but that doesn't mean that I don't have to turn on subtitles now and then to check I heard something right.

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  Reply # 1100693 2-Aug-2014 16:32
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steve98: Is there going to be an iPhone app?


No smartphone plans for now.




Lightbox - we are online TV.

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  Reply # 1100718 2-Aug-2014 17:01
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Hmmm. Can't seem to connect today. Was working ok yesterday. Today it just says None shall pass and doesn't like my user/password.

Can't even get to the Help page without it asking for a password.

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  Reply # 1100737 2-Aug-2014 17:28
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Use the original username and password sent at the beginning of the trial. That should get you to the lightbox main beta site?




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  Reply # 1100739 2-Aug-2014 17:31
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Shame there are no smart phone plans at the moment, at the very least for the Airplay functionality.

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Reply # 1100740 2-Aug-2014 17:34
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ptinson: Use the original username and password sent at the beginning of the trial. That should get you to the lightbox main beta site?


That worked. Wierd.

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  Reply # 1100746 2-Aug-2014 17:51
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Not weird. It's just authentication protecting the signup/login page as they are one and the same from what I can see.

Might catch a few people.




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  Reply # 1100761 2-Aug-2014 18:01
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nigelj:
There are reasons other than disability to turn on subtitles...

A few out of the hat:


  • Accents ("What did that Welsh guy just say?")

  • Fast dialogue ("I couldn't make out a word of that!")

  • Confusing dialogue ("Did he just say kill or grill?")

  • Biggie: Non-native English speakers ("Hey, subtitles help me understand what is said!")



My hearing ain't bad, my headphones etc aren't bad, but that doesn't mean that I don't have to turn on subtitles now and then to check I heard something right.


Fair enough. Guess I just don't have those issues myself as a first language English speaker with an ear for accents.
Hopefully in time they cater to this...

*edit for autocorrected issue

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Lightbox:
steve98: Is there going to be an iPhone app?


No smartphone plans for now.


Strange decision. I have Apple TV, iPhone 5S and an iPad 1st gen that you don't support. The only way for me to get your service on my TV then is to buy a new ipad. So I'm out. The barrier to viewing on TV is too high.

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