New ISP to launch in New Zealand

Last updated 10:53 08/05/2012
HELLO TO HULU?: The online television service is not available in New Zealand, but could be accessed easily on FYX's 'global mode'.

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Auckland data centre company Maxnet has launched a new internet provider, FYX,  that is designed to let people access online services that are not available in New Zealand, which could include online television services such as Netflix and Hulu.

FYX is aimed at heavy internet users. Instead of having traditional data caps, it charges $34.95 a month plus 34 cents for each gigabyte used.

Telecommunications Users Association chief executive Paul Brislen said he would save $50 a month if he changed to the service and FYX's "Global Mode" could be a significant market development.

While it was possible for internet users to disguise their location to circumvent controls on accessing online services such as Netflix, which are usually restricted to specific territories because of their licensing arrangements with content providers, FYX was the first service to do this automatically for the user, he said.

Although it doesn't name any sites specifically in its marketing material, FYX invites people to use the service to access services not available in New Zealand.

"We all know New Zealand is the best little country in the world. But sometimes being little means that we get passed over when toys are handed out by the international gods-of-cool-and-fun," it said in a statement announcing the service.  

It also appears to be inviting people to consider the service as alternative to Sky Television. "With so much more to see and do at home with FYX, you may find you can start saving a lot of money by getting rid of some other monthly services that may become irrelevant to you."

FYX said it did not guarantee access to any particular overseas services and noted some had terms and conditions  these can require subscribers to confirm their true location.

"Global Mode does not negate you from these responsibilities or act on your behalf," it said.

Brislen said FYX was not encouraging anyone to break any laws. Air New Zealand's new payment card could be loaded with United States dollars and used to pay for services such as Hulu, which do not accept normal New Zealand-issued credit cards, he said.

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- The Dominion Post


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