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AU$ 20,356 pledged of AU$ 1,807,019 goal
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By Rhett Sampson
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After the project closes, like our GT TV appliance Facebook page for updates:

https://www.facebook.com/GTTVappliance

GT TV will be the world's first Secure Peer Assisted movie network for fully licensed content. GT TV is a portable movie and TV player that downloads and streams movies and TV from our store to your TV. It's also a beautiful and simple new way of interacting with your TV. It's so good that we've applied for a patent, design and trade mark registrations.

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GT TV Concept Sketches
GT TV Concept Sketches

You've never seen TV like this! You can rent or buy. You only pay for what you want, when you want it. You can take it anywhere, play and share* movies with your friends. Movies play fast at high quality and don’t freeze using our Secure Peer Assist™ technology (patent pending).

No more Adaptive Bit Rate shredding of video quality! Watch true HD video content anytime all the time!

(*Secure File Sharing™ is a future release)

GT TV is made for lovers of quality movies and TV. Hollywood blockbusters and those harder to get classics and indie’s. It's your content, delivered at the highest quality, the way the director envisaged! We will make movies available in a way that has never been done before.

GT TV Concept Refinement
GT TV Concept Refinement


  • Most, if not all video networks use a technology called Adaptive Bit Rate. The trouble is, it reduces resolution and quality and degrades your movie experience.
  • Subscription video services don’t have the best catalogues and charge a premium for good content.
  • It’s hard or impossible to download your movies and take them with you.
  • File sharing of pirated content is illegal.
  • BitTorrent can’t stream, is slow to start and is a security risk.
  • Ads are annoying.

We thought there had to be a better way. We've talked to a lot of people in the last 7 years. Studios. Indies. Retailers. Telcos. A lot of it on the floor in retail stores to people just like you. Including people who use "the other protocol". It may surprise you that everyone wants the same thing. But no-one has built it. So we did.

Here's a bit more detail on what we've done and a lot more below.

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GT TV uses our Secure Peer Assist™ technology to solve the problem of distributing highest quality video via the Internet. It delivers you the online video store you want: with the best catalogue, on every device, at the best quality, at reasonable prices, with fair rights and no subscriptions. You can rent or buy, take it anywhere, play and share* movies and TV with your friends.

(*Secure File Sharing™ is a future release)

GT TV assembly port view
GT TV assembly port view

Our industrial designers,cocreators, developed an iconic product with a beautifully simple human interface, making GT TV not only beautiful but interactive!

Delivering video, on demand, on the Internet is a wicked problem. We’ve solved it by smashing together people power and telco power. Secure Peer Assist is a combination of peer to peer and Content Delivery Network (CDN). We've partnered with EdgeCast for the CDN because they have the perfect super PoP architecture and the fastest CDN in the world.

You provide the key missing piece: the ability to draw video packets from the most efficient place: your GT TV network. When we can’t, the Super PoP fills in the gaps. And it’s secure. We think it’s the only way to deliver true HD, on demand, at a reasonable cost, all the time. You're still free to choose the ISP you prefer.  People power.

Our patent pending network technology
Our patent pending network technology

Our catalogue philosophy is to bring you what you want: relevant content, including Hollywood blockbusters and those harder to get classics and indies, world movies, docos, extreme sport, sci-fi, anime in fact anything we can get. We do that by sourcing the broadest range of content and having it curated by the people you trust: the proprietors of the stores where you shop today.

Anyone can submit content to us for inclusion in the catalogue. Or send us suggestions for what you want and we’ll get it. We’ll have an automated interface and voting in a future release. When we get bigger, we'll also commission the shows you want and love.

[Note from Rhett: the FIRST show we commission is going to be Firefly season 2! Joss where are you? This is YOUR network!]

We're super pleased to have Civic (Video) as our content and retail partner. They have been bringing you movies at home in Australia and New Zealand for 30 years. We'll be putting a GT TV content store on their website. You'll be able to access it in Australia and New Zealand to rent or buy the best movies, TV and games and watch them in True High Definition, all the time on your GT TV.

You can have a GT store on your website too, and make money selling movies and GT TV. Just choose the "put a store on my website" pledge. When we set you up, you choose your custom catalogue from our master catalogue and, after an approval process, you’re up and running. You choose what’s relevant for your audience. So when you see a GT store on your favorite website, you know you’re going to get content you want.

