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Topic # 150905 7-Aug-2014 11:13
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http://www.skysport.co.nz/article/general/sport365/espn2-comes-to-sky-sport-67265/

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Reply # 1103894 7-Aug-2014 11:19
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Yeha !!!!!smilesmile


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  Reply # 1103918 7-Aug-2014 11:32
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wow. now the question is will it be HD.




 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1103925 7-Aug-2014 11:36
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l43a2: wow. now the question is will it be HD.

Hoping it is in 720p50 like ESPN, but that isn't likely.

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  Reply # 1103926 7-Aug-2014 11:37
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now that's a nice surprise

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  Reply # 1103932 7-Aug-2014 11:41
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i have been waiting so long for this, stoked


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  Reply # 1103943 7-Aug-2014 11:45
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ESPN2 will be on sky go from monday. no mention about ESPN though. Sky did tweet about an hour ago "More channels. More devices. Coming soon. #SKYGO" so we can live in hope espn will be there too.

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  Reply # 1103966 7-Aug-2014 12:07
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haydenmarsh:
l43a2: wow. now the question is will it be HD.

 

Hoping it is in 720p50 like ESPN, but that isn't likely.


they just replied to me on twitter saying it will be HD

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  Reply # 1103972 7-Aug-2014 12:15
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  Reply # 1103987 7-Aug-2014 12:33
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Another $3 on your sky Sports sub..




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  Reply # 1103992 7-Aug-2014 12:41
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So still no Discovery/Natgeo HD.. sigh...

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  Reply # 1104001 7-Aug-2014 12:52
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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!!




I don't want no sugar in it - thank you very much

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  Reply # 1104282 7-Aug-2014 18:16
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Personally very happy with this, a breath of fresh air after the countless new shopping channels and time shift channels that have been added over the last year or so!

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  Reply # 1107070 12-Aug-2014 14:17
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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.



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  Reply # 1107412 13-Aug-2014 06:10
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tangerz:
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.


Nice summary - nailed it.

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  Reply # 1107414 13-Aug-2014 06:42
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There are 2 NEW HD "test" channels up on D1 Sky tranponders. I expect 1 is ESPN and the other is The zone





 


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