Quickflix offers smart TV on a stick
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It may be in a financial crisis, and starved for content, but Quickflix continues to deliver on the technology front.
The company has partnered with Dish TV to release the $139 smartvu HDMI Dongle, a stick with an HDMI jack (for plugging into your TV) and wi-fi (for connecting to your home network, including your PC if that's were you stash content).
Quickflix offers a $14.99/month all-you-can-eat service that lets you stream movie and TV series from the internet.
The smartvu offers an easy watch Quickflix content on your TV (there are others, including Quickfix' tie-ups with PlayStation3 and Xbox 360, and its smart TV partnerships with Samsung, Sony and Panasonic).
It comes with a Quickflix Android app (so you see a Quickflix icon on your TV screen), plus apps for accessing YouTube, Internet Movie Database, Twitter, Facebook, Spotify, email and more. You also get a little remote control for clicking through them; a wireless keyboard is planned.
Personally, I've got an Apple TV widget plugged into my television. I prefer its broader range of content (especially if you tap the iTunes US store. Apple TV only gives you YouTube though (oh why oh way can't everyone just give us open slather?).
But if you're one of the 100,000 or so across Australia and New Zealand in the Quickflix camp, the smartvu HDMI Dongle is worth checking out.Follow @ChrisKeall