VPN’s have changed the way many people access their content these days. No longer is it a requirement that you wait for when a local broadcaster deems it the right time for a hit show to be made available here. An internet connection and a VPN can gain you access to pretty much anything you want now. And while it’s someone problematic for local rights holders, it has created a bit of a conundrum for the BBC.

In the UK, the BBC is funded out of a license fee but a new study from GlobalWebIndex has shown that around 65 million people outside of the UK are accessing the content. With 75% of those people also accessing and paying for content services like Netflix and Hulu, there is now the suggestion that the BBC iPlayer may become a subscription service. Continue reading »

Netflix have unveiled a graph of internet speeds by ISP which provides an interesting look at which companies are delivering the best access to the streaming service.

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screen-producers-australiaI absolutely loved this press release from Screen Producers Australia last night, particularly the last line:

Screen Producers Australia welcomes the arrival of Netflix to the Australian market. This is a watershed year for our industry as new players such at Netflix change the landscape for consumers and producers.

Australian audiences, Australian screen businesses and Australian culture benefit from a vibrant screen industry generating quality Australian product. In particular, the contribution of commercial and public broadcasters to local production is critical and the quality of their output must be continually applauded, although not taken for granted. Continue reading »

With Netflix announcing the 24th of March as their launch date, many are wondering why that particular day as it’s a Tuesday.

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Netflix_LogoNetflix, Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX), together with Beyond Distribution, today announced the world’s leading Internet television network will bring a wide range of international and locally produced content to Australia and New Zealand when the service launches in March.

Stand-up comedy fans will be able to watch many of their favourite Australian comedians when Netflix launches in March. Among some of the great specials available include: Carl Barron: A One Ended Stick; Arj Barker: Harvest; Kitty Flanagan: Hello Kitty; Jimeoin: Something Smells Funny, and Umbilical Brothers: The Rehearsal. Continue reading »

netflix-logoWith every man and his dog starting streaming services to replicate the success of Netflix and Amazon before they develop their own local presence here, the real problem they face is in the form of exclusive, first run content.

It is one thing to buy up the rights to old TV series and previous seasons of current programs but where Netflix and Amazon have the upper hand is in their original programming. Continue reading »

With Netflix announcing that it will be offering its service to kiwis from March 2015, here’s what you need to know. Continue reading »

Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX), the leading Internet movie and TV subscription service, is heading down under, announcing today it will expand into Australia and New Zealand in March 2015.

Internet-connected users in Australia and New Zealand will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows in high-definition or even 4K where available. At launch, the premium and unique Netflix offering will include such original series as Marco Polo, BoJack Horseman and, among many kids titles, DreamWorks Animation’s All Hail King Julien. Continue reading »

OFLCApparently the Chief censor has their knickers in a twist over Orcon and Slingshot’s Global mode options and is considering a range of charges according to reports.

New Zealand’s chief censor is considering bringing charges against Slingshot and Orcon, which both give customers access to websites with movies that could be either unclassified or banned in this country.

Global Mode gives Slingshot and Orcon customers access to overseas movie and television websites, like Netflix, that are normally blocked to people in this country because of copyright arrangements.

There is therefore the potential for New Zealanders to watch films on these sites that are unclassified in this country or banned.

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