Quickflix brings movies on demand to Australia

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  • Quickflix available to all ISPs
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Quickflix is bringing a long-awaited unlimited movies-on-demand service to Australia over a broadband connection.

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While US audiences have enjoyed movie and TV shows on demand over the internet for some time through Netflix and Hulu, Australian audiences have had to wait patiently for similar services.

IPTV requires a reasonably fast internet connection to work. ADSL2+ or at least an 8Mbps ADSL1 connection is recommended for streaming video. Bear in mind that some Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will count video streaming toward the monthly quota. As video streaming can chew through a lot of data, large or unlimited plans may be necessary.

Compare Broadband takes a look at the new service and how it compares to current options for IPTV on the Australian market.

Quickflix

Quickflix is offering unlimited movies on demand for $14.99 a month. The service will only be available through Sony's range of connected Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players and home theatres at first, with streaming through PC and Mac available from November 10, followed by Sony Playstation 3 and other device platforms later this year.

Quickflix plans to make its movie streaming service available across all popular devices such as tablets and mobile phones. Quickflix will add pay-per-view movies for latest releases to the service and subscription packages for niche interest areas at a later date.

Deals with Warner Bros. International Branded Services, Sony Pictures Television, Lakeshore Entertainment, Content Media Corporation and Pinnacle Films gives subscribers a wide variety of movies to choose from.

Subscribers also get the latest Hollywood news hosted by Ruby Rose, according to Quickflix.

FetchTV

FetchTV offers free-to-air channels, plus extra channels, pay-per-view movies on demand and up to 30 free movies a month, depending on the package. Additional TV channels include MTV, BBC World News, Al Jazeera and several soccer club channels. New broadcasters are added on a regular basis.

At the moment it is available through Internode and Optus, with other Internet Service Providers (ISPs) likely to make similar deals in the future.

A set-top box is required to receive the service, but this does mean it will work with any TV and you don't need to network a computer to stream content. The set-top box also allows users to record, pause and rewind live TV. Services like Fetch TV, offered by Internode, can bring you the same plans as iiNet although often at a lower price.

Optus has rebranded the service MeTV and prices start from just $9.95 a month. Call Optus on 1300 137 897 for more details on this service.

BigPond movies

BigPond offers movies on demand either through its T-Box for BigPond customers only, or to customers of other ISPs who have a Samsung Smart TV or an LG Smart TV.

The service is offered unmetered to BigPond customers. A new release movie costs $5.99 to rent for 48 hours, while episodes of TV shows cost $1.99.

Qriocity

Pronounced 'Curiosity', this is Sony's entertainment network. It's only available on Sony devices, such as Playstation 3 or internet-enabled Bravia TV sets.

Essentially, it's a way of buying or renting movies, not only from Sony but all the major studios. There are no monthly subscriptions. A music account is also available, offering unlimited songs on a subscription basis.

ABC iView


ABC offers a free online catch-up service, with new shows available up to 14 days after the original broadcast. Several ISPs offer the service unmetered, including iiNet, Westnet, iPrimus, Internode and Spintel. This only if you are watching on your computer – smart TV customers will be metered.

But even if your ISP does not offer unmetered access, iView does not take up much data. An hour's worth of watching ABC shows is only around 250MB.

Foxtel for Xbox

Most Foxtel channels are available to stream through Xbox. It's an inexpensive alternative to cable and there are no contracts. The service can take up a lot of data, so make sure you have a large plan.

Plans for streaming movies and TV shows

Downloading high definition TV, movies and music over the internet can take up a lot of data. It's important to select either an unlimited or heavy user plan to avoid shaping or excess fees.

Compare all the major providers here or call us on 1300 106 571 for more information.