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  Reply # 1099571 31-Jul-2014 19:12
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Are there any plans (with dates) for when other devices will be added?  It would be great if Spark could detail exactly what devices it plans to support.  Roku? Fire TV?

Will there be a guide of some sort detailing what is HD and what isn't? (Netflix has (had?) this ability)

Do the PC/Mac applications support remote control devices?  And are they designed for 10-foot usability?


Sorry, missed these.

Both Roku and Fire TV have a very slim presence here, so not the most obvious candidates for next step devices. We're looking at all options, though.

No remote control support from launch and our website designed for PC screen sizes. We'll do big screen designs soon enough.

There isn't an HD guide for the moment - we'll just give you the best quality we've got (as your connection permits). If there's a lot of interest in marking content based on quality, we may implement later on.




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  Reply # 1099572 31-Jul-2014 19:13
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Roku has a pretty limited presence here, obviously.


Not an encouraging statement for a proud Roku owner :)

I'd be happy to test Roku and Linux implementations if you need help.

In terms of content, can I suggest (along with the hip new stuff) grabbing "Heartland" type NZ content? That shouldn't cost too much, and would be content not available on other providers (read Netflix), hence a unique competitive advantage. Billy T James, Gloss, Country Calendar, Count Homogenised, Under the Mountain etc etc.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1099573 31-Jul-2014 19:13
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Looking forward to this, even with the limited devices for playback.
Just ditched quickflix yesterday, so that timing worked out well.




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  Reply # 1099577 31-Jul-2014 19:18
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geocom: Techie question what is the player running on(Flash Silverlight)? Are you planing on implementing the upcoming DRMed version of the HTML 5 Video standard?


Silverlight on Chrome here...




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  Reply # 1099578 31-Jul-2014 19:19
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geocom: Techie question what is the player running on(Flash Silverlight)? Are you planing on implementing the upcoming DRMed version of the HTML 5 Video standard?

I only ask because I would hate to have to reinstall flash or silverlight onto my computer to nuke my cpu all the time. Been living without both of these on my computer for years now.


Silverlight's the name of the game. Not going to win any popularity prizes, but it has cross browser support (HTML5 DRM support is still spotty) and it's a well known and tested entity for everyone involved (including content owners). We may see HTML5 and stuff like DASH supplant current technologies, but we're not there yet.




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  Reply # 1099579 31-Jul-2014 19:19
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I've been on an internal lightbox trial the last couple of weeks. (On bigpipe broadband obviously)

It's really really great. :)
Vikings is awesome show. Brutally violent, feels similar to GoT. Just getting into 24, starting from season 1 episode 1. That should take me a while....

Some of the things I have noticed for the techy minded:

The stream starts faster than netflix, is faster to ramp up to hd, and the scrubbing (skipping forward/backwards x minutes) is virtually instantaneous. Whilst I can't tell the exact bitrate, to my eyes it looks very sharp on both my Mac, desktop PC, iPad Air, and iPad mini.

I guess it's a function of the content being hosted here in NZ rather than pulling it down from LA each time, but it's a significant benefit for me nonetheless. I imagine that those who's connection struggles with netflix, will find lightbox works much better because of the local content hosting.

The ui is nice and easy to use. My 4 year old has already mastered selecting content she likes on the ipad and air playing it to the TV, which also works brilliantly.




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  Reply # 1099580 31-Jul-2014 19:19
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geocom: Techie question what is the player running on(Flash Silverlight)? Are you planing on implementing the upcoming DRMed version of the HTML 5 Video standard?

Silverlight on Chrome here...


Yeah that works on *nix, with a bit of hackery.

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  Reply # 1099581 31-Jul-2014 19:22
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Nothing in the inbox or in the junk folder, my invite must also still be enroute! wink

Looking forward to an opportunity to take this for a test drive, especially seeing the list of shows in the initial offering. A good start anyway.

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  Reply # 1099582 31-Jul-2014 19:23
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PhantomNVD:
Lightbox: We're not doing classic broadcaster planning and releasing content according to viewer seasons etc.


Just to be clear, this means you'll release 'seasons' in bulk for binge viewing?
AWESOME if so :)


Well, in so far as we'll have 'em coming in that way. Some shows may be trickling in, others in bulk seasons (most of them). But we won't be sitting on shows and waiting to premiere them.




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  Reply # 1099584 31-Jul-2014 19:26
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sultanoswing:
Not an encouraging statement for a proud Roku owner :)

I'd be happy to test Roku and Linux implementations if you need help.

In terms of content, can I suggest (along with the hip new stuff) grabbing "Heartland" type NZ content? That shouldn't cost too much, and would be content not available on other providers (read Netflix), hence a unique competitive advantage. Billy T James, Gloss, Country Calendar, Count Homogenised, Under the Mountain etc etc.


That's a good point, actually. We're still bringing in more content and we're definitely eager to get as much NZ content as we can.




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  Reply # 1099588 31-Jul-2014 19:30
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Any plans on 3d content

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  Reply # 1099592 31-Jul-2014 19:33
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Cbfd: Any plans on 3d content


Not at the moment, no.

Not a lot of TV shows (which is what we're doing right now) have been shot in 3d tbh.




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  Reply # 1099595 31-Jul-2014 19:43
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Is there going to be an option to have Captions?

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  Reply # 1099597 31-Jul-2014 19:48
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riahon: Is there going to be an option to have Captions?


No, not for launch. There is a no well established way to do captioning across several streaming formats and multiple devices, so doing it pretty complicated and expensive (apart from the actual captioning, which naturally also drives a fair bit of cost). I've got first hand experience implementing it in a market where most stuff had to be captioned (non English speaking) and it was an endless source of frustration.

We've got many things we want to do, so we'll have to prioritise - unfortunately that means no captioning.




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  Reply # 1099598 31-Jul-2014 19:50
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Got my free trial about an hour ago!!!!! its brilliant! well worth the 15 NZD for it! :D
quality looks freaking hd too.

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