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Old 20-02-2013, 16:02
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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.
There may be "minimal ads" now but what about when it launches fully? With no income from subscriptions and pay-per-view then there will be a lot of incentive for them to have a significant amount of adverts.

That will be the deciding factor for me. At times 4oD is unwatchable due to the number of adverts. I'd rather pay a fiver a month to avoid them.
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Old 20-02-2013, 21:24
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I wonder if these will be available? -

http://recombu.com/digital/news/skyf...ms_M11200.html

Skyfall lands on Blinkbox along with 22 other James Bond outings

Heh! Skyfall not, but the others might be.
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Old 26-02-2013, 12:25
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I love Blinkbox, no subscription just pay for what I fancy watching anytime - job done.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:36
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Clubcard TV has launched this morning (6th March).

Now available for anyone with a Tesco clubcard.

Not the greatest selection, inevitably, given that it's free but there are a few hits - Doc Martin in the TV drama section and Batman - the Animated Series in the TV kids section, for example.
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:25
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Good article in the FT (registration required) http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fd57961a-8...#axzz2LxcwsIgk
Points include:[LIST][*]Tesco is targeting the family market hence films like Wind in the Willows.[*]Advertisers will be able to track if consumers bought their products. Committed advertisers include Kelloggs and Colgate.[*]Service will enable advertisers to target known buyers of competitors' brands.[/LIST]
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Old 06-03-2013, 12:27
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Clubcard TV has launched this morning (6th March).

Now available for anyone with a Tesco clubcard.

Not the greatest selection, inevitably, given that it's free but there are a few hits - Doc Martin in the TV drama section and Batman - the Animated Series in the TV kids section, for example.
Thanks for the heads up.

Just gave it ago and watched a bit of “James May’s Big Ideas” picture not bad, HD would be nice but can not grumble at a freebee.

The big, big let down for me is the “only available on PC or Mac”, this to me is like trying to re-introducing black and white TV.

I tried to watch it on an Android tablet and although the previews play when you try to play the videos proper a message pops up saying my browser is not compatible then pops up another message saying I need to install Silverlight so this is why it’s PC only.

Come on Tesco, don’t you know the World has gone mobile. If you don't get it into the various app stores I don't think this is going to go far.
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Old 06-03-2013, 18:11
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Thanks for the heads up.

Just gave it ago and watched a bit of “James May’s Big Ideas” picture not bad, HD would be nice but can not grumble at a freebee.

The big, big let down for me is the “only available on PC or Mac”, this to me is like trying to re-introducing black and white TV.

I tried to watch it on an Android tablet and although the previews play when you try to play the videos proper a message pops up saying my browser is not compatible then pops up another message saying I need to install Silverlight so this is why it’s PC only.

Come on Tesco, don’t you know the World has gone mobile. If you don't get it into the various app stores I don't think this is going to go far.
Press stories today indicate that they are currently working on apps for tablets and phones so hopefully you will not have long to wait. Personally I hope they will also in time appear on media streamers like Apple TV, Roku etc.
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Old 06-03-2013, 19:00
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I've just raised a ticket with them re TVs.. hopefully their roadmap includes all the clients they currently have on Blinkbox...
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Old 06-03-2013, 20:26
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Have signed up no problem but just get "oops we've done something wrong" messages If I click on anything once logged in.
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Old 06-03-2013, 22:05
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Have signed up no problem but just get "oops we've done something wrong" messages If I click on anything once logged in.
Just out of interest, DavidT, what was the level of personal details that Tesco required that you had to give to them before you could join? Thanks.
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Old 06-03-2013, 22:51
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I joined as well. The only detail of note was your postal address to send their clubcard. You could request no to three different questions asking if you want to receive emails etc. I don't recall anything personal.

They then send you a temporary card you can print, and that includes your clubcard number.

@DavidT, try a different browser. I was getting similar problems on Firefox and then tried in Safari where it worked without issue. Maybe a different browser on your computer may work better.
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Old 06-03-2013, 22:58
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I joined as well. The only detail of note was your postal address to send their clubcard. You could request no to three different questions asking if you want to receive emails etc. I don't recall anything personal.

They then send you a temporary card you can print, and that includes your clubcard number.

