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Topic # 86872 14-Jul-2011 17:41
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All i want to do is buy legal copies of my fav TV shows in digital format to play on my PC and other media devices!

I hate buying DVD's of my fav TV shows - it's a hassle putting in a disc, waiting to watch all the typical startup crap and then to manually have to select an episode!!

I dont want to fuss around with discs...!!

Itunes TV Shows section has no content for people in NZ - is there any other way i can buy legal, good quality copies of TV shows in digital format only? OnDemand shows only store up to the past 4 epsiodes - not an option!!

 

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  Reply # 493443 14-Jul-2011 17:44
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Not as far as I know - because the studios don't even provide a way for you to consume much of their content you are forced to pirate it.





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  Reply # 493471 14-Jul-2011 18:30
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BBC is offering Dr Who for rent on facebook in our geo. The pricing is very good.

For a long time in the late 90's the media companies were arguing they didn't want to put stuff online because it would be pirated, and eventually created the situation where it is difficult to get something you want and pay for it. Later on they gave up on that argument and moved to 'piracy is costing us money'. It is difficult to think of anything else in business so shortsighted that has gone on for such a long time.

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  Reply # 493479 14-Jul-2011 19:01
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gzt: BBC is offering Dr Who for rent on facebook in our geo. The pricing is very good.


 
That's pretty cool! However I've read that they don't have the very latest season, which certainly won't be inviting to many Whovians.




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  Reply # 493621 15-Jul-2011 09:35
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itunes make a us account but not you will be paying in usd so your money will be converted from nzd to usd

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  Reply # 493629 15-Jul-2011 09:51
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mrbig: itunes make a us account but not you will be paying in usd so your money will be converted from nzd to usd


Just a tip, use the correct sentence structure and punctuation. People will pay more attention to what you write.

Anyway, back on track... I don't mind paying $1-$2 per episode, but I too can not find any NZ provider. The only option and probably the easiest will end up being downloading.

Hopefully the TV executives will read forums like this and realise they can do something about piracy. 

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  Reply # 493662 15-Jul-2011 11:07
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Alternative to setting up an iTunes US account is to set up a Netflix account. Costs about $15 NZD a month and you can stream as much as you want of anything in their library.

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  Reply # 493663 15-Jul-2011 11:12
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Yeah I got a netflix account, Their country check is based around DNS so easy to get around, I even pay with my NZ debt card




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  Reply # 493694 15-Jul-2011 12:23
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mrbig: itunes make a us account


From the U.S. iTunes store terms and conditions:
The iTunes Service is available to you only in the United States, its territories, and possessions. You agree not to use or attempt to use the iTunes Service from outside these locations.


The OP did ask for legal means.

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  Reply # 493696 15-Jul-2011 12:24
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Jarno:
mrbig: itunes make a us account


From the U.S. iTunes store terms and conditions:
The iTunes Service is available to you only in the United States, its territories, and possessions. You agree not to use or attempt to use the iTunes Service from outside these locations.


The OP did ask for legal means.

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Thats not illegal, just against itunes terms of service.

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  Reply # 493698 15-Jul-2011 12:25
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Against the terms and conditions doesn not equal illegal though..

I would be very keen on setting up a netflix account using VPN, just haven't got around to sorting it out yet.  maybe when the Copyright bill comes into force...

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  Reply # 493713 15-Jul-2011 13:23
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jjnz1:
mrbig: itunes make a us account but not you will be paying in usd so your money will be converted from nzd to usd


Just a tip, use the correct sentence structure and punctuation. People will pay more attention to what you write.

Anyway, back on track... I don't mind paying $1-$2 per episode, but I too can not find any NZ provider. The only option and probably the easiest will end up being downloading.


Hopefully the TV executives will read forums like this and realise they can do something about piracy. 


It won't happen in NZ as the networks are still using last centuries program model. 




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  Reply # 493719 15-Jul-2011 13:36
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Beccara: Yeah I got a netflix account, Their country check is based around DNS so easy to get around, I even pay with my NZ debt card


Do you know where I can get good info on how to set this stuff up? 

It seems like the best of a sub-standard set of options.

This thread highlights something that we have seen in other threads. NZ, supposedly, has one of the highest per capita rates of piracy. But it also has on of the weakest, verging on non-existent, digital media services. It is the next best thing to impossible to legally download films and TV shows. 

How can this not be a business opportunity for someone? Just make it reasonably priced (take the local rental store as a guide) and easy, I'll buy it. 




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  Reply # 493736 15-Jul-2011 14:55
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You can't buy them legally here in NZ. I suggest TPB.

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  Reply # 493737 15-Jul-2011 14:59
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kyhwana2: You can't buy them legally here in NZ. I suggest TPB.



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  Reply # 493745 15-Jul-2011 15:21
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jjnz1: Hopefully the TV executives will read forums like this and realise they can do something about piracy. 

old3eyes: It won't happen in NZ as the networks are still using last centuries program model. 

On the other hand, TVNZ and TV3 (and to a much lesser extent Maori TV) all offer on demand services for recent nz screened content (but not everything). This must mean overseas networks are getting more flexible with their tv show licensing, migrating the same models to different markets once they have tested them at home.

It seems like a big jump in the business model to offer recent U.S shows at the same time here. Most likely the whole rights auction/negotiation cycle revolves around the concept of regional/local seasons and local programme planning based on that. No reason it can't be done tho.

It would be an even bigger jump for the local networks to offer archived episodes from previously available tv series. It is a different business model very distinct from broadcast rights. I'm guessing it will continue to be the domain of services like iTunes and Netflix.

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