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.
Update: Quickflix appears to be be shutting down. Currently there are only a few titles available for streaming. Several titles are available to rent/watch on disk, but be warned the website isn't very user-friendly anymore. We have contacted customer service, but are still yet to hear back.
Unfortunately, it seems like Quickflix became the first victim of the streaming wars. While the service attempted a re-launch in 2017, it hasn't been updated in a long time. Fortunately, there are plenty of streaming alternatives available in Australia.
Giant Netflix is still going strong, with Stan a worthy alternative thanks to a library rich in iconic TV series and shows fast-tracked from the US. Amazon Prime Video is also gaining momentum with buzzy releases on both the movies and series front.
Alternatively, you might want to check out some of the new players on the Internet block. Disney+ is becoming a force to be reckoned with, while Apple TV+ is banking on prestige original content to draw in viewers.
Foxtel Now offers a wide variety of titles, including recent movie releases and exclusive HBO series. Or, you can opt for a niche service like hayu, the unrivalled king of reality television. You can see an entire comparison of streaming services in Australia here.
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 SD only and go for $3.99 each. Newer movies tend to be available in both SD and 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.
Which 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. It's 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 six 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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