Quickflix to stream Game of Thrones hours after US broadcast

Inks HBO deal, goes toe to toe with iTunes, Foxtel to broadcast show soon after US airing

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Australian video-on-demand service Quickflix will offer episodes of Game of Thrones for online streaming hours after they are broadcast in the US, after a deal was sealed with the show’s creator HBO.

The deal means that alongside staunch competitors iTunes and Foxtel, Quickflix will host Game of Thrones on its streaming video service, within a few hours of the show’s original broadcast on the US HBO cable TV channel.

The show’s episodes, and a season pass, will be made available through a ‘sell-through’ arrangement — rather than being part of the regular Quickflix TV and movie line-up, which can be accessed by any user with a $15 monthly subscription, they will be available for a separate fee.

Quickflix CEO Stephen Langsford said that the deal was an important step in the company’s business plans. “This is a big move for us, because we're bringing current and recent seasons TV to Quickflix, to consumers' devices of choice.”

The deal means anyone in Australia — not only existing Quickflix subscribers, or users who have access to iTunes, or who have a Foxtel cable or streaming subscription — will be able to purchase and stream episodes of Game of Thrones on a wider range of devices.

The show is available on Apple's iTunes video store for streaming and download of individual episodes or entire series, and is available via subscription to Foxtel's cable TV service or Internet streaming TV packages including Foxtel Play.

Quickflix applications are available on iOS, and Android smartphones and tablets like the Kobo Arc, as well as on PC and Mac and a wide range of Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and games consoles.

Langsford was upbeat about Quickflix’s deal, downplaying the possibility of Foxtel blocking the company’s future access to HBO content as reported by the Australian Financial Review. He told PC World that Quickflix would “obviously respect HBO’s arrangements with Foxtel and competitors in the market. We'll have access as soon as iTunes.

“Some series will feature on Foxtel first, but given over 70 per cent of Australians don't subscribe to Foxtel, being [able] soon after to make it available to your device of choice, we believe, is a big step forward.”

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HBO has a $10million stake in Quickflix, owning a 16 per cent share of the company. Another $5million loan came in at the end of 2012 from US media entrepreneur Alki David, who controls US video-on-demand service FilmOn.TV.

The Quickflix-HBO deal is not just limited to Game of Thrones, either: according to Langsford, all HBO shows will be available to Quickflix for sell-through, “including True Blood, Newsroom, [and] Boardwalk Empire.”

The company has other streaming content deals in the works with a number of US and UK TV and movie distributors.

Langsford also commented on the current and future status of Australia’s national broadband infrastructure, crucial to the company’s aspirations of delivering streaming video ubiquitously.

“It’s very good, and that’s both fixed broadband and wireless. It will only get better too — if NBN rolls out, then one day Quickflix will be streaming 3D movies.

“I spend a fair amount of time in the US. Australia’s broadband infrastructure actually holds up very well. The average connection speed of Australian broadband customers is 4.5Mbps, which is more than sufficient to enjoy Quickflix’s adaptive streaming of SD and HD movies and TV. Previously [US streaming giant] Netflix has cited its average customer speed was 1.5Mbps.

“70 per cent of Australians (in our major cities) can enjoy this access. Rural and regional Australia, where 30 per cent of the population reside has slower connection speeds — the NBN (or variation thereof!) promises high speed connection for this group, and will only improve connection speeds in the city.”

He also told PC World that one central aspect preventing uptake of video-on-demand and streaming IPTV services — limited download quotas — was largely a thing of the past.

“What has held Australia back in the past has been onerous data caps. But these have lifted over the past two years, so now I can get 200 gigabytes, or in some cases unlimited access, for [around] $50 per month.

“Un-metering access is no longer an issue by and large because data caps have lifted considerably across the board. Someone on a 200gb plan can watch a lot of streamed movies and TV, and everything else they use their internet for.”

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Salts

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Think you might be wrong about investment Campbell -

"In response Mr. David said “it does not surprise what Mr. Boyd has said. When QFX made such a bold announcement of my involvement before any agreement had been reached I realized that the people at QFX were not to be trusted. And then when they announced my departure I realized that they weren’t dealing with a full deck of cards either.”

http://www.shockya.com/news/2013/04/15/quickflix-in-fnancial-blunders/

Campbell Simpson

2

Salts: didn't know that - thank you for the information.

Salts

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Paul - the fact remains that 5 million didn't drop into QFX coffers and they are struggling for funds. Are you going to purchase product from a company that's almost going out of business every few months?

I dont think anyone cares about alleged attempted murders (seriously? You're writing that? That's almost unhinged) - none of that really matters at all. The money announced as the saving grace didn't come. There is no money coming. End of story.

