Once a premium destination for TV shows and movies, Quickflix is unfortunately slowly sinking into oblivion.
Quickflix was once a pretty smart way to watch movies and TV. The service boasted a generous collection of TV shows and movies, while also allowing subscribers to rent DVD and Blu-ray discs. However, the streaming wars have caused casualties, and Quickflix doesn’t seem willing to keep fighting for new customers. Its content library is gathering dust and the website has become bloated and difficult to navigate. Still, if you’re an old-schooler and prefer to pay a low monthly sum to stream flicks, it may still be worthwhile.
The publicly listed company has its roots in Western Australia way back in 2003. It began as a home delivery DVD and Blu-ray rental business, and in 2011 celebrated its 10 millionth DVD dispatch (Shrek Forever After).
In 2012, Quickflix launched its streaming service in New Zealand. The service went into administration in 2016, but was resurrected by a US-based company and relaunched in early 2017, ditching the TV content and focusing on Hollywood blockbusters.
Today Quickflix is one of the many movie subscription websites that stream content to a compatible internet-connected device. Renting DVD and Blu-ray doesn’t seem possible anymore. There’s just a streaming plan you can purchase, with access to the movie archive on a pay-as-you-go basis.
Price and packages
According to the Quickflix website, once you join you can either pay-as-you-go, renting titles whenever you feel like it, or opt for the Streaming Plan, which costs $7/month. The plan offers one new release movie rental per month, while also allowing subscribers to stream any of the free movies available to watch anytime. We tried to sign up, but the website returned a message stating that the offer isn’t available at the moment. Odd.
Top picks on Quickflix
- Mad Max: Fury Road
- Ocean’s Thirteen
- Miss Sloane, Bushwick
- A Family Man
- Going in Style
- Before I Fall
- A Man Called Ove
With the 2017 relaunch, the streaming and rental service has positioned itself as the home of both classics, as well as the latest blockbusters. Now, the platform is a mix of ‘premium’ titles and free movies. However, the premium content hasn’t been updated in a while, with the most recent addition being Bushwick, which was released last year.
As far as free movies ae concerned, these include some classics like Rebel Without a Cause, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Dog Day Afternoon. Quickflix also offers more recent titles like Batman Begins.
How do I sign up to Quickflix?
Joining Quickflix is a simple process. You must be over 18, have a valid and current email address and be located in New Zealand. You will need a computer to complete the signup process. Simply enter your email address and pick a password and you’re a Quickflix member. You will be able to browse the movie library and rent titles or opt for the Streaming plan, so you can access the bonus movies for free.
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Quickflix pros and cons
- Late fees don’t exist. Rent a DVD or Blu-ray disc and keep it for as long as you want. Just return it for free to get another movie.
- Add movies and TV shows to your queue before they’re released. Simply add the title to your queue and forget about it until it arrives in the mail.
- Spoilt for choice. There are thousands of movies and TV shows to choose from — this includes the classics, the latest blockbusters and great local content.
- Variable delivery speeds. The one day waiting time advertised on the Quickflix website is subject to change depending on the region of New Zealand you live in.
- Fiddly list management. Quickflix automatically places the latest item you add to your queue at the top of the list. You have to manually move the latest item you’ve added to your queue to the bottom.
- Easy to accidentally renew. As with most online subscription services, you’re required to enter your credit card information to start the free trial. Although you’re not charged for the first month, the subscription begins as soon as the free trial ends.
A movie and television streaming and rental service is only as good as the content it offers. Unfortunately, Quickflix doesn’t seem interested in attracting new customers at the moment, so you might be better off checking out the competition.
A positive point is that you can watch Quickflix content on a wide range of devices, although the standard definition streaming for tablets and computers is a let down. There is a free trial for new customers. Manage the subscription service and pay attention to the notifications and messages from the provider and you should be able to take full advantage of this complimentary offer.
What devices and platforms is Quickflix compatible with?
Standard definition playback is supported on all compatible devices. However, you won’t be able to watch high definition content on your iOS tablet, phone or PC. You can stream Quickflix content simultaneously on up to three compatible devices at a time and you can register up to six internet connected devices to your Quickflix account. This means that from the six registered devices in your household, you and two other people can watch Quickflix content at the same time.