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  Reply # 1116638 27-Aug-2014 16:09
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Email today:

"The wait's almost over. Lightbox is going live tonight!



Night owls who stay up till 12.01am will witness history as New Zealand's newest online TV service explodes into being. Early-birds can leap out of bed on Thursday morning, happy in the knowledge that there'll be something extremely cool to watch, whenever they're ready.



One thing to note: although you've already signed up to hear about Lightbox news, in order to start watching, you'll also need to sign up for a free 30-day trial by creating an account on our website."

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  Reply # 1116795 27-Aug-2014 19:40
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NonprayingMantis:
loceff13: Any idea if prezzy cards will work on the service? I'm guessing not as there's little to stop you using a card with no credit just to use the trial..


pretty sure prezzie cards just look like normal credit cards to payment gateways.  So, I would assume it would work.



I'm guessing they plan to have something in place to prevent people just making new accounts and starting new 30 day trials rather than signing up for $15 a month.

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  Reply # 1116818 27-Aug-2014 20:17
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This would be a funny commercial to advertise Lightbox too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RGKu1Wbbs4



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  Reply # 1116831 27-Aug-2014 20:26
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loceff13:
NonprayingMantis:
loceff13: Any idea if prezzy cards will work on the service? I'm guessing not as there's little to stop you using a card with no credit just to use the trial..


pretty sure prezzie cards just look like normal credit cards to payment gateways.  So, I would assume it would work.



I'm guessing they plan to have something in place to prevent people just making new accounts and starting new 30 day trials rather than signing up for $15 a month.


What do Netflix do to stop you doing this?

TBH for $15/month not many adults would bother going to that extent of trouble surely?

*edit* and maybe they could just track your device(s) MAC addresses? That would solve their issue with one laptop using 3 slots due to browser changes too, and few people would bother or know how to MAC spoof either :D

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  Reply # 1116883 27-Aug-2014 21:53
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PhantomNVD:
loceff13:
NonprayingMantis:
loceff13: Any idea if prezzy cards will work on the service? I'm guessing not as there's little to stop you using a card with no credit just to use the trial..


pretty sure prezzie cards just look like normal credit cards to payment gateways.  So, I would assume it would work.



I'm guessing they plan to have something in place to prevent people just making new accounts and starting new 30 day trials rather than signing up for $15 a month.


What do Netflix do to stop you doing this?

TBH for $15/month not many adults would bother going to that extent of trouble surely?

*edit* and maybe they could just track your device(s) MAC addresses? That would solve their issue with one laptop using 3 slots due to browser changes too, and few people would bother or know how to MAC spoof either :D


Well the #1 method is one trial per CC number, with Prezzie cards costing ~$7 + initial top up + Whatever is left after your purchases (foot-in-mouth) + timespent at Postshop/Queues you are better off just paying Lightbox.

I'd imagine they'd also have some way of tracking down 'odd' patterns, plus I seem to recall someone (Quickflix???) had a thing where if you unlinked a device from your account, it couldn't be linked to a different account for X days (a month or two), so that is another 2 potential 'anti-fraud' options.

Not really worth it to tell the truth.

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  Reply # 1116922 28-Aug-2014 00:17
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All signed up. Spark Broadband customers can get a voucher which gives you 50% off for the first 6 months (after the 30 day trial, of course)!

https://store.spark.co.nz/lightbox/voucher




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  Reply # 1116937 28-Aug-2014 01:02
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nigelj:
PhantomNVD:
loceff13:
NonprayingMantis:
loceff13: Any idea if prezzy cards will work on the service? I'm guessing not as there's little to stop you using a card with no credit just to use the trial..


pretty sure prezzie cards just look like normal credit cards to payment gateways.  So, I would assume it would work.



I'm guessing they plan to have something in place to prevent people just making new accounts and starting new 30 day trials rather than signing up for $15 a month.


What do Netflix do to stop you doing this?

TBH for $15/month not many adults would bother going to that extent of trouble surely?

*edit* and maybe they could just track your device(s) MAC addresses? That would solve their issue with one laptop using 3 slots due to browser changes too, and few people would bother or know how to MAC spoof either :D


Well the #1 method is one trial per CC number, with Prezzie cards costing ~$7 + initial top up + Whatever is left after your purchases (foot-in-mouth) + timespent at Postshop/Queues you are better off just paying Lightbox.

I'd imagine they'd also have some way of tracking down 'odd' patterns, plus I seem to recall someone (Quickflix???) had a thing where if you unlinked a device from your account, it couldn't be linked to a different account for X days (a month or two), so that is another 2 potential 'anti-fraud' options.

Not really worth it to tell the truth.

You can only delete one device every 30 days. So yeah.

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Reply # 1116955 28-Aug-2014 05:58
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Just tried to sign up and got this message on my browser 'Lightbox.co.nz seems to be having problems"   !!!!!

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  Reply # 1116970 28-Aug-2014 07:04
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Oops. Not a good start!

ETA: Not working for me on Telecom VDSL in Auckland, but looks like it's reachable from offshore at least




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  Reply # 1116975 28-Aug-2014 07:38
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Folks, here are the official release and discount for Spark users:


New Zealand’s newest online subscription TV service is now live. Lightbox delivers thousands of hours of insanely good TV available to anyone with broadband, regardless of their internet provider, on an all-you-can-eat basis.

