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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by cage » Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:33 pm

Finally upgraded to an Apple TV 4K.
Quite impressed with the improved quality.
HDR support and higher refresh rate makes a huge difference.
You do need a little bandwidth to make it run right.
Sitting at 31Mb currently, not too shabby while it buffers ahead.
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by Roger » Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:44 pm

Looking at DSTV financial results, is it the beginning of their end? ~40 000 premium subscribers lost in the last year.
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by cabeng » Sat Jun 30, 2018 10:52 am

Roger wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:44 pm
Looking at DSTV financial results, is it the beginning of their end? ~40 000 premium subscribers lost in the last year.
Have to wonder how many of that 40 000 are emigrants ? 2 yrs ago we were one
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by Christo » Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:40 am

Roger wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 1:44 pm
Looking at DSTV financial results, is it the beginning of their end? ~40 000 premium subscribers lost in the last year.
Paytv is dead! TV on demand is the future.
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by paulw » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:49 pm

The only way Pay TV can survive is to become TV on demand or combination. But I think they are aware of it with the features like Showmax, and where you can do catchup.
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Re: TV about to change in SA

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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by Roger » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:55 am

That makes for interesting reading Christo.

If you think about it, the production cost of TV is not changing, only the delivery model has. Suppose when you have tremendous amounts of churn from one platform to another, the cost will eventually follow as the traditional platforms shrink and absorb less of the upfront costs.

Would be interesting to compare the delivery model cost of cable/satellite vs an internet stream. That is the only portion that will change and influence the overall delivery cost to consumer.
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by Christo » Thu Jul 05, 2018 9:30 am

cage wrote:
Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:33 pm
Finally upgraded to an Apple TV 4K.
Quite impressed with the improved quality.
HDR support and higher refresh rate makes a huge difference.
You do need a little bandwidth to make it run right.
Sitting at 31Mb currently, not too shabby while it buffers ahead.

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You telling me you are only doing 1Mbps streaming 4K video? :shock: Thought it would have been more!
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by Christo » Mon Jul 09, 2018 7:34 pm

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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by paulw » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:06 pm

Hi

What is the latest on using Proxies and which streaming system is the best?
I bought a little streaming box and want to join Netflix or Hulu this coming weekend and set it up.
Been postponing too long now....always something coming up and never got to it.

Is it worth the while getting a proxy to get US content rather than SA content?
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by SlowApproach » Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:58 pm

I luuuv my US NetFlix! It has A LOT MORE content than the dumb SA setup. Works a treat with NordVPN. (Costs around R171 pm (bluddy exchange rate) for the NordVPN subs if you do it on a monthly basis. However, going for one of NordVPN's longer-period offerings makes it a lot cheaper than that in the long run because of great discounts).

I'm this close [shows a sparkplug gap between two fingers] to turfing DStv entirely because already I'm down to the lower-end packages, being sick & tired of paying more and more while getting less and less. Soon, very soon, no more of DStv's bluddy repeats of the repeated repeats, and inane ads playing over and over and over.

For around R132 for Netflix "standard" HD (no "UHD" - don't care, my family's monitor (can't call it a TV because it ain't) doesn't do it anyways), and R171 for the VPN, it is a very good deal in my eyes, as the Internet connection is being paid for, for many other things already, anyways.
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by paulw » Thu Jul 19, 2018 3:12 pm

SlowApproach wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:58 pm
I luuuv my US NetFlix! It has A LOT MORE content than the dumb SA setup. Works a treat with NordVPN.
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.turfing DStv entirely because already I'm down to the lower-end packages
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Sounds like a plan. Downgrade DSTV a bit to Compact Plus to cover the costs for Netflix and NordVPN. I only want to keep Kyknet and some others like Food network for the wife.

I have a webserver in USA. I want to see if I can install a Proxy on it and maybe save some money on the NordVPN but not sure if it will be blocked by the hosting company if they see the data coming through. (TOC says not allowed)
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by SlowApproach » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:13 am

So now MultiChoice a.k.a. NoChoice "wants to level the playing fields". This is really rich coming from a bunch who has done just about everything possible to keep competitors out of their space, including reserving virtually all transponders on the satellite they have been using for DStv. It is very apparent that the only reason they are now demanding "regulation" on streaming services is to suit themselves.

"Netflix should be BEE compliant to operate in South Africa - MultiChoice"
https://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcas ... hoice.html

This says it all:
The latest statement also comes after Sasfin Securities deputy chairman David Shapiro dismissed calls from MultiChoice to impose stricter regulations on Netflix in South Africa.

Speaking on Business Day TV, Shapiro said Netflix is “simply progress”, and that after you have used Netflix, there is “no way that you are ever going to go back to DStv”.

“DStv, your time is up,” said Shapiro.

Business Day TV show host Giulietta Talevi added that MultiChoice had a 30-year monopoly in South Africa, and that companies need to “innovate or die”.
About time that people can see them for what they really are: Just another greedy, outmoded corporate trying to stay relevant at others' expense.
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by Christo » Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:24 am

:( :( :(

Completely expected! I imagine they are continuing to loose subscribers in droves on a monthly basis.
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Re: TV about to change in SA

Unread post by SlowApproach » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:13 am

Netflix South Africa has taken a swipe at whiny-whiny MultiChoice’s DStv with a parody “Netflix installation” video. Brilliant! :lol:

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