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  Reply # 1874050 28-Sep-2017 11:51
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rfdawn:
scuwp:

 

rfdawn: Shame that Fatso is closing, I found their range pretty good - thinking of old movies, foreign movies, TV series, alt-whatever. The suggested replacement is Neon so I did a quick check on Neon of the Fatso rentals I have liked (4 stars or better). Out of last 15 titles I really liked only two are available on Neon so that looks almost-useless to me. Quickflix and Netflix similar problem. Anyone know an online service with anything like Fatso's range?

 

iTunes?  Amazon?  

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks @scuwp. Itunes a bit limited, but Amazon looks near-enough. Amazing that local+physical distributors are still a nose ahead of global+virtual ones.

 

google play is another option.

 

 


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  Reply # 1874178 28-Sep-2017 15:12
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NightStalker:

rfdawn:
scuwp:

 

rfdawn: Shame that Fatso is closing, I found their range pretty good - thinking of old movies, foreign movies, TV series, alt-whatever. The suggested replacement is Neon so I did a quick check on Neon of the Fatso rentals I have liked (4 stars or better). Out of last 15 titles I really liked only two are available on Neon so that looks almost-useless to me. Quickflix and Netflix similar problem. Anyone know an online service with anything like Fatso's range?

 

iTunes?  Amazon?  

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks @scuwp. Itunes a bit limited, but Amazon looks near-enough. Amazing that local+physical distributors are still a nose ahead of global+virtual ones.

 

google play is another option.

 

 

 

 

Thanks @NightStalker, Google Play scored 12/15 on my test which is not as good as Amazon but good enough to be useful. It will probably play better with my devices too.

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1874398 28-Sep-2017 23:54
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MikeAqua:

 

ech3lon:

 

<rant>

 

I for one got fed up with bluray and dvds shoving down all those unskippable clips and FBI warning nonsense down your throat.

 

Let me watch the content that I *paid* for!

 

</rant> 

 

 

^^^ +1 .... ironically only people who pay for content have to endure the warnings.  If you were ripping a movie you would edit that out. 

 

 

Try playing them on a MythTV box - it allows you to skip anything by ingoring the instructions on the disks that say otherwise.


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  Reply # 1874518 29-Sep-2017 09:15
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With Fatso it was a fixed cost for 3 movies a month which was a good way to supplement something like Netflix. 

 

 

Fatso had various offerings but they were all 'x discs at any one time' not per month so if you turned them around quickly you could get through maybe 10 or 15 per month.

 

Something had gone wrong with their system though because for the past year or so I have been able to get 12 discs at any one time even though I was on the plan for 4.

 

I thought they were a great service with a huge range of titles including some pretty obscure movies and TV series. I've looked over the various streaming options and none of them come anywhere near.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1874520 29-Sep-2017 09:29
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I'm going to miss Fatso too.

 

With fewer subscribers I've been getting new release DVD's earlier than I could see them on any online offering.

 

Sky should be making Fatso titles available on Neon. Like a Fatso online service. 





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  Reply # 1874532 29-Sep-2017 09:48
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kiwifidget:

 

I'm going to miss Fatso too.

 

With fewer subscribers I've been getting new release DVD's earlier than I could see them on any online offering.

 

Sky should be making Fatso titles available on Neon. Like a Fatso online service. 

 

 

Although it would be awesome to be able to rip all their titles, legally that's a no go. They will be giving them away mostly.

 

No significant cost saving, faster access to something that is lower quality with orders of magnitude less choice. Yay for technology & movie streaming...

 

 


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  Reply # 1874569 29-Sep-2017 10:18
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Even the mighty Netflix USA catalog has less title choice than your average DVD rental store (well, average in their hayday of 2007-2010 or so), but "if content were king", video shops would still be alive and kicking. Convenience trumps content it seems




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  Reply # 1905681 22-Nov-2017 11:23
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Anyone with a fatso account might want to check their last bill.

 

you are supposed to get a discount so you only pay for the percentage of the billing cycle you can actually use before fatso closes.
on mine they mucked up the amount due and charged the amount to be discounted instead of the normal price minus the amount to be discounted.

 

eg - was charged $29.26 instead of $10.73

 

 

 

 

fatso were good about it and quickly fixed it when notified


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  Reply # 1905682 22-Nov-2017 11:27
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@Nightstalker whereabouts on Fatso can I see that for my account?





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  Reply # 1905693 22-Nov-2017 11:55
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Check out the Alice in Videoland Facebook page, they announced something last week and are taking reservations for a new DVD delivery service.

 

They acknowledged they won't have the same depth/qty so have to initially restrict numbers


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  Reply # 1905694 22-Nov-2017 11:55
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My Account/View Payment History

 

Mine looks OK but thanks for the warning @nightstalker

 




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  Reply # 1905696 22-Nov-2017 12:01
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@kiwifidget

 

the screen shot I attached was a precautionary grab I did prior to the visa being charged as a I thought it might be a glitch but would be charged the correct amount anyway but that didn't happen.

 

You might have to do a manual check.
Go to "my account" and then to "view payment history"  it should show you what they charged you and check that against your credit card etc.

 

If its not clear you may have to work it out from when your billing cycle starts and when they close (23rd Nov) 
eg if your billing cycle started 9-nov you should only pay about 50% of what you normally would.

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1905783 22-Nov-2017 13:52
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lurker:

 

Check out the Alice in Videoland Facebook page, they announced something last week and are taking reservations for a new DVD delivery service.

 

They acknowledged they won't have the same depth/qty so have to initially restrict numbers

 

 

I've started using Aro Video in Wellington. Normal DVD rental so quite a bit more expensive than Fatso but pretty big collection (23,000+) and I've found some movies that Fatso didn't have.

 

The delivery service is good. Order one day and they arrive the next.


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