Irony: The Internet Party doesn’t understand the Internet

Regan Cunliffe reports

Yesterday afternoon, the Internet Party posted the following tweet:


Let’s be blunt. Not having Netflix in New Zealand has nothing to do with infrastructure.

This tweet was 2 days after the Sunday Star Times published a story about how an estimated 30,000 Netflix subscribers had been unable to access the streaming content service. The problem had actually been resolved 3 days earlier to that as we reported.

The Internet Party’s statement seems to overlook entirely the number of subscribers to Netflix. 30,000 is not an insignificant number for a service that isn’t technically available in New Zealand. With that number of subscribers being prepared to hand over cash every month it would be safe to assume that the current infrastructure is entirely capable enough to deliver the service its subscribers are paying for.

It is actually so easy to do, it is a surprise that Sky Network Television shares haven’t crashed.  I was watching the Warriors live a few days ago with beautiful 720p quality.  All it takes is one little plugin.

It has nothing to do with copyright either.  Much more so with licensing.  I’m still watching a legal version of it, but it isn’t licensed for the New Zealand viewer.

It was a good game to watch.  As for the quality of the transmission – it didn’t miss a beat.

By comparison, if those numbers are correct, then Netflix receives more by kiwi subscribers than what Kim Dotcom has reportedly invested into his political plaything.

An Internet Party that tries to tell us that we don’t have the infrastructure to stream HD content, and yet, we have 30,000 New Zealanders paying for Netflix.  How many are ‘hacking it’?  How many, like I did, simply find a different way to watch the Warriors, or the All Blacks anbd cut Sky out altogether?

There is  nothing wrong with our Internet infrastructure.   Watching Netflix in New Zealand has nothing to do with copyright.

An Internet Party that tries to tell you that just proves, once again, that it has absolutely no clue about the Internet.

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