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#233835 5-May-2018 05:28
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I saw this press release, but didn't see any posting of it here?

 


Vodafone Broadband now with TV like never before

 

Vodafone Thursday, 3 May 2018, 10:55 am

 

Press Release: Vodafone NZ

 

Thursday 3 May, 2018

 


From today Vodafone Broadband customers will see Vodafone TV included on eligible Ultimate Home plans, providing the perfect marriage of broadband and television like never before.

 

Vodafone TV Intro, opens the door to 18 channels of free-to-air content and a range of popular online and app-based entertainment* together in one ground-breaking system.

 

In a world where mobility is everything, Vodafone TV gives viewers the option with some of the content to switch seamlessly between their smartphone, tablet and television. It also includes New Zealand’s key on-demand apps including ThreeNow, TVNZ On Demand and WatchMe.

 

For Consumer Director Matt Williams, Vodafone TV Intro enables Kiwis to experience the future of television.

 

“Vodafone TV Intro offers freedom of choice to also add on additional premium services like Sky, but we wanted to give our customers the opportunity to explore the world of Vodafone TV, with the ability on select shows to rewind up to three days if you’ve missed an episode, and hundreds of hours of recording time.#

 

“This means all new Ultimate Home Fibre and FibreX customers will be able to get all their favourite shows like Call the Midwife, the eagerly anticipated new season of Married at First Sight New Zealand, Te Kāea, The Crowd Goes Wild and WatchMe content streamed easily to their televisions and devices,” Matt said.

 

Vodafone has also today released details of its new ‘Vodafone with Sky’ and Vodafone TV bundles to reflect the new pricing flexibility from Sky.

 

“We are really excited by the change in the Sky packages to give flexibility and choice to customers, which we know is exactly what they want. Our packages offer five new price points, with something for everyone and control over what you watch all in one place.

 

“As well as Vodafone TV Intro with the free-to-air channels, we now offer Vodafone TV +Sky Starter, Vodafone TV +Sport, Vodafone TV + Sky Entertainment and Vodafone TV Premium,” Matt said.

 

Vodafone TV is available on Vodafone’s Ultimate Home Fibre plan and also available on FibreX, Vodafone’s HFC cable network in Wellington, Kapiti and Christchurch.

 

For details on the full range of plans available head to https://www.vodafone.co.nz/tv/vodafone-tv/ where you’ll find all your favourite TV programs and popular apps all in one place.

 

ENDS


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  #2008296 5-May-2018 05:37
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I would just like to point out the channel packs graphics is a bit of a mess with stuff missing or incorrect. It would look better, if the services provided via apps are grouped together.

 

intro pack

 

TV One +1 not listed
TV Two +1 not listed
Three listed twice second icon should be 3 Plus 1

 

plus one channel should all be in their own grouping

 

There isn't any radios listed?

 

Watch me, Love Nature, Youtube, Iheart radio, TVNZ on demand, and Three Now, should all be in a sub listing as "apps"

 

 

 

As someone who just upgraded to the 100 plan recently, what are my options? Will Vodafone be also giving the stb to existing users? for the "Intro" pack.

 

 

 

 


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  #2008366 5-May-2018 11:53
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Is that this https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=40&topicid=224236

I get the impression it heavily relies on the TVNZ on demand etc, rather then being able to record.

https://www.vodafone.co.nz/help/broadband-and-tv/vodafonetv/#channelfeatures

TV2 and TV3 not available for record, TV1 is limited, last I saw it was just the current affair type shows.
And othe channels are in brackets which means may not be able to record every program.

It’s TV like never seen before.

With Vodafone link scroll down to what channels are available.

 
 
 
 




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  #2008398 5-May-2018 12:56
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Rugrat , I don't think that  you read it ..

 

The press release was Thursday, and referring to NEW plans , that on the standard Fibre $97 a month plan they are giving out a Vodafone TV device. With what looks like a freeview type channel package at no sub cost

 

Which is bold step up from the previous Free NEON 12 month sub that they were giving away for new signups.

 

Hence title of posting "Vodafone TV Intro" which is the package name

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2008403 5-May-2018 13:44
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Was expecting it to come with Netflix for the money they want.




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  #2008405 5-May-2018 13:51
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What part of of it being free are you guys missing?

 

 


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  #2008427 5-May-2018 14:50
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Interestingly, it doesn't seem to be available in UFF - I guess they've only gotten the multicast agreement sorted out with Chorus so far. I wonder if any of the other LFCs have been setup yet.





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  #2008455 5-May-2018 16:19
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Apsattv:

What part of of it being free are you guys missing?


 



Ok, so it’s free with no Sky stuff added.
Even with it free, I still would feel tied down with it’s limitations, compared to Freeview recorder.

