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#114877 6-Mar-2013 09:11
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Speculation here that William Shatner's visit to Sky this month is for the launch of a new Sci Fi channel on Sky. Given the previous enthusiasm on this forum about such an offering I'm surprised no one else has picked up on this. If it's true I hope it's in HD.

http://www.nbr.co.nz/opinion/sky-tvs-william-shatner-moment

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  #775449 6-Mar-2013 09:12
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I hope this isn't another SoHo or Rialto. I can't afford another Sky channel. This would mean a fight with the kids over movies vs SciFi. If I win, I lose:(

Long overdue though!




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  #775452 6-Mar-2013 09:15
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Yeah, I'd be pretty upset if they made it a pay-channel.

If they add it to the basic or movie package - excellent. If it's like Rialto or Soho - I'll never watch it.




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  #775453 6-Mar-2013 09:15
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If they were to charge for it, I too would have to consider dropping SoHo (or some other channel option).Frown

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  #775829 6-Mar-2013 19:08
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If it was a premium add-on channel I might take it, depending on:
- price
- the content line-up
- whether the shows were ad-free
- degree of bundled annoyances (promos playing over "scrunched" closing credits, which have me close to cancelling SoHo) etc)

All of those would have to be appropriate.

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  #775840 6-Mar-2013 19:23
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I'd like to think that my very strong feedback in the last survey helped to get this, but will also not pay extra for it as it has always been a shortcoming in the basic line-up. There is nothing to draw Sci-Fi fans to Sky, so let's hope for the best.




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  #775843 6-Mar-2013 19:26
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my guess about how it will work


It will be included in the 'basic' subscription at no extra charge, then, in a few months, we will all recieve a latter form Sky telling us about how they have spent money on bringing us awesome new channels and therefore they are putting everyone's price up by $2.

why charge $5 for something that only (say) 50k people will subscribe to when you force all your customers to subscribe and charge $2 to EVERYBODY for it.

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  #775863 6-Mar-2013 19:55
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if it's anything like the Syfy channel in the USA , dont hold your breath for anything to do with Science fiction, check its lineup and be prepared to be disappointed




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  #775870 6-Mar-2013 20:21
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It could be bringing "sftv" from Foxtel Australia? http://www.sftv.com.au/

That might not be bad, quick look at their lineup, Enterprise, Stargate, Quantum Leap (!!!), Sanctuary, Medium, Buffy, Warehouse 13, Forever Knight, Caprica... seems to only be one crappy reality show "Ghost Hunters International". That's actually a channel I'd like to have.

On the other hand, they could bring "SyFy" in from the states, which would be simply unpleasant, their lineup consists almost entirely of reality ghost hunting, reality spooking people, ghost/supernatural horror movies, and remote control robots.




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  #776022 7-Mar-2013 08:02
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The $2 increase will be for basic and another $2 increase for sport to cover the big jump in league costs

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  #776039 7-Mar-2013 08:32
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vexxxboy: if it's anything like the Syfy channel in the USA , dont hold your breath for anything to do with Science fiction, check its lineup and be prepared to be disappointed


+1 to that.  SyFy in the US is basically another reality crap TV channel..




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  #776041 7-Mar-2013 08:36
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Yes. We are almost due for the annual "we tried to keep costs down but want to offer you the best experience" June letter so no doubt this will be part of that...




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#778033 11-Mar-2013 14:54
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Oh no, maybe the new channel isn't SciFi related: http://dannews.co.nz/2013/03/11/new-sky-channel-to-offer-classic-programming/


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  #778038 11-Mar-2013 14:58
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tstone: Oh no, maybe the new channel isn't SciFi related: http://dannews.co.nz/2013/03/11/new-sky-channel-to-offer-classic-programming/



Lame. Just lame.



(I shoudl caveat that I do actually like some of the content they are talking abotu here, but I alreaydhave access to it on demand, often in HD, from Netflix, which means this Jones! channel will have absolutely zero value to me.)



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  #778039 11-Mar-2013 14:59
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Hmmm.... If I was writing that press release I wouldn't have been able to bring myself to use the word compelling.... Doesn't really strike me as that "compelling". I guess it meets their requirement for another price jack up come June..... :-(




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  #778040 11-Mar-2013 15:01
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 Lame. Just lame.


No, no, no.... Compelling. Didn't you read the press release! 

The sentence above is written in a sarcastic manner....




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