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Topic # 196123 20-May-2016 09:51
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In 2016, I would assume any channel that is available in HD, be made HD by default. Unfortunately Sky TV is still in 2007 where HD is a new thing and they feel its ok to charge a premium for this.

 

For those that have had life with and without HD ticket, is it worth paying the extra $10 to get HD for sports & movies? As those are the only channels where I see HD would make a big difference. Or is SD ok?


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  Reply # 1555999 20-May-2016 10:03
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I think it is worth it.


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  Reply # 1556001 20-May-2016 10:04
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I do not bother with non HD content. SD is fine when it is old stuff that was SD so looks "right" but things that are modern just look trash in SD,





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  Reply # 1556015 20-May-2016 10:17
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TV1, 2 and 3 are HD anyway I think (on MySky). The only HD benefits you get for paying the (ridiculous) $10 is in Sport and Movies. It is not worth it, but it is a 'must have' IMO. It is one of the reasons I gave Sky the flick - I find it offensive that they charge for it (its 2016 ffs!)


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  Reply # 1556029 20-May-2016 10:26
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Krishant007:

 

In 2016, I would assume any channel that is available in HD, be made HD by default. Unfortunately Sky TV is still in 2007 where HD is a new thing and they feel its ok to charge a premium for this.

 

For those that have had life with and without HD ticket, is it worth paying the extra $10 to get HD for sports & movies? As those are the only channels where I see HD would make a big difference. Or is SD ok?

 

 

Funny that Netflix charges a 30% premium for you to have the HD package over the SD package but thats okay.  Why bother offering a SD option and just go with HD by default??

 

Google charges more for HD, Apple charges more for HD.  Even buying DVD's - theres a premium for 4K over HD over SD.  Unfortunately the whole world seems to be stuck in 2007 for you.  Shame.

 

IMHO its worth it.  The difference in watching sport in SD vs HD is just awful.  And if you wanted to see the difference just watch TVOne (in HD) vs TVOne+1 (in SD).  See if you can notice the difference.  If you cant, dont bother with the HD ticket.  

 

BTW, Soho is in HD.  Prime is in HD (only for Sky subscribers), The Zone is in HD (which means that the new Star Trek series is going to look great whether its on Zone or Prime) and the other week the pop-up Attenborough channel was in HD (and looked as good as watching his work on TV1 and TV3).  


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  Reply # 1556030 20-May-2016 10:28
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IMO there is a sort of justification at the moment where the HD streams are separate from the SD ones because the SD boxes are antiques. Once they have moved to a single transmission when all the mpeg 2 dinosaurs are gone, then I think it is a real ripoff to be charging more for the HD.

 

The biggest problem with sky is the lack of HD. No docco channels in HD, no news channels, only sports and the junk movie service.





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  Reply # 1556033 20-May-2016 10:33
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I have noticed that Netflix charges more for HD, but they also offer additional benefit of streaming to another screen along with HD (which makes sense). But Sky charges extra for just getting channels in HD.

 

But from the consensus, I do feel that HD should pretty much be standard and people are NOT happy to pay $10 for it, but we will because it improves the experience. 

 

But I agree with Richms - I would personally be ok with paying extra $10 if ALL the channels were made HD - eg doccos and news. Especially because some doccos actually have really good videography and graphics etc (eg COSMOS) but they wouldnt be as immersive in SD.


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  Reply # 1556034 20-May-2016 10:33
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richms:

 

IMO there is a sort of justification at the moment where the HD streams are separate from the SD ones because the SD boxes are antiques. Once they have moved to a single transmission when all the mpeg 2 dinosaurs are gone, then I think it is a real ripoff to be charging more for the HD.

 

The biggest problem with sky is the lack of HD. No docco channels in HD, no news channels, only sports and the junk movie service.

 

 

And for the streaming companies that charge a premium price for a premium product, are they ripping everyone off too??




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  Reply # 1556038 20-May-2016 10:34
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On the flip side, what are the thoughts of making HD standard across all of Sky (removing the HD ticket thing) but increasing cost of the basic package by $5 or something like that?


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  Reply # 1556040 20-May-2016 10:35
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I resent paying it but I wouldn't drop it, HD is so essential esp in sports, which I watch a lot of. 


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Krishant007:

 

On the flip side, what are the thoughts of making HD standard across all of Sky (removing the HD ticket thing) but increasing cost of the basic package by $5 or something like that?

 

 

 

 

If one is to believe Sky the satellite would explode if they did. 





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Could always swap to Vodafone, they do not charge the HD ticket





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  Reply # 1556046 20-May-2016 10:38
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Krishant007:

 

I have noticed that Netflix charges more for HD, but they also offer additional benefit of streaming to another screen along with HD (which makes sense). But Sky charges extra for just getting channels in HD.

 

But from the consensus, I do feel that HD should pretty much be standard and people are NOT happy to pay $10 for it, but we will because it improves the experience. 

 

But I agree with Richms - I would personally be ok with paying extra $10 if ALL the channels were made HD - eg doccos and news. Especially because some doccos actually have really good videography and graphics etc (eg COSMOS) but they wouldnt be as immersive in SD.

 

 

So why doesnt Netflix just offer HD content as native - and charge a premium for additional screens?  Because HD content is better to watch - and a premium product.  

 

There is one provider that is native HD - Lightbox.  And their HD price is comparable.  Why not offer the HD content at Netflix's SD price?  Its premium content.  You want the better viewing experience - you're willing to pay for it.  


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  Reply # 1556048 20-May-2016 10:39
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If they made Food TV in HD I'd be over the MOON.

 

 


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  Reply # 1556050 20-May-2016 10:40
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I think its worth it for the sports

 

ESPN HD looks awesome and even on a 8yr old sammy 720p panel





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  Reply # 1556051 20-May-2016 10:40
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Krishant007:

 

On the flip side, what are the thoughts of making HD standard across all of Sky (removing the HD ticket thing) but increasing cost of the basic package by $5 or something like that?

 

 

And for those that dont want HD?  The furore over the 69c price increase for Basic?  What sort of reaction do you think there would be if the price went up $5 - especially for those that dont want HD?


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