Global Mode expands into Asia with IndonesianCloud

Bypass Network Services (BNSL) has reached agreement with IndonesianCloud to represent Global Mode in Indonesia.

With a rapidly growing middle class in Indonesia, more and more consumers want access to the latest sports, entertainment, and educational content.

Neil Creswell, CEO of Indonesian Cloud, says “We were initially hesitant about providing this platform service due to strict local censorship laws; however with the combination of Global Mode and Buddy Guard we can ensure compliance whilst providing open access to content.” Neil is expecting to attract upwards of ten million subscribers within the first twelve months of launching.

Matthew Jackson of BNSL said that this just showed the global potential for the technology the company has developed. “We’re pleased we are able to work with IndonesianCloud to utilise their local market expertise.” he added.

Netflix usage in NZ & Aus already 100,000+ households

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Due to the popularity of our products we’re working with NZTE to look at international markets for our VIPER & DELUGE products which support Global Mode® and Buddy Guard. While exact numbers are confidential, Global Mode® is a dinner table conversation in New Zealand these days, why is that?

Each quarter Sandvine produces a global Internet Phenomena Report. The report highlights the overall use of broadband networks around the world, identifying facts, fads, and the future trends that will shape the Internet’s future.

Global Mode was launched as a product to prevent illegal downloading by removing the artificial barriers of the Internet that prevent people from streaming legitimate content based on out of date commercial models.

As to be expected streaming video and audio continues to be the largest category of internet traffic on all networks, anywhere in the world. At just over 2% market share Amazon Video, still sits well behind Netflix, who have around 1/3 of all online streaming traffic.

Things are changing as evidenced by HBO beginning to open up their streaming service to those who aren’t subscribers of their traditional products. We see the same thing in New Zealand with the introduction of SKY’s Neon service sometime soon, and while pricing is available, we have no real understanding if the offering. Will it will provide New Zealander’s what they want – access to live sports content.

Netflix director of corporate communications and technology has already admitted to the NBR its content offering in New Zealand will be a limited regional version of it’s fully featured North American offering. It remains to be seen if Netflix will capture it’s existing users, or just continue expand the online video market. Global Mode customers said publically on the Slingshot Facebook wall they would not switch to the US version. User said this was in part also because of the large number of other sites that were still not available to New Zealanders and with Global Mode region switching; consumers do not have to decide. Ultimately we see from our data users opt for more than just one streaming option, and are used to on-demand pricing to access shows like Netflix’s new series Marco Polo.

When Netflix is launching Marco Polo in December; one of the most expensive TV series ever made according to The New York Times at a cost of $90 million to produce ten episodes. But there is another reason Marco Polo is so important for Netflix. The series will appeal to international audiences as it expands, and Netflix will be keenly looking at Asian regions with this new unique content.

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has predicted the on-demand streaming will cause broadcast TV to die off within the next 16 years saying the age of broadcast TV will probably last until 2030. When you consider multi-cast, caching and fibre deployments, I’d say he’s not far wrong that broadcast won’t be the preferred medium of choice.

Global brands like the NZRU who own the rights to the All Blacks franchise will be able to see much greater revenue by serving it’s customers directly. They’ll do this by delivering a feature-rich, interactive options to the living room via a smart TV, mobile content and even greater merchandise opportunities from e-commerce.

With over fifty million users, Netflix is largely responsible for changing how consumers watch TV shows and movies, and they’re only going to continue to disrupt.

Netflix will debut the sequel to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” the same day as it hits IMAX theatres. With this move, Netflix is predicting it will start to break the stranglehold that movie theatres have on the model for how movies are released.

But really, are things changing that fast? If you look back file sharing uploads as a % of traffic have only continued to grow.

File sharing (upstream) has grown from 19% in March 2011 (see above) to 28% now (see below). So overall data volume used by P2P continued to grow 20% year over year. However, what is pleasing to see is the corresponding increase in legitimate streaming services from 49% in 2011 up to 67% today. When we look further, we see that in North America BitTorrent continues to lose share and now accounts for just 5% of traffic during the peak period at night.

