l43a2: wow. now the question is will it be HD.
Common sense is not as common as you think.
haydenmarsh:l43a2: wow. now the question is will it be HD.
Hoping it is in 720p50 like ESPN, but that isn't likely.
jaidevp: So still no Discovery/Natgeo HD.. sigh...
DickDastardly:jaidevp: So still no Discovery/Natgeo HD.. sigh...
Agreed!! There are SO many other channels (like you said Discovery, Nat Geo but also Prime, UK TV, Living and i suspect Sky's new Sci-Fi Channel The Zone WONT be in HD) crying out for a little HD magic - its like Sky have got it in their heads that Kiwi's want ONLY sport in HD - this is so not the case (nice business model you have there Sky NZ!!) But come on - give us more mainstream HD channels - the content is HD - sort out your crappy infrastructure!!
The big problem is all the thousands of old standard sky boxes out there that can only support DVB-S and MPEG2. If they could all be upgraded to DVB-S2 with H.264 boxes there would be plenty of bandwidth for more HD. Because:
1 - Sky would no longer have to transmit 'duplicate' SD versions of the (currently 9) HD channels. The decoder could simply downconvert the HD channels (if need be).
2 - The remaining SD channels could then either be transmitted at better quality at the same bitrate (as low bitrate H.264 looks better than low bitrate MPEG2) or transmitted at the same quality at a lower bitrate - (more likely knowing Sky!)
Problem is replacing all those boxes will cost Sky $$$ but generate them no more income.