Paul Blart

4

Salts the reality of who Alki David is the cause of that investment not working out.

It may not matter to the investment but it paints the picture of who Alki David is.

Campbell Simpson

5

Salts, Paul - I removed the earlier comment as it stepped over the line of our comments policy. I'd appreciate it if you could keep the discussion to verifiable facts on the matter.

Paul Blart

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Campbell I understand. I am glad to see you were able to read the comment. I'm sure there is more to that than QuickFlix trying to manipulate people into thinking the business was getting the loan.

bob

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Salts,
You failed to mention the $1.7 million raised in a Capital Raising this month with Crede Capital.
CEO Stephen Langsford has come out and said that " The funding crisis is over and we are ready for growth"
Organisations like Microsoft, Lg, HBO, appear happy to work with Quickflix.
I don't understand why there are always people like yourself so eager to talk down a great Aussie Business like Quickflix?
What your motive?

Salts

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Bob, it was correcting a statement the article. Campbell said they'd secured funding, and they have not, even given Crede Capitals investment, it doesn't appear enough to pull them through. This is called opinion. Given that this is called 'comments' section, we are all entitled to comment. That's what commentary is.

I wonder what you consider a 'great' Aussie company to be?

Salts

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Bob - sorry correction to my previous comment - it was a correction to receiving 5 million from David.

Jack Donahue

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Very suspicious.

"Gleneagle Securities had agreed to lend $1.5 million to Quickflix, but in a statement to the ASX Quickflix said that Gleneagles had not provided the balance. It was also to have provided more subsequently. Gleneagles was the Australian nominee for investors introduced by BluePrint Partners, the investment vehicle of US media entrepreneur Alki (Alkiviades) David, owner and founder of Internet TV company FilmOn.

David was to have joined the board of Quickflix, as was his nominee Tim Boyd, President of FilmOn.TV Asia. But that relationship appears to have soured. “The board does not consider it in the best interests of shareholders to appoint the nominees of Gleneagle Securities [David and Boyd] to the board at this stage. The failure of Gleneagle Securities to provide the balance of the first tranche is a breach of the facility terms. On this basis Quickflix is entitled not to appoint the nominees."

http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/59380-no-quick-fix-for-quickflix

"“Despite Alki pulling out my company Blueprint partners and Glenn Eagles Securities put up 1.1 Million the first tranche of the 5 Million investment. Langsford kept the money, didn’t call the board meeting as promised and then announced that that our group was out. We have taken the appropriate steps to recover our funds and ensure that Mr. Langsford is held accountable”"

http://www.shockya.com/news/2013/04/15/quickflix-in-fnancial-blunders/

Paul Blart

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Wow Alki is really up to something. Everything I saw from Alki David and his associate's site ShockYa Alki was fully aware and in support of QuickFlix.

http://picha.com.au/alki-david-and-quickflixs-stephen-langsford-go-one-on-one-via-twitter/

I wouldn't be surprised for some legal repercussions.

Salts

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As I said to you before Paul, it really is irrelevant. What is relevant is the state of the Quickflix bank account and how much working capital is left. If the loan issue is true, then how do Quickflix rid themselves of the loan and association with enough working capital to expand in the face of streaming competition from others in the marketplace?

Paul Blart

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What exactly is irrelevant? Alki David's accusations against QuickFlix are very serious.

QuickFlix was able to secure investment from other sources and is making strides in securing fresh content, lowering their costs and getting their service on new devices.

QuickFlix is currently the leader in Australia for this type of service. Their competition is having just as much of a difficult time as they are, Quickflix just has a higher profile. Even Alki David's similar business FilmOn is doing horribly.

It's all very interesting and relevant to the success of QuickFlix.

Salts

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Paul.

If David's accusations are serious then I am sure Quickflix will address them. As to whether they are serious - who cares? Why are you so focussed on David's issues? I really don't care as much as you seem to.

If Quickflix can source investment from somewhere else great - although it seems to be difficult for them - this is fantastic for investors and Australian players.

I find it really odd that you would be focussing so heavily on a relationship which has been left by both parties when it really comes down to working capital.

Do Quickflix have enough capital to make it through, given this event? That is the only question that matters - not some tit for tat in a twitter playground Paul.

http://picha.com.au/alki-david-and-quickflixs-stephen-langsford-go-one-on-one-via-twitter/

Salts

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Campbell - I would like to have it noted I was not the person who posted anything out of line. Thank you.

Paul Blart

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Salts - I'm sorry I missed you being crowned King of the internet.

If you don't care why are you so defensive? I'm just posting relevant information to follow up with your comment. I'm sorry for finding the actions of Alki David interesting.

Shill.

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