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  Reply # 1099847 1-Aug-2014 09:26
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Just had a couple of thoughts on this new service.

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!

Does the new service send down the content sped up (so they are using 1080i/50 sourced content) or have they purchased 1080i/60?

Secondly I watch Netflix/Hulu/Vudu/Amazon on my TV (PS3, Roku)  and occasionally Netflix on my (Android) phone. Looks like this new service cannot offer me any other those display choices though there is some talk about an Android client coming soon. But I wonder like TV1 and TV3 on demand it will be Samsung devices only?

Without devices to play the content we are going to be limited to stereo audio whereas Netflix, Vudu and Amazon I think now do DD+.

Scoring 24 is great. TV3 treated the last season with disdain playing it on TV4 (or whatever it was called then) SD only.




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>> "We'll be adding more devices to our line up pretty quickly, with particular focus on big screen devices to get our great content onto you TV. 

What's the make and model of your TV?"

 

Samsung smart hub

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1099852 1-Aug-2014 09:36
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Looks like cherry picking the best of amazon prime/netflix content which is very clever.

Overall very impressed with the lineup, but not enough to take it over netflix.

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  Reply # 1099858 1-Aug-2014 09:43
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Looks like a great service but won't be using it until one of the devices I have at home is supported as I don't have a smart TV or want to connect a laptop to the TV / HT amp.  I have an Apple TV, Chromecast, WD TV and TiVo  but  I can't see it ever being on the last two devices though I could cast it from my Chrome browser to my Chromecast..  Changing channels would be a bit of a pig..




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  Reply # 1099869 1-Aug-2014 09:49
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old3eyes: Looks like a great service but won't be using it until one of the devices I have at home is supported as I don't have a smart TV or want to connect a laptop to the TV / HT amp.  I have an Apple TV, Chromecast, WD TV and TiVo  but  I can't see it ever being on the last two devices though I could cast it from my Chrome browser to my Chromecast..  Changing channels would be a bit of a pig..


Any BETA testers able to test if casting a TAB with Chromecast works okay? TV2 has an annoying black bar in the middle of the stream for some reason (TV3 doesn't do this).

Also, Lightbox, I see SmartTV's have been mentioned. Any chance of supporting connected Blu-Ray players? My Sony players has players Quickflix etc. Xbox support would be another option for me.

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old3eyes: Looks like a great service but won't be using it until one of the devices I have at home is supported as I don't have a smart TV or want to connect a laptop to the TV / HT amp.  I have an Apple TV, Chromecast, WD TV and TiVo  but  I can't see it ever being on the last two devices though I could cast it from my Chrome browser to my Chromecast..  Changing channels would be a bit of a pig..


you can airplay to your Apple TV. I've been doing that from my iPad. Works great.  (for the kiddies, actually easier for them to select content by touching it too)




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wasabi2k: Looks like cherry picking the best of amazon prime/netflix content which is very clever.

Overall very impressed with the lineup, but not enough to take it over netflix.


There is content on Lightbox which isn't on Netflix and vice versa.   Take both, and it's still cheaper than Sky!




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  Reply # 1099879 1-Aug-2014 10:00
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Will it have advertisements?

That was my reason for cancelling Hulu+.

I wouldn't mind, say, a 15 second ad at the start of a show, but I would hate them to interrupt the show.

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  Reply # 1099882 1-Aug-2014 10:05
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This does look good.
If it was to work on either MediaPortal (prefered), XBMC, or Plex, I'd look seriously at it. An API is all you'd need to provide, I'm sure someone would pickup app development pretty quickly.

If not, it's not going to work for me. I currently have one PC that does everything seamlessly, I have no intention of adding devices or methods to the mix.




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  Reply # 1099890 1-Aug-2014 10:16
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Hi So if we didn't get anything via email after registering our interest, we are unable to participate on the beta?

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  Reply # 1099897 1-Aug-2014 10:44
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does all the content have subtitles for the hard of hearing like netflix?



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  Reply # 1099902 1-Aug-2014 10:49
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Good on you Lightbox,
Its a great start I understand this is a work in progress on content and devices but good on you for stirring the online streaming content pot in NZ, its now time to hit the accelerator :) and if you do I'll bet you will do well.  

I have the Beta invite, just need the supported devices to catch-up.

We have Vodafone cable 130Mbit - I'll test the high quality streams.

After reading comments on limiting devices, this maybe a problem for us in that we will not run multiple concurrent connections but may be watching from a number of devices. The Netflix model would work here but the Lightbox one would fail currently.

Example: Devices we own that we would or could use for Lightbox.
* LG 55 Inch 2013 TV - WiFi integrated - not used directly as cannot get a Netflix app
* Samsung 40 Inch - 2010 - No WiFi but has Ethernet - not used but could be currently connected to PC.
* PS4 - I use for Netflix
* Android Tablet 12.2 Pro - great for Netflix so should be great for Lightbox 
* Daughers Windows 8.1 laptop - she uses for Netflix and now can use Lightbox
* Wife's PC Win 8.1 - she uses for Netflix and now can use Lightbox
* Young daughters Android tablet she is just 5 and can launch Netflix
* Samsung S4
* Motorola Moto G.

For now android users should be able to connect via the Lightbox webpage and stream directly through the browser  I would think I'll check tonight.



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  Reply # 1099903 1-Aug-2014 10:49
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freitasm: No captioning - discussed in previous page.



miss that post - a petty and a show stopper for us.

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  Reply # 1099918 1-Aug-2014 11:24
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BigPipeNZ:
old3eyes: Looks like a great service but won't be using it until one of the devices I have at home is supported as I don't have a smart TV or want to connect a laptop to the TV / HT amp.  I have an Apple TV, Chromecast, WD TV and TiVo  but  I can't see it ever being on the last two devices though I could cast it from my Chrome browser to my Chromecast..  Changing channels would be a bit of a pig..


you can airplay to your Apple TV. I've been doing that from my iPad. Works great.  (for the kiddies, actually easier for them to select content by touching it too)


I have concerns about AirPlay being a longterm viable solution for us. During the Great NetFlix Outage of 2014, I was connecting via the UnoTelly provided VPN on my iPad Air and iPhone 5, and using AirPlay to our Apple TV (Gen 3) to get the content on our TV. After streaming one show (which always streamed fine on the iOS device), I'd have to reboot the Apple TV, router (Airport Extreme Gen 5), or both. Otherwise we'd not get Airplay working correctly. Often the content would fail to Airplay altogether, but sometimes we'd get audio playing through the TV but no video.

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