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  Reply # 2007275 3-May-2018 16:47
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PhantomNVD: If lightbox managed to do a deal for HBO type content they could really get some traction here... keen to see the latest Westworld (s2) but can’t justify US$45 for a Direct TV sub just for one single program (though I’m sure I’d enjoy other SYFY content too if I had that sort of money ‘spare’... a local company offering SyFy channel content would definitely get my money though!

 

Sadly for you HBO and Sky signed a new multi-year exclusive agreement in March.  Westworld S2 is being offered express on Neon (same day as US).  Thats still less than USD45/mth isnt it?


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  Reply # 2007506 3-May-2018 21:20
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@ockel thanks for that! Didn’t know it was available here yet...

I wish there was a website or app that collated this kind of info across ALL the different streaming providers, like an EPG for streaming 🤔

Lemontv is supposed to do this, but still only shows S1 for Westworld?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2007690 4-May-2018 10:10
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PhantomNVD: If lightbox managed to do a deal for HBO type content they could really get some traction here... keen to see the latest Westworld (s2) but can’t justify US$45 for a Direct TV sub just for one single program (though I’m sure I’d enjoy other SYFY content too if I had that sort of money ‘spare’... a local company offering SyFy channel content would definitely get my money though!

 

Sadly for you HBO and Sky signed a new multi-year exclusive agreement in March.  Westworld S2 is being offered express on Neon (same day as US).  Thats still less than USD45/mth isnt it?

 

 

Neon is $20 a month and a good alternative to Sky Movies and Soho if you don't want to pay for all the other Sky channels





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  Reply # 2017576 17-May-2018 12:08
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How much do movies cost to rent?
The latest blockbusters are $6.99 for SD and $7.99 for HD. Plus we have a large range of old favourites for $4.99 for SD and $5.99 for HD.

 

How long do I have to watch my rental movie?
You'll have 31 days to start watching the movie before your rental expires. Once you start watching, you'll have 48 hours before the movie will expire, but you can watch as many times as you like within this time period.


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  Reply # 2017592 17-May-2018 12:24
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Usual online rental prices and usual time frames. Too pricey compared to the old DVD rentals, but not a lot of options left!





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  Reply # 2017595 17-May-2018 12:30
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I rented Dark Tower off Apple for $2.95, only a year old movie
1/2 the price of old ones light box is charging.

Also watched the Kong Scrull Island one for the 99 cent movie of week.
Apple seems to be the only one undercutting the market on PPV movies, and have 4K as well.

They may make sales to people without Apple hardware.

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  Reply # 2017600 17-May-2018 12:36
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How much do movies cost to rent?
The latest blockbusters are $6.99 for SD and $7.99 for HD. Plus we have a large range of old favourites for $4.99 for SD and $5.99 for HD.

 

How long do I have to watch my rental movie?
You'll have 31 days to start watching the movie before your rental expires. Once you start watching, you'll have 48 hours before the movie will expire, but you can watch as many times as you like within this time period.

 

 

 

 

Why the heck are they even offering SD, and then charging more for HD. Surely the default should be HD, and then charge slightly more for 4k? NZ hasn't probably sold many SD TVs (mainly CRTs) for more than a decade!


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  Reply # 2017608 17-May-2018 12:45
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ockel:

 

How much do movies cost to rent?
The latest blockbusters are $6.99 for SD and $7.99 for HD. Plus we have a large range of old favourites for $4.99 for SD and $5.99 for HD.

 

How long do I have to watch my rental movie?
You'll have 31 days to start watching the movie before your rental expires. Once you start watching, you'll have 48 hours before the movie will expire, but you can watch as many times as you like within this time period.

 

 

 

 

Why the heck are they even offering SD, and then charging more for HD. Surely the default should be HD, and then charge slightly more for 4k? NZ hasn't probably sold many SD TVs (mainly CRTs) for more than a decade!

 

 

And yet every provider in this crowded market offers SD (at about the same price) and then HD (at a premium).  When there is no demand for SD then I imagine that we'll see offerings change.  It may not appeal to you but it clearly has its market segment.




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  Reply # 2017616 17-May-2018 13:01
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Lightbox has today unlocked a host of exciting new ways to enjoy TV, movies and kids content after a platform technology upgrade overnight.

