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#53732 12-Dec-2009 12:17
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Anyone else tried Vidzone?

I can't seem to get through 5 minutes of music without it crashing or coming up with error messages about video no longer being available.

The idea is good but the interface is terrible and reliability so far 1 out of 10.

Hopefully they are just teething problems.

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  #281745 12-Dec-2009 12:44
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I'm.. I am using it at the moment and it seems to work 100%. I can't find a flaw in it actually working at all.
They seem to start up really quickly and play without any pauses. No crashes or pixilisation , slowness or anythign wrong.

I haven't identified where the videos are coming from yet ( NZ or overseas - I haven't looked) but maybe its the ISP you are with.(I'm with Orcon (I work there but my connection is treated 100% the same as other customers). I am connected to a Conklin unit with a max of about 3Mb/s and I'm having no problems at all.

The quality of the videos.. some are really good and some arn't so good, (less than youtube) but the experience seems good enough on my 52" Samsung. I would love if you could pay $$ and get rid of the advertising which comes up every minute or so. more

The Interface takes a little to get used to. but after about 5 mins its easy to get around. I suggest people get a Sony PS3 BT Remote as its easier. Also useful with the PlayTV Software and viewing videos/audio etc on the XMB

It seems to have a ALOT of videos.. Watching Bill Nighy's Christmas is all around at the moment.. :-)


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  #281850 12-Dec-2009 21:19
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I've been using it fairly solidly for the last day and also found it good.

I think I had one lockup (but I think I was trying to swap between options too quickly)?

I'm on Xtra and found the speed excellent - little to no delay when selecting a video.
I have to admit that it did take a while to get used to the interface, but I'm now creating playlists and searching very quickly.

Personally, if I didn't already have a PS3, Vidzone would likely be the tipping point for me.
I particularly like being able to get older videos from Elton John and Billy Joel (yeh, I know I could probably get them from YouTube) and the kids (6yrs and almost 2yrs) enjoyed dancing around the living room this morning to Abba (oh dear).

Nigel H.


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  #281893 13-Dec-2009 09:17
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I've had a lot of problems mainly when trying to change songs etc. I might try plugging an ethernet cable in to my PS3 instead of relying on my wifi connection and see if that improves things.

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  #282141 14-Dec-2009 09:53
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Ive been using via wifi, no problems so far.

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  #282662 15-Dec-2009 13:03
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Worked fine for me from the first use. As already noted above there is varying quality of the videos. There is such a variety of videos that I can't see myself getting bored with it.
The interface is not immedaitely intuitive and a nightmare to use with the BD Remote but you get used to it after a while (using a standard controller).

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Kiwi Dev Studios

  #282683 15-Dec-2009 13:29
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Using Wifi connection myself, via World Xchange Fusion, and streaming very nicely. No issues so far. :-)

Very happy with the service, especially it being free :)

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  #285024 24-Dec-2009 17:27
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Mine was going good until today, 24th December. Going good in mourning and afternoon crapped out.

It taking a minute or so to buffer 3 seconds of video, it was loading song faster then playing it for previous 2 weeks.

Songs that have been played before this started are playing fine, as I think they're stored on hard drive under game utility.

My broadband hasn't been slowed, but downloading a minis game (as they now play on ps3 as well as psp) of 66 megs took over 2 to 3 hours huh, yet online games seem to play alright.

See if comes right by itself, otherwise I delete and reinstall vidzone.


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  #285045 24-Dec-2009 20:23
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Come right tonight. Downloaded a 6 minute music video in under 20 seconds, that's more like it.

Haven't watched a sky music channel since it's been out. Hopefully it stays reliable.

With this, and TVNZ on demand coming out for ps3, will probably need to up my data cap soon.

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