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#230726 10-Mar-2018 12:03
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Fetch TV looking at launching in NZ...

 

Stuff article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12009751

 

Fetch Mighty Aussie Spec's

 

Media Player Type - PVR

 

4K Streaming Compatible - True

 

Dolby Digital - Dolby Digital Plus

 

TV Tuner(s) - 4 HD Tuners

 

Digital Tuner(s) - DVB-T

 

Broadcast Decoding - MPEG-4

 

Streaming Apps - Netflix/Stan

 

Other Apps - Plus!7, TenPlay, ABC iVIEW, SBS On Demand

 

PVR Function - True

 

Series Record - True

 

Record / Pause Live TV - True

 

Recording Medium - Built-in Hard Drive

 

HDD Storage - 1TB

 

USB Playback - Video

 

Parental Controls - True

 

EPG (Program Guide) - 7 day

 

e-Manual - True

 

Wi-Fi - 802.11 ac

 

DLNA - True

 

HDMI Inputs - 1

 

USB Ports - 2

 

Ethernet / LAN Ports - 1

 

Digital Audio Output - Optical (TOSLINK)

 

RF Input - True

 

Cables Included - HDMI & Ethernet

 

Batteries For Remote Control Included - Yes

 

Manufacturer's Warranty - 2 Years

 

 

 

 


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  #1972295 10-Mar-2018 12:20
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For the princely sum of AUD$399/box.  

 

Maybe an ISP will partner and wear the cost of the box - unlikely VOD or SPK (maybe if Lightbox is an app).

 

 

 

And how do you think the channel options will go?  There is a lot of channels that have content where the rights may not be available in NZ.

 

Lets just recall that no upfront cost for a box plus $13/mth for general entertainment = business failure requiring parent bailout.

 

 


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  #1972296 10-Mar-2018 12:22
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Interesting....

If they did get the rugby rights, how much would they charge us? I bet it would be way more than the AU$7 they are charging in oz.

I can’t see from the specs if it’s DVB-T or S?




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  #1972300 10-Mar-2018 12:31
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turb: Interesting....

If they did get the rugby rights, how much would they charge us? I bet it would be way more than the AU$7 they are charging in oz.

I can’t see from the specs if it’s DVB-T or S?

 

 

 

Well you can get BeIN Sports (only BeIN 1) for $15/mth.  And you can get Optus Sports if you are an Optus subscriber (crickey imagine if you could only get Rugby if you were a Spark subscriber - isnt that what Spark feared that Vod and Sky would do post merger?) for $15/mth (which is largely English Premier League for $15/mth, isnt it??)

 

 

 

 




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  #1972311 10-Mar-2018 12:33
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My understanding once activated (Fee AU$1)you can get free to air terrestrial channels for free via aerial (starter pack). So you can uses it as a free to air HD PVR with 4 tuners. The other pay options are up to user take or leave.

 

https://www.fetchtv.com.au/packages

 

 




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  #1972313 10-Mar-2018 12:45
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turb: Interesting....

If they did get the rugby rights, how much would they charge us? I bet it would be way more than the AU$7 they are charging in oz.

I can’t see from the specs if it’s DVB-T or S?

 

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  #1972315 10-Mar-2018 12:50
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I would say the NZ version of this would have both DVB-T and S receivers. Hopefully Sky would also consider wholesaling Sky Sport to them.

 

TV rights wise I see they are carrying some channels that Foxtel has, wouldn't mind having Syfy here also.


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  #1972324 10-Mar-2018 13:02
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One box to rule them all. Nice option to have.

 
 
 
 


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  #1972341 10-Mar-2018 14:03
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DjShadow:

 

I would say the NZ version of this would have both DVB-T and S receivers. Hopefully Sky would also consider wholesaling Sky Sport to them.

 

TV rights wise I see they are carrying some channels that Foxtel has, wouldn't mind having Syfy here also.

 

 

Given that Spark has been hoping for a wholesale deal for just Sport from Sky - and has been angling for it for years and years, I wouldnt hold your breath.  Best chance is that it ends up looking like FanPass via FetchTV (ie a FanPass app).


