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Topic # 97162 12-Feb-2012 14:48
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With data caps getting bigger and people using said data caps for things like streaming content, surely one of our TV providers, whether that be TVNZ or Mediaworks could look at bringing Hulu to the NZ market. 

After all, we have Smart TV's and Blu-ray players with Smart functions built in, and also PS3's, HTPC's, TiVo etc.  But currently they are limited to services like YouTube etc.

I for one would be quite happy to pay a monthly or annual fee to be able to watch a variety of TV programmes and movies that we can't get here. Or even if there were ads every 20 - 30 mins with a duration of 15-30 secs each, I wouldn't mind.

What would it take to get Hulu here or Netflix without having to use a VPN to access them?  Smart TV's and TiVo's are what I think ideal technology for delivering Hulu content which I believe a lot of people would use frequently.  

And surely if TVNZ or Mediaworks or similar were to jump into bed with Hulu so to speak, it would be of benefit to both parties.  Income could exist by way of ad revenue or monthly/annual fee. 



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  Reply # 580497 12-Feb-2012 14:50
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It'll never happen because of stupid rights holders/distrbutors/etc. THere'd be no point in having Hulu in NZ if we don't get the same shows/etc as america and AT THE SAME TIME.

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  Reply # 580514 12-Feb-2012 15:30
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Not only this (it may be one reason, but I've heard it's not all). Unless Amazon has a CDN node here in New Zealand, international traffic cost would add a lot to their content distribution costs.


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  Reply # 580517 12-Feb-2012 15:35
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Surely though, in regards to transit costs, the partner in NZ could do whatever they are doing at the moment in regards to their current 'free' streaming (such as the same servers that run TVNZ On Demand etc.).  If they can justify it financially with free programmes (with ads of course) then presumably it wouldn't be much different if they offered video through a portal like Hulu? 

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  Reply # 580540 12-Feb-2012 17:28
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I think kyhwana2 hit the nail on the head with this one..



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  Reply # 580562 12-Feb-2012 18:33
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It would take an a new CDN, and more importantly, rights to the content. This is the single biggest factor.

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  Reply # 580576 12-Feb-2012 19:37
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It's time everyone stopped drinking the anti-SCC koolaid, Transit to AU where Hulu is already going to (or already is, not sure) Is below $10/mbit cost. It cost's more to haul data from Auckland to Wellington (Between $10 and $20 per mbit)

It comes down to the rights holder's, Whilst it would be smart to put a CDN in NZ it would likely come after they get transit from AU. When you add in the fact that sky wouldn't like it very much you see the main point holding it back is the rights holder's.

Keep in mind that VOD hasn't been around a long time anywhere so it's still seen as risky and unproven in the eye's of the rights holder's

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