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Quickflix: Getting Started

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4 May 2013
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Quickflix is Australia's premier subscription streaming service. While it doesn't have the catalogue depth of Netflix, it is for the time being, the best local option available.This FAQ style guide hopes to answer the most common questions about what Quickflix is, and why you will want it, concentrating mostly on the streaming part of Quickflix (for obvious reason!).

 

Q: What is Quickflix

A Quickflix subscription actually includes access to three separate services. One is a by-mail disc rental service, the other is a subscription streaming service, and lastly, you have access to a "pay per play" service (you do not need to have a subscription in order to access this last service).

Quickflix Post is Quickflix's by-mail disc rental style service. This service allows you to rent DVDs or Blu-rays via their website and have it delivered, by mail, to you. You can then keep the disc for as long as you like, but depending on which plan you've chosen, you may not be able to rent another one until you return the disc. You return the disc also by mail via the included pre-paid envelope.

The subscription streaming service, dubbed Quickflix Play, is now included with every Quickflix plan, allows you to instantly access a huge library of movies and TV shows using your Internet connection. There's no limit to what you can watch, and new content is added all the time. Included titles mostly feature classic movies and TV shows, including the much sought after HBO collection. The Quickflix app is available on many devices, including PCs and Macs, the iPhone, iPad, the PS3, Xbox 360, and selected Smart Blu-ray players and TVs.

And finally, you have access to the Quickflix Pay Per Play service. This delivers the movie in the same way as Quickflix's subscription streaming service, via the Internet and the Quickflix app (although device support is not wide spread as Quickflix Play), but you pay for each time you watch the movie. You have 48 hours to watch the movie after your order, but you can watch it as many times as you want on the same device within the 48 hours. You do not need to have a Quickflix subscription in order to access this service. Many new release movies are included as part of Quickflix Pay Per Play, as well as the HBO hit Game of Thrones, fast-tracked straight from the US.

Q: Are there different Quickflix plans?

As of May 2013, there are three Quickflix subscription plans available, the difference is in how many discs you can rent at the same time. All plans includes unlimited streaming via Quickflix Play:

  • $14.99 per month: Unlimited DVD and Blu-ray rentals, one disc out at any time - plus unlimited streaming
  • $24.99 per month: Unlimited DVD and Blu-ray rentals, two disc out at any time - plus unlimited streaming
  • $34.99 per month: Unlimited DVD and Blu-ray rentals, three disc out at any time - plus unlimited streaming

As mentioned above, Quickflix Pay Per Play titles can be rented without individually requiring one of the subscription plans above.

Q: How unlimited is unlimited streaming?

You can watch as many movies as you want with your Quickflix Play unlimited streaming subscription. Note that data usage is not included in your Quickflix subscription.

Q: What can I watch on Quickflix Play unlimited streaming?

You can view a list of all available movies and TV shows by going to this page. As of May 2013, there are more than 500 movies and more than 60 HBO TV shows or seasons.

Q: Where can I watch Quickflix Play?

You can watch Quickflix Play on a variety of devices, including:

  • PC & Mac
  • Xbox 360
  • iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch
  • Samsung Galaxy SIII and selected Samsung Android SmartPhones/Tablets
  • Samsung TV, Blu-ray players and BD Home Theatre Systems with SmartHub
  • Playstation 3®
  • Sony Bravia TVs, Blu-ray players and BD Home Theatre Systems
  • Panasonic TVs with Viera Connect
  • Kogan Smart TV HDMI Dongle

Q: Can I download/cache content for offline viewing?

No. You must have an active Internet connection to view content on Quickflix Play.

Q: How much bandwidth will Quickflix Play use?

Quickflix notes that the minimum connection speed required for Quickflix Play is 1.5 Mbps for SD content, and 3.5 Mbps for HD content.

This would translate to 1.4GB for a typical 2 hour SD movie, and 3.2GB for a typical 2 hour HD movie. Note that HD content is currently only available via Sony Bravia devices.

Q: Where can I watch Quickflix Pay Per Play?

As of May 2013, you can watch Quickflix Pay Per Play on these devices:

  • PCs & Macs (via the Quickflix website)
  • 2012 Model Samsung SmartHub TVs (via the Quickflix App)
  • 2011 & 2012 Model Panasonic Viera TVs (via the Quickflix App)

Q: How much does each Pay Per Play title cost?

Pay Per Play movies range from $3.99 to $5.99 for each 48 viewing period, on the same device. You have to pay again to watch on a different device, or if you've exceeded the 48 hour viewing window.

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