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# 45388 1-Nov-2009 18:14
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Does anyone know if Sky is getting ESPNHD or other sports HD Channels?

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  # 269133 1-Nov-2009 23:32
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you might want to read this
http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=106&topicid=45270

in short, it seems not. Like I said in the other thread, a number of us held out hope Sky would extend their HD content with the launch of Optus D3. But no, Sky seem happy to sit on their fat a$$es profit taking.

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  # 275228 22-Nov-2009 17:16

Ive emailed them a few times about espn HD, I now see foxtel in oz has it

Would love to see those freakish athletes go at it in HD

Id even pay an extra $5 per month to see it

 
 
 
 


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  # 275233 22-Nov-2009 17:51
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I keep harping on about it but the next channels I'd like to see in HD are Discovery, Natgeo & Doco...




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  # 275294 22-Nov-2009 21:08
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God I hope the Superbowl is in HD this time. It's one of the biggest sporting events of the year!

Come on SKY give us ESPNHD!!!

Go Colts! 9-0 baby!

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  # 275311 22-Nov-2009 22:19
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BigMal: God I hope the Superbowl is in HD this time. It's one of the biggest sporting events of the year!

Come on SKY give us ESPNHD!!!

Go Colts! 9-0 baby!


that's the thing that annoys me the most.  Comparing the quality of the Fox HD game on Sky sports to the grainy SD dross on ESPN here really annoys me.

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  # 275333 23-Nov-2009 01:04
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Sky bit like telecom and needs a kick start. Like other paytv provader to have sky run for it's money that's want they need




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  # 275351 23-Nov-2009 08:27
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cws82us: Sky bit like telecom and needs a kick start. Like other paytv provader to have sky run for it's money that's want they need


That would be nice but I suspect that Sky has all the good stuff tied up with exclusive contracts..




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  # 275375 23-Nov-2009 09:29
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Yep, and I'm sure all this obtuse behaviour on the part of SkyTV is because they have no effective competition in this country. So that means that the best they can do is rung us up and make those ridiculously stupid offers to subscribe to the Rialto, Arts or whatever channel and "get one month for free"! If that's the best offer they can make to any of their long standing customers who have already shelled out mega $$$ in subscriptions and fees ...

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  # 275639 23-Nov-2009 21:57
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allstarnz:
BigMal: God I hope the Superbowl is in HD this time. It's one of the biggest sporting events of the year!

Come on SKY give us ESPNHD!!!

Go Colts! 9-0 baby!


that's the thing that annoys me the most.  Comparing the quality of the Fox HD game on Sky sports to the grainy SD dross on ESPN here really annoys me.


Yeah even for me with a SD tv i can notice the difference. ESPN looks crap compared to the scaled down HD 16:9 broadcast

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  # 275697 24-Nov-2009 07:02
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cws82us: Sky bit like telecom and needs a kick start. Like other paytv provader to have sky run for it's money that's want they need


If starting up in competition for Sky was easy plenty of people would have done it. Unfotunately it's not.

Got a spare $1 billion to launch a satellite?


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Master Geek


  # 275727 24-Nov-2009 09:35
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It's actually not as difficult as it might seem. All you have to be able to do is afford to rent the bandwidth off the satellite owner. Sky don't buy their own satellites. OK, so you need to broadcast some content but you just buy that off someone else of course.

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  # 275733 24-Nov-2009 09:59
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login: It's actually not as difficult as it might seem. All you have to be able to do is afford to rent the bandwidth off the satellite owner. Sky don't buy their own satellites. OK, so you need to broadcast some content but you just buy that off someone else of course.


Ok then - go do it...

Get some pricing to move some ASI/SDI video streams around the country to a Satellite uplink service(s) while your at it... Telecom should be able to help... They've got some stuff up at Warkworth.

Price up some of the Network gear you'll need to do it... Do this first, because its alot cheaper than all the broadcasting equipment you'll need.

Remember - if you go off the air for a few days your customer base will be gone... So build in lots of redundancy.  Don't worry though, it only doubles the price of everything...

Once you've done that, factor in another couple of hundred million to buy some broadcasting rights... Don't forget to buy the Rugby - you might need to buy a few hundred camera's as well, because you won't get the rights otherwise.

Now take the few hundred mill you've spent and start with no customers - let us all know when you'll start generating a return.




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  # 275740 24-Nov-2009 10:24
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Personally I wouldn't bother. 8-) But there are some of our guys out there prepared to do things that seem to be impossible. Heard about the Kiwi guys launching their own rocket into space proving that it can be done without the budget of NASA? If you start with an attitude that it cannot be done, then you probably won't do it. But the seemingly impossible can be achieved. All it takes is a dream, initiative and drive.

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  # 275744 24-Nov-2009 10:47
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login: It's actually not as difficult as it might seem. All you have to be able to do is afford to rent the bandwidth off the satellite owner. Sky don't buy their own satellites. OK, so you need to broadcast some content but you just buy that off someone else of course.


That's fine if satellite space is available. Right now there is not the free bandwidth available to actually give the same transponder space with NZ spot beams that Sky currently have.

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  # 275747 24-Nov-2009 10:54
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Do you think that will always be the case?

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