Quickflix: Everything you need to know about the streaming/rental service

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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?

Unlike Stan or Netflix, Quickflix provides a few different options for accessing its entertainment library.

Quickflix Red Carpet is the company's monthly subscription service. A Red Carpet subscription gets you unlimited access to Quickflix's non-Premium catalogue of movies, with support for a number of different devices and the ability to watch and re-watch titles as often as you like.

The monthly DVD and Blu-ray subscription, meanwhile, lets you rent from a much larger library of movies along with a sizeable selection of TV shows. You can rent out a maximum of two titles at once and keep them for as long as you want without any overdue fees.

Finally, Quickflix also offers a number of Premium movies not included in the Red Carpet library. Premium movies are available to rent on a pay-as-you-go basis, with each rental giving you 48 hours to stream it as often as you like.

What content is available on Quickflix?

Quickflix's streaming movie library is split into two tiers: the Red Carpet subscription tier, and the pay-as-you-go Premium tier. Movies on the Red Carpet tier include mostly older titles like The Shining, Batman Begins, and The Exorcist. The Premium tier, meanwhile, offers more recent fare like Doctor Strange, Moana, and Rogue One - A Star Wars Story.

On the DVD and Blu-ray front, Quickflix's catalogue is significantly larger, spanning over 40,000 titles including newer movies like Arrival and Sausage Party as well as hits from the last few years like Django Unchained, Jurassic World, and Mad Max Fury Road. There are plenty of TV shows up for rent, too, from Better Call Saul and Game of Thrones to Arrow and Justified.

How much does Quickflix cost?

A basic Quickflix Red Carpet subscription will run you $6 a month and comes with unlimited access to all Red Carpet-tier movies along with one free new release movie rental every month. Alternatively, for $10 a month you can get unlimited Red Carpet access plus two new release movie rentals every month.

The cost of renting Premium movies varies depending on how recent and how popular a 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.

If you prefer physical media to digital streaming, a subscription to Quickflix's DVD and Blu-ray service will set you back $20 a month. Rentals come with no due dates so you'll never have to pay late fees, and every delivery includes a pre-paid return envelope so you can send the disc back at no cost.

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.

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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.

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    GlennstapoApril 17, 2015

    Why are you only providing content comparisons between Netflix, Presto and Stan?

    With Quickflix being the longest in the market, you need to include them in any comparison.

    This almost seems discriminatory and aimed at driving customers away from Quickflix as this seems to be a strategic decision.

    Have you been paid by the others to exclude the incumbent??

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      ShirleyApril 21, 2015Staff

      Hi Glennstapo,

      Thanks for your feedback.

      Unfortunately Quickflix hasn’t been able to provide us with a full content as of yet. As soon as we receive this from them we’ll be more than happy to publish the list.

      Cheers,
      Shirley

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