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JasonWatkins 11-02-2013 17:19

Tesco launch "Clubcard TV" - Free Streaming Service to rival Netflix & Lovefilm
 
http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/02/tes...lm-and-now-tv/

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The service is basically run by Blinkbox, which Tesco bought a controlling 80-per-cent stake in, and has both movies and TV shows up for grabs. Highlights include Batman and Superman films, and British sitcoms like Two Pints of Larger and a Packet of Crisps.
And here it is - i've tried to sign up with my Clubcard but it isn't working - it's in beta but you can apparently sign up.

http://www.clubcardtv.com/signup?ReturnUrl=%2f

#edit

Just found out that Gizmodo jumped the gun a bit - the service is only available to Tesco Staff Members at the moment and they plan to fully launch in "Spring 2013"

1andrew1 11-02-2013 17:37

Telegraph article here too http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/t...customers.html

Last year they removed all the free movies and series from Blinkbox, Blinkbox had used them to drive people to the site. Now the movies are being used as a loyalty tool for Tesco customers with Tesco marketing Blinkbox in its stores.

ovbg 11-02-2013 17:55

I find this interesting. How does one acquire a Tesco club card? Is this the same card they always try to pawn on me when I get back to the UK?

I am wondering how it will compare with Crackle, which is not actually too bad for a free service.



www.eyeondemand.com

BigFoot87 11-02-2013 18:12

I'll be checking this out, but I hope they release apps for the games consoles.

By the looks of comments on Gizmodo, its (currently) featuring older releases, but its nice to welcome another streaming service into the mix and as Tesco would say, "every little helps." ;)

BigFoot87 11-02-2013 18:13

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Originally Posted by ovbg (Post 64192761)
I find this interesting. How does one acquire a Tesco club card?

Sign up online:
http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/clubcard/register.asp

kingdave 11-02-2013 23:01

I'm sure I read that when Blinkbox launched, if you bought a DVD/BluRay either instore or online and used your Clubcard when buying you would automatically get a digital version of said DVD/BluRay added to your Blinkbox "wallet".

Have I imagined this, or is it something the do/used to do?

1andrew1 11-02-2013 23:27

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Originally Posted by kingdave (Post 64201314)
I'm sure I read that when Blinkbox launched, if you bought a DVD/BluRay either instore or online and used your Clubcard when buying you would automatically get a digital version of said DVD/BluRay added to your Blinkbox "wallet".

Have I imagined this, or is it something the do/used to do?

They still do it - it wasn't available when Blinkbox launched in 2006 as Tesco only acquired its 80% stake in Blinkbox in 2011.

http://www.tesco.com/direct/blinkbox/

scruffpot 11-02-2013 23:48

is the lip sync slightly out with the video on their site on the advert on the main page?

Seems an interesting venture, however, when you have tonnes of free streaming sites that have links to lots and lots and lots of online video such as 1channel etc, I do wonder how certain companies in the pay to view streaming market will fair in the long run. But I do understand the pay to view do have generally better quality and you don't have to search through different links to find ones that work.

JasonWatkins 11-02-2013 23:53

I think "Clubcard TV" [i]could[i] work if they can incorporate it into the existing BlinkBox service somehow. There are plenty of bits of hardware that have the service ready to go - my BluRay player has it - so if they can do that, I suspect more people would be willing to try it over a paid alternative.

weirlandia4eva 12-02-2013 00:24

I am a Tesco employee and have tried the service. The selection on there at the moment isn't huge but hopefully will grow as the service expands. The big plus for me was the minimal ads. not too many(think about 3 breaks during a film) and only lasted for about a minute each break.

VisionMan1 12-02-2013 00:30

I've just accessed the service, it's only streamed at 1 - 2Mbps. So full screen viewing is just not an option at the moment. Still, it's a start, and using the small screen player looked OK. So not bad for free.

killdeer 12-02-2013 08:19

Well it won't work for me. When I enter my clubcard number it keeps asking me for my Privilege Card Number which I presume means for staff only.

ovbg 12-02-2013 08:30

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Originally Posted by VisionMan1 (Post 64202781)
I've just accessed the service, it's only streamed at 1 - 2Mbps. So full screen viewing is just not an option at the moment. Still, it's a start, and using the small screen player looked OK. So not bad for free.

