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  Reply # 619504 4-May-2012 13:47 Send private message

Jas777: Ruff,

The bit rate might not be all of the problem?

As Sky uses 1080i and Bluray uses 1080p this surely makes a difference too?

Not really as all the good stuff is progressive to start with. Only sped up to 25 fps to match pal rates that should have been abandoned when they went digital.

Any display will pick that and deinterlace in film mode


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  Reply # 619565 4-May-2012 14:42 Send private message

interlaced vs. progressive is not an issue.

It's the compression.

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  Reply # 619868 4-May-2012 22:30 Send private message

Jas777: Ruff,

The bit rate might not be all of the problem?

As Sky uses 1080i and Bluray uses 1080p this surely makes a difference too?

No, it's the compression. If you want to take the interlacing out of the argument set your Blu Ray player to output 1080i instead of 1080p (you can set this on most of them). While you may notice a marginal drop in quality, it will still be much, much better than Sky's HD offering.

I shudder to think how bad it will get if they find the bandwidth for the new Olympics Channels by further starving the existing channels!

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  Reply # 622099 9-May-2012 10:11 Send private message

May just be my imagination but I definitely noticed an improvement in the picture quality of this weeks episode of Game Of Thrones.  Perhaps Sky have responded to the criticism that they have received.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 622104 9-May-2012 10:16 Send private message

Yeah - I thought it looked a bit better also.

Still not a great picture, but at least there was no visible blocking on faces!

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  Reply # 623012 10-May-2012 16:54 Send private message

I noticed the blocking on Mad Men! Thought i was going mad.

When questioned on the Soho FB page, they said everything played fine on their end, and that
there must be something wrong with my decoder...


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  Reply # 634316 1-Jun-2012 17:53 Send private message

are you guys still having trouble with soho picture quality?

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  Reply # 634391 1-Jun-2012 20:36 Send private message

I'm happy with it. I've only got a 32 inch tv though, probably more would show on a bigger tv.

I think the quality has gone up though, maybe they got the frequencys that were shut down with the aussie channels on them.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 634526 2-Jun-2012 09:48 Send private message


Quality has improved.

Which is great... shame we have to complain about it to have any action taken...

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  Reply # 637900 8-Jun-2012 16:22 Send private message

Heya guys, just thought I'd share my experience with Soho quality here.

I'm a Soho (HD) subscriber but have just been recording most things due to being busy. Having just sat down and caught up on all the recorded GOT episodes I was utterly disappointed in the picture quality. The compression makes faces bland and monotoned. For comparison's sake (and eagerness to watch the final episode), I illegally downloaded the final episode and found that despite being a tv rip (which would have been further compressed by the uploader), the quality was noticabley better than on Soho (and minus the annoying logo and "available in HD" pop ups).

What prompted me to write this is I have just turned on Soho and found the new show Veep is on. I have watched a few minutes of it and am now going online to download it illegally in order to watch it in decent quality. To me, my case seems to portray a hilariously sorry state of affairs in our subscription broadcasting.

Anywho, just though I'd share my $0.02

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Master Geek

  Reply # 637946 8-Jun-2012 17:26 Send private message

Yes, overall it's pretty bad isn't it.

I have decided to ditch SoHo and just rent / buy BluRays. The quality and experience is just so much better.

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  Reply # 638479 10-Jun-2012 14:47 Send private message

I haven't noticed any of the issues that have been mentioned here.

What TV's are you guys watching? Do you run the signal through a Home theater amp or direct to the TV?

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Master Geek

  Reply # 638480 10-Jun-2012 14:52 Send private message

Direc to tv

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  Reply # 638493 10-Jun-2012 15:42 Send private message

Samsung46" LED
Through a home theatre amp, hdmi.

I am fussy though, but then... I do film images for a living and I work with the same cameras being used to shoot these shows, soI am aware of just how good they can look. 

Throw a bluray in and look at the quality difference... it is massive, then remember that blurry is a compressed format also!

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  Reply # 638499 10-Jun-2012 16:07 Send private message

I have the decoder running through the receiver at the moment but I also sometimes have sky setup to run through Mediaportal on my htpc which provides a preferable picture than that from the decoder but only two tuners so it's not as practical.

Sky sport's HD is gorgeous through my setup, I've just found Soho and Sky Movies Greats to have too much compression going on. FTA HD channels through sky are alrightish but definitely inferior to the terrestrial transmission.

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