In their last report, Sandvine revealed that filesharing as a whole accounted for less than 9% of total daily traffic; this latest release shows the downwards trend continues. BitTorrent is now only responsible for just 7% of daily network traffic.

Overall this demonstrates a sharp decline in share from the 31% of total traffic just was reported back in 2008. Clearly the strangled hold of cable TV monopolies has been broken in the US, and the impact of free choice for consumers is benefiting studios who licence their content through streaming providers. No wonder the cable operators are fighting so hard to restrict the open Internet.

While Europe and Latin America have still a horrid level of filesharing in Asia Pacific, the filesharing still represents the MAJORITY of traffic on the upstream. Sadly we are the only region in this report that can lay claim to that fact.

BitTorrent is now the second ranked downstream application in the Asia Pacific region during peak periods. While its decline in share has been somewhat less drastic than in North America. BNSL asserts that based on the evidence in the north American market the rate of decline may accelerate as more over-the-top streaming entertainment sources are made available to subscribers in the region.

Until then, you can only see evidence of the consumer demand in reports like this; despite not being available in region Netflix is a top-10 application on ISP networks.

Sandvine predicts approximately 2.5% of subscribers are accessing the service as it comprises as much as 4% of peak downstream traffic. This suggests that Netflix usage across all of Australia and New Zealand’s broadband subscribers could easily be an excess of 100,000 households.

The evidence is there, depending on the specific country the streaming services market share ranges between 20% to 67% of downstream traffic. The increase in streaming and decrease in file sharing is directly related to the availability of over the top video services like Netflix in varying countries, as well as the speed of broadband service made available to subscribers.

https://www.sandvine.com/downloads/general/global-internet-phenomena/2014/2h-2014-global-internet-phenomena-report.pdf

Global Mode Commercial Director featured opinion article published by Fairfax

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The New Zealand government is one of the parties involved in the TransPacificPartnership Agreement (TPPA or TPP for short). The TPP is no simple “free trade agreement.” It goes further than tariffs and quotas.

According to the Fair Deal Coalition “the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will reach beyond the border, into New Zealand’s own policy-making and regulatory processes. [And] could stop future governments from making their own decisions on important issues including how long copyright lasts and how Internet Service Providers do business”.

Global Mode developer defends service

The American Motion Picture Association once tried to ban the personal VCR based on copyright principles, the VCR then became on of the largest ways for the consumer to purchase TV shows and movies for in home viewing.

Hollywood has already approached New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs to stop Kiwis accessing online content.

Radio NZ reported in July of this year that the Motion Pictures Distributors Association wanted access to the Internal Affairs child pornography filter, so they could block access to copyrighted material.

Should a US organisation with commercial interests control your ability to access websites when you are in New Zealand governed by New Zealand laws?

About 25 years ago the world wide web was invented by Timothy Berners-Lee. Last month in an interview with the Washinton Post, Berners-Lee said that US system is now in danger from Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who stand to amass too much power over what was intentionally built as a decentralised network – one where no single actor could dictate outcomes to everyone else.

The TPP would indeed limit the open internet, access to knowledge, economic opportunity and fundamental rights if a number of proposed copyright provisions were agreed to. The TPP should lower trade barriers, not raise them.

New Zealand would be obliged under its free trade agreements with the United States, Singapore and Korea to provide a legal incentive to ISPs to cooperate with rights holders to prevent infringement on their systems and networks – based on their laws, not our own. New Zealander’s right to operate as a sovereign nation is at risk. Policies that won’t even address the root causes of internet piracy. Polices that would remove competition on the internet.

In contract, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) policy recommendations suggest that access to the internet should be promoted as fundamental to participating in 21st century society. So how can the New Zealand government fundamentally agree to lose control of our ability to provide access to online services from a fair trade agreement and say it’s in our best interests?

