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# 166129 3-Mar-2015 17:56
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Orcon Press Release


With the impending arrival of Netflix in New Zealand, Orcon is offering new customers who sign up to any Orcon Unlimited plan on a 12 month contract from April 1 a credit equal to six months free Netflix.

The offer comes as Orcon announces the results of a survey of over 1500* Orcon UFB customers which shows that streaming is prolific amongst fibre users with 35 percent preferring online streaming as their primary means of watching television, twice as much as downloading (17%).

Orcon general manager Mike Shirley says, “This shows a change in the way customers are accessing content, with streaming and downloading combined overtaking traditional TV (48%) as the most common way to access TV and movies.”

“Customers are using a variety of devices to stream their favourite TV shows and movies and our research tells us that 71 percent of those with a streaming device are now watching less broadcast TV than they did prior to getting UFB,” adds Mr Shirley.

The Orcon research also named Netflix as the most popular streaming service with 88 percent of customers surveyed stating they would consider signing up to Netflix in the next 12 months. “Although, with the growing number of streaming services now available to New Zealanders, we wanted to create a streaming content credit that enabled our customers to choose their preferred streaming service, be it Netflix, Hulu, Lightbox, or any other,” stated Mr Shirley

In terms of the streaming benefits, surveyed customers were most in favour of ‘No advertising’ (60.5%), and ‘Not reliant on TV schedules’ (72.6%).

The six-months free offer follows the recent announcement that Orcon is upgrading its Global Mode Service so users will be able to switch between regions and watch content from different Netflix catalogues in the US and UK with ease.

“With more of our fibre customers favouring streaming as their main method of watching TV shows and movies, we want to give them access to even more online content and the Global Mode region-switcher will make it even easier for Netflix users to switch to different regions to view the content they want.“

The Global Mode region switching feature will launch in March free-of-charge to Orcon customers.




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  # 1250742 4-Mar-2015 09:07
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Is the TAB taking bets that Spark will do the same??  innocent  




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  # 1250757 4-Mar-2015 09:28
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old3eyes: Is the TAB taking bets that Spark will do the same??  innocent  


pretty unlikely.

Spark just gave 12 months free Lightbox to ALL broadband customers,  not just new ones.
Didn't even require re-signing a contract to get it either.



 
 
 
 


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  # 1250867 4-Mar-2015 11:10
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Orcon's current offer, 
"Receive a one off credit on your first bill equal to the base price of your chosen monthly broadband plan, up to $125"
seems better if this expires by end of this month.

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  # 1251015 4-Mar-2015 13:47
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I already pay for netflix and honestly I feel a bit annoyed that I'd have to resign on as a new customer just to receive this offer. But honestly I can't exactly complain, they have a target and they're using it effectively. Still though would rather it spread to existing customers.





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Vodafone is extending this offer to existing customers:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11410836

I'm an existing and loyal Orcon customer - but seriously they doing pretty well at alienating me right now. 





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Vodafone had announced this offer before Orcon and this was brought up in the Netflix thread.

The funny thing is that Vodafone's offer is linked to their 4G account, not broadband - when I asked them they said anyone with a 8GB plan could watch a Netflix program... Yes, sure. And eat the whole month allowance in a couple of hours.

Sure, a Netflix account will work on mobile and broadband, but they probably wanted to be careful not to upset SKY.

Laughable really.




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pedrogarcia: Vodafone is extending this offer to existing customers:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11410836

I'm an existing and loyal Orcon customer - but seriously they doing pretty well at alienating me right now. 




so switch to another provider then. 

But do bear in mind these are two different offers.

With the VF one, you do get 'free' netflix for 6 months, but you are also forced to keep buying it for a further 6 months. 

With the orcon offer, you get $60 'credit' (assuming netflix is worth $10/m) but you don't have to use it to buy netflix. you can use it for anything.  You also aren't forced into paying for netflix for 6 months afterwards either.

 
 
 
 


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# 1298502 5-May-2015 16:43
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Has anyone actually used this?

The only proper info I can find on Orcon's site is in their T&C
https://www.orcon.net.nz/about/promotional_terms_and_conditions
but the link they give there to "activate" the offer doesn't work.....

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