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WEB Aus­tralia’s old­est SVOD ser­vice is some­thing of a dog’s break­fast when it comes down to it. Mix­ing a movie and TV stream­ing ser­vice with DVD de­liv­er­ies and pay-per-view ti­tles, Quick­flix’s lack of fo­cus may help ex­plain why it never re­ally took off.

Like Presto, Quick­flix has a range of HBO shows on of­fer, in­clud­ing True Blood, En­tourage, The So­pra­nos, and The Wire, as well as BBC ti­tles like Sher­lock, Lit­tle Bri­tain, The Of­fice, and the still painfully funny Fawlty Tow­ers.

Un­for­tu­nately, when it comes to movies, Quick­flix’s pay-per-view stream­ing op­tion gets in the way of its sub­scrip­tion ser­vice. This re­sults in a li­brary that has plenty of films, but they’re all old. Any­thing new that’s worth watch­ing will cost you ex­tra, so Quick­flix is bet­ter suited to cin­ema en­thu­si­asts af­ter a com­pre­hen­sive back cat­a­logue rather than re­cent re­leases.

The same ap­plies to kids’ movies, but the TV se­lec­tion is poor. Shows like Padding­ton Bear, Sesame St, and Around The Twist are present, but dis­cern­ing young­sters will soon run out of en­tic­ing pro­grams. That most shows are only avail­able in stan­dard def­i­ni­tion with HD op­tions on a few se­lected ti­tles doesn’t help mat­ters.

Ac­ces­si­bil­ity is one of Quick­flix’s strengths, with di­rect ac­cess avail­able through Sam­sung, Pana­sonic, LG and Sony smart TVs, and apps for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360 all read­ily avail­able.

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