Quickflix Now Has A Streaming-Only $9.99 Deal

One of the more common complaints about Quickflix (the Australian Netflix-like streaming service you can use down under without VPN japery) is that it's too expensive, especially if you're not interested in receiving DVDs through the mail. The service is now offering a $9.99 per month streaming-only deal, but whether that will draw hardcore content addicts away from either torrenting or a similarly-priced but broader (if technically illegal) Netflix deal remains to be seen.

Quickflix now offers multiple deals, all of which don't require any long-term contracts:

  • Streaming from its catalogue of movies and TV shows for $9.99 a month.
  • Rental of DVDs or Blu-rays delivered by mail. Having a single disc out at a time cost $12.99 a month; two costs $22.99 a month; three costs $29.99.
  • A combined streaming and postal deal. That costs $19.99 for one disc, $29.99 for two or $39.99 for three.

Up to six devices can be registered for the streaming service — a clear attempt to compete with Foxtel Play, which offers half as many devices (a maximum of three) and costs twice as much at $19.99. Of course, whether either is worthwhile depends on whether the content they offer appeals to you.

While Quickflix does have deals with the BBC and HBO for some TV content, the main appeal of these services remains if you're a serious movie addict. Does $9.99 a month sound tempting to you? Tell us in the comments.


Comments

    I tried Quickflix a couple of years ago, and I packed it in partially because of the price considering I had no interest in receiving discs in the post, but mostly because of the lack of availability of streaming content. This is definitely a step in the right direction, and it would be a terrible shame if, by the time content deals were worked out with the major networks and distributors, Netflix decided to set up shop over here.

    Hopefully Quickflix can get in there first.

      That's the kicker isn't it?
      Last time I checked out Quickflix they had bugger all content that interested me.
      Sounds like they're still movie focussed despite the drift to TV.
      Until they sign on for better TV content my money will continue to head overseas to Netflix.

        A bit of research... based on the IMDb Top 250 (http://www.imdb.com/chart/top) the only titles in the first 50 ('cause that's how far I could be bothered searching) that were available for play were:
        Schindler's List (#7)
        Goodfellas (#16)
        The Silence of the Lambs (#24)
        Psycho (#33)
        Memento (#38 - Pay per Play)
        Gladiator (#47)
        Back to the Future (#48)

        The rest appeared to be available at least via DVD.

        The strange thing is that their default "We can't find the title but here are some other suggestions" for the Play category are:
        The Chronicles of Narnia
        Pirates of the Caribbean - Curse of the Black Pearl
        The Swan Princess (not Pay per Play)
        The Hobbit - Desolation of Smaug
        The Way
        The Eye of the Storm (not Pay per Play)

        And there didn't seem to be any logic to how these were chosen. For example they'll still be the top 6 suggestions if you search for The Usual Suspects. :-/

    Can anyone confirm if the android quickflix app supports chromecast?

      ChromeCast hasn't launched in Australia yet. It's only sold in the US.

        True, but my chromecast works with Youtube....

          Quickflix has just announced that they are working on supporting ChromeCast when it launches here.

          http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/quickflix-coming-to-chromecast-and-apple-tv-20140502-zr2ur.html

    The problem isn't with the monthly fee but with the fact that if you want to watch anything released in the last decade you need to pay their Pay per Play prices on top of the monthly subscription...

    When I trialled the service a few months ago the newest movie I could watch without paying extra was released in 1995. TV show series prices were about the same as on iTunes but iTunes doesn't also slug you a monthly fee...

      You don't need a monthly subscription to be able to buy Pay per Play Movies or new release TV on Quickflix either.

    pitty, a few of the shows are DVD only.

    i haven't had an optical drive for quite a few years...

    Using Netflix isn't illegal. It might be against their terms of service, and thereby a breach of contract, but that's a very different thing.

      Angus is right. It's technically illegal to watch a stream by bypassing a geoblock. Would you get prosecuted? Nope, but it is technically illegal.

      Our laws mean that one can install a modchip for a game console and one can tap in the commands into your DVD to unlock it's region, one can even reverse engineer software that has been discontinued... but in each these cases you have purchased the cartridge/movie/program you wish to play.

      Netflix is renting, and this is where you fall foul of the 1968 copyright act by bypassing the technical protections.

        Another factor: Netflix is almost certainly breaking the terms of its contract with the content providers by granting you access in a territory it doesn't have rights in. And if you're paying on an AU credit card, it seems reasonable (though not necessarily definitive) to assume the territory you're using on that basis.

        No, it isn't. And rather than taking the word of Random Internet Denizen jjcf, feel free to refer to the Gizmodo-favourite IT Pricing Enquiry report... specifically the FAS of the AGD's Civ Law div :

        4.46 The Committee notes the distinction between technological protection
        measures (TPMs) and geoblocking technologies. Mr Minogue of AGD,
        explained that:
        … general geoblocking devices that allow market segmentation
        would not of themselves be a technological protection measure...to
        the extent that the Copyright Act allows an owner or assignee of
        property to impose a TPM over the content, that is not the same
        thing as geoblocking.

