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  Reply # 1947923 28-Jan-2018 19:16
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There's far more to the cost of providing a satellite service than just the cost of getting the thing into orbit - that's just a one off, not ongoing cost.


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  Reply # 1947930 28-Jan-2018 19:26
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Ongoing payments for the use of the thing would certainly be such a cost, but if the satellite itself is much cheaper to produce and put into space, then logically the cost of using it would also be less.

 

 





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  Reply # 1947971 28-Jan-2018 23:19
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As for fibre, Sky will have to eventually move to full fibre distribution. As they don't have enough satellite capacity to even do HD properly. How are they going to eventually broadcast in UHD?

 

They do have the satellite capacity to do HD on all channels, by switching from MPEG2 video on DVB-S to H.264 on DVB-S2.  Which they seem to be planning to do once they have managed to get the last few old decoders back and replaced them with the new ones.  Everyone was expecting that to have been done by now, but there seem to be some die-hard holdouts who are refusing to switch to the new decoders.  I just wish they would go ahead anyway and make the switch.

 

UHD might be a bit more difficult though, even with H.265.


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  Reply # 1947973 28-Jan-2018 23:37
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Ongoing payments for the use of the thing would certainly be such a cost, but if the satellite itself is much cheaper to produce and put into space, then logically the cost of using it would also be less.

 

 

I dunno about persevering with satellite when UFB reaches 85% of people in the future.

 

Might be cheaper and more useful long term to invest in increasing that percentage especially from sky's point of view cos someone else is paying for that.


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  Reply # 1947984 28-Jan-2018 23:58
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At that stage a buy out from foxtel looks to be the only way to keep the screens on for whopwhop viewers. IMO would be the best thing to happen to them.





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  Reply # 1947993 29-Jan-2018 02:10
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5311945/Sky-moves-away-satellite-broadcasting.html

 

and considering we are about 5 years behind the UK offerings in terms of Pay TV tech. Im' not expecting to Sky NZ to go satellite less any time soon.

 

 


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  Reply # 1948009 29-Jan-2018 07:36
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Apsattv:

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5311945/Sky-moves-away-satellite-broadcasting.html

 

and considering we are about 5 years behind the UK offerings in terms of Pay TV tech. Im' not expecting to Sky NZ to go satellite less any time soon.

 

 

 

 

Right now they are locked into Optus, till I think 2019 maybe a tickle longer


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  Reply # 1948018 29-Jan-2018 08:57
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At that stage a buy out from foxtel looks to be the only way to keep the screens on for whopwhop viewers. IMO would be the best thing to happen to them.

 

 

Only if New Zealand finally becomes part of Australia for copyright purposes.

 

 





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  Reply # 1948266 29-Jan-2018 18:50
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Apsattv:

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5311945/Sky-moves-away-satellite-broadcasting.html

 

and considering we are about 5 years behind the UK offerings in terms of Pay TV tech. Im' not expecting to Sky NZ to go satellite less any time soon.

 

 

 

 

Right now they are locked into Optus, till I think 2019 maybe a tickle longer

 

 

could be wrong but doesn't the orbit decay for the sat about then? or 2021?

 

 


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  Reply # 1948310 29-Jan-2018 20:53
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tdgeek:

 

Apsattv:

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5311945/Sky-moves-away-satellite-broadcasting.html

 

and considering we are about 5 years behind the UK offerings in terms of Pay TV tech. Im' not expecting to Sky NZ to go satellite less any time soon.

 

 

 

 

Right now they are locked into Optus, till I think 2019 maybe a tickle longer

 

 

could be wrong but doesn't the orbit decay for the sat about then? or 2021?

 

 

 

 

IIRC they have  a 10 year contract. The satellite can be controlled from Earth, as happens anyway, to keep it geo stationary as various factors can affect that. Earths tile, natural tilt variations. 400lm probably has a very slight atmospheric affect, even very very slight could affect it.

 

EDIT gravity effect from Earth and Moon as they become closer to the satellite or are farther away


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