We are currently in technical evaluation with the major studios. Between Civic and ourselves we will have the broadest range of Hollywood blockbusters and indie classics available for you to enjoy.

We want as much relevant content as we can get. If you’ve got content you want to sell, we want to talk to you. And coming very soon, we'll have the top tier games you love.

GT TV can work anywhere in the world. Our movie and TV rights are for Australia and New Zealand initially. We're working on getting as much global content as we can. If you have any, we'd love to hear from you. If you want GT TV in your country, choose the "I want GT TV in my country" pledge. That will help us bring the GT TV experience to your country quicker!

We're creating the content store you want:

  • Highest quality,
  • relevant content,
  • at reasonable prices,
  • with fair rights,
  • available on all devices
  • with no subscriptions
  • no stream or download fees
  • and no ads.

But more than that, we want to provide a distribution platform that allows creative people like you to benefit from your work, fairly. As everyone has the right to. Including Hollywood.

Will we be there day one? No. Will we do everything in our power to get there? Absolutely. But we can’t do it without you. So sign up! Pledge to support us and create the content store you want and the world's first Secure Peer Assisted movie network!

You get:

  • GT TV portable player with Secure Peer Assist

  • HDMI video and USB power cables and power pack

  • An account for your favorite online video store

  • App for your phone or tablet to control and shop (Apple initially)
  • Safe Share™ secure content sharing
  • Secure streaming to other devices e.g. phones, tablets
  • Apps on all CE platforms: Apple to Xbox
  • Media hub and library management
  • Sideload games to PC, tablet, phones
  • Games for GT TV
  • Ultra HD (UHD 4K) support

The founders of GT Systems and our partners have been working in the network technology business for over 35 years. We have been building systems to deliver quality digital content for the last 7 years. We started with burning original, fully licensed, CD’s and DVDs in retail stores for 5 years. That led to the development of GT TV with Secure Peer Assist over the last 2 years. We have designed the store that everyone wants, based on deep experience. Our network technology solves the delivery problem.

The core systems are designed (that was harder than it looks!) and mostly built. About 33% of the systems are built from existing systems. About 42% of systems also exist but require customization. About 25% of the systems are new development. And we need to manufacture the GT TV player. See diagram below.

We've built a test store that proves the concept end to end and an alpha prototype GT TV.

GT TV PoC system
GT TV PoC system
GT TV Systems Block Diagram
GT TV Systems Block Diagram

The design of the GT TV custom circuit boards has been finalised and we have a fully costed Bill of Materials. The new systems need to be developed and the remainder customized and integrated (see above). And we need to manufacture the GT TV appliance.

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  • Campaign Nov 2014

  • Verify design Dec 2014

  • Development of GT TV and HTML5 web apps, customisation of search, social and systems integration Jan-Jun 2015

  • Manufacturing GT TV Feb-Mar 2015

  • First GT TV shipment arrives Apr 2015

  • Beta testing May-Jun 2015

  • First units ship July 2015

Rhett Sampson has over thirty five years’ experience building and managing technology businesses and projects. He is a qualified engineer and has a proven track record in general management, team building, strategy, sales management, operational management, project management and execution. Rhett has demonstrated success in founding, developing, growing and running technology product and service businesses.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/rhett-sampson/2/9a9/510

Rhett and his associates developed the first online and physical Manufacture On Demand (MOD) content stores in Australia, burning licensed original CDs and DVDs in retail stores. He built a fully operational PoC website and kiosk in Bondi Junction in 2009 and a pilot in Big W Winston Hills in 2010/11. He partnered with FujiFilm Australia to roll out their integrated MOD systems to 25 Harvey Norman Sydney stores and their online store in 2011/12.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/technology/biztech/tiny-shop-serves-software-on-demand/2008/10/22/1224351318892.html

This led directly to requests from retailers and studios to build an online movie and TV store service for retailers. GT Systems, GT TV and GT Secure Peer Assist are the direct result of 2 years of work to design and prove those systems. We have secured a retail partner, Civic (Video) and are ready to go to market.

Ole Mortensen has 17 years’ experience from Europe and Australia, in consumer electronics, IT, mobile solutions and consulting.He has worked within small, medium as well as multinational organizations driving new market development and go-to-market strategies.