When you consider that last generation media monopolies have spent years ranting against piracy, while ignoring customer feedback, there has been very little done to reduce online piracy.

Rather than declaring war on frustrated customers, perhaps it would be best to focus on the problems which have driven New Zealander’s to take their business elsewhere?

Termination of internet access to a household or business would cut off occupants from education, employment, health services, government information, and social engagement.

If you dive deeper, the current issues and risks are greater as New Zealand could become subject to decisions such as a recent court decision involving Verizon vs the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in relation tonet neutrality.

Put simply, net neutrality refers to the basic principle that all data should be treated equally. That means no preferential treatment to specific kinds of content, certain users, individual companies or modes of communication.

This means big telecom companies can give an advantage to big internet companies who are willing to make deals with broadband providers, this quite obviously presents small companies with the disadvantage of operating on a slower network, lowering competition and removing consumer choice.

There’s a difference between regulating providers of broadband and the services that run on top of it, said Berners-Lee. Strong net neutrality rules would help preserve that line dividing the two and limit the incentive of ISPs to meddle in the market for services.

Netflix has said that “net neutrality must be defended and strengthened,” calling out giants telecommunications providers for bad behaviour. We can only wonder what impact the TPP will have on media censorship in New Zealand. There is no point simply blocking sites that promote online illegal downloading when they can change their address in minutes.

The internet has no readily available gate that we can put a lock on to keep people from downloading illegal content because there are many alternative ways for infringers to access their favourite movies and TV shows online. Over 2.5 million if you run a Google search.

The fact remains piracy isn’t a new problem, but could you say that the current solutions and proposed solution from the sector is not working?

Content rights holders have been fighting a losing battle for years. The file sharing industry is now global, very sophisticated and mainstream. Pirating techniques have evolved, simplified and diversified over the last decade, and many options and alternative distribution models have been constructed.

The content industry has not kept up.

In New Zeland only a very few cases have ever been heard by the Copyright Tribunal, and ISP’s foot huge bills to cover the costs to compliance systems.

Under the TPP, traditional providers will begin to relentlessly lobby the New Zealand government to create restrictive policies and heavy-handed solutions, none of which take consumers interests into account or addressing the reasons why New Zealander’s illegally download movies and TV shows.

Under the TPP, the government instead seems determined to be seen as defending, at all costs, the business model of the Hollywood movie houses.

Why not, instead of threatening consumer rights – make an investment that changes quarterly forecast earnings and create a solution people demand?

Double Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey challenged TV channels to give “control” to their audiences or risk losing them at his address at the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival.

“Netflix was the only network that believed in the new model of creating content….. The audience wants the control, they want the freedom. Through this new form of distribution we have learnt the lesson the music industry didn’t learn. Give people want they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in and at a reasonable price and they’ll more likely pay for it than steal it. Well, some will still steal it but I think we can take a bite out of piracy”

Obviously New Zelanders want the access to new content. The demand is there and consumers want to be treated with respect, not hampered by delays or excess charges.

Consumers who want access to content immediately are willing to pay for it. A government that forces costly policies onto consumers and ISPs, policies that won’t even address the root causes of internet piracy, is not the answer.

Chorus built a high speed network that provides unprecedented access to information never seen before in New Zealand. Our super highway is ready, and many, if not most people prefer to do the right thing. They want good service at a reasonable price. They want to pay for the very desirable content.

If the TPP lets governments & broadcasters lump people who are streaming overseas content into the same group as BitTorrent users, we prevent consumer choice.

Consumers will be stopped from bypassing geo-blocking, an artificial restraint on trade. Trade covered, ironically, by something called a ‘Free Trade Agreement’.

So start treating your customers as customers, not the enemy, and you might find things improve. Address the reasons why people infringe copyright in the first place rather than continually apply a band-aid to a broken bone.

