Quickflix content streaming service launches in NZ

Orcon to zero rate service from May 1

Quickflix will launch its content streaming service offering unlimited viewing of movies and television programmes in New Zealand today.

The subscription service will cost $16.99 a month, with an introductory offer of $9.99 a month "for a limited period". The content will be digitally streamed to PCs, Apple Macs, and Sony’s range of Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players and PlayStation 3. In addition, latest release movies will be available on selected devices on a pay-per-view basis for $6.99.

The service has content deals with Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, NBC Universal, MGM, Lakeshore Entertainment and Pinnacle Films. It will also feature BBC and comedy television programmes.

Quickflix CEO Chris Taylor says the service will soon be available on Panasonic and Samsung connected TVs, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy tablets and smartphones, and iPhones and iPads.

"The advent of smart devices in the home is transforming the choices available to consumers all over the world," says Taylor. "The Quickflix streaming 'smart channel' will change the way Kiwis experience movies and entertainment services. No boxes, no contracts, just great content on demand".

Taylor says the company is working with broadband providers to make its streaming service unmetered and not count towards customer data caps. “Compared with other countries in the developed world broadband data caps in New Zealand are restrictively low but we see this changing,” he says.

Orcon will be the first ISP to zero-rate the service in May, and Slingshot is expected to make an announcement about zero-rating Quickflix plans later today.

“New Zealanders’ entertainment choices have been far too limited for far too long. In our view there is not enough competition in New Zealand and consumers deserve more choice of content, on demand without the exorbitant price tag,” says Taylor.

Quickflix is listed on the Australian stock exchange and Time Warner-owned HBO has a 15.7 percent stake in the company.

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