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Topic # 56103 12-Jan-2010 13:16
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Do I understand correctly, is there currently HD content only on Sky Sports channels and Sky Movies? So if I have Sky Basic package, I'm not really benefitting from having MySky HDi at all? I read from somewhere that 1, 2 and 3 are HD anyway so am I able to see them in HD with just a full HD TV?


Thanks :-)


ADDED at 13:31


I don't know if the recording function and the ability to view something in HD come separately, or if you cannot have one without the other. At the moment HD looks to be only available on channels that I don't have, soI'm interested in the cheapest way to either 
1) just enjoy a Full HD TV with Sky Basic package, or
2) to have a recording function with Sky Basic package. 


Hope this is clearer now!

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  Reply # 289272 12-Jan-2010 13:19
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Do you mean the device itself or the HD ticket. If you mean the device, how else would you record things - it thats what you want to do.

1,2,3 are all HD - at least in parts........




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  Reply # 289274 12-Jan-2010 13:22
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I guess I mean the HD ticket as I don't know if recording function and the ability to view something in HD come separately.

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  Reply # 289285 12-Jan-2010 14:24
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Sky shouldn't sell you the HD ticket without sports or movies. Should get a punch in the face if they are.




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  Reply # 289287 12-Jan-2010 14:27
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mentalinc: Sky shouldn't sell you the HD ticket without sports or movies. Should get a punch in the face if they are.



Thanks for commenting! I have not called them yet, I just want to be in the know when/if I do call them to subscribe to anything extra.

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  Reply # 289382 12-Jan-2010 19:04
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It will record TV 1,2,3 in HD on basic package.

Also can record two channels at same time, and watch third.

Can series link programs so get program recorded every week, will even record programs if on different time following week.

And unlike a recorder you own if it craps out, they replace it free of charge, not sure if call out fee - might depend what went wrong.

Is capable of DD5.1 and on the very odd occasion a TV3 program will be DD5.1

Above are the advantages without HD ticket, so if go that way just got to decide between $15 extra a month above your normal subscription, or $600 and pay normal basic subscription per month.

So if you want to be able to record freeview channels in HD at $600 mysky is cheaper then the myfreeview if you're already paying sky a subscription. Myfreeview was around $700 last time I looked and only does freeview channels.



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  Reply # 289384 12-Jan-2010 19:12
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rugrat: It will record TV 1,2,3 in HD on basic package.

Also can record two channels at same time, and watch third.

Can series link programs so get program recorded every week, will even record programs if on different time following week.

And unlike a recorder you own if it craps out, they replace it free of charge, not sure if call out fee - might depend what went wrong.

Is capable of DD5.1 and on the very odd occasion a TV3 program will be DD5.1

Above are the advantages without HD ticket, so if go that way just got to decide between $15 extra a month above your normal subscription, or $600 and pay normal basic subscription per month.



Thanks for laying it all out for me, helps a lot. I guess a saving is a saving, so maybe the HD ticket can be subscribed to later when there is more HD content available. I'm off to find out how much it costs to get MySky without HD ticket!


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  Reply # 289773 13-Jan-2010 19:50
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So do you need the HD ticket to view 1,2,3 in HD?

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  Reply # 289796 13-Jan-2010 20:36
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No, 1-3 are viewable/recordable in HD without the HD Ticket. As for the cost its $15 per month rental (without HD ticket) or $600 one off. HD ticket is an extra $10 or free with Multiroom. Rental fee is waived for Vodafone Broadband customers on a 5gb plan or above.

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  Reply # 289800 13-Jan-2010 20:45
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what if you don't have an HDMI enabled TV? Can it be installed over component?

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  Reply # 289828 13-Jan-2010 22:12
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link2007: what if you don't have an HDMI enabled TV? Can it be installed over component?


Yes, but all HD channels will be downscaled to SD (except I think the sports channels if HD ticket and subscribe sports)

Dolby Digital would still work.

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  Reply # 289850 14-Jan-2010 00:06
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Also discussed in another thread, Sky drop the quality of the free to air channels (1,2 and 3 etc) to fit more channels in so it's my understanding that you get WORSE HD quality than using Freeview.

I have MySky HDi and while the live pause and recording is cool, there ain't no HD content on any of the basic channels, vibe, national geographic, discovery, etc are all low definition.




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  Reply # 290002 14-Jan-2010 14:28
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I spoke to Sky yesterday on cancelling our sub. You get the hard sell from 'Customer Care' to downgrade but retain you as a customer.

I was told that I could retain the MySkyHD unit and go to the basic package but TV 1,2,3 would be only in SD without the $10 cost for the HD ticket. You'd be back to the basic sub, +$15 MkSky fee + $10 HD ticket.

I'm looking at Tivo and Magic TV as alternatives.


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