The New Zealand sector is ready and willing to provide a legal framework within which rights holders, ISPs and consumer representatives can develop flexible, fair and workable approaches to reducing online copyright infringement.

Don’t ban parallel imports. Allow fair and genuine uses of copyright works in a rapidly evolving digital environment. The TPP should lower trade barriers, not raise them, and as a country we need to seriously consider removing oursleves from the TPP negotiations before it’s too late.

Matthew Jackson is Commercial Director of Bypass Network Services Limited and co-founder of Global Mode

BNSL steps forward to explain why Global Mode® is forefront of online media streaming and global content equality – Featured on Stuff.co.nz

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One of the entrepreneurs who developed Global Mode says his company has received interest from overseas in the technology and has stepped forward to defend his motivations.

Global Mode is closely associated with internet provider CallPlus which has promoted it as a means for its Slingshot and Orcon customers to access overseas online television services  that are supposed to be blocked in New Zealand, such as Netflix and Hulu.

However, Global Mode is a technology developed and trademarked by a four-person Auckland company, Bypass Network Services, whose founders have until now avoided commenting on the controversy surrounding the service.

Sky Television has described the use of Global Mode as a “form of piracy that undermines intellectual property rights” and there has been speculation of a possible legal challenge. That is because the reason overseas television companies try to block their services in New Zealand is that they do not own the local rights to their programming.

It is understood Global Mode is being used by at least two small internet providers in addition to CallPlus, including wireless broadband providers Gisborne Net and Evolution Wireless.

Bypass co-founder Matthew Jackson would not say where the overseas customer interest had come from.

Global Mode had “global influence” after reports on its use by CallPlus were picked up by popular US website Engadget, he said. “We are being watched by the world to see what New Zealand is going to do.”

Jackson, a former Kordia engineer whose background is in online security, said he and commercial director Patrick Jordan-Smith developed the service 14 months ago.

They did so to reduce the likelihood Kiwi broadband users would pirate content and risk picking up malware from dodgy websites, he said.

“We don’t intend to have a public-facing image, but there isn’t the right understanding of why the company exists. What our goal was, was to make it easier for ‘mums and dads’ to be able to access legitimate content.”

Global Mode sat at the forefront of media deregulation, he said. “Consumers want choice and why should what network you are on or what country you are in determine what you should watch and when?”

Jackson said he was encouraged by Spark’s launch last week of internet television Lightbox and he “always expected Global Mode to have a limited life as it draws more competition into the market”.

Global Mode is not the only way New Zealand computer users can bypass “geo-blocks” on the internet. Several companies in North America also let people access services such as Netflix for a fee, using virtual private networks (VPNs) that disguise computer users’ true location.

But Jackson believed Global Mode’s “network level switch” was unique and said it did not have the flipside of restricting access to New Zealand online content that might be blocked overseas, such as shows on TVNZ OnDemand.

Bypass’ says on its website that Global Mode can perform better than VPN alternatives and that internet providers that offer it can expect to reduce their customer “churn” by half.

Jackson would not comment on whether he believed companies such as Netflix could prevent their services being accessed by Global Mode users if they tried.

 – The Dominion Post

Slingshot’s GM speaks about Front Up on NZTV Breakfast

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New scheme price checks Kiwi vs. rest of world prices and finds New Zealanders are being overcharged on products and services compared to consumers overseas. Slingshot launched Front Up to start a conversation to help show that Kiwis pay over-the-odds for many of the everyday products we buy. By pointing out some of the glaring differences in the cost of goods between ourselves and those other countries we like to consider similar, Front Up hopes to spark a consumer revolution – or at least more awareness.

Taryn Hamilton says “We believe that living full time in New Zealand, we often don’t realise the exceptional prices we pay for the privilege of making a beautiful country our home…

To watch the full video visit:

http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/new-scheme-price-checks-kiwi-vs-rest-world-prices-video-6064307

Slingshot identified some pretty hefty price premiums Kiwis are paying for some of the world’s most popular products, from the world’s biggest brands. Then they went to these companies and asked them to Front Up and explain why this is the case.

