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Topic # 161799 20-Jan-2015 11:18
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With New Zealand entering a Golden Age of TV choices, Spark New Zealand is giving its more than 600,000 home broadband customers a chance to embrace their inner TV bingewatcher by shouting them a year’s Lightbox subscription to watch their favourite shows through this bundled offer.

Launched last year, Lightbox is an online TV service with over 6000 ad-free hours of insanely good TV including hit shows like Breaking Bad, Outlander and Golden Globe-winning, Transparent – which can be devoured on computers, tablets, Smart TVs and PlayStations - and with great content and devices constantly being added.

Spark Home, Mobile & Business Chief Executive, Chris Quin, says TV viewers used to have to ‘nibble away’ at their favourite show, episode by episode, week by week. But with Lightbox, they can choose whether they want to binge on the whole series in one sitting, or spread it out over the month. And they can watch it on their TV via a growing range of devices – no set top box or set up costs.

“The future of TV is online. One billion hours of online TV is now watched globally each month, and we know the TV watching habits of our customers are rapidly shifting to on-line and on-demand – where they can watch what they want, when they want. So we’re kicking off the year by saying “thanks” to our broadband customers – and offering them the great perk of 12-months of Lightbox bundled with their broadband, on us.” says Quin.

“We’ve also recently announced we will be cutting the price of our Unlimited Data plans, which are ideal for bingeing on Lightbox as much as you could possibly want –the only limit is the extent of your appetite.”

“This is part of our overall Thanks programme for customers, and mirrors our added-value bundled services in the mobile space like free Spotify Premium and Spark Socialiser.

Lightbox Chief Executive Kym Niblock welcomed the offer, saying that it will help even more New Zealanders enjoy the benefits of Lightbox.

“2015 is set to be the year that online TV in New Zealand moves from niche to mainstream, and Lightbox is now well established as a fantastic product with great content. So it’s absolutely the right time to up the ante with a game-changing offer that means even more New Zealanders can experience the insanely good TV of Lightbox, because life is too short for bad TV.”

Just in time for Spark customers, Lightbox has exclusive rights to the most hotly tipped show of 2015, Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul.Premiering in February, Better Call Saul centres on the character Saul Goodman six years before he meets Walter White.

Lightbox is also well-stocked with TV staples Seinfeld and The Office, local New Zealand content and heaps for the kids.

To activate the offer customers can go to www.spark.co.nz/getlightbox and enter their details (account number and phone number) to get their special voucher code. They can then enter this code on the Lightbox website to activate their 12-month shout from Spark. Customers must sign up by 30 April 2015 to be eligible for this offer.




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  Reply # 1218147 20-Jan-2015 11:19
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Mustn't have had the uptake they hoped for.



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  Reply # 1218157 20-Jan-2015 11:31
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^^I suspect that to be the case plus SKY's NEON service which will launch in the same time frame.

Customers on the half price six month offer can apply the coupon and their free 12 months starts after their current offer expires.

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  Reply # 1218160 20-Jan-2015 11:31
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Why do have deja vu and my mind thinking TiVo, Igloo, First media, Flying Pig........




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  Reply # 1218173 20-Jan-2015 11:39
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Great response:

Company: 12 months free use of a service for our customers!

Response: Service must be crap/failing/terrible etc.

Sigh.

I'll grab my code and give it a go. 



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  Reply # 1218175 20-Jan-2015 11:40
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Does anyone know if this applies if you already have Lightbox?



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Reply # 1218180 20-Jan-2015 11:43
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Just signed up. The Light Box help page page says that I can install the Android app on a Galaxy Tab2 7.0" (which I have), but Google Play says "This app is incompatible with all of your devices."

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  Reply # 1218185 20-Jan-2015 11:45
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freitasm: ^^^^
Pessimists everywhere.


I really hope Light box succeeds, but ask your self how many services akin to this have not gone the distance and the early offering of these incentives has been a portent of doom




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  Reply # 1218192 20-Jan-2015 11:52
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The problem with it is content, it doesn't really have the content I want to watch on it. Also uses Silverlight which is a huge PITA

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MarkHeadroom: Just signed up. The Light Box help page page says that I can install the Android app on a Galaxy Tab2 7.0" (which I have), but Google Play says "This app is incompatible with all of your devices."


Is it on 4.2.2 or stil 4.0? I had to upgrade our tab2 10 to 4.2.2 jellybean official before lightbox would install. Oddly the tab2 10 is not listed as compatible.




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  Reply # 1218199 20-Jan-2015 12:01
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trig42: Does anyone know if this applies if you already have Lightbox?


Yes. It's in the terms on the link provided :)

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  Reply # 1218218 20-Jan-2015 12:09
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Seems a pretty smart move. You need a lot of customers to justify the costs of the content, and this will be a very difficult offer for Netflix to match. (Neon might match by offering free neon to all sky subscribers)

Better to do it before netflix and neon launch to grab as many as possible. Could have done it earlier, but likely waited until they had enough devices to make it more viable. I've been using the ps4 app, it's great.

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  Reply # 1218219 20-Jan-2015 12:09
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mattwnz: The problem with it is content, it doesn't really have the content I want to watch on it. Also uses Silverlight which is a huge PITA


They all use Silverlight. Which is a huge PITA.




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  Reply # 1218220 20-Jan-2015 12:10
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You just get a discount code which you can apply in the subscription section.

Gives you 12 monthly discounts of the sub price.

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