 

Customers can now choose between Standard and Premium TV plans. The new Premium plan includes temporary downloads of the entire Lightbox TV catalogue, giving customers the ability to view on the go whilst saving mobile data. Households are now also able to watch on up to four screens concurrently, perfect for families and shared living.

 

Lightbox’s new movie rental service brings the latest movies straight from the cinema, plus a library filled with classic flicks. From adventure comedy, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle to dark comedy I, Tonya, Liam Neeson’s action flick, The Commuter and everyone’s favourite marmalade eating bear in Paddington 2. Movies are available to rent on both Lightbox TV plans as well as to non-Lightbox subscribers. Non-subscribers just need to complete a simple registration process.  

 

Current Lightbox customers have been automatically placed on the new look and feel Standard plan at the same current price of $12.99, or as part of selected Spark plans.

 

All customers can choose to upgrade and enjoy the enhanced features of the new Premium plan. Spark customers on plans that include Lightbox can upgrade for $3 per month; other Lightbox customers will pay the total of $15.99 per month for Premium.

 

A new PIN-protected Kid’s corner is available on both Standard and Premium plans, offering parents the security of knowing their children are unable to jump between Lightbox profiles. The corner has a kid-friendly new look with loads more kids content available than before.

 

Lightbox General Manager Hema Patel said this morning, “Since our launch in 2014, we have built relationships with some of the biggest studio partners in TV so it was natural to extend this into movies. We will continue to expand our movie catalogue; further announcements to come.”

 

“We have listened to the feedback from our customers; for them, the most important thing is to be able to view movies that are current or recent release. Movie rentals (TVOD - Transactional Video On Demand) is the best way to be able to offer current Lightbox customers movies straight from the cinema but also open up movie rentals to a wider Kiwi market who don’t want to commit to monthly subscriptions.”

 

Movies will be available to rent for current Lightbox TV customers. For those who haven’t Lightboxed yet, they will be able to create a profile and rent movies with no contract. Pricing from $6.99 (SD) for new releases and $4.99 (SD) for library titles.

 





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Why the heck are they even offering SD, and then charging more for HD. Surely the default should be HD, and then charge slightly more for 4k? NZ hasn't probably sold many SD TVs (mainly CRTs) for more than a decade!

 

 

Areas that can't achieve HD streaming?


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  Reply # 2017623 17-May-2018 13:17
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And yet every provider in this crowded market offers SD (at about the same price) and then HD (at a premium).  When there is no demand for SD then I imagine that we'll see offerings change.  It may not appeal to you but it clearly has its market segment.

 

 

Just because other companies do, doesn't mean that LB should. Also those other companies would have setup their packages when SD was more common. But this is 2018, and these are new offerings, and who is actually renting the SD version in 2018, or is it just to make prices appear cheaper? Not offering 4k IMO is probably the bigger issue for a new offering, that is if the content is all currently available in 4k, but I imagine most new movies would be.


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NzBeagle:

 

mattwnz:

 

Why the heck are they even offering SD, and then charging more for HD. Surely the default should be HD, and then charge slightly more for 4k? NZ hasn't probably sold many SD TVs (mainly CRTs) for more than a decade!

 

 

Areas that can't achieve HD streaming?

 

 

 

 

Wouldn't it be better for them to allow for local downloading of movies, so it is stored to the device, which is what  providers light amazon do. Looks like LB are doing it for TV shows for users on their premium service,That way the speed isn't as important. I imagine if an internet connection isn't fast enough for HD streaming, you will likely get buffering at times even at SD


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Usual online rental prices and usual time frames. Too pricey compared to the old DVD rentals, but not a lot of options left!

 

 

What I don't understand is why streaming isn't alot cheaper expensive than going into a local video shop, especially for the older releases. The new release prices are probably around what they are at the video store. You used to be able to get 10 older and recent release movies for $10 at the video store. My local one still does these sorts of deals.


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  Reply # 2017797 17-May-2018 17:29
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After having a good look, I think we'll stick with Google Movies. Same price to rent. Also helps that it works natively with Shield TV, without having to muck around side-loading the Lightbox app since Lightbox still don't (last time I checked) seem to recognise ShieldTV as a valid Android TV device.

 

Might get around to looking at Apple, but not in any hurry.





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I scanned the entire list of 403 movies, there is a large overlap with what I get already (and can't be bothered watching) on my Netflix sub.

 

The model seems to be to hope that existing customers will weaken and pay for movies when family members (young and old) nag and tantrum sufficiently long and loudly.





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