And now there are new exclusive to New Zealand shows which have been added to the Lightbox line-up. It includes pirate drama Black Sails, legal series Suits, comedy-drama series Franklin & Bash, paranormal hit Lost Girl and the adorable pre-school animation 3rd & Bird.

TV shows already announced as part of the Lightbox line-up include Outlander, 24: Live Another Day, Vikings, Alpha House, Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black.

Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock says she’s confident New Zealanders will love Lightbox’s line-up and the freedom it gives them.

“You can head home tonight, sign up to the Lightbox 30 day free trial and choose from hundreds of great TV shows online - all ready to go whenever you are.

“We’ve taken the hard work out of getting access to great television by assembling some of the best shows ever made in one service that’s affordable and incredibly easy and legitimate to use. Spring is looking a lot more entertaining.”

NEW AND EXCLUSIVE SHOWS
The hotly anticipated first season of the Starz Original series Black Sails centres on the tale of Captain Flint (Toby Stephens) and his men, and takes place twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic Treasure Island. Flint, the most brilliant and most feared pirate captain of his day, takes on a fast-talking young addition to his crew who goes by the name John Silver. Threatened with extinction on all sides, they fight for the survival of New Providence Island, the most notorious criminal haven of its day – a place defined by both its enlightened ideals and its stunning brutality.

For anyone who enjoys a bit of verbal sparring, slick drama Suits and buddy comedy Franklin & Bash both use the legal world as the backdrop for highly entertaining storytelling. Suits is a critically acclaimed drama that centers around a hotshot corporate attorney who makes a risky move by hiring a brilliant, but unmotivated college dropout as his associate who doesn’t have an actual law degree. Bound by their secret, the two are forced to keep up the charade as they become an irrepressible duo.  The drama was recently renewed for its fifth season in the US, and is from creator/executive producer/writer, Aaron Korsh, who left investment banking to become a comedy screenwriter on series such as Everybody Love Raymond. Meanwhile, Franklin & Bash was created by Emmy®-winning West Wing writer Kevin Falls. Seasons 1-3 of each series are now available on Lightbox, with subsequent seasons to arrive soon.

Fantasy fans will relish the subversive and witty Lost Girl, which tells the story of a supernatural seductress struggling to master her newfound powers, while fighting crime. A hit in its native Canada and for influential US network Syfy, its cast has been anointed “the new paranormal hotness on TV”.

Lightbox also extends its impressive kids’ offering with an adorable series from the makers of Wonder Pets. The sweet and colourful world of 3rd & Bird, created with a crafty animation technique that uses real photographs, is a visual treat for pre-schoolers.

Creator Josh Selig has won 10 Daytime Emmy Awards, nine of them for his writing on Sesame Street.

HOW LIGHTBOX WORKS
The service can be used across multiple compatible devices, including laptop, desktop, iPad and Airplay on Apple TV.

Up to five devices can be registered to each Lightbox account and two shows can be played at once so you can watch the latest drama series in the living room while your kids sing along to their cartoon favourites in their bedroom. A parental control function enables parents to filter out show playback according to rating.

Set up is easy. There are no contracts or installation visits required and membership is available to all New Zealanders regardless of their broadband service provider. A 30-day free trial will be available to all New Zealanders. Lightbox is $15 per 30 days.




Spark customers offered special deal on Lightbox
Spark home broadband customers who sign up to the new Internet TV service Lightbox will receive six months at half price1, Spark announced today. The offer is in addition to the 30 days free that all Lightbox customers are entitled to.

Spark Home, Mobile and Business Chief Executive, Chris Quin, said he had trialled Lightbox himself over the past few weeks and now couldn’t imagine life without it.

“It’s great to see Lightbox using the power of the Internet to give New Zealanders access to insanely good TV. With the service launching today, we want to encourage Spark customers to be among the first to jump on board – and what better way to do that than to give them a great deal.

“From Breaking Bad to Boston Legal to Dora the Explorer – and exclusive new releases such as Vikings, Outlander, Arrested Development and 24 - there’s something for everyone. Once you start watching, you’ll find it difficult to stop and I’m confident Spark customers who take up this deal will soon be as addicted as I am.”

To take advantage of the offer, Spark home broadband customers should visit here. They will need to enter their landline number and their Spark account number to retrieve their Lightbox voucher. They can then use this voucher to sign up for the deal at www.lightbox.co.nz.




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  Reply # 1116982 28-Aug-2014 07:54
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What do we think are the priority apps/platforms?

iPad - done
Android
Pplaystation
Xbox
Chromecast
Roku

Roku would be best for me but I think I'm in the minority so not holding my breath.


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  Reply # 1116984 28-Aug-2014 07:59
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It would be nice to have the likes of season 3 of Homeland available, but stargate SG1 all 10 seasons that's tempting enough to signup :D

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  Reply # 1116985 28-Aug-2014 08:04
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Is the site down? The Lightbox listing on Google (Organic) goes to a dead page.

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  Reply # 1116986 28-Aug-2014 08:06
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www.lightbox.co.nz? As above. Which ISP are you with? Maybe we can isolate how many are affected.




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  Reply # 1117010 28-Aug-2014 08:26
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Dratsab: My wife was confused about the IP address update part as well so I've set up the UnoTelly IP update as a browser bookmark she can just click and she's more than happy with that. Outlander is another series Netflix doesn't stream.


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