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Topic # 154815 8-Nov-2014 18:08
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Should I get MySky or Vodafone TV.

Hi currently have an old Motorola sky box (Standard Definition), and since getting a Netflix Subscription (HD) and Amazon Fire I am no longer satisfied with the quality of the standard definition. TV is 40" full HD LCD. I have Vodafone UFB and 4x cat 6 running to the back of the TV.

Picture Quality: I have heard that Vodafone TV has a lot better picture quality and more HD channels. Is this the case?

Interface: I have heard that the vodafone TV is really bad compared to MySky

Connection: No rain fade on the IP based Vodafone TV, but if out Internet goes down we would loose our TV too (we don't have a UHF Arial for free-view). Would I have to keep the Vodafone supplied router? It has been very unstable since we got UFB, and if Vodafone can't fix it in the next few days I'm going to swap in something better.

Impact on internet: Would Vodafone TV impact on our internet performance by overloading the ONT or something? Could this become an issue if we had day 1gbps consumer plans?


Will the better picture quality be worth it? to me it sounds like the HD Sky offering is better in most other areas.

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  Reply # 1171415 8-Nov-2014 18:11
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The cable TV has zero impact on internet performance, its separated. 
Our Cable BB was down for a time last week no affect on TV





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  Reply # 1171430 8-Nov-2014 18:43
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As above TV is multicast so separate. Some other things worth noting.

The TV will ONLY work on the vodafone supplied RGW. It will also ONLY work with the vodafone DNS.

The geo unblocking DNS you are using for Netflix and Amazon would need to be set at a per device level as oppose to the vodafone RGW.


Hope that helps.





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  Reply # 1171436 8-Nov-2014 18:48
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As it stands today, Vodafone TV is 'nicer to look at' . It's menus are in HD & channels aren't compresed as bad as Sky SAT
Alot of people will however tell you that Mysky is more responsive than a T-Box.

It will be interesting to see what happens in terms of the Compression on Sky after they get rid of the old Standard Sky boxes next year freeing up more bandwidth for more channels / more HD.


Edit: The T-Box also has extra PPV channels if you're into that

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  Reply # 1171446 8-Nov-2014 19:29
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Vodafone TV is delivered over multicast on UFB and over DVT-C over cable so it'll depend where you live.



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  Reply # 1171473 8-Nov-2014 20:05
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PoHq: As above TV is multicast so separate. Some other things worth noting.

The TV will ONLY work on the vodafone supplied RGW. It will also ONLY work with the vodafone DNS.

The geo unblocking DNS you are using for Netflix and Amazon would need to be set at a per device level as oppose to the vodafone RGW.


Hope that helps.


I don't think DNS is a factor as when I got UFB installed there was a problem with using VF's DNS servers (something to do with UFF), however Vodafone TV still worked fine.
The only thing that didn't work was the VoIP connection to Vodafone's SIP server.



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  Reply # 1171477 8-Nov-2014 20:17
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sbiddle: Vodafone TV is delivered over multicast on UFB and over DVT-C over cable so it'll depend where you live.




Auckland, UFB zone.




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  Reply # 1171544 9-Nov-2014 00:34
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Andib: As it stands today, Vodafone TV is 'nicer to look at' . It's menus are in HD & channels aren't compresed as bad as Sky SAT
Alot of people will however tell you that Mysky is more responsive than a T-Box.

It will be interesting to see what happens in terms of the Compression on Sky after they get rid of the old Standard Sky boxes next year freeing up more bandwidth for more channels / more HD.


Edit: The T-Box also has extra PPV channels if you're into that


So the HD channels are better, and there are more of them.

I am interested about the next sky upgrade. I saw UHD mentioned in a press release at one point, but don't foresee that happening in the next couple of years.

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  Reply # 1171545 9-Nov-2014 00:35
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PoHq: As above TV is multicast so separate. Some other things worth noting.

The TV will ONLY work on the vodafone supplied RGW. It will also ONLY work with the vodafone DNS.

The geo unblocking DNS you are using for Netflix and Amazon would need to be set at a per device level as oppose to the vodafone RGW.


Hope that helps.


Not correct. I am using Vodafone TV connected to my Asus RT-AC66U router. I don't use the HG659 at all.




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  Reply # 1171550 9-Nov-2014 00:41
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Not correct. I am using Vodafone TV connected to my Asus RT-AC66U router. I don't use the HG659 at all.


Did it take much effort to set up? do you connect the Vodafone TV box to the router, or directly to the router.

What made you change away from the Vodafone router? If the replacement router I am being sent by Vodafone doesn't fix my stability problems I will go down this route. Is the RT-AC66U good?

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  Reply # 1171555 9-Nov-2014 01:55
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I switched from MySky to Vodafone TV.

The interface is much nicer to look at and with the latest firmware update is just as responsive as Sky's, although as has been mentioned in the past Sky will be getting an upgrade to its interface early next year. Vodafone have also just recently released an app which allows you to remote record and view the EPG, so feature-wise Vodafone TV and Sky are a lot closer than what they used to be.

You don't have to pay extra for the decoder (on some broadband plans) and the HD access like you do with Sky.

I'm watching it on a 65" TV and I think the picture quality is slightly better than Sky, and as others have said there's no rain fade issues. I could be wrong but I don't think there are more channels in HD than Sky.




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  Reply # 1171556 9-Nov-2014 01:58
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Not correct. I am using Vodafone TV connected to my Asus RT-AC66U router. I don't use the HG659 at all.


Did it take much effort to set up? do you connect the Vodafone TV box to the router, or directly to the router.

What made you change away from the Vodafone router? If the replacement router I am being sent by Vodafone doesn't fix my stability problems I will go down this route. Is the RT-AC66U good?


No it's pretty simple, I have posted a guide on how to do it in the Vodafone forum. The decoder is connected to your router.

I switched because I knew the AC66U could do VLAN tagging and multicast, and it is a much more powerful router than the supplied one. It is a good one, would highly recommend it.






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  Reply # 1171595 9-Nov-2014 11:18
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Do you use Vodafone's VoIP with it?

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  Reply # 1171634 9-Nov-2014 13:02
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No, VOIP is with 2talk.




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