Netflix: Do or Don’t?

with Kim Flowers

I bet you’re wondering whether Netflix is worth your precious pennies (or cents if you’re here in Australia with us).

I’ll give you the short version – I’m still on the fence.

While I occasionally watch it as background noise (you know, those movies you don’t mind missing parts of but want to watch it while you’re cleaning the house…) I’m finding it more limited than I initially thought. While the collection is growing slowly… I’ve often run out of things to watch.

Ask my dog Molly, she’s watched the same cartoon and/or dog movies numerous times over (I gave up DogTV and it’s bad network connection – picture me growling at their website and their lack of customer service).

Now, the one thing I need to point out, is that we have unlimited ADSL2+. And the TV is at the farthest point of our unit. So occasionally we have issues with our streaming dropping out – and that doesn’t include when we run the microwave.

Despite our network issues, Netflix runs smoothly. We haven’t yet *touch wood* had Netflix drop on the network, and it only takes about 30 seconds to load the HD quality image.

The interface is easy to navigate, easy to set up and the movies are all in genres and accessible via search. The only thing they haven’t included is a ‘What’s new on Netflix’ section. When you’ve seen almost everything on there, you start wondering when and if they have added anything new.

I’ve played around with Netflix on Android tablet, iPad and our Samsung SmartTV (which is the one we use it the most on).

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Quality:

I’d definitely recommend avoiding the standard definition pack. It will definitely drive you crazy with the blurry images very quickly.

Compatible Devices:

Netflix can be viewed on practically anything. If you think you have a random device you’re not certain about, check Devices on Netflix for more information.

Pricing/Plans:

Pricing starts in Australia for $8.99 a month for a Basic plan (standard definition) up to Premium for $14.99 per month. Take a look at the plans here for updated information on them.

Netflix on iPad:

Australian Netflix on iPad video

Overall:

I wouldn’t rush to it. If you’re the type of person that avidly watches new releases, then I’d hold off for now. But if you’re like me, and want to have movies run and rerun in the background for noise, then it’s easier than picking from your slowly declining DVD collection.

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Presto brings the best of British TV with BBC Worldwide

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Media Release: Monday, July 6, 2015

Presto brings the best of British TV with BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide joins Presto’s SVOD service with nearly 100 hours of entertaining and enlightening documentaries starting July 16

Presto today announced it had acquired a package of almost 100 hours of acclaimed TV documentaries from BBC Worldwide Australia & New Zealand (ANZ).

Under the agreement with BBC Worldwide ANZ, Presto has licensed SVOD rights for a broad range of content which will be available to stream on demand for Presto TV and Presto Entertainment bundle subscribers from July 16.

BBC Worldwide joins the list of international content distributors providing programming to Presto TV and Presto Entertainment services, including HBO, Showtime, 20th Century Fox, CBS Studios International, Viacom International Media Networks and local providers including ABC Commercial, Foxtel and Seven West Media.

“The BBC is a prolific producer of high quality documentary programming and we are thrilled to offer our subscribers a terrific selection of their programming which they can stream on demand,” Presto Interim CEO Shaun James said.

Louisa Bayles, Head of Digital Sales, BBC Worldwide ANZ, said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Presto to offer viewers access to a diverse range of informative and engaging content from our slate of factual programming.”

Among the programs licensed from BBC Worldwide ANZ are Brazil with Michael Palin, which explores the rich diversity of cultures that have made Brazil truly unique as he visits small towns, the metropolis of Sao Paulo and the natural beauty of Iguazu Falls; and Michael Palin’s New Europe, which sees him travel to 20 countries that were once behind the Iron Curtain to see what life is like now.

Presto will also feature stories from the renowned Stephen Fry who explores one of the worst ecological disasters in Stephen Fry and the Great American Oil Spill and who travels the globe, taking us on a journey through thousands of years of language in Fry’s Planet World.

Additional BBC Worldwide ANZ documentary hits set to join Presto include:

· Australia with Simon Reeve – takes viewers on an extraordinary adventure starting in the magnificent ‘red centre’ of the continent and onwards through South Australia, via the extraordinary Indian Pacific railway and to the western reaches of Perth.
· Joanna Lumley – The Quest for Noah’s Ark – Lumley examines the theory that Noah’s Ark was preserved on Mount Ararat, in Turkish Armenia. She explores the wide-spread tradition of a massive flood, including Biblical and scientific interpretation along with the idea of whether the Ark is real and what a massive ship building project it would have been during its time.
· An African Journey with Jonathan Dimbleby – After four decades of reporting from the continent, Jonathan Dimbleby returns to Africa on a 7,000-mile journey to discover how it is has changed and continues to grow.
· Louis Theroux documentaries – documentary filmmaker and broadcaster Louis Theroux is best known for his exploration of offbeat communities around the world and in the US. Presto features a collection of 18 of his best works including: Gambling in Las Vegas, which reveals the world behind the myths of casino culture and introduces viewers to ‘high-rollers’ people who have lost millions; The Most Hated Family in America, which profiles the family at the core of the Westboro Baptist Church, the organisation led by Fred Phelps; and The Miami Mega-Jail, one of the most notorious prisons where many of the most volatile inmates are incarcerated.

This selection of BBC Worldwide ANZ documentaries is only a glimpse of what Presto is bringing to enlighten subscribers of all interests. Additional stories range from personal explorations like The Men Who Made Us Thin and My Tattoo Addiction to biographies featuring Steve Jobs – Billion Dollar Hippie, Mark Zuckerberg – Inside Facebook, All Apologies: Kurt Cobain and Leonardo – Inside the Mind of a Genius and scientific journeys such as, Orbit – Earth’s Extraordinary Journey, Origins of Us and Inside the Human Body.

For new subscribers, Presto is currently offering a free 30-day trial^ of the Presto Entertainment bundle subscription.

-Brad

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Techwebcast Episode 339

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Hosts Basil Brad Belinda Jacob ,Steve.

This week we chat with Pashyn Santos
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This week on OPEN SLATHER Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova

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MEDIA ALERT: Friday July 3, 2015
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ormer world number one tennis player and 20-time Wimbledon winner Martina Navratilova will be making a special guest appearance in episode seven of OPEN SLATHER, airing this Sunday, July 5 at 7.30pm on The Comedy Channel.

In the sketch, Navratilova finds herself up against her toughest opponents yet when she attempts to coach the Dinky Twins (Magda Szubanski and Marg Downey). Described as “the next Williams sisters”, the Dinky twins have gained a wild card entry into the Australian Open and are looking for a new coach. They interview “one young lassy” (Navratilova), but find her “a bit disappointing in the end”.

Also in episode seven of OPEN SLATHER:

– The Real Housewives of the World make a visit to Princess Mary of Denmark
– From the maker of the Human Alarm now comes Human Facebook Girl

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