Ole has been working with Rhett since the early days in 2008. He initially provided marketing strategy and advice. This has expanded to operational and financial roles. Ole was actively involved in the Harvey Norman MOD rollout.

Mike Lynch has worked at Channel 10, News Ltd. And Telstra. He is one of the most experienced video operations, production and technology managers in Australia.

Adam Stuckey (Levo) was lead white hat protocol hacker for Ericsson R&D and a senior developer for Atlassian. He is currently working on a major network project for Vodafone.

Jamie Fisher (Levo) ex head of security, NBN Australia.

Craig Roberts (Levo) highly experienced lead UX designer.

Ted Esdaile-Watts and Braden Wilson (cocreators) Australia's leading industrial designers.

Matt Moran (and the team at thePlatform) Australia's most experienced online video executive and the world's best media management and publishing platform.

Laurent Perche (and the EdgeCast team) the perfect CDN architecture and power.

Rod Laycock (CEO) and team (Civic) Australia and New Zealand's most experienced home entertainment providers with over 30 years experience.

Thanks to:

Paul Warren - video direction, camera, editing and sense of humour!

Marie Brokensha - video "art" direction and French woman's perspective!

Tony Potts - photography that speaks for itself

Harriet - for being herself

Everyone - for making this possible. You know who you are.

GT TV is breaking new ground. We are going to change the way licensed content is sold, distributed and watched on the Internet. Kickstarter has launched many innovative and disruptive hardware and software projects, some of the most successful being Australian. Kickstarter is the perfect platform for us to launch on. GT TV is the peoples' movie and TV network and store. Your support will allow us to deliver it. Pledge now!!

Risks and challenges

Customer base, marketing and distribution.
We have secured a retail partner, Civic (video), who will provide these on day one. They have over 160 stores in Australia and New Zealand. Our KickStarter supporters will provide the main, critical customer base. We will syndicate the store to other retailers who will provide additional customers, marketing and distribution. This will also differentiate the catalogue and allow people to shop where they already shop for related products and services.

Content.
This and quality of user experience are the two most important success factors. We have been working with most major and indie studios for 7 years. Civic has been working with them for 30 years and is assisting us as our joint content partner. We will have an extensive range of new release and classic back catalogue movies and TV shows.

User Experience.
Our Secure Peer Assist™ network technology solves the problem of distributing quality video on demand via the Internet. Our user interface is designed to be a next generation user experience, optimizing control, viewing and shopping for content across platforms. Our operational systems and people will ensure continued excellence in user experience.

Execution Risk.
GT Systems and our partners are some of the most experienced systems designers, developers and operators in the content business. Between us we have designed, built, installed and operated the first digital online and physical retail content systems in Australia, distributed the 2014 Super Bowl live, on demand, via the Internet, and changed the way software is developed and sold.

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    GT TV can work anywhere in the world. But we currently only have movie and TV rights from the studios for Australia and New Zealand. If you want to have the GT TV Secure Peer Assist true HD experience in your country, choose this pledge. It will help us bring GT TV to your country sooner.

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    Be the first to own GT TV with Secure Peer Assist. Download and stream the best movies in true High Definition, all the time. Be part of the world's first legal, fully approved Secure Peer Assisted movie network.

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    Pledge AU$ 350 or more About $302

    GT TV with disk. Stores approximately 200 movies, depending on size. Be the first to own GT TV with Secure Peer Assist. Download and stream the best movies in true High Definition, all the time. Be part of the world's first legal, fully approved Secure Peer Assisted movie network.

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    GT TV with solid state drive. Black with purple light. Stores approximately 100 movies, depending on size. Be the first to own this limited edition GT TV with Secure Peer Assist. Download and stream the best movies in true High Definition, all the time. Be part of the world's first legal, fully approved Secure Peer Assisted movie network.

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    Get a GT TV movie store on your website. Start selling movies and GT TV immediately! NOTE subject to approval process.

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    Choose this reward because you think this just needs to be done. That someone has to build the movie network that everyone wants. That those who create great content deserve to have it seen at the very highest quality and to benefit from their work. Including Hollywood. You can pledge more! Please do. And thank you in advance.

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