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  Reply # 191542 23-Jan-2009 13:16
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I think they normally charge around $50 to change it out if its not broken, I think others have managed to get them around to swapping it for nics.

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  Reply # 191545 23-Jan-2009 13:28
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cyril7: I think they normally charge around $50 to change it out if its not broken, I think others have managed to get them around to swapping it for nics.

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sorry to disturb u but i really want some decent picture quality out of sky, in ur opinion do u think its worth upgrading to component for an extra $50? also could u tell me the model that supports component.

thank you

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  Reply # 191563 23-Jan-2009 14:18
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Pace DS230NNZ supports component.

Sky may suck up to value of 2 months free rental if you mention the poor quality. I prefered to ditch my subscription as couldn't tolerate it (the pathetic quality) any longer but was offered two months free. Fit for a 25" maybe??

EDIT:The DS230 I had produced interference over RF and composite connections only particularly when displaying EPG. SVideo and component output were clean but still unfit for cunsumption in my opinion. Luckily I'm short sighted, far sighted and have an astigmatism, unfortunately this didn't help much.




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  Reply # 191565 23-Jan-2009 14:23
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Spyware: Pace DS230NNZ supports component.

Sky may suck up to value of 2 months free rental if you mention the poor quality. I prefered to ditch my subscription as couldn't tolerate it (the pathetic quality) any longer but was offered two months free. Fit for a 25" maybe??

no, we have a new 40" braavia, our previous 21" was good, i wish we could get 2 months free subscription, so i should ask them to swap our old sky box for the Pace DS230NNZ at the sky office? thank u

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Spyware: Luckily I'm short sighted, far sighted and have a stigmatism, unfortunately this didn't help much.

What is a stigmatism?  Something like this?

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  Reply # 191634 23-Jan-2009 17:46
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bazzer:
Spyware: Luckily I'm short sighted, far sighted and have a stigmatism, unfortunately this didn't help much.

What is a stigmatism?  Something like this?


That made me laugh lol

It's actually astigmatism Laughing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astigmatism_(eye)

I've got the same problem, when you have problems focusing with your eyes and it gets blurry.

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  Reply # 191774 24-Jan-2009 11:21
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bazzer:
Spyware: Luckily I'm short sighted, far sighted and have a stigmatism, unfortunately this didn't help much.

What is a stigmatism?  Something like this?


That made me laugh lol

It's actually astigmatism Laughing

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astigmatism_(eye)

I've got the same problem, when you have problems focusing with your eyes and it gets blurry.

Jen

As do I.  I was being facetious, my apologies Spyware!

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  Reply # 192561 28-Jan-2009 19:53
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Hi, just back from holiday and catching up on threads.
Harking back to the title of this thread, Sky HD at the moment is only available with MySkyHDi.  However, HD STBs are available.  Units such as the Pace DS820 or DS810 will decode like MySkyHDi but don't have recording.  Perhaps Sky might be able to source and offer some in the future for subscribers such as me, who don't need a second recorder but would dearly love to replace my SD STB with a HD STB to show on the second TV.

So in answer to your heading.  Yes but not in this country (yet).




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  Reply # 192627 28-Jan-2009 23:25
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I could be wrong but I am sure Sky have said HD will ONLY be available via MyskyHDi. My guess is they want to get everybody on PVRs....more money for them and only 1 box to source/support.



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  Reply # 192666 29-Jan-2009 09:24
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Dingbatt: Hi, just back from holiday and catching up on threads.
Harking back to the title of this thread, Sky HD at the moment is only available with MySkyHDi.  However, HD STBs are available.  Units such as the Pace DS820 or DS810 will decode like MySkyHDi but don't have recording.  Perhaps Sky might be able to source and offer some in the future for subscribers such as me, who don't need a second recorder but would dearly love to replace my SD STB with a HD STB to show on the second TV.

So in answer to your heading.  Yes but not in this country (yet).
i rang sky last week to come install a box to support component($39.50), do u think it will make my picture quality abit clearer since im using composite (red white and yellow cable). thank you

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  Reply # 192722 29-Jan-2009 14:44
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Dingbatt: Hi, just back from holiday and catching up on threads.
Harking back to the title of this thread, Sky HD at the moment is only available with MySkyHDi.  However, HD STBs are available.  Units such as the Pace DS820 or DS810 will decode like MySkyHDi but don't have recording.  Perhaps Sky might be able to source and offer some in the future for subscribers such as me, who don't need a second recorder but would dearly love to replace my SD STB with a HD STB to show on the second TV.

So in answer to your heading.  Yes but not in this country (yet).
i rang sky last week to come install a box to support component($39.50), do u think it will make my picture quality abit clearer since im using composite (red white and yellow cable). thank you


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  Reply # 192725 29-Jan-2009 15:01
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Sorry, I know you asked this previously and I forgot to answer, but as tkr001 has said, in a word yes. By moving to component you bypass all the limitations imposed by 50yr old composite pal technology. The studio captures, records and works with component video, the mpeg digital transmisssion system conveys that component video, then in the last 2ft between the STB and your TV you you convert it to composite by filtering it, modulate it onto a noisy DSB carrier system, then couple it back with the luma channel and corrupt that only to feed it back into your TV that immediately pulls all that appart and back into component again :(

It can be argued that the low bit rate of many/most of the Sky channels benifit little from preserving top video quality, however in my opinion the pictures on a large digital display always look best if feed by as good signal as you can provide.

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  Reply # 192730 29-Jan-2009 15:12
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I actually found that on some of the really bad channels (fashion, living, food) that the composite looked a bit more watchable since the display was doing some additional filtering on the image which made it softer and the giant pixels stand out less. Movies/sport/proper channels no comparison, component wins out with the extra detail being visible and no fringing on colour edges that composite brings.

I have no idea on the quality of the wtv channels since noone I know pays for them, but if they are low bitrate crap like fashion and food don't expect a miracle




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  Reply # 192731 29-Jan-2009 15:16
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so which decoder is best for component? or is the only option the pace 230 model with the scart connectors?




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  Reply # 192990 30-Jan-2009 19:40
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davidcole: so which decoder is best for component? or is the only option the pace 230 model with the scart connectors?
a technician just installed the new box but i dont know wat model, its small, slim and silver but the qaulity is good

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