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The streaming war claims a new casualty: Quickflix is going under

In the statement, Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford laid the blame for his company’s collapse on Stan. […] “Despite Quickflix being first to the streaming market and holding a leadership position in 2014, ongoing growth has required capital for continued investment in content and marketing,” Langsford said. “Neither Nine Entertainment nor Stan have ever participated in any capital raisings to assist Quickflix’s growth and its ability to raise capital from any source has been constrained by the redeemable preference shares.” – Ariel Bogle, Mashable

Stan, Netflix lead in volume of video streaming content on offer

Content-focused app company Gyde found that Presto currently offers 4009 hours of television and movie content (including TV), almost 2000 less than its nearest rival. In contrast, Netflix offers 5748 hours of content, and Stan, which is co-owned by Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media, offers 6089 hours. […] The research also found that the latest entrant Netflix has “a key competitive advantage in pre-existing device support” that was rolled out for the local market. Many consumers have readily activated the service via their existing consoles such as the Xbox and PlayStation, as well as the current generation Apple TV. – Dominic White, The Sydney Morning Herald

Which Australian Streaming Service Has The Most Box Office Hit Movies?

[T]here’s not even a clear “winner” across all years. Presto “wins” 2014 by a slim margin and 2013 by a much wider margin, but then absolutely falls off a cliff in terms of popular available movies. Stan picks up the slack for 2012, and Netflix whomps everyone when it comes to the movies of 2011. Then there’s poor old Quickflix, which maintained an absolutely consistent level of movie availability, albeit not one that’s a stunning advertisement for its subscription streaming service. Not a single one of the titles in this list is available. […] everyone performs badly if you’re after box office hits, with nobody even having half of a given year’s movies. There are countless titles that absolutely nobody has — in the case of last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that’s arguably a good thing — but as services for delivering popular box office fare, nobody’s got a whole lot of crowing to do. – Alex Kidman, Lifehacker Australia

Quickflix lashes out at Netflix

Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford has lashed out US streaming giant Netflix, arguing that it is knowingly condoning VPN use and is enjoying a “free ride” in the country through avoiding local content licensing fees. […] “Stop turning a blind eye to VPN services acting as a gateway to your service. Be honest and face-up to the issue of unauthorised access to your US service.” […] Last year Business Spectator revealed that Australia is second to Canada in the use of VPNs to access Netflix. Aside from anecdotal evidence from VPN providers, it has been difficult to pinpoint the prevalence of the trend. […] The main point in Mr Langsford’s letter revolves around the way in which digital content is licensed and distributed around the globe. Under the current regime, broadcasters are required to pay a fee to the content creator for every region in which they broadcast their content. As Netflix has not launched in Australia, it is currently not paying content licencing fees within the region. Quickflix, however, is. – Harrison Polites,The Australian
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Australia: Expected Netflix Entry Heats Up Streaming Video Sector – Hollywood Reporter

Nine Entertainment Co. (NEC), parent of the Nine television network, has acquired HBO’s 8 percent stake in DVD rental and streaming company Quickflix Ltd. […] The deal marks HBO’s exit from Quickflix, two years after investing $8.74 million (AUS$9.3 million) in the company. HBO last year cut a long-term exclusive agreement with pay TV giant Foxtel, under which Foxtel gets all premiere rights to HBO’s original series, […] Foxtel airs them the same day and date as in the U.S. However, at the end of season four of Game of Thrones last month, the full series was made available on streaming services, including Quickflix, iTunes, Google’s Chromecast and Google Play as well as Foxtel’s streaming services. Currently, Netflix also supplies its original series such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black on an exclusive first-run basis to Foxtel. – Pip Bulbeck,The Hollywood Reporter  http://ift.tt/1ntvJYq