Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 | 3
13789 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1714


  Reply # 1134750 23-Sep-2014 17:47
Send private message

One thing to note though is that if you are thinking of relying on NZ versions of on demand websites as an alternative, they are likely to start charging in the not too distant future.

20883 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4094

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1134785 23-Sep-2014 18:46
2 people support this post
Send private message

I dont even use the local on demand websites because watching in a browser is always going to be a less than optimal experience, and the local broadcasters are too slack to get apps on antything other than samsung TV's, which are not usable if you change the region to get netflix working.

If you have a working other source for your content and are happy to not have the sports offerings then dropping sky and their excessive added charges for basic features is a no-brainer. Do it. The more people that do the more they will have to evolve out of the 90's mindset they are stuck in.




Richard rich.ms

 
 
 
 


Try Wrike: fast, easy, and efficient project collaboration software
921 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 39


  Reply # 1134885 23-Sep-2014 19:44
Send private message

Somthing like the Dish S7090PVR seems to have the EPG, series Link and record 2 and watch one functionality as per Sky - but also has the optical out.

 

 

Ive heard lots of things about the Magic TV - does this have Optical out? These have nice big Hard Drives so could be an option

 

 

Freeview from UHF and satellite are not the same as each other. The S7090 is a satellite receiver and the Magic TV is for UHF. Satellite Freeview has lower than DVD broadcast quality while Freeview UHF is slightly better than Sky HD. Unless you're in Southland you will need a satellite receiver to continue to pick up CUE TV.

 

 

If you don't want to get a HTPC for recording the Panasonic BWT840GZ at $639 is the best option for UHF and the S7090PVR is almost the only option for satellite.

 

 

Turn off overscan for the input if you have an LCD.

2438 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1096


  Reply # 1134964 23-Sep-2014 21:15
Send private message

You can always sleep the subscription for 2-3 months. I did that a few years ago when I was overseas. From memory you just pay $5/month and they leave the decoder etc in place, then it's just a phonecall to reactivate.

 

 

If you find you don't miss it, you can then cancel. If you decide you want it after all, it's just a phonecall to get it back.

 

 

I'm contemplating ditching it myself. I mainly have it for the movies and SoHo. I just need to wait until Minix have a more stable Netflix app for my X8-H, then Sky is likely toast. Not a bad product, but overpriced for what it is.

38 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 1134986 23-Sep-2014 21:18
Send private message

We use Roku + Plex, Netflix, Hulu+... Keeps the missus happy, shes the TV nut.

Unfortunately we still have Sky, only because I'm a sports nut and I havent found a suitable replacement.
Although for the NRL guy, all the NRL games are free live on one of the Roku channels... if thats all thats holding you to Sky...

117 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 22


  Reply # 1134991 23-Sep-2014 21:25
Send private message

GJones: We use Roku + Plex, Netflix, Hulu+... Keeps the missus happy, shes the TV nut.

Unfortunately we still have Sky, only because I'm a sports nut and I havent found a suitable replacement.
Although for the NRL guy, all the NRL games are free live on one of the Roku channels... if thats all thats holding you to Sky...


I would be interested to know what channel on the roku has the NRL

404 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 191


  Reply # 1135047 23-Sep-2014 22:36
Send private message



I would be interested to know what channel on the roku has the NRL


Livestream.

4123 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 842
Inactive user


  Reply # 1135131 24-Sep-2014 06:14
Send private message

GJones: 
Although for the NRL guy, all the NRL games are free live on one of the Roku channels... if thats all thats holding you to Sky...


Whats the quality like?

832 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 260

Trusted

  Reply # 1135268 24-Sep-2014 09:23
Send private message

kiwitrc:
GJones: 
Although for the NRL guy, all the NRL games are free live on one of the Roku channels... if thats all thats holding you to Sky...


Whats the quality like?


From memory, better than Sky.



215 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 37


  Reply # 1135288 24-Sep-2014 08:59
Send private message

I can now see why Unotelly is Essential...!

I tried to browse to Netflix here in NZ to primarily see what their packages cost etc - but couldnt even get to the main screen! 

Unotelly I suspect would get around this...

Frustratingly - Ive only recently changed my itunes store from the UK (where Netflix worked on my Apple TV) to the NZ store as i was closing down accounts and stuff in the UK.  Now i cant access Netflix! 

