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# 253034 22-Jul-2019 16:58
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Everyone knows I am not a Sky fan so I will start by acknowledging my bias.

 

Today, for the first time ever, I had reason to visit the Prime TV web site. The reason was that Prime had been airing Stephen Colbert's Late Show but it seemed to have disappeared and I just wanted to confirm that it was no longer being carried. 

 

If nothing else says that Sky has given up the game and is picking up its marbles to leave, primetv.co.nz sure does. Landing on the site is like walking through one of those ghost towns where tumbleweeds blow down the street and no-one is to be seen. The design is sparse, to put it kindly. It actually manages to have a 1970s feel, if such things had existed in the 1970s. Mostly empty rooms with the odd bit of square, blocky furniture. It kind of looks like it was put together by that Heaven's Gate Kool-Aid cult, only after they had drunk the Kool-Aid. Go into a large, vacant warehouse that has seen better days, slam a door, and listen to the echo. That is kind of how primetv.co.nz feels.

 

There is a paltry sprinkling of a half-dozen or so items on the Home page, which is mostly blank empty space, along with a grand total of four (!) links across the top. The Catch Up page offers all of a half-dozen whole program episodes to view! There is a TV guide for the week. And there is a news link about the news at 5.30 (nothing else) and a 'highlights' page featuring no less than five programmes! It looks like the front of a shop that has gone out of business. Even Wairarapa TV has a more engaging site than this.

 

Anyone who encounters this for the first time must be left with a sense that Sky doesn't have a clue and has given up trying.

 

In fairness, I must say that the programme guide worked perfectly, and covered the whole week. I was able to browse through it without problem, and I discovered that the Late Show has not been abandoned, merely shifted to an even later time in the evenings (also repeated in the afternoon). So the site did answer my question, and it did it perfectly well, but it still left me with an empty feeling.

 

Since I have blasted the site, I suppose I ought to offer some constructive criticism, assuming Sky has not in fact abandoned it. So it needs more content, for a start. A lot more. Sky is being miserly. Pry loose some additional current programmes, and create an archive (like most others have) of past ones. At the least, add some decoration to liven things up. One thing that perplexes me, and persuades me that Sky really has given up, is the complete absence of any kind of promotional material for Sky itself, or any of the other channels it offers. Surely that would be an obvious thing to do here. Someone has really dropped the ball on this one.

 

Anyway, I probably won't be returning. Viewing this site just depresses me for all the lost opportunities and failures of imagination. No wonder Sky is in trouble.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  # 2281616 22-Jul-2019 17:16
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 blank empty space every where

 

did a view-source

 

50- 80 blank lines to every line of code

 

 


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  # 2281623 22-Jul-2019 17:37
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Yep Prime website is crap , especially their half arsed effort in on demand. Surprise many people didn't know that if you go on SKY GO website and register then you can access shows off Prime there without a sky account.

 

Then there is their complete lack of a live stream which other broadcasters have had for a few years.

 

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  # 2281629 22-Jul-2019 17:54
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I watched Stephen Colbert's Late Show too, just watched when I was home and it was on, just realized haven't seen for a while.

 

I used the search function on Sky's web site www.sky.co.nz and nothing came up for it. On CBS's site last show 19 July so it's still on overseas.

 

Couldn't see a search function on Primes web site.




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  # 2281635 22-Jul-2019 18:01
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rugrat:

 

Couldn't see a search function on Primes web site.

 

 

That's another thing they haven't figured out how to do. It's pretty pathetic. I just went through the guide for every day. Colbert is now on after midnight so it shows up the next morning. CBS is better if you have an unblocker.





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  # 2281641 22-Jul-2019 18:13
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Apsattv:

 

Yep Prime website is crap , especially their half arsed effort in on demand. Surprise many people didn't know that if you go on SKY GO website and register then you can access shows off Prime there without a sky account.

 

 

 

 

Where do you find the prime shows, or should i say how do you filter to just Prime shows, as it seems to be a lot of wading through everything to find them





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  # 2281642 22-Jul-2019 18:15
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Apsattv:

 

Yep Prime website is crap , especially their half arsed effort in on demand. Surprise many people didn't know that if you go on SKY GO website and register then you can access shows off Prime there without a sky account.

 

 

 

Well atleast you point out they have some sort of option with more of a range of available shows. Would be interesting to see how many of the free to air shows are available..

 

 

 

I get annoyed at TVNZ buying limited online rights for some shows, only the last 28 days(or 4-6 episodes) so starting a show mid-late season you can't watch online from episode 1.


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  # 2281643 22-Jul-2019 18:20
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I found it, starts again about 1am Tuesday. Start times vary by up to an hour each day, and looks like repeats 2pm +- 1 hour.

 

Sky web site doesn't show it on search but using the Sky Guide applic on Ipad with same search words it comes up.


 
 
 
 


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  # 2281645 22-Jul-2019 18:25
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Rikkitic:

 

rugrat:

 

Couldn't see a search function on Primes web site.

 

 

That's another thing they haven't figured out how to do. It's pretty pathetic. I just went through the guide for every day. Colbert is now on after midnight so it shows up the next morning. CBS is better if you have an unblocker.

 

 

I find it easier to search for all programs (TVNZ, 3, Prime etc and Sky) using the Sky website or if its not a Sky program (TVNZ, 3, Prime etc) via the Freeview website.  Search functions on both of those are pretty good.

 

Alternatively downloading the SkyGuide (doesnt require a Sky subscription) is good for non-PC devices.  

 

 

 

PS: I dont think the Prime website has been updated since Prime was owned by Channel Nine.  It even has content on the website that has ceased broadcasting.


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  # 2281654 22-Jul-2019 18:26
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rugrat:

 

I found it, starts again about 1am Tuesday. Start times vary by up to an hour each day, and looks like repeats 2pm +- 1 hour.

 

Sky web site doesn't show it on search but using the Sky Guide applic on Ipad with same search words it comes up.

 

 

Sky website has it if you search for Late Show.  But fails to find the word Colbert.  Freeviews search engine is much stronger in this regard.  Usual GIGO.


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  # 2281659 22-Jul-2019 18:42
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Yep, you have to go into the TV Guide part of web site, if search from search bar on Sky's front page it doesn't show, though gives a list of other shows.

 

Edit: Search term "late show"


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  # 2281775 22-Jul-2019 20:05
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Reminds me a little bit of Google Plus - that place was a graveyard too, compared to Facebook (for example).

 

Do many people actually watch Prime these days? I don't know anyone personally who does. Pity as it used to (pre-the Sky takeover) be reasonably good.


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  # 2282327 23-Jul-2019 17:35
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quickymart:

 

Reminds me a little bit of Google Plus - that place was a graveyard too, compared to Facebook (for example).

 

Do many people actually watch Prime these days? I don't know anyone personally who does. Pity as it used to (pre-the Sky takeover) be reasonably good.

 

 

Occasionally - they had a doco on the moon landings on the weekend just gone; occasional "Prime Presents: xxx doco", occasional movie.

 

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  # 2282350 23-Jul-2019 19:02
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I agree, Primes OD isn't great, but who cares? There is a minefield of channels out there, if its not great, try another.

 

I dont get bothered by channels, I look for content I like. I like content. Who plays it isn't relevant.


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  # 2282465 23-Jul-2019 21:41
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I vaguely remember Sky were thinking about switching off Prime a few years ago but then they decided not to - does that ring a bell for anyone?




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  # 2282468 23-Jul-2019 21:47
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From the look of the web site they may have just forgot to turn it off.

 

 





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