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Quickflix: Everything you need to know about the streaming/rental service
Whether you prefer to stream your movies or watch them on physical DVDs, Quickflix has rental options to suit your needs.
Back in the early 2000s, Australian Internet connections were barely capable of streaming music, let alone full-motion video. To watch the latest movies and TV shows from the comfort of the couch, you had to hike down to the local video store and buy or rent physical DVDs, with every rental running the risk of the dreaded late fee.
Quickflix set out to change this. Offering DVD rentals by post on a monthly subscription, Quickflix did well for itself until the arrival of streaming services like Netflix and the subsequent drop in demand for physical media. Realising that it needed to evolve to remain competitive, the DVD rental company expanded to become a digital media company, launching its own streaming service in March 2012.
In the following years, Quickflix saw considerable success in the Australian streaming market, with investments from HBO and Nine Entertainment. Recently, however, pressure from competing services like Stan drove Quickflix into administration, and the company was acquired by US-based Karma Media Holdings for just $1.3 million in October 2016. As a result of this, Quickflix's streaming service has dropped its TV offerings and is now dedicated to movies alone, with TV shows only available via DVD or Blu-ray rental.
How does Quickflix work?
Quickflix provides a few different options for accessing its entertainment library.
Quickflix Red Carpet is the company's DVD and Blu-Ray rental service. A Red Carpet subscription lets you take out two disks at a time from Quickflix's TV show and movie catalogue. There are no late fees, and you can return disks as frequently as you want to get new titles sent out.
For those who prefer the digital life, a Quickflix Access subscription lets you access the service's much-smaller library of streaming movies. While the subscription itself costs nothing, you have to pay to rent any movies you want to watch on a per-title basis.
What content is available on Quickflix?
Quickflix's library is split into two tiers: the Red Carpet subscription tier which includes both movies and TV shows, and the pay-as-you-go Access tier that only features select movies.
In both cases, the titles available tend to be slightly older than you'll find on competing services like Foxtel or Netflix.
How much does Quickflix cost?
The Quickflix Red Carpet subscription, which gets you access to DVD and Blu-Ray rentals, will set you back $20 a month.
For the pay-per-title Quickflix Access tier, the cost of renting a single movie varies depending on how recent and how popular the title is. Older titles are typically available in Standard Definition (SD) only and go for $3.99 each. Newer movies tend to be available in both Standard Definition and High Definition (HD), with price tags of $5.99 and $6.99 respectively.
Can I watch Quickflix movies offline?
Unfortunately, no. All titles in Quickflix's streaming catalogue require a constant Internet connection to stream. To watch Quickflix content offline, you'll need to sign up for its DVD and Blu-ray subscription.
What devices are compatible with Quickflix?
You can stream Quickflix content on a wide range of devices, either through the Quickflix website or via a dedicated Quickflix app.
Streaming Quickflix to your computer is relatively easy, though you'll only be able to stream in SD, for some odd reason. To stream movies from the Quickflix website on your computer, you'll need either a PC running Windows XP or later, or a Mac device running OS X 10.6 or later. You'll also need to have a compatible web browser installed. These include Mozilla Firefox v34 or higher, Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Safari 7 or higher, and Google Chrome v20 or higher. If it's not installed already, you'll also need Microsoft Silverlight 5.0 or higher.
On Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows Phone devices, you can also access Quickflix through the Quickflix app on the Windows Store.
If you're looking to watch Quickflix on-the-go, the Quickflix mobile app is what you'll need. The iOS version of the app requires at minimum an iPhone 5, an iPad, or an iPod Touch device running iOS 8.0 or later, though you'll only be able to watch movies in SD. The Android version of the app, on the other hand, supports streaming in both SD and HD, and is compatible with any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or later.
To watch Quickflix content on your TV, you have a few different options. If you own a compatible Smart TV, Blu-ray player, or home theatre system from Samsung, Panasonic, LG, or Sony, you can download the Quickflix app from your device's built-in app marketplace and stream straight to your TV without the need for any extra equipment. Alternatively, if you have a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, or Xbox One gaming console, each device also has its own Quickflix app available for download from its app store.
If you own a Google Chromecast and an Android mobile device, meanwhile, the Quickflix mobile app can be cast to your TV over your home Wi-Fi network.
How many devices can I connect to my Quickflix account?
Quickflix lets you register a maximum of 6 devices to a single account. You can stream different movies on up to three of these devices at any one time.
How much data does Quickflix use?
Every movie you stream through Quickflix counts against your internet plan's monthly data limit. How much each movie uses depends on its length and the video quality you stream it in.
For a smooth viewing experience, Quickflix recommends a minimum internet speed of 1.5Mbps - 3Mbps for SD streaming, and 5Mbps or higher for HD streaming. This works out at roughly 675MB – 1.3GB of data used per hour when streaming in SD, and approximately 2.3GB per hour when streaming in HD.
How does Quickflix compare?
There are plenty of streaming services available Down Under, and it's worth comparing them all before picking just one. We've taken care of that for you in our comprehensive guide to streaming in Australia.
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