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# 39901 21-Aug-2009 02:16
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Lets hope that Sky follow suit:

Satellite to fire Foxtel to 30 new channels

Article from: The Courier-Mail


http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,25920732-8362,00.html



FOXTEL will launch 30 new channels, including 10 high-definition offerings, before the end of the year as part of an overhaul of the pay-TV service.

Foxtel content, product development and delivery executive Patrick Delany yesterday confirmed the new channels would be launched late this year, in addition to a revamped TV guide and free TV and movie downloads for subscribers.

The extra channels will be made possible by a new Optus satellite that spokesman Paul Sheridan yesterday confirmed would launch into the skies off French Guiana on August 22.

Mr Delany said Foxtel had been planning to launch new channels for some time, though he would not confirm their content.

"This is the biggest thing we've launched since digital TV and it is a massive overhaul," he said. "We'll be using six transponders on the satellite, which will deliver 20 new standard-definition channels and 10 new HD channels."

The pay-TV revamp will also include an overhaul of Foxtel's on-screen TV guide, and a bigger addition is due for October when Foxtel launches TV and movie downloads from its website for subscribers.

"We will introduce 400 hours of catch-up TV that you can download to your PC," he said. "It will be included in your package."

Mr Delany said the downloads would also include pay-per-view movies.





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  # 249342 21-Aug-2009 10:56
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Sky's "proposed" freq's that they will be using off OPTUS D3 are as follows, all Horizontal.....12268,12295,12331,12358,12421,12456,12519,12546,12581,12608,12644,12671,12707,12734.
Source : page 4 of this PDF

http://www.skybusiness.co.nz/Portals/2/Commercial_Installation_Specifications.pdf

Thats a lot of freq's so the begging question is "how many are going to be HD channels"

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  # 249351 21-Aug-2009 11:13
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Foxtel appear to have a lot more channels than Sky do anyway, so I just don't see how their increase in channels could possibly affect Sky...




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  # 249368 21-Aug-2009 11:46
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I know Foxtel and Sky are in bed with each other, but is there any plans to bring Foxtel to NZ?

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  # 249389 21-Aug-2009 12:38
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I would not be to hopeful, as Sky TV still have 1 transponder free on D1 unused. Even if that was for SD only, they still have not added anything but Comedy Central and the much watched Country Channel. That is 10 - 15 stations that could already be added before D3 is even launched.

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  # 249396 21-Aug-2009 12:57
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langi27: I know Foxtel and Sky are in bed with each other, but is there any plans to bring Foxtel to NZ?


Don't they both have the same owners.  Murdoch??




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  # 249415 21-Aug-2009 13:21
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old3eyes:
langi27: I know Foxtel and Sky are in bed with each other, but is there any plans to bring Foxtel to NZ?


Don't they both have the same owners.  Murdoch??


No.

Murdoch (News Corp)

Foxtel is owned by Telstra (50%) News Corporation (25%) Consolidated Media Holdings (25%)

Sky Network Television is owned by Sky Network Television Limited (56%) News Corporation (44%)

I have no idea how it works but I'm assuming the the largest owner pulls the strings.





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  # 249481 21-Aug-2009 16:28
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does anybody actually watch all of the extra channels on sky as it is? i'd shudder to think of what other channels they could add. perhaps a christian channel for each religion? maybe handymanTV, fishingTV, golfTV, netballTV, knittingTV etc?




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  # 249494 21-Aug-2009 17:20
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langi27: I know Foxtel and Sky are in bed with each other, but is there any plans to bring Foxtel to NZ?


All the rumors last year were that Sky and Foxtel were going to merge of become a lot closer but that never did eventuate. In many ways a joint business does make a lot of sence.


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  # 249534 21-Aug-2009 20:02
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Probably reality tv, and Game show and sci fi channels like sky have in the UK



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  # 249554 21-Aug-2009 21:34
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3 HD Sport Channels

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  # 249655 22-Aug-2009 14:04
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DarkKnight08: 3 HD Sport Channels


That's what I'm hoping for, among other things.

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  # 249693 22-Aug-2009 16:50
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They could add 5-7 more HD channels right now.

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  # 249706 22-Aug-2009 18:03
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Regs: does anybody actually watch all of the extra channels on sky as it is? i'd shudder to think of what other channels they could add. perhaps a christian channel for each religion? maybe handymanTV, fishingTV, golfTV, netballTV, knittingTV etc?

Hey, my Mum would watch knittingTV!

But yeah, I agree.  Apart from a few exceptions, I would rather see Sky increase the bandwidth on its current non-flagship channels.

Sometimes I start watching something on one of the "minor" channels but turn it off in despair after seeing how pixelated it is, and go watch it on youtube instead for the better quality. Tongue out



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  # 249710 22-Aug-2009 18:40
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DS9: They could add 5-7 more HD channels right now.


HD is a tough business to crack for Sky.

They're now got 80000 MySky HDi's in the market and estimates are they've only got 15000 people actually paying the HD ticket.

Why aren't people who are buying HD equipment not interested in watching HD content?


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  # 249712 22-Aug-2009 18:54
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DS9: They could add 5-7 more HD channels right now.


HD is a tough business to crack for Sky.

They're now got 80000 MySky HDi's in the market and estimates are they've only got 15000 people actually paying the HD ticket.

Why aren't people who are buying HD equipment not interested in watching HD content?



With multiroom, it's free so that probably skews the numbers. The rest who don't chose to get the HD ticket, well I just don't know what their thinking, for a pitiful measly $10 a monthy outlay.

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