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Topic # 28942 16-Dec-2008 21:34
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I am thinking to get SKY HDi installed. Can anyone tell me how many channels are on HD and how much HD content in these channels normal? If they are all upscaled programmes like Freeview, I need to rethink about it.

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  Reply # 184695 17-Dec-2008 08:05
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HD Channels are : Tv3, Sky sport 1 and 2, Sky movies 1 and Sky movies Greats.

TV3 looks upscaled apart from one or two shows a day which look HD.

Sky Sport 1 and 2 look fantastic in HD, but there is a serious lack of content.

Sky movies channels, while some movies do look nice in HD, many of them don't, particularly the older movies. I don't really know how to explain it, but all I can say it, I used to have an HD-DVD drive and lets just say HD-DVD>SKY movies HD any day.

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  Reply # 184710 17-Dec-2008 09:19
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Both Skywatch and the online guide (http://www.skytv.co.nz/tv-guide.aspx) will show how much content on Sport and Movies are in HD.  They are not 100% reliable but a reasonable indication.

For Sport Sky estimated 104 events in the 6 months to Dec 08 would be in HD (not counting replays) and estimated that 500 hours of sport would be broadcast in HD in Aug08 alone (roughly 16 hours per day across the 2 channels).  This will increase over time. 
I'd expect to see all of the Australian and NZ cricket in HD over summer (for example)

HD on TV3 > HD on TV1 and TV2 but I recall something like 11-12 hours of primetime per week.

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  Reply # 184724 17-Dec-2008 10:05
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The two TVNZ channels are only in SD on Sky.  Not that much HD content on TV3, some movies and the odd US programme.  A1GP have been threatening to go HD, maybe for the Taupo round.

Sky Sport have a fair whack of HD content, all cricket from Australia and NZ, at least 1 A-League game per round, most Phoenix games, a lot of rugby games, all Warriors home games, one (delayed) NFL game on Mondays, some EPL and other random events I can't remember.

I don't subscribe to movies, so have no idea about that.



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  Reply # 185269 20-Dec-2008 10:03
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Then I wouldn't bother to install sky. I am actually interested in National Geography HD programme. It seems that I still download them instead of geting them from SKYtv.

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  Reply # 187616 5-Jan-2009 18:48
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jeavons: Then I wouldn't bother to install sky. I am actually interested in National Geography HD programme. It seems that I still download them instead of geting them from SKYtv.


I was in Vanutau in March last year and they had Nat Geo in HD and I have to say it was amazing! pitty its not HD here

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  Reply # 187698 6-Jan-2009 08:15
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In a tech segment on NewstalkZB just before Christmas a Sky manager was talking about extra HD channel(s) in the second quarter of 09.  Fingers crossed for NatGeo or History.




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  Reply # 188583 10-Jan-2009 15:26
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Any idea why the two tvnz channels are not HD on sky?

And when they might be?

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  Reply # 188587 10-Jan-2009 15:45
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Wills1: Any idea why the two tvnz channels are not HD on sky?

And when they might be?


Because of the ongoing war between TVNZ and Sky. This is also why TVNZ6 and TVNZ7 are also not on Sky.

At this stage there is no timeframe for 1 and 2 ever being in HD on Sky. Might happen one day but at present that would involve both organisations (and the Freeview consortium) all making up. That's unlikey to happen in the short term.



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  Reply # 188601 10-Jan-2009 16:29
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Wills1: Any idea why the two tvnz channels are not HD on sky?

And when they might be?


Because of the ongoing war between TVNZ and Sky. This is also why TVNZ6 and TVNZ7 are also not on Sky.

At this stage there is no timeframe for 1 and 2 ever being in HD on Sky. Might happen one day but at present that would involve both organisations (and the Freeview consortium) all making up. That's unlikey to happen in the short term.





I guess this also explains why prime is not on freeview. Tit for tat

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  Reply # 190490 19-Jan-2009 11:33
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Wow, so if you get the base package $46 a month and then you're paying $25 extra a month to see one HD channel, TV3? Which you can view through freeview HD...

Think I'll wait :-)

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  Reply # 190495 19-Jan-2009 11:55
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I dont think it takes an Einstein to conclude that if you subscribe to the basic package then theres no point in going HDi.
Clearly if you dont want movies or sport but want the other content in the basic package then you subscribe to Digital. 
If you dont want movies or sport or the basic content but you want HD then go Freeview. 

And if you're getting Freeview DTT then you should be able to tune in Prime on UHF?

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  Reply # 190528 19-Jan-2009 13:34
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Lurch: Wow, so if you get the base package $46 a month and then you're paying $25 extra a month to see one HD channel, TV3? Which you can view through freeview HD...



Think I'll wait :-)


You do get the pvr functionality over the standard sky boxes (recording, live pause, multiple tuners, etc) so there is that.... This is only good if you're upgrading from a standard stb though, no extra benefit if you already have an SD mysky

I agree though, Ive held off so far as there is simply not enough content in HD yet (and I already have an htpc for pvr stuff)

The cricket looks pretty damn good in 720 tho... Tongue out




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  Reply # 190532 19-Jan-2009 14:13
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Lurch: Wow, so if you get the base package $46 a month and then you're paying $25 extra a month to see one HD channel, TV3? Which you can view through freeview HD...



Think I'll wait :-)


You do get the pvr functionality over the standard sky boxes (recording, live pause, multiple tuners, etc) so there is that.... This is only good if you're upgrading from a standard stb though, no extra benefit if you already have an SD mysky

I agree though, Ive held off so far as there is simply not enough content in HD yet (and I already have an htpc for pvr stuff)

The cricket looks pretty damn good in 720 tho... Tongue out

If you already have SD MySky, the install is only $50 I think.  So you only need to pay $10/month for the HD content (or nothing and use it as a new bigger MySky).  I wouldn't pay $10/month for HD TV3, but some people might (are, I suppose!).

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  Reply # 193222 1-Feb-2009 15:17
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at present sky are broadcasting TV3 in HD even if you don't buy the "HD ticket"

so if you only have the standard package then don't take the HD option coz you will get TV3 in HD anyway

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