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Topic # 148886 4-Jul-2014 08:13
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Slingshot has today unshackled many of the world’s leading video streaming sites.

Services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and BBC iPlayer will now be able to be accessed by all Slingshot customers.

These services geographically restrict which countries can access them. But today the country’s third largest Broadband provider has turned on its Global Mode for all customers – ensuring access to the world’s best content.

Slingshot GM Taryn Hamilton says the ISP believes the time has come for New Zealanders to have the same choice of content that those in America and Europe have.

“We know Kiwis want to watch movies and TV series online – but are blocked from using the world’s best and most popular streaming services. We are now giving Kiwis access to these sites – and an option to pay for the content they want to watch at a fair price.”

Hamilton says many Kiwis are frustrated with a poor selection of content at a significantly higher cost than those in other countries are offered, and for no good reason.

“Either that or they are choosing to pirate the content they want to watch. So giving access to all the great streaming services will give Kiwis much greater choice and an option to pay for content they otherwise may not have been able to.

“The limited access New Zealanders have to content that is widely available overseas is an issue that needs to be addressed.

“There is no valid argument as to why New Zealanders are paying much more for the same content as others in the world. We shouldn’t tolerate it. This issue extends far beyond TV and Movies, with Kiwis paying significantly more for many technology services and products from the world’s biggest brands than in many other countries.”

Smart Kiwi consumers have already turned to online shopping in a bid to get goods at a fair price.

“People know they can go online, and save $100 on a pair of Nikes. It's just smart shopping. This is the same, but for content."

Studies show that many Kiwis are pirating content. A recent survey by Horizon Research showed that more than one fifth of the 2700 respondents had downloaded content illegally.

“We know that people would prefer to pay a reasonable price for the content they want to watch rather than pirating it. It’s time the content providers and rights holders got their act together and offered Kiwis the same content – for the same price – that people in other parts of the world have access to.

“Until they do, people will need to use a service like Global Mode to pay for top-quality online content, or continue to steal it."

Notes on Global Mode

The service is included by default and for free.

Customers do not need to do anything other than type the website they want to access in their browser as normal.

Content sites now accessible include Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix US and BBC iPlayer.

New Zealand based websites will not be impacted. For example content sites like TVNZ on Demand will continue to work as normal.





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  Reply # 1079752 4-Jul-2014 08:54
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No Slingshot!!  Our secret is out.  Now we sit and wait for the backlash.  Im pretty sure Netflix would not appreciate a national ISP announcing they are enabling their clients a work around in breaking their terms of conditions.  Also Sky will have a fielday with this information not wanting to loose their monopoly.  How long till global mode is removed and we have to go back to a paid services to change our DNS.  Not good!!

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  Reply # 1079754 4-Jul-2014 09:03
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I agree with Skot323. Bad move Slingshot. Sometimes it is better to quietly offer a solution rather than offer a finger of contempt under the noses of those you are trying to get around. Bad move indeed.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1079760 4-Jul-2014 09:11
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Heh, I hope the NZ company behind GlobalMode in NZ has a damm good legal team!




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  Reply # 1079761 4-Jul-2014 09:14
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I agree, i really hope this isnt the downfall of globalmode.. I can't remember the name of the isp but sometime last year a new isp came out that offered this very service on by default and were advertising it as a point of difference, i think they lasted a week before it all turned to custard.

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  Reply # 1079762 4-Jul-2014 09:14
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I don't get what is new here.  I've been a Slingshot customer for a while and they introduced Global Mode over a year ago now.  It was freely available to everybody then, it's the same now.  They did have some silly front that it was for "visitors" which was totally stupid.  But it was well known anyone could log in to their account and switch it on regardless of what your passport said.





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DravidDavid: I don't get what is new here.  I've been a Slingshot customer for a while and they introduced Global Mode over a year ago now.  It was freely available to everybody then, it's the same now.  They did have some silly front that it was for "visitors" which was totally stupid.  But it was well known anyone could log in to their account and switch it on regardless of what your passport said.


