blog One of the disadvantages of an online IPTV service such as Quickflix is that up until now, you haven’t been able to buy distinct television shows through the service to own permanently; users have only been able to get access to the shows they want if they’re paying a monthly subscription. However, all this is set to change, according to a media release issued by Quickflix today:
Quickflix has launched a new service offering, with a wide range of popular TV series now available to stream and own on an ‘electronic sell through basis’ via the Quickflix website or the Quickflix Samsung Smart Hub App. Customers can purchase and instantly stream TV titles to PC’s, Macs and initially, exclusively to selected Samsung Smart TVs, home theatre and Blu-ray devices. Hit series can be purchased by episode, starting from $2.99, or by season with a Season Pass. Customers do not have to be subscription members to Quickflix to purchase streaming titles to own.
Quickflix Chairman and CEO, Stephen Langsford, said: “Consumers demand instantly accessible current and recent TV series, and we’re delighted to be offering exactly that. We have access to an incredible range of programming and some phenomenally popular shows, and we’re working hard to make it easier, quicker and more convenient than ever to watch these.”
Mr Langsford continues, “Bringing this content to market in partnership with Samsung reflects our confidence in Samsung’s position as a market leading manufacturer of Smart TVs and connected devices.”
Evan Manolis, Head of TV Content, Samsung Australia said “We are pleased to bring more quality content to Samsung consumers with the launch of this service on Quickflix, initially available exclusively on compatible Samsung Smart TVs, home theatre and Blu-ray devices. This exciting addition to the suite of content on offer to Samsung consumers delivers an even richer experience across our devices and ensures our consumers can access the content they want, when they want it.”
Owners of selected Samsung Smart TVs, home theatre and Blu-ray devices can purchase TV series by downloading the Quickflix app from the Smart Hub on compatible devices.
Quickflix’s email on the issue this morning also included the following information: “This includes the entire series of Game Of Thrones Season 1, 2 and 3 (The final ep of Season 3 airs via QFX on June 11)”.
Personally, while I view this as a broadly positive move on the part of Quickflix, I’m not comfortable making a comment on how good this offering is until I’ve tested it out. Issues such as what technical format the TV episodes are in, whether they are HD (and which ‘HD’) and what sound format they use, what DRM has been placed around the whole situation and so on, are all important in this context.
I’m hoping to do a review of Quickflix’s IPTV services as a whole fairly shortly, so hopefully I’ll be able to go into a bit more detail then. I’m also planning to do a review of the quality of buying TV shows such as Game of Thrones through iTunes, so it’ll be interesting to compare the two platforms. In the meantime, if you have used this service from Quickflix, please feel free to post your thoughts below. It’ll be interesting to see what people think of it.
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