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Topic # 147301 15-Jun-2014 19:51
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Thought things were looking up when saw orphan black, and Agents of shield on it, was thinking of subscribing.

Then when went into Agents of shield saw that it wasn't part of the subscription.

just over $52 for season pass or over $3 an episode.

Looked up blu ray details and saw due for release about Sept 9th. Look up blu ray price when out but will be surprised if much over $50, itunes when released is showing price of 39.99 US. Guessing that's to own and Quickflix price is just to stream.

Even SoHo on sky doesn't work out to over $3 an episode if you're only watching one series, but usually watching more then one series.

I just don't see what chance quickflix has long term if that's the best they can do.

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  Reply # 1066172 15-Jun-2014 20:07
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When Quickflix announced the HD TV season passes, I did the quick math on Orphan Black and Sherlock and posted it on Screenscribe (link to comment), for completeness:

I can’t decide if the pricing sounds good or not, two quick comparisons, they sound alright, but I’m still not convinced. Compared to something like Vudu (US), Orphan Black is NZ$21/season SD, $33/season/HD (or HDX – which is basically their high bitrate HD). Quickflix appears to be $26/$30 SD/HD (and no indication on HD bitrates). With Season 2 they appear to be behind one episode and missing a lot of featurettes that US sites have with season passes.

Something like Sherlock Season 3 (err sorry, *Series* – darn BBC), comparing $20/$22 SD/HD to $24/$28 DVD/BR (Mighty Ape) it certainly seems cheaper, but the quality would have to be a bit better than it used to be to convince me.

Additionally, the biggest advantage that physical media has is that it’s not geolocked to one country. They’d be better off working on something like the UVVU/DCP stuff which at least appears to allow some library portability in the event you relocate (especially now the provisions that allowed for streaming fees to be charged after the first year seem to have vanished).


Personally, I avoid Quickflix like the plague because I had experiences with them as a DVD-by-mail service in Australia, and tried them out when they launched here as a streaming service and was far from impressed both times round, Season Passes seem expensive to me, especially if you aren't getting the goodies.

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