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Topic # 248034 7-Mar-2019 23:44
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A couple of days ago, my MythTV box stopped recording from the History Channel on Sky.  After some digging, I found that the transponder on 12546 has been changed from DVB-S to DVB-S2, so I updated my settings today and History is working again.  I do not watch any of the other channels on that transponder.  I do have some History channel recordings made a little before the change and by comparing them I can see that it seems that they have increased the bit rate for History a bit, but not made it HD.  It is still 1280x720 H.264.  Here is the full list of channels from a new scan of 12546 today:

 

SKY Sport 1

 

SKY ARTS

 

HISTORY

 

SKY BOX SETS

 

Fox News

 

SKY Sport 4

 

Food Network

 

Auxiliary

 

Licence Included

 

Ad Tracks - All

 

Blues

 

FM 104.2

 

Real Good Life

 

New Supremo

 

SoHo2

 

 

 

It seems to just be the same channels as before, and there is no change I can see in any of the stream PIDs.  I am guessing that they will be intending to make the Arts channel HD, but as I do not subscribe to that I can not check if that has happened.

 

I am hoping that what we will see now is that progressively all the DVB-S transponders will change to DVB-S2.


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  Reply # 2193314 8-Mar-2019 06:15
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720 x 576 would be more like it.


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Reply # 2193331 8-Mar-2019 07:39
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Thanks for the confirmation.  I noticed it a couple of days ago and assumed it was a change to DVB-S2, but couldn't get anything on a scan at the time and as no-one else had mentioned it, I thought I might have an issue with my machine.

 

Tried another scan this morning and my machine is seeing it as DVB-S2 😂

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2196781 12-Mar-2019 21:08
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12608 has switched over now.

 

John




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  Reply # 2196846 12-Mar-2019 23:57
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Actually, it is not just that 12608 has switched to DVB-S2 today.  It is all of these four transponders:

 

12581
12608
12644
12671




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  Reply # 2210440 4-Apr-2019 00:36
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Another four transponders have changed to DVB-S2 today: 12394 12421 12707 12734.  So by my count, that leaves just one DVB-S transponder: 12519.  Which is the one they broadcast Prime and their other free-to-air channels on for Freeview, so it will be staying DVB-S for compatibility with all the Freeview DVB-S boxes out there.


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  Reply # 2210447 4-Apr-2019 01:55
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I believe Freeview have their own transponder and don't offer any channels in HD.  The Sky HD "free to air" channels are all encrypted and only available on Sky receivers.


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  Reply # 2210449 4-Apr-2019 04:01
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Sky serves Prime, Prime+1, Bravo+1 and The Edge off 12519.


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  Reply # 2210466 4-Apr-2019 06:57
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I got an email telling I'd need to rebook series links on the channels you have listed above. 

 

If you also looked at the EPG, it also told you. 

 

I think I saw some adverts too.....

 

 


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  Reply # 2211042 5-Apr-2019 00:31
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Sounds like this would be a good time for Freeview to go ahead with the idea of going to DVB-S2.

 

Grab one of Sky's old transponders (once they release it) and launch HD versions of 1, 2, 3 and Maori (and anything else if they can fit it) then give the public a year or two to upgrade.

 

Then Sky can drop their own version of TV 1,2 and 3 HD freeing up even more room for them


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  Reply # 2211050 5-Apr-2019 01:45
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That would be ideal but Freeview won't want the extra cost.


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  Reply # 2211052 5-Apr-2019 05:12
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I asked the new CEO of Sky about TV1/2/3 HD and Prime HD fta.. last week. You know when they were in the media about how they had stopped listening to the public?

 

Guess what?

 

No reply after 1 week..............


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