Random thoughts on the road of technology

Get your act together Sky

, posted: 31-Mar-2008 09:44

I am really getting sick and tired of waiting for Sky to get their act together and do widescreen properly.

The longer I wait, the more I am convinced the decision is purely commercial.  It seems to me at least, the only reason that Sky is holding out, is due to wanting to retain a point of difference of their 'premium' Rugby Channel until HD arrives sometime later this year.

They already receive a large portion of their content in widescreen from outside providers

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They actually showed the first quarter of the AFL game yesterday in 'pseudo widescreen'

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but then realised they'd made a mistake.

I have also noticed this with F1 broadcast sometimes.

They already send a large proportion of their content in widescreen to outside

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this is taken from the recent NZ v Eng from a Sky Sports UK broadcast

So what gives?  Hurry up and move into the new millennium.  Sky UK, Foxtel, MediaWorks, Maori TV and TVNZ already well and truly broadcast in 16:9, what's the hold up?

UPDATE:  It seems that AdamJ is correct, Prime are broadcasting in widescreen as of today (1 April)

Comment by richgamer, on 31-Mar-2008 12:38

call the nzherald newspaper and tv news channels and tell them about it. maybe skytv will broadcast in true 16:9 for all its tv channels when the media get involved.

Comment by sbiddle, on 31-Mar-2008 12:47

I can't agree more..

Comment by adamj, on 31-Mar-2008 18:13

Some channels (Like discovery) they broadcast the widescreen program, letterboxed in 4:3. This results in a postage stamp widescreen program on the widescreen TV. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

from http://www.primeadsales.co.nz/:

"SKY proposes to roll out all its channels to widescreen in 2008 starting with PRIME commencing 1st April 2008 and SKY channels will progressively follow suit."

April SkyWatch however still does not show any additional WS channels

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