 

Visit: www.frontup.co.nz

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Orcon’s new GM announces the launch Global Mode® – featured on Scoop

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Orcon unlocks the internet with launch of Global Mode

Survey results suggest broadcast TV is dying, with an overwhelming preference to stream online content. Orcon responds with Global Mode and low cost 100Mb/s UFB plans

New Orcon General Manager, Michael Shirley, today announced Orcon customers will be able to access previously blocked international websites with Global Mode, coinciding with survey results pointing to a shift from broadcast TV to online streaming.

Global Mode, now live, is a free and automatic service for Orcon customers that allows Kiwis to access global streaming websites.

Michael Shirley says, “For too long now, consumers have been limited in regards to the websites they can access and content they can watch. Our customers want a platform where they can make those decisions for themselves and it’s great to be able to offer it to them.”

The internet company has also announced a 100Mb/s Fibre plan for $105 per month for 100GB or $115 per month unlimited data, meaning households with multiple devices can really maximise the greater content options now available.

A recent survey of more than 4,000 Orcon customers shows that three out of every four customers prefer to stream content online. And only one in five customers prefer to download content with little support for watching it via traditional broadcast TV.

Mr Shirley says, “We expect this trend to continue. Broadcast TV is dying so we want to give customers access to even more online content, matched with cheaper high-spec ultra-fast broadband plans”.

In June Google awarded Orcon UFB with YouTube HD verification after passing the challenging rating criteria in Google’s new Video Quality Report. The ratings show that Orcon UFB customers stream YouTube in HD at least 90 per cent of the time.

“The Fibre 100 Unlimited plan is perfect for families or flats which consume loads of HD content on multiple devices or enjoy gaming; all while not having to worry about buffering and bill shock at the end of the month,” he adds.

“Streaming online TV shouldn’t have to mean low definition.”

One week into his role, the industry veteran with more than 20 years’ Telco experience, says the future is looking bright for Orcon and Orcon customers.

“We have the right people who are passionate about continuing to bring First World Internet to New Zealand, and we will continue to deliver it through the best, most innovative products and services”.

For more information visit www.orcon.net.nz.

Source: Scoop Media

TUANZ backs Slingshot in ad row

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The Telecommunications Users Assocation is backing Slingshot in the ISP’s ad row with Sky TV, TVNZ and Mediaworks.

“Tuanz supports Slingshot in bringing competition and choice to its customers, our understanding is that ‘Global Mode’ is legal under the copyright act and is simply a form of digital parallel importing,” acting CEO Chris O’Connell tells NBR ONLINE.

“We are disappointed to see broadcasters using their position to try and limit consumers right to know about legitimate choices for accessing content. New Zealanders are global digital consumer and should be able to access and purchase content.

“The same applies to NZ content that is geoblocked, when our missing million really is the Kiwi diaspora, surely we need to be a beacon of openess and freedom.”

TVNZ has decided to a run revised version of Slingshot’s ad, while MediaWorks has staunchly refused.

Sky TV said it no longer wanted to talk to the media about the controversy, only its client, Slingshot. However, a rep for Slingshot tells NBR the pay TV broadcaster has refused to run the edited version.

Source: NBR

Global Mode® traffic increase 1200% overnight and featured by Engadget.

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With the recent news about Global Mode® the public feedback has been well received globally. News spread virally once Engadget.com picked up the story. With over 150 articles showing up in 3 days the traffic on the Global Mode® network increased by 1200%.

One of the most frustrating parts of trying to go legit with your movie watching is being restricted by Hollywood’s windows and geofences that limit what’s available to watch in your area. Of course, a network of third parties provide tools to help users go around and through the blocks, but now an ISP is taking the unusual step of getting directly involved. For the last year, New Zealand’s Slingshot has offered a Global Mode VPN feature marketed for use by visitors from the US or UK. As a not-so-secret side effect it also let Kiwis pull in streams from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and BBC iPlayer, but that wasn’t mentioned — until now. Slingshot General Manager Taryn Hamilton confirmed to the New Zealand Herald that “No beating around the bush. This is to watch Netflix,” ending the ruse and opening it to all subscribers for free.