@DavidT, try a different browser. I was getting similar problems on Firefox and then tried in Safari where it worked without issue. Maybe a different browser on your computer may work better.
Thank you for that feedback, ovbg.
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Old 06-03-2013, 23:01
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Just out of interest, DavidT, what was the level of personal details that Tesco required that you had to give to them before you could join? Thanks.
This may be relevant too:
Good article in the FT (registration required) http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fd57961a-8...#axzz2LxcwsIgk
Points include:[LIST][*]Tesco is targeting the family market hence films like Wind in the Willows.[*]Advertisers will be able to track if consumers bought their products. Committed advertisers include Kelloggs and Colgate.[*]Service will enable advertisers to target known buyers of competitors' brands.[/LIST]
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Old 06-03-2013, 23:03
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^^^Although in fairness you don't need to actually use your clubcard... Or just buy smokes with it since they have no advertising these days
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Old 06-03-2013, 23:25
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Good article in the FT (registration required) http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/fd57961a-8...#axzz2LxcwsIgk
Points include:[LIST][*]Tesco is targeting the family market hence films like Wind in the Willows.[*]Advertisers will be able to track if consumers bought their products. Committed advertisers include Kelloggs and Colgate.[*]Service will enable advertisers to target known buyers of competitors' brands.[/LIST]
Oh Christ, they're spying on our shopping now... .

No wonder they're offering this new service for free. Thats very valuable information for advertisers. And no doubt very valuable revenue for Tesco too.
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Old 06-03-2013, 23:55
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^^^Although in fairness you don't need to actually use your clubcard... Or just buy smokes with it since they have no advertising these days
Expect advertising for patches and electronic cigarettes if you do!
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Old 07-03-2013, 00:00
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This may be relevant too:
Thanks for that link, 1andrew1, and here's the motivation for it all:

"The move comes as Tesco is re-emphasising its Clubcard in a push to revive its UK business after its profit warning in January 2012. It is seeking to increasingly personalise promotions rather than issuing offers such as newspaper vouchers."

Oh Christ, they're spying on our shopping now... .

No wonder they're offering this new service for free. Thats very valuable information for advertisers. And no doubt very valuable revenue for Tesco too.
I guess the thing to do, VisionMan1, is sign up giving the bare minimum of information, decline all offers of email/postal contact and leave the Tesco Clubcard at home so they cannot track your shopping habits.
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Old 07-03-2013, 00:24
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i think I will give it a miss,
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Old 07-03-2013, 00:43
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i think I will give it a miss,
! You do realise, noise747, that you'll be missing out on free movie gems like Leather Goddesses from Phobos Invade Mars, don't you?
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Old 07-03-2013, 00:46
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Thanks for that link, 1andrew1, and here's the motivation for it all:

"The move comes as Tesco is re-emphasising its Clubcard in a push to revive its UK business after its profit warning in January 2012. It is seeking to increasingly personalise promotions rather than issuing offers such as newspaper vouchers."

I guess the thing to do, VisionMan1, is sign up giving the bare minimum of information, decline all offers of email/postal contact and leave the Tesco Clubcard at home so they cannot track your shopping habits.
Oh don't get me wrong, I know all internet related/TV internet activity has been tracked for years. And they're all at it too. Which I accept and am not too bothered about block statistical analysis.

But I think to track ones shopping habits, completely away from the internet, is going a step too far. So I'll just give it a miss.

Hm, unless Tesco already sell the information on ones Club Card purchases? I dunno.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:00
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Its free, sign up and use it if something is there you fancy, personally I give a poop about Google or Tesco et al 'tracking' me.
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Old 07-03-2013, 06:11
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Oh don't get me wrong, I know all internet related/TV internet activity has been tracked for years. And they're all at it too. Which I accept and am not too bothered about block statistical analysis.

But I think to track ones shopping habits, completely away from the internet, is going a step too far. So I'll just give it a miss.

Hm, unless Tesco already sell the information on ones Club Card purchases? I dunno.
But you can just leave the clubcard at home. Then you get the free movies and you don't get your shopping tracked.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:36
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! You do realise, noise747, that you'll be missing out on free movie gems like Leather Goddesses from Phobos Invade Mars, don't you?
I think I will survive.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:38
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Its free, sign up and use it if something is there you fancy, personally I give a poop about Google or Tesco et al 'tracking' me.
Nothing to do with tracking, I use Tescos once in a blue moon and from what I have seen on the service, it is not worth bothering with even free and also, no point in it if I have to sit by my computer to watch it.
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Old 07-03-2013, 11:43
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Nothing to do with tracking, I use Tescos once in a blue moon and from what I have seen on the service, it is not worth bothering with even free and also, no point in it if I have to sit by my computer to watch it.
Nice to see your consistent negativity about all things continues unabated.
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