I’m guessing uptake is low, so they’re trying to get people to use it in the hope they’ll like it.
I think though most people won’t like the freedoms it takes away, from being able to record what like, and not be limited to a week or two to watch, which is how long some on demand stuff is available for.

 
 
 
 


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  #2008501 5-May-2018 18:03
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Ive not heard of WatchMe   

 

What devices can I watch, WatchMe on?

 

WatchMe has a beautiful responsive website - optimised to display on your mobile and tablet device and unlike most other on-demand services you can watch our shows on our website on your devices without having to download a pesky app.

 

 

 

Well, a pesky app gives a better experience than a browser.

 

Love Nature, not heard of that before, its $5 a month. Free on VFTV? It has a pesky app which is good.

 

The rest is FTA, not sure where TV like never before, or one ground-breaking system comes from.

 

 

 

Nice to have options, but dont over hype it

 

 

 

 


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  #2008523 5-May-2018 18:51
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Vodafone used to offer T-Box with freeview channels for free on its upper end cable plans, so not an entirely new concept.

I sortof want it, even though I know it won’t do much more than my freeview box and Apple TV...

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  #2008564 5-May-2018 23:19
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saw a vodafone ad on tv that all so gives 12 months netflix




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  #2008573 6-May-2018 05:52
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I think its a  great move to get the device into as many homes as they can. I would hope they GIVE it to existing users as well. I happen to own a 5 year old Samsung TV and Samsung are very fast in removing the functioning apps. Skype, Youtube and TV3 on demand are ones that have been removed. My tv is rapidly becoming a Dumb TV.

 

Having a gismo to plug in that gives me various apps without having to pay out for something overkill like an Apple tv is great news. Sure I could muck around with tablet and the chromecasting etc that gets a bit tiresome if I just want to watch a few youtube clips on the tv.

 

and for those still watching the limited SD Freeview satellite  service and those who don't have a terrestrial signal, being able to get the main networks in HD without renting a SKY box for $20 a month is great news!

 

The next step I would love to see Vodafone do is add some EXTRA NO cost TV channels to this intro package, even if they are not big name "pay channels" such as NHK, Euronews, France 24 etc which would show that they are not simply a SKY reseller and have their own unique channel offerings. Imagine if they got in ahead of SKy and Freeview and offered NZ's first 4k tv channel, even if it was something like the free one Asiasat broadcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2008578 6-May-2018 07:44
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Before the restructure in late 2001, Telstra Saturn was exactly like that - they re-broadcasted a few Sky channels, but also produced a lot of their own programming. The merger with Clear put paid to that.




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  #2008970 7-May-2018 01:50
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Saturn also had their own satellite DTH service testing with 20 odd channels for quite some time on the old B1 satellite. Before the whole plan got scrapped.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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  #2008999 7-May-2018 09:18
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Apsattv:

 

I think its a  great move to get the device into as many homes as they can. I would hope they GIVE it to existing users as well. I happen to own a 5 year old Samsung TV and Samsung are very fast in removing the functioning apps. Skype, Youtube and TV3 on demand are ones that have been removed. My tv is rapidly becoming a Dumb TV.

 

Having a gismo to plug in that gives me various apps without having to pay out for something overkill like an Apple tv is great news. Sure I could muck around with tablet and the chromecasting etc that gets a bit tiresome if I just want to watch a few youtube clips on the tv.

 

and for those still watching the limited SD Freeview satellite  service and those who don't have a terrestrial signal, being able to get the main networks in HD without renting a SKY box for $20 a month is great news!

 

The next step I would love to see Vodafone do is add some EXTRA NO cost TV channels to this intro package, even if they are not big name "pay channels" such as NHK, Euronews, France 24 etc which would show that they are not simply a SKY reseller and have their own unique channel offerings. Imagine if they got in ahead of SKy and Freeview and offered NZ's first 4k tv channel, even if it was something like the free one Asiasat broadcast.

 

 

I would like to know why they are not offering a gig plan in combo with the TV. Although the TV streams will use some of the bandwidth, gig access should be epic in size and is easily explained in one sentence in the terms. It's not like tv streaming consumes much bandwidth, and if they are forcing use of vlan tagging... well whats the issue (except integration with customer switches I suppose)





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  #2009004 7-May-2018 09:26
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antoniosk:

 

I would like to know why they are not offering a gig plan in combo with the TV. Although the TV streams will use some of the bandwidth, gig access should be epic in size and is easily explained in one sentence in the terms. It's not like tv streaming consumes much bandwidth, and if they are forcing use of vlan tagging... well whats the issue (except integration with customer switches I suppose)

 

 

When Vodafone first launched multicast over Chorus, Chorus were unable to offer multicast in conjunction with a 1Gbps profile. I have no idea if this limitation still exists.

 

 


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