Questions raised by the move start with whether or not this will cause providers to reinforce their walls — Hulu started blocking VPN users recently — or if the local video providers that have the rights to the content will mount a legal charge. Not coincidentally, the change in advertising arrives just as competing ISP Telecom New Zealand is launching an internet video service of its own for $15 per month, and rumors suggest Netflix will launch an Australian service soon. Both of those will probably have fewer viewing options than services from the US or UK, giving Slingshot an advantage. New Zealand ISP Fyx tried a similar strategy for a few weeks in 2012 before withdrawing the service, we’ll see if support from local consumer groups like Choice help this one last any longer.

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Slingshot launches Global Mode®

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Slingshot has launched a “Global Mode” option on its accounts – a feature that will allow the ISP’s customers to access TV and movie streaming services that are usually geo-blocked.

The new feature goes live 1pm today.

While tech-savvy internet users know how to beat geo-blocking, Slingshot has made it easy. All you have to do is enable the feature on your account via Slingshot’s website. The company promises it will be enabled within 10 minutes of you opting in.

Global mode is free.

Slingshot (CallPlus’ residential brand) is marketing Global Mode as a service for foreigners visiting New Zealand.

However, Slingshot general manager Scott Page tells NBR there will be no verification process.

Mr Page adds, “We expect all consumers to comply with the terms and conditions of the service providers.” Such terms and conditions usually ban proxy servers and other tools for beating geo-blocking.

Last year, when Maxnet spin-off Fyx launched a short-lived global mode, Chapman Tripp gave the service the legal thumbs up in an independent assessment for NBR. But Fyx parent company, Maxnet, was bought by Australia’s Vocus shortly after and the new owner shut-off the global mode plans.

Vocus told NBR it did not see legal issues, but did not want the complications that went with the controversial service as it refocused Maxnet on business, wholesale and data centre services.

Asked if Callplus has sought legal advice before launching Global Mode, Mr Page said it had but “we always take legal advice on our product launches so this is not extraordinary”.

Slingshot’s news is yet another headache for Sky TV, which is already facing headaches from the pending Coliseum Sports Medialaunch that has seen its shares slump 6%.

Mr Page says Slingshot has around 150,000 customers.

There is clearly interest in the area of geo-block busting. NBR’s story Geo-block busting ISP gets thumbs up from Chapman Tripp, on Maxnet’s short-lived service, was easily this site’s best read article of 2012.

Source: NBR

BNSL launches first Regional Wireless Provider

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Gisborne Net is the first of many regional ISP’s who to take advantage of the scalable pricing model designed for any size ISP.

Global Mode® allows any size organisation to have an effective value add strategy without capital investment and allows smaller operators to ability to over the top content strategy to drive uptake of fibre services.

More cost effective than developing your own platform internally Gisborne.Net was the first regional provider to adopt Global Mode.

BNSL offers a white label managed service. This means Bypass is responsible for providing the global application network, 2nd level support for the service and on-going continual improvement, such as the addition of new services, countries and supported devices.

The rates are also scaled such that the service is cost effective even for a regional ISP, allowing smaller operators to compete head-on with the big boys with an effective over the top content strategy. We also allow you to use our registered Trademark Global Mode® as the product brand.

The service has designed to be deployed as an add-on to large-scale ISP networks to enable the ISP to provide value-added services to their customers to show the value of high speed broadband connectivity and increase customer ‘stickiness’.

Gisborne.Net recognised that by implementing Global Mode they could will save their users will save time and money, by removing their own VPNs, subscription services, each of which can cost $5US+ per month, plus ultimately they hope to decrease illegal peer to peer file sharing.