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  #1972344 10-Mar-2018 14:10
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quickymart:

 

This bit cracked me up: "Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said he did not wish to comment on Fetch's plans." - I bet he didn't! He knows he's got competition now. Funny as usually you can't shut the guy up (or so I'm told).

 

 

Did the reporter even try to obtain a quote from Lightbox?  Or StuffPix?  Or other general entertainment providers?  Given its general entertainment plus PPV movies it seems like its encroaching on Lightbox and the recently announced Lightbox changes - and it would probably derail the Stuffpix launch.  

 

Yet the level of analysis and reporting is, once again, woefully inadequate.  There is plenty of competition in the general entertainment market isnt there?  And the barriers to entry would appear to be very low.  


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  #1972359 10-Mar-2018 15:02
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Certainly better than the pathetic offerings available in NZ for recorders. The Panasonic one which seem to be the main one only has 2 tuners which is pathetic. Even in Australia Panasonic offer better equipment.


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  #1972362 10-Mar-2018 15:14
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Looking at the channel offering of Fetch Australia, They couldn't offer the same channels for starters

 

They could do the kid package without any changes

 

https://www.fetchtv.com.au/packages

 

and probably the Knowledge package

 

Spike would probably be gone from from the vibe package

 

The variety package would probably lose

 

BBC First
13th street
UKTV
SYFY
Universal
TV HITS
111 Funny

 

and sports would be mostly non exclusive filler channel like ESPN

 

Plus!7, TenPlay, ABC iVIEW, SBS On Demand and the STan service would also be gone

 

 

 

 


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  #1972374 10-Mar-2018 15:31
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Apsattv:

 

Looking at the channel offering of Fetch Australia, They couldn't offer the same channels for starters

 

They could do the kid package without any changes

 

https://www.fetchtv.com.au/packages

 

and probably the Knowledge package

 

Spike would probably be gone from from the vibe package

 

The variety package would probably lose

 

BBC First
13th street
UKTV
SYFY
Universal
TV HITS
111 Funny

 

and sports would be mostly non exclusive filler channel like ESPN

 

Plus!7, TenPlay, ABC iVIEW, SBS On Demand and the STan service would also be gone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doesnt TVNZ have Disney rights?  They took a whopping great write down for the contract but I dont think its lapsed, has it?  Do any other local streaming services have Disney content? 

 

And I'm guessing that you're assuming the Nickelodeon content on Lightbox is non-exclusive?


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  #1972383 10-Mar-2018 15:57
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Apsattv:

 

Looking at the channel offering of Fetch Australia, They couldn't offer the same channels for starters

 

They could do the kid package without any changes

 

https://www.fetchtv.com.au/packages

 

and probably the Knowledge package

 

Spike would probably be gone from from the vibe package

 

The variety package would probably lose

 

BBC First
13th street
UKTV
SYFY
Universal
TV HITS
111 Funny

 

and sports would be mostly non exclusive filler channel like ESPN

 

Plus!7, TenPlay, ABC iVIEW, SBS On Demand and the STan service would also be gone

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sky has the ESPN rights for screening in NZ





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  #1972399 10-Mar-2018 16:17
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Nobody seem to realise, but their offering looks like an IPTV offering. With the push for fibre in NZ (and fairly good VDSL coverage) that market is ripe for picking.

 

Look at their boxes and what they write.

 

My guess is that they will seek to get agreements with Spark, 2degrees etc. to provide their IPTV services. That would allow for HDTV with better quality than Sky has and a proper high quality VOD service.


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  #1972403 10-Mar-2018 16:27
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I paid $600 for the mysky box, I just have Freeview on it at moment at just under $19 a month a box. But don't have to pay for record.

I keep paying Sky as I believe it's the best PVR on New Zealand market at the moment, and if box breaks down get it replaced free of charge. Had one replaced already as Hard Drive crapped out.

As Sky won't now let people buy decoders, this provides another option, as if I had to pay for the record function on top of $19, I'd be handing the mysky back.

If they do come to NZ be interesting to see content line up, but looking at Specs people might be interested in box just for Freeview.


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