Quickflix relaunches promising latest Hollywood movie hits

Alex Kidman 1 December 2016

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Finding Dory will headline the re-entry of Quickflix into the local streaming market.

Long before Netflix launched locally, long before Stan was anything but the name of that odd uncle of yours, Quickflix offered a postal DVD service modelled, rather ironically, on the kind of service Netflix originally provided before it went into streaming. To say that the arrival of competing services, especially all-you-can-watch streaming services, hit Quickflix hard is something of an understatement; the company was forced to appoint administrators back in April.

The company this week has returned from administration and is today relaunching itself into the local market with a mix of its traditional DVD/Blu-Ray-by-post model and streaming catalog, with a specific focus on delivering Hollywood blockbuster movies that it claims it will have "many months before its streaming competitors". Its headline movie for relaunch will be the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Dory, which has been one of 2016's biggest box office hits.

Quickflix will offer two new packages, Quickflix Access and Quickflix Red Carpet. Quickflix Access will be a straight pay-as-you-go movie streaming service, and therefore a competitor to services such as BigPond Movies, Google Play Movies or Apple’s iTunes. The Red Carpet service is a paid subscription model that will "pre-paid discount credits to watch several new releases every month and have access to 'Bonus' movies and TV programs from Quickflix’s still-ongoing subscription-based catalogue."

There’s no word as yet around what the Red Carpet pricing is likely to be, with the Quickflix site still simply displaying pricing for its existing DVD and streaming packages, which will also continue to be offered. That pricing comes in at $9.99 per month for streaming and from $12.99 per month for DVDs and Blu-Rays, or as a combination pack for $19.99 per month.

The relaunch of Quickflix comes at a turbulent time in the local streaming scene, with Foxtel’s Presto set to shutter in early 2017, while Netflix has just announced the availability of offline streaming for selected titles.

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