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Jun272015

TV Streaming Services

Ever since the American video streaming service, Netflix, came to Australia I've been a member. In fact it was a couple of weeks after they came to Australia I signed up.

I used to have Foxtel via my Play Station 3. It wasn't really super cheap but the streaming version of Foxtel had the channels I wanted. I signed up for there free month offer to try it out. I kept it for about 6 months. One thing I found with it was it would be buffering a lot. Some times it was fine and other times it was bad. While watching Foxtel you really couldn't do much else on the internet at the same time. I thought this was a little crazy and knowing it wasn't even HD video I finely said enough is enough, I cancelled the service.

When Netflix came along it too was available on my PS3 but it was also available on my Apple TV, something Foxtel wasn't on it. So I thought I would try Netflix for a month and see how it goes. I signed up on my laptop and then logged onto my account via my Apple TV. I signed up for the 2 devices plus HD for $11.99. Of course there was a cheaper plan but it was only for SD video and not HD. 

I have not had any issues with buffering, well it's only happened once and that was the other night but any other time it's been streaming fine. In fact I've been able to have others in the house be streaming Vevo (music video channel) on the Apple TV in HD and also being able to watch Netflix in HD without a problem. I was even able to surf the internet at the same time. Now this got me thinking, why wasn't I able to stream Foxtel without it buffering and that's not even HD quality video but I can stream Netflix which is in HD and it doesn't buffer. Is it that the Apple TV is much better at streaming video? Or is it the Netflix has much better bandwidth than what Foxtel has? It would be good it Foxtel made available their Foxtel streaming product was available on the Apple TV just so I could see if it works better then it did on my PS3. I guess it's something we'll never know

It would be great if Foxtel did bring it's service to the Apple TV, it might even coem to the new Apple TV? Would I get it? I would try it again if they give a free trail of it but I would have to really think about it. The thing is for the months I had the Foxtel streaming service I only watched it a few times a week. In the time I've had Netflix I've watched Netflix almost daily. In fact I've watched Netflix much more and when I was having issues with my ADSL service and couldn't watch Netflix I was missing it. This is something I did feel when I got rid of Foxtel.

Foxtel is just too costly when you can pay for a service liek Netflix or Stan for about $12 per month, much much cheaper then Foxtel.

I can say that even thou Netflix are still adding titles to their Australian version of their service I must say I'm very happy with it.

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