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Topic # 175369 26-Jun-2015 12:47 Send private message

Good Afternoon GeekZone...

Just wanted to come back to a point raised many times on various forums, the fact that Prime isn't broadcast in HD.

From what I understand, this is a "Sky" channel being broadcast on the Freeview Platform, so I assume if its going to be made HD, this should be driven by Sky first and us in Freeview-land will get the benefit if HD is launched on Freeview...?

Wonder if the lack of Prime HD seems to be due to Sky's lack of Bandwidth?  But saying that they seem to be able to launch a new Disney Movie channel....which cynically you would say is a pay extra channel....so that's where sky focus any spare bandwidth....

But come on Sky, can we have Prime HD any time soon?

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  Reply # 1332052 26-Jun-2015 12:56 Send private message

Sky is so bloody minded about this I think that you will never see it in HD on Freeview  but maybe on Sky's platform..  Remember how long it took them to get the EPG on Freeview  and all the excuses they gave..




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  Reply # 1332053 26-Jun-2015 12:59 Send private message

I seem to recall that Prime HD was temporarily launched via satellite only to cover certain events like the Olympics and Commonwealth games. But even then this was only available to those that pay for the HD ticket. It never happened for terrestrial though. 

If Sky had to give away Prime HD for free they would need to have to stop charging for the HD ticket on satellite. I therefore doubt any such move will ever happen. 

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  Reply # 1332093 26-Jun-2015 13:45 Send private message

Management see costs of switching to HD not benefits. FOUR is still in SD too.

I think part of the reason why TVNZ is beating TV3 in the 6 to 7:30pm slot are the superior HD cameras they're using.

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  Reply # 1332099 26-Jun-2015 13:50 Send private message

DizzyD: I seem to recall that Prime HD was temporarily launched via satellite only to cover certain events like the Olympics and Commonwealth games. But even then this was only available to those that pay for the HD ticket. It never happened for terrestrial though. 

If Sky had to give away Prime HD for free they would need to have to stop charging for the HD ticket on satellite. I therefore doubt any such move will ever happen. 

Prime HD was available to all Sky subscribers, even those on the Basic plan without an HD ticket.  It was brilliant while it lasted and I was sad to see it go.  Like most other things concerning Sky, they have short arms and deep pockets so won't spend anything they don't have to.

Anybody holding out hope for upgrades on FTA channels is doomed to a long and futile wait IMO.  Pay channels are where the money is being spent e.g. Zone HD, SoHo HD and the like.





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  Reply # 1332101 26-Jun-2015 13:52 One person supports this post Send private message

bfginger: Management see costs of switching to HD not benefits. FOUR is still in SD too.

I think part of the reason why TVNZ is beating TV3 in the 6 to 7:30pm slot are the superior HD cameras they're using.


News isn't in HD and never has been. Some news stories appear to be shot in HD but it's then all down converted to 576i and then upconverted to go the mux. Both TVNZ and TV3 studio feeds are 3rd rate in my opinion.




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  Reply # 1332119 26-Jun-2015 14:18 Send private message

grant_k:
DizzyD: I seem to recall that Prime HD was temporarily launched via satellite only to cover certain events like the Olympics and Commonwealth games. But even then this was only available to those that pay for the HD ticket. It never happened for terrestrial though. 

If Sky had to give away Prime HD for free they would need to have to stop charging for the HD ticket on satellite. I therefore doubt any such move will ever happen. 

Prime HD was available to all Sky subscribers, even those on the Basic plan without an HD ticket. 


I could have sworn we did not have it in HD as I remember being fairly disappointed. (We did not have the HD ticket when we still had Sky) Anyway I can't be sure and could be wrong. 

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  Reply # 1332248 26-Jun-2015 16:23 Send private message

I would suspect that Prime HD wouldn't have requied the HD ticket since 1, 2 and 3 don't.

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  Reply # 1332261 26-Jun-2015 16:46 Send private message

I just dont watch content that is not HD.

They need to realize they are competing with online which gives me HD, better sound etc.




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  Reply # 1332265 26-Jun-2015 16:53 One person supports this post Send private message

Netflix HD is better than Prime... period.




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  Reply # 1332479 26-Jun-2015 23:59 Send private message

TVNZ are pretty crap for HD content, so many nature programs on ONE which could be in HD and are not. I record the first episode take one look at it then delete. Movies too, TV3 often have movies in HD but TVNZ hardly ever. As for Sky, fairy obvious that providing a quality service to their customers comes second to making as much money as they possibly can.



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