Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

54 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 1

Topic # 30475 10-Feb-2009 02:44
Send private message


Buying a HD-ready TV in the next couple of weeks (no point in full HD given viewing distance) and wondering whether subscribing to HD feeds from Sky is worthwhile - will the picture quality be noticably better on a 37" lcd tv from about 8 foot if I pay extra for HD?

Or should I go ahead with plans for a HTPC (keen to do that to satisfy my tinkering urge and learn more about linux).



Create new topic
Mad Scientist
18699 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2380

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 195034 10-Feb-2009 03:29
Send private message

there will be a big difference in picture quality of HD content against SD content BUT ... it depends on how much is delivered in HD (upscaling counts as HD for the purposes of this post) and the bitrate delivered. does sky upscale their SD stuff? also i dont think every channel is in HD. in my opinion there is a significant difference and if i were a regular sky watcher i would pay the extra $15 a month ... but then you've got to buy the box though ... but think of it as buying a slightly overpriced hard drive recorder.

however comparing a 1080p transformers movie on sky and on blu ray, the ps3 absolutely destroys the sky feed in terms of picture quality on my full hd tv. does that mean sky HD is better than sky SD, erm - still it has to be a YES! on a 37" tv? i certainly think so. it all comes down to $.

3982 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 513


  Reply # 195065 10-Feb-2009 08:58
Send private message

If you're an avid sport/movie watcher then I think it's worth the $10 HD ticket.  And sure go for it.  Otherwise you're only getting Tv3 in hd and the boxes own upscaling for tv1 and 2 (I think).

You're other with MySky advantage is that it's a PVR that can record etc.

But if you're after value for money for HD, then a DVB-T receiver is probably the way to go if you live in a Freeview|HD area and have the UHF aerial.

Maybe look at an integrated IDTV, removes as extra box/remote.  But you can't record off it easily.

There are a lot of options at the moment, and things are moving pretty quickly. 

I rolled my own with an HD cabable PVR.  Give me Satellite, FreeviewHD and Sky all in one place.  I also have an IDTV as I didn't want the extra freeview decoder, and didn't want to rely on the PVR for watching live tv.  But that's my personal choice.

Previously known as psycik

Gigabyte AMD A8 Brix --> Samsung LA46A650D via HDMI, NextPVR,OpenHAB with Aeotech ZWave Controller
Media:Chromecast v2, ATV4, Roku3, Raspberry PI temperature Sensors and Bluetooth LE Sensors,HDHomeRun Dual
Windows 2012 
Host (Plex Server/Crashplan): 2x2TB, 2x3TB, 1x4TB using DriveBender, Samsung 850 evo 512 GB SSD, Hyper-V Server with 1xW10, 1xW2k8, 2xUbuntu 16.04 LTS, Crashplan, NextPVR channel for Plex,NextPVR Metadata Agent and Scanner for Plex

Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Intel introduces new NUC kits and NUC mini PCs
Posted 16-Aug-2018 11:03

The Warehouse leaps into the AI future with Google
Posted 15-Aug-2018 17:56

Targus set sights on enterprise and consumer growth in New Zealand
Posted 13-Aug-2018 13:47

Huawei to distribute nova 3i in New Zealand
Posted 9-Aug-2018 16:23

Home robot Vector to be available in New Zealand stores
Posted 9-Aug-2018 14:47

Panasonic announces new 2018 OLED TV line up
Posted 7-Aug-2018 16:38

Kordia completes first live 4K TV broadcast
Posted 1-Aug-2018 13:00

Schools get safer and smarter internet with Managed Network Upgrade
Posted 30-Jul-2018 20:01

DNC wants a safer .nz in the coming year
Posted 26-Jul-2018 16:08

Auldhouse becomes an AWS Authorised Training Delivery Partner in New Zealand
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:55

Rakuten Kobo launches Kobo Clara HD entry level reader
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:44

Kiwi team reaches semi-finals at the Microsoft Imagine Cup
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:38

KidsCan App to Help Kiwi Children in Need
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:32

FUJIFILM announces new high-performance lenses
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:57

New FUJIFILM XF10 introduces square mode for Instagram sharing
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:44

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.