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Old 11-02-2013, 17:19
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http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2013/02/tes...lm-and-now-tv/

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"
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Old 11-02-2013, 17:37
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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.
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Old 11-02-2013, 17:55
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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.



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Old 11-02-2013, 18:12
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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."
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Old 11-02-2013, 18:13
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I find this interesting. How does one acquire a Tesco club card?
Sign up online:
http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/clubcard/register.asp
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Old 11-02-2013, 23:01
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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?
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Old 11-02-2013, 23:27
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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/
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Old 11-02-2013, 23:48
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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.
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Old 11-02-2013, 23:53
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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.
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Old 12-02-2013, 00:24
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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.
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Old 12-02-2013, 00:30
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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.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:19
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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.
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Old 12-02-2013, 08:30
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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".

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Old 12-02-2013, 08:31
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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 ?
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:10
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Did you actually read the opening post ?
Did you actually read that it was edited at a later time?:
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:34
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Did you actually read that it was edited at a later time?:
yes, i edited it about 10 minutes after i posted it. you posted fifteen hours later ..
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Old 12-02-2013, 09:58
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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.
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Old 13-02-2013, 00:49
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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.
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Old 13-02-2013, 09:48
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I briefly saw an advert on TV last night advertising this, can't be that far away from public launch.
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Old 13-02-2013, 11:38
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Free? Jolly nice of them
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Old 14-02-2013, 16:34
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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.
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Old 14-02-2013, 16:52
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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!
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Old 19-02-2013, 23:25
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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.
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).
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Old 19-02-2013, 23:29
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Considering that surely the client side would be the same as the old Blinkbox client - just repointed and reskinned..
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Old 19-02-2013, 23:51
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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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