Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Telecom and TV

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  • Dan Slevin,

    was it really not possible to come up with a name that didn’t trample on the brands of two existing and closely related New Zealand companies who already make television?

    Or a name that hadn't been used for years by a successful local short film festival...


    Wellington, NZ • Since Mar 2007 • 95 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Gareth Ward,

    on really straightforward lounge-hardware

    have they said they're using a box?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19735 posts Report Reply

  • Jimmy Southgate,

    Yes. I want to hear more about using Apple TV – which is a vastly superior device to anything inside a smart TV.

    The main failing of the AppleTV is the continuing lack of an app store. I have no idea why they can't open it up at least slightly to allow 3rd party developers to expand the range of the thing. I'm a big fan of Plex as far as a media centre goes, and with a little bit of fiddling here & there you can get it going, but it would be so much nicer just to have an icon to click.

    IF they can hit with a ~$20/mo plan loaded with a fairly decent content spread (including the Freeview suite) on really straightforward lounge-hardware then offshore experience would suggest they could see some success.

    That's not far off the cost of getting Netflix to go in New Zealand i'd have thought, so it would have to be a bit better than a decent content spread. I imagine they'll struggle to get anything TV3 or SkyTV have the rights to; so it will be interesting to see if they can provide compelling service.

    Wellingtown • Since Nov 2006 • 103 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Unfortunately, I'm also a sports fan, which means I won't be able to dump Sky any time soon ...

    I'm wondering if sky have protections on their isky to prevent multiple households logging in at once on one account. Half a dozen people could contribute to a sky subscription and pick up the sports that way (my computer displays quite well on my tv) and then use apple tv etc for everything else.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

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