Quickflix

The Herald reports:

A new era in film and television-watching is upon us, with Australian streaming service Quickflix available in New Zealand today. …

Quickflix allows customers to stream movies and TV shows on their computer, television and via devices such as PS3 gaming consoles.

The company also offers a pay-per-view service for the latest releases which will be available around the same time as DVD releases.

This is a step in the right direction. Ultimately I want people to be able to buy a movie within days of it hitting the big screens. You might charge more for it during that time, but only by catering to demand, by allowing people to buy content when they want it, to watch when they want to, will you reduce piracy.

* Unlimited movies and TV shows for $9.99 per month (limited time). Normally $16.99 per month.
* Pay-per-view new release films cost $6.99. Available around the same time as DVD release date.
* Around 650 films and “hundreds of hours” of BBC TV content will be available initially. However, it will be adding around 350 to 400 new films and about 400 hours of new television every month for the subscription service.
* Watch on internet-connected devices, including home computers, Sony Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players and PS3. In coming months other devices will stream Quickflix, including Apple iPhones and iPads in May.
* Zero-rated broadband access with Orcon, easing the pressure on the user’s monthly data cap. Other ISPs, including Slingshot, expected to announce their own plans soon.

That pricing is not too bad.

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