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Topic # 31980 7-Apr-2009 12:58
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Does any one know why Sky does not show any boxoffice channels in HD? Seems like a rip to pay extra for PPV's and HD ticket and not get them in HD. eg. UFC is advertised during the broadcast as being available in HD, same with wrestlemania last night.

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  Reply # 205729 7-Apr-2009 13:05
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Its probably one of two things: Not having the capacity to show it in HD, they only have so much bandwidth from the satellite (but you would expect them to be able to show these one off events in HD). Or more likely its a rights issue (as there was with the superbowl last year).


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  Reply # 205745 7-Apr-2009 14:32
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Provision of HD feeds of channels/programs that come from outside NZ requires a fibre pipe running at about 45 Mbps per channel. Sky simply does not have these pipes available as they cost money. Current HD satellite transmit capacity is provided to Sky for FREE by Optus.




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  Reply # 205747 7-Apr-2009 14:41
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Spyware: Provision of HD feeds of channels/programs that come from outside NZ requires a fibre pipe running at about 45 Mbps per channel. Sky simply does not have these pipes available as they cost money. Current HD satellite transmit capacity is provided to Sky for FREE by Optus.


Really 45Mbps per channel? Why is that? Its only 720p video and AC3 audio isnt it?

Also, so your bascially saying that Sky is charging us extra for something that they are getting for free! Wow that sounds like an awesome deal :S

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  Reply # 205752 7-Apr-2009 14:50
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Sky's HD spec is apparently 15 Mbps 1080i H.264. To get this out of an H.264 encoder you have to feed in a higher bitrate, hence 45 Mbps. Obviously Sky have tolerable standards for HD unlike their crappy SD, 6 Mbps in, 2 Mbps out SD mpeg2 content.

Unless Optus provided transponder space for HD free to Sky you wouldn't be seeing any HD as Fellet considers it to be a luxury too good for Nzers who really don't notice the quality improvement over SD.




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  Reply # 205759 7-Apr-2009 15:16
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Spyware: Unless Optus provided transponder space for HD free to Sky you wouldn't be seeing any HD as Fellet considers it to be a luxury too good for Nzers who really don't notice the quality improvement over SD.


Doesn't this deal runout sometime in the near future? I remember reading about it a while ago on here but can't remember the excat details. If i remember correctly we will be up the creek when it does end because it is going to cost quite a few million to get what we now have for free from optus?

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