Quickflix boss Stephen Langsford: we welcome competitors

The founder and CEO of Australia’s only major premium screen content streaming service said he welcomes competition in the market.

Stephen Langsford told Mumbrella: “2013 is definitely when more and more people will look towards streaming – and competitors will only help to increase awareness of the sector.”

“Hoyts have gone on record to say at sometime in 2013 they’ll be streaming. The advantage of being an early adopter of the technology is that we are now ready to roll out on to new devices.”

In the last three days, Quickflix has partnered with Humax video devices, Kobo e-readers and today with Blackberry.

Langsford admitted that the past three weeks had been tough. The company saw their HBO board member Henry McGee step down from the Quickflix board, after the US cable network’s $10m investment in the company in February.

Quickly following was the resignation of former CEO Chris Taylor and deputy chairman Justin Milne. The company also halted trading on the stock exchange, but described the predicament as a ‘speed bump’ on the path to growth.

“We’ve hit a rough patch, but we’re fighting hard.” Langsford added.

However, he said: “HBO remain very supportive of me and the plans for Quickflix.”

On Taylor’s departure, Langsford described it as amicable. “I’ve got nothing but good things to say about Chris. He was the right man at the right time to catapult our digital plans.”


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