Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/03/30/quickflix_for_kiwis/

Quickflix hits New Zealand

Slingshot drops metering in support

By Natalie Apostolou

Posted in Business, 30th March 2012 02:19 GMT

Australia movie streaming aspirant Quickflix has launched across the Tasman in New Zealand delivering on demand content to a range of connected devices.

In its first international launch, the service has been made available on internet-connected PCs and Apple Mac, Sony Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players and PlayStation 3 game consoles.

Quickflix said it wil soon launch connectivity via Samsung smart TVs, Galaxy Tablets and smartphones in both countries. While Apple has also come to the Quickflix party with ipad and iPhone supported services available in ‘coming weeks’.

ISP Slingshot has emerged as the first to offer unmetered content for Quickflix users.

Slingshot CEO Mark Callander, said “the decision to unmeter content from selected web sites and content providers has proven to be very popular, so we are now extending this policy to as many other content providers as possible, starting today with Quickflix.”

Callander pointed to the success of Netflix and its responsibility for 30% of all online data traffic in the US and hoped it would be replicated with Quickflix.

“By extending our free data policy to Quickflix, Slingshot is playing a very important role in the delivery of this service and most ISPs will probably follow suit. Given the relatively low monthly data caps in NZ compared with overseas, customers could very quickly hit their monthly limit and incur additional charges – we don’t want our Slingshot customers to have to worry about data caps and it is time we caught up with the rest of the world,” he said.

Meanwhile Quickflix confirmed that it had completed the landmark AUD$10 million investment deal with Home Box Office. As Quickflix’s newest shareholder Simon Sutton has joined the board as Non-Executive Director and HBO representative. Sutton is president, HBO International and Content Distribution, for HBO.