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Topic # 198418 8-Jul-2016 12:30
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Has anyone heard about this? I heard its closing soon?

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  Reply # 1588148 8-Jul-2016 12:50
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From their Facebook page: 

 

Unfortunately it’s time to say goodbye to IGLOO. Next year we will end our transmissions, so this means that from March 2017 you’ll no longer be able to purchase IGLOO Channel Packs, watch Front Row events or IGLOO On Demand. Your IGLOO box will still be able to receive Freeview channels but without any tech support or the on-screen TV guide. Our friends at SKY have an amazing offer for IGLOO customers* and you can find out more about it at www.sky.co.nz/igloo-offer (*terms and conditions apply)


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  Reply # 1588187 8-Jul-2016 13:23
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People actually used Igloo??





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  Reply # 1588195 8-Jul-2016 13:32
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I wonder what happens to the DVB-T frequencies if SKY no longer use them. Wasn't it a 'Use it or lose it' scenario?


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  Reply # 1588204 8-Jul-2016 13:44
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tangerz:

I wonder what happens to the DVB-T frequencies if SKY no longer use them. Wasn't it a 'Use it or lose it' scenario?


Exactly what I was just wondering

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  Reply # 1588234 8-Jul-2016 13:53
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Ideally move Prime over their in HD and then resell/lease out remaining capacity.

 

Better yet make a couple of channels FTA like SkyNews is in the UK





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  Reply # 1588236 8-Jul-2016 13:58
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We have Igloo - I'll watch history / nat geo from time to time, and SWMBO likes it. 

 

Having said that, the set top box is pretty rubbish - slow to change the channels, the guide being hit and miss to if it shows what's on.

 

PPV sports is only good if you only request one PPV event a year, otherwise Fanpass is generally a better proposition.

 

Can't say I'll be upset to see it go ...

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1588243 8-Jul-2016 14:08
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My flatmate uses it, she's 70+, and except for the times when I need to reboot it for her to get the guide back, she finds it great for the price. I got the email this morning advising of the shutdown, this follows a couple of questionnaires a few months ago asking what would be a suitable replacement. However Sky have chosen 'none of the above' -- they've offered to match the Igloo price ($20) on basic Sky until July 2017, and then what? I guess it reverts to $50. Certainly not the solution I voted for:)

 

My flatmate has to decide where to go from there, keeping a few of the Igloo channels at minimum, so I guess that she might just have to pay the price.


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  Reply # 1588247 8-Jul-2016 14:20
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I understand they use DVB-T2, would they have any problems downgrading it to DVB-T1 ? In saying that our TV can pickup DVB-T2....


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  Reply # 1588249 8-Jul-2016 14:23
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DjShadow:

 

I understand they use DVB-T2, would they have any problems downgrading it to DVB-T1 ? In saying that our TV can pickup DVB-T2....

 

 

I dont think the transmission licenses are that specific as to what modulation?





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  Reply # 1588275 8-Jul-2016 14:26
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DjShadow:

 

I understand they use DVB-T2, would they have any problems downgrading it to DVB-T1 ? In saying that our TV can pickup DVB-T2....

 

 

Should just be a config in the encoders / transmitters. All the gear is big brand kit (not sure how commercially sensitive the supplier is so wont name them) so should be well supported. 


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  Reply # 1588277 8-Jul-2016 14:29
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richms:

 

 

 

I dont think the transmission licenses are that specific as to what modulation?

 

 

Licences were tweaked to allow the slightly wider DVB-T2 transmission at 7.7 MHz.

 

But licenses do have a condition on them if they provide free to air content which reads:

 

license condition

 

Where this licence is used to transmit a DVB-T, DVB-T2 or other terrestrial DVB standards based service on a free-to-air basis the rightholder must also transmit Service Information with values of Original Network ID, Cell ID, Network ID, and Logical Channel Numbers which are supplied by, or otherwise compatible with those managed by, Freeview Ltd (or its successor) and must ensure that its service is compatible with the Original Network ID, Network ID, Cell IDs and Logical Channel Numbers used by other licenced DTT services. Alternatively, Service Information should be transmitted with parameters as advised from time to time by the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1588279 8-Jul-2016 14:35
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They are also removing the EPG functionality, which renders it pretty useless. But they have stated they won't be providing. refunds. Haven't they heard of the Consumer Guarantees Act where goods must be free from minor defects and last a reasonable period of time. I got one for my parents and it was always a dog and needed regular rebooting after a freezing.

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  Reply # 1588281 8-Jul-2016 14:39
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mattwnz: They are also removing the EPG functionality, which renders it pretty useless. But they have stated they won't be providing. refunds. Haven't they heard of the Consumer Guarantees Act where goods must be free from minor defects and last a reasonable period of time. I got one for my parents and it was always a dog and needed regular rebooting after a freezing.

 

 

 

The offer of free Sky install and $19 per month for 6 months is probably sufficient compensation.





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  Reply # 1588296 8-Jul-2016 14:47
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MikeB4:

 

mattwnz: They are also removing the EPG functionality, which renders it pretty useless. But they have stated they won't be providing. refunds. Haven't they heard of the Consumer Guarantees Act where goods must be free from minor defects and last a reasonable period of time. I got one for my parents and it was always a dog and needed regular rebooting after a freezing.

 

 

 

The offer of free Sky install and $19 per month for 6 months is probably sufficient compensation.

 

 

The unit itself will still "work" - it's the service that will cease to exist, and I don't think the CGA applies to a monthly subscription?

 

 


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  Reply # 1588298 8-Jul-2016 14:48
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How much did one of them Igloo boxes cost to buy?


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