So Unotelly first - that will allow me to view the Netflix site? 

Unotelly changes my DNS?  Do i change both the DNS on my Apple TV and my IMAC??




I don't want no sugar in it - thank you very much

4123 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 842
Inactive user


  Reply # 1135311 24-Sep-2014 09:58
Send private message

Glassboy:
kiwitrc:
GJones: 
Although for the NRL guy, all the NRL games are free live on one of the Roku channels... if thats all thats holding you to Sky...


Whats the quality like?


From memory, better than Sky.


Better than Sky HD?

1685 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 311

Trusted

  Reply # 1136401 24-Sep-2014 11:51
Send private message

tchart: We're almost there in my house. Have weaned the kids off Cartoon Network and onto Netflix.

Now just have to convince the wife she doesnt need The Food Channel.


ChoiceTV (FTA) has plenty of Foodie programs. Think it's also available for streaming




My thoughts are no longer my own and is probably representative of our media-controlled government


37 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 1


  Reply # 1136486 24-Sep-2014 13:23
Send private message

tchart: We're almost there in my house. Have weaned the kids off Cartoon Network and onto Netflix.

Now just have to convince the wife she doesnt need The Food Channel.




You could always try Igloo with a $ 20 channel pack .. it includes Food TV

37 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 1


  Reply # 1136498 24-Sep-2014 13:34
Send private message

MileHighKiwi: We ditched Sky 3 months ago and haven't looked back. The only thing I miss is All Blacks games. As much as I love the AB's, $1200 per year is too much for the privilege.


There is always hope ...

"New Zealand Rugby, along with the South African and Australian rugby unions, is involved in negotiations over a new five-year agreement covering the rugby championship, super rugby, international tours and domestic provincial competitions, to replace an existing licensing agreement with Sky that expires at the end of next year." 
[url]http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/10509898/Orcon-calls-for-NZRU-to-live-stream-games

Banana?
4254 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 967

Subscriber

  Reply # 1136536 24-Sep-2014 14:07
Send private message

nzconan:
MileHighKiwi: We ditched Sky 3 months ago and haven't looked back. The only thing I miss is All Blacks games. As much as I love the AB's, $1200 per year is too much for the privilege.


There is always hope ...

"New Zealand Rugby, along with the South African and Australian rugby unions, is involved in negotiations over a new five-year agreement covering the rugby championship, super rugby, international tours and domestic provincial competitions, to replace an existing licensing agreement with Sky that expires at the end of next year." 
[url]http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/10509898/Orcon-calls-for-NZRU-to-live-stream-games


There is hope, but not much I fear.

Sky owns all the Broadcasting equipment and cameras etc don't they? If they don't have all the rights to the most valuable sport they have, who will file the games so they can be live streamed?

If the NZRU told Sky they would begin streaming the games, or give someone else streaming rights, Sky stands to lose a huge chunk of subscribers. They use the revenue from subscriptions to pay for their broadcasts, which cannot be cheap.

1 | 2 | 3
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Amazon launches the International Shopping Experience in the Amazon Shopping App
Posted 19-Apr-2018 08:38


Spark New Zealand and TVNZ to bring coverage of Rugby World Cup 2019
Posted 16-Apr-2018 06:55


How Google can seize Microsoft Office crown
Posted 14-Apr-2018 11:08


How back office transformation drives IRD efficiency
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:15


iPod laws in a smartphone world: will we ever get copyright right?
Posted 12-Apr-2018 21:13


Lightbox service using big data and analytics to learn more about customers
Posted 9-Apr-2018 12:11


111 mobile caller location extended to iOS
Posted 6-Apr-2018 13:50


Huawei announces the HUAWEI P20 series
Posted 29-Mar-2018 11:41


Symantec Internet Security Threat Report shows increased endpoint technology risks
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:29


Spark switches on long-range IoT network across New Zealand
Posted 26-Mar-2018 18:22


Stuff Pix enters streaming video market
Posted 21-Mar-2018 09:18


Windows no longer Microsoft’s main focus
Posted 13-Mar-2018 07:47


Why phone makers are obsessed with cameras
Posted 11-Mar-2018 12:25


New Zealand Adopts International Open Data Charter
Posted 3-Mar-2018 12:48


Shipments tumble as NZ phone upgrades slow
Posted 2-Mar-2018 11:48



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.