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Topic # 31347 13-Mar-2009 20:25
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I've noticed, since having freeview (sat) installed, how absolute sh**e LOST looks (Tv2, Wed 8:30) on SkyTV (MySkyHDi).  During all the dark scenes, (best way to describe it) it looks all pixilated and blocky, I couldnt understand why it looks better on my Freeview setup, than on my Sky setup.  Its the same signal isnt it?
Exquipment (MySky|HDi): Panasonic 32" LCD (720p Max)Equipment (Freeview): Toshiba 42" LCD (1080p)
And I thought MyskyHDi upscalled SD signals too, so with the pixel issue, its baffling.
Anyone else feel the same way?




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  Reply # 201117 13-Mar-2009 21:43
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hamisht:
And I thought MyskyHDi upscalled SD signals too, so with the pixel issue, its baffling.


It doesn't. Probably the signal on Sky is more compressed than the Freeview one.

Personally, I'm happy with my TV2 signal on Sky via HDi.

But there are some real shockers (ESPN, Living Channel, etc).





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  Reply # 201127 13-Mar-2009 22:13
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Sorry but this is one reason why i didn't get the myskyhdi - no HD on tv1 and 2.  On my IDTV it looks good.  But is is a "moody" type drama so they use lots of dark colours.

I prefer the miami based shows, CSI Miami and Burn Notice (both TV3) since the glass buildings and blue skys make for a really good picture




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  Reply # 201151 14-Mar-2009 08:14
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Hi, the FreeView streams of TV1/2/3/c4 are not the same ones as on Sky. Sky run their own feeds on one of their own muxs and further to that the feed they take is off a distribution feed from TVNZ, which is already in mpeg at distribution level but for various reasons cannot be directly sent out on the TP stream but has to be decoded and recoded by one of Skys encoders, this concatenation of encoding plus the fact that Sky runs lower bit rates than FeeView means there is a very noticable diff in pics.

The fact that Sky still run their own streams hopefully will eventually disappear once the exisiting contracts expire. There is no technical reason for sky to not point their boxs at streams within FreeView muxs, they already do this for the likes of Parliment, TeReo, etc.

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  Reply # 201153 14-Mar-2009 08:32
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but what about the HD feed like tv3?  is there enough bandwidth?

So forgetting all the politics the there seems to be between tvnz/sky/freeview, is there ehough room to add another 2 HD channels on the sky satellite?




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  Reply # 201155 14-Mar-2009 08:53
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Sky would want TVNZ to pay to put their HD streams up, currently Sky only has two HD muxs (DVB-S2 ones) that can handle 3 HD channels each, so that leaves enough room for one at the moment although they are probably using that capacity for ondemand.

Until D3 goes up I dont think there will be any more expansion of HD services, and then TVNZ would have to pay for Sky to transmit it, in the current climate, it aint going to happen.

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  Reply # 201315 15-Mar-2009 19:00
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Do you know when D3 is scheduled to go up Cyril? Is 09/7/09 still current?

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