Interesting. I guess perception of video quality is a very personal factor. Of course, compression methods make all the difference, but I would have imagined something between 1000-2000kbps is around standard definition.

For me, that is usually acceptable for free services. I have been testing Crackle recently which streams at 480p (though I don't know their bandwidth to compare to your figures). Although not as good as HD in anyone's books, the quality for a free service is ok.

If I were paying though, I would expect HD without doubt, and keep in mind my TV is only a 40".

(Thanks Bigfoot87 for the link)

JasonWatkins 12-02-2013 08:31

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Originally Posted by killdeer (Post 64204902)
Well it won't work for me. When I enter my clubcard number it keeps asking me for my Privilege Card Number which I presume means for staff only.

Did you actually read the opening post ? :D

killdeer 12-02-2013 09:10

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Originally Posted by JasonWatkins (Post 64204980)
Did you actually read the opening post ? :D

Did you actually read that it was edited at a later time?::D

JasonWatkins 12-02-2013 09:34

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Originally Posted by killdeer (Post 64205257)
Did you actually read that it was edited at a later time?::D

yes, i edited it about 10 minutes after i posted it. you posted fifteen hours later ..

killdeer 12-02-2013 09:58

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Originally Posted by JasonWatkins (Post 64205472)
yes, i edited it about 10 minutes after i posted it. you posted fifteen hours later ..

If only everybody could be so observant as yourself.:D

noise747 13-02-2013 00:49

I tried blinkbox a while back, i was not that impressed. i doubt very much If I will get a clubcard just to use it.
i only shop in Tescos once in a blue moon.

Deacon1972 13-02-2013 09:48

I briefly saw an advert on TV last night advertising this, can't be that far away from public launch.

neo_wales 13-02-2013 11:38

Free? Jolly nice of them :)

chrisjm 14-02-2013 16:34

were deeply sorry that the film black beauty is not the theatrical one advertised but the romanian version which features a cow as the lead role.

1andrew1 14-02-2013 16:52

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Originally Posted by chrisjm (Post 64249352)
were deeply sorry that the film black beauty is not the theatrical one advertised but the romanian version which features a cow as the lead role.

Me too! What are they going to do with all those redundant horses, it's a nightmare! :D

TelevisionUser 19-02-2013 23:25

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Originally Posted by 1andrew1 (Post 64192401)
Telegraph article here too http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/t...customers.html

Last year they removed all the free movies and series from Blinkbox, Blinkbox had used them to drive people to the site. Now the movies are being used as a loyalty tool for Tesco customers with Tesco marketing Blinkbox in its stores.

Quote:

Originally Posted by BigFoot87 (Post 64193103)
I'll be checking this out, but I hope they release apps for the games consoles.

By the looks of comments on Gizmodo, its (currently) featuring older releases, but its nice to welcome another streaming service into the mix and as Tesco would say, "every little helps." ;)

I assume this service, like Blinkbox now, will eventually be available on Windows PCs, Macs, laptops and netbooks, Xbox 360, Playstation 3, iPads and Android tablets and certain internet TVs.

Currently, this service is being tested in-house by Tesco employees as I understand things. If Blinkbox's free content is anything to go by, you'll get older films and series, more modern B movies and low budget indie movies. That said, that doesn't mean it's necessarily bad stuff because some of the free Blinkbox films were really quite good.

If the content is as good as Blinkbox's free stuff then it might very well be worth signing up to a Tesco Clubcard to get access to that free content (although I wouldn't be surprised if some of the more risque Blinkbox free stuff didn't find it's way on to Clubcard TV - family values and all that).

alcockell 19-02-2013 23:29

Considering that surely the client side would be the same as the old Blinkbox client - just repointed and reskinned..

TelevisionUser 19-02-2013 23:51

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Originally Posted by alcockell (Post 64356397)
Considering that surely the client side would be the same as the old Blinkbox client - just repointed and reskinned..

No idea, alcockell, although I strongly suspect that the final version of the Clubcard TV website will contain quite a few links to the paid-for Blinkbox!

Anyway, the beta test site can be seen right here: http://www.clubcardtv.com/signup?ReturnUrl=%2f


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