        4.47 AGD suggested that it is unlikely that geoblocking mechanisms could be
        considered to be TPMs

        ...
        4.67 AGD noted that ‘the relevant provisions of the Copyright Act have not
        been tested by a court. There are no judicial decisions that provide any
        further guidance as to whether a particular technology would be
        considered a TPM or not.’66 However on the basis of a plain English
        reading of the definition, AGD:

        … considers it unlikely that the technologies discussed would fall
        within the definition of an ‘access control technological protection
        measure’. Where a geoblocking technology is not a technological
        protection measure, the Copyright Act does not prevent a person
        bypassing that geoblocking technology.

        Last edited 30/04/14 3:06 pm

    Streaming from its catalogue of movies and TV shows for $9.9.9 [sic] a month.

    I gather that is in AUD? One can't really assume this any more.

    The question is, would I pay $9.99 a month for barely 400 titles, many of those old movies like ET which I have absolutely no desire to watch.

    Honestly, no. It's a lousy deal. Terrible. $9.99 a month for a mere 400 second rate movies, some 30 years old or more! The movie industries need to do what the music industry has generally embraced. Supply almost all movies ever made, for $9.99 a month. Not just a small selection of 400 but a complete library of every thing from Metropolis to Howl's Walking Castle with Ender's Game in the middle.

    It needs to be like Spotify/RDIO/Music Unlimited/Google Music/iTunes Radio where there is a catalogue of 50,000,000-ish songs including some very esoteric material. (For example, playing on spotify right now I have Kimeru's song "Endless Pain")

    When the movie companies do this; put up Liquid Sky and today's hottest ex-cinema property then it's going to be worth paying and not pirating.

      Idiot typo fixed. All prices on Lifehacker Australia are in $AU unless otherwise specified (and it would be odd for an Australia-only service to be quoted in US dollars).

      Yeah, what he said. Just a fault out dumb reply. Thanks for sharing what ur listening to, it helps validate your statement even more....

    What the article fails to mention is that Quickflix's streaming offer is a horrible, anaemic, crippled service that barely has anything worth watching. It says a lot that the better shows are only available through the Disc-based service.

    The price is right, but their library is still nowhere near Netflix quality.

      Wow, It's almost like quickflix has offended u in some way. Take a chill pill c.wang, just don't use them.

      Quickflix PPV on a huge range of devices, that's what wins it for our fam.

    I agree with the above, $99.99, $9.99 or $0.99 is irrelevant if the content is unavailable.

    But what about the hardware to play it. Netflix comes on most devices now, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon, consoles etc. What does Quickflix play on? According to their website most devices are older models, or require streaming from handheld devices/PCs. Maybe they should work on making it compatible with more equipment to make it more user friendly.

    Don't get the need for a subscription full stop. More than happy to use them if they have rental content that iTunes doesn't, but I'm not going to pay $10 a month for the chance that it may - not enough included free content to cover the sub.

    Well we are 1/3rd there: we now have a decent price now just need more content available included in the subscription fee (new releases i can agree can have an additional fee, but $6 is a bit much), and also will be likely to need some ISP arrangements for free quota once they have enough content to rival Netflix we would be chewing through quota rather quickly.

    I am on a $14.99 plan -1 DVD at a time- and am able to watch between 6 - 9 movies a month on Blu-ray. I consider this excellent value.

    The Quickflix library is growing. For $14.99 a month I could also catchup on some great TV series such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Hung, Band of Brothers. Now the price has reduced to $9.99 this is great value for those who want streaming only.

    Love their PPV option and a stack of devices.

    Coming soon to xbox one which will seal the deal.

    Enjoying watching how quickflix are reinventing themselves to take it to the others. Just hope they have enough cash in the bank to keep it going.

    There is a slight value difference between a 3 minute song and 2 hour movie. I want what you want, but I don't expect to get it for 9.99 a month.

    edit: this was supposed to be a reply to Jayd.

    Last edited 30/04/14 11:20 am

      Why shouldn't we expect to get it for less than $9.99/month?
      There is already a real world example, which has been operating for years, mirrors pretty much identically with the content an Australian audience would demand, in HD quality if your connection is fast enough, available at less than $9.50/month (in Australian Dollars even after you add GST) in Netflix, so it's clearly not uneconomic for either the Content Producers or the Streaming Provider!
      And they can't even roll out the "Australian Wages are higher than the US" excuse in this case!

      There's only one excuse that can explain the disparity... "cause we want to charge Australians extra, not just a bit extra, at least triple, for roughly the same selection, but only in SD quality at best". (I refer to Foxtel Play's offering here)

      If you find that answer acceptable, then good luck in life!
      I'll continue to "import" until the locals try to play the game instead of trying to make their own game with their own rules and then whinge when no-one but you turns up to play their game.

        Netflix is a shallow of husk of it's former glory. Every 8-12 months it hemorrhages content as company's decide to start their own streaming service. 3 years ago it was pretty decent. Most of my friends in the States dropped it a long time ago. We can't expect quickflix to mirror netflix's content when netflix can't even keep its content/price ratio. I'm perfectly happy to pay for what I watch but the TV/Movie industry needs to give me the content I want, when I want it, in the format I want it in, for a reasonable price. I'm perfectly happy paying 10 dollars for a 1080p rip of a new movie, and a couple bucks for an episode of a TV show. But I want to watch it in XBMC then pick it up later on my phone. Not be locked down to some shitass DRM'd player like Amazon and Google.

    So everyone,is it worth buying shares in this company,fo they have future,I'd live for them to make everyone happy,but is that possible!

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