Very easy to answer this. It was off by default, you had to login to enable it. Now its on by default for everyone on slingshot. Could bring unwanted attention slingshots way. I wouldn't say it was well known either, well known if you have netflix etc but your average mum and dad wouldn't touch it. I would guess global mode would have probably had a <50% uptake if not a lot less.

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  Reply # 1079769 4-Jul-2014 09:22
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DravidDavid: I don't get what is new here.  I've been a Slingshot customer for a while and they introduced Global Mode over a year ago now.  It was freely available to everybody then, it's the same now.  They did have some silly front that it was for "visitors" which was totally stupid.  But it was well known anyone could log in to their account and switch it on regardless of what your passport said.


Very easy to answer this. It was off by default, you had to login to enable it. Now its on by default for everyone on slingshot. Could bring unwanted attention slingshots way. I wouldn't say it was well known either, well known if you have netflix etc but your average mum and dad wouldn't touch it. I would guess global mode would have probably had a <50% uptake if not a lot less.


I thought it was kept off by default for several reasons.  It was known to interfere with P2P traffic to quite a bit for some users and gaming to a small degree too.  I haven't noticed because I'm on a 2Mb/s connection myself.

When it was new, I was pretty much emailed about it every second day and it was all over the Herald with people laughing at it being for visitors and now I see it's in there a second time around for pretty much the same reasons...





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  Reply # 1080778 4-Jul-2014 10:23
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I suspect that the Sky lawyers will be heading to the BMW dealers soon  to spend their commission..




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  Reply # 1080783 4-Jul-2014 10:33
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This is going to go one of two ways (as others have mentioned) - the slow death of global mode solutions, or a gentle push to Netflix etc to open up over here. However, getting Netflix to open here will have a downfall itself, and that is the content wont be the same as the US/UK, due to Sky tying up everything decent these days....  (there is a thread somewhere on GZ going into this more).

I'd rather stay as I am, happy paying $15 a month for shows I want to watch, rather being limited to shows that are available just because Sky has everything else tied up.....





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  Reply # 1080802 4-Jul-2014 10:54
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Wonder how the UK government will feel about this as Slingshot is openly advocating ripping them off.

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  Reply # 1080805 4-Jul-2014 11:01
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It's all a bit 'meh' IMHO.

Since there are plenty of different unblocking services out there that do this already, and doing it really well, - some of which are free - Slingshot adding this 'feature' is a bit like Telecom offering 'free email'.  I can already get it myself, so why would I care about an ISP doing it.

I'd rather have total separation between my ISP and my other services - gives me freedom to choose and move around to the best options, especially with this sort of thing which is fairly high risk and has the potential to be shut down if stuff changes. (like if Netflix change how they authenticate customers, or adjust their CDN settings like they did recently).

If the law changes in NZ making this illegal, Slingshot will have to comply, whereas overseas based companies like unblock-us, unotelly etc will not.  

unblock-us support is also excellent, whereas slingshot basically tell you to go to geekzone if you are having problems. ha!
https://www.slingshot.co.nz/global-mode/support-faq

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  Reply # 1080807 4-Jul-2014 11:14
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Yes but services require you to be active, Go to netflix now and you wont see the "Not Available in your country" message but "Please give us your money now!", Through no action of the user your able to access sites you normally wouldn't be able to without a clue




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Pretty sure we will see efforts by content providers to nix this now that Slingshot have stopped being coy about it.

Wouldn't take much to stop allowing subscription payments from NZ credit cards etc.

Still, I think overall I applaud Slingshot in coming all the way out of the closet on this - the more voices we have pushing for the demise of digital oceans controlling content access, the better.






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  Reply # 1080811 4-Jul-2014 11:25
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I see no legal issues with this. Parallel importing is legal in NZ (at present  - at least until TPP comes in)

I do however see a massive backlash if and when further changes happen to these services by content owners happens. What happens when one day Netflix does stop working and they can't fix it?



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  Reply # 1080812 4-Jul-2014 11:26
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They are doing a full marketing blitz.. nzherald, facebook, just got an email.

Time will tell how well this goes down!

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