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#31653 25-Mar-2009 15:58
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"TVNZ and SKY Television have signed a new agreement making all of TVNZ channels available to SKY's more than two million viewers.

The agreement provides for High Definition versions of TV ONE and TV2 to be available to MYSKYHDi viewers from June 1, for TVNZ 6 and 7 to be available to all SKY viewers from July 1, and for TVNZ to provide regional advertising on TV ONE from July 1."

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  #203288 25-Mar-2009 16:17
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signs of a company in desperate need for more money?


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  #203289 25-Mar-2009 16:20
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Great news for us MySky HDi users.
Interested to see what sound format will be provided. Hopefully they will follow TV3's lead and use Dolby Digital 5.1 as the default format and offer AAC as the alternate format then all of the volume differences would disappear

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  #203291 25-Mar-2009 16:31
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Guess I can stop bleating about no Freeview HD coverage now. Laughing


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  #203294 25-Mar-2009 16:49
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If only they did a recripocal agreement, and got prime onto freeview at the sametime! Oh well..

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  #203295 25-Mar-2009 16:55
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Sadly I expect that the HD signals won't be FTA and will instead require Sky's hardware which will be a shame. it would be great if TV1/2/3 were true FTA in HD off Optus D1.

I also wonder if this means Sky will start using the freeview transmissions of the TVNZ signals which will save them some bandwidth.

June/July is going to be quite an interesting time

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  #203296 25-Mar-2009 16:56
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Great stuff. Wonder where the satellite space is coming from, thought sky was near their channel limit.

Drop some box office channels?

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  #203303 25-Mar-2009 17:24
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garvani: If only they did a recripocal agreement, and got prime onto freeview at the sametime! Oh well..

TVNZ is crazy, or desperate.  One or the other.  They should have just held out and said "you can have our channels, the day Prime gets on FreeView".

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#203306 25-Mar-2009 17:57
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This is positive news, I do remember reading on when Freeview HD was launched, people in Taranaki were real upset about not being able to get any HD channels, so for all regions who can't access Freeview HD this is good news, downside is you got to pay for it.

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  #203307 25-Mar-2009 17:59
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also slightly ot, does this mean Freeview will get Prime?

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  #203311 25-Mar-2009 18:50
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openmedia: Sadly I expect that the HD signals won't be FTA and will instead require Sky's hardware which will be a shame.

Is anybody game to make a prediction on whether or not TVNZ will use the ICT flag on their HD channels?

Currently I have the original MySky hooked up to a 1920x1200 LCD via Component Video.  If I could get HD via my Component Video cables rather than needing to rework all the underfloor cabling to HDMI, then I would consider upgrading to MySky HDi.

How widespread is the use of the ICT flag in other jurisdictions?

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  #203312 25-Mar-2009 18:50
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Tax payer money being used to prop up Sky's revenue ..



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  #203315 25-Mar-2009 19:13
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Personally whats in it for the current Freeveiw subscribers??  there should have been some swap etc like Prime added to Freeveiw.

Looks if Sky got the best part of the deal.

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  #203327 25-Mar-2009 20:22
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If this means I can get HD TV1 etc via my DVB-S S2 card then im for it, if it requires a sky subscription then they have just given away something for nothing. Be nice to get the prime via freeview but.....

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  #203329 25-Mar-2009 20:30
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So this means that like recording TV3 on MySky HDI, recordings from One and Two are going to take up three times the space as well? Super. Nice to have TVNZ 6n7 though.

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  #203396 26-Mar-2009 08:13
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old3eyes: Tax payer money being used to prop up Sky's revenue ..

Obviously that's your opinion. Personally, my opinion about this announcement is that finally a portion of my tax money is now going towards more freedom of choice. Previous to this announcement I was paying tax to fund TVNZ's restrictive commercial arrangements which restricted my choices about viewing platforms. I am pleased that now a greater proportion of my tax payments is going towards my choice of platform.
Also, now that TVNZ is going to increase it's potential viewership as a direct result of this decision, revenue might improve. As a taxpayer and 'shareholder' this makes much more sense than TVNZ's previously restricitive policies.
Before you say that Prime should reciprocate and be on Freeview consider that Prime is not funded by your taxes and therefore it is an entirely separate issue.

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