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#58069 6-Mar-2010 03:47
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Some people with medium to large size tv's may have noticed that the picture quality on most of the sky channels is a lot clearer, thats because sky have upgraded the screen resolutions on most of their channels to either full 720x576 or cropped 704x576.  where as before most channels were at 544x576, the reason I know this, I use a dreambox with my skycard instead of the mysky decoder they installed for me, the dreambox shows all the screen resolutions.

Its about time they did this upgrade, however I havent had a chance to test the audio bitrates, last time I checked sky digital music, all were at 32,000Khz 192kbps, hopefully i'll test again and find it at 48,000Khz, the same as the audio on all their tv channels.

The resolution used on most channels previously was 544x576 producing shocking quality, pictures were slightly blurred with more pixilated squares during high motion. even C4 was at 544x576 while the freeview feed was 720x576, all freeview channels are 720x576 by the way.

The reason I use a dreambox is I want to record but dont want the constant hum of the mysky hdd in my bedroom while im trying to sleep, hence the dreambox.  the dreambox uses a laptop hdd, more quiet, it also powers down when not in use.  When I initially scanned all the channels in my dreambox, I deleted skys poor quality feed of C4 and kept the freeview feed, did the same with tv1, 2 and 3. the bitrates on the sky feeds are also lower.  Before I had my dreambox I used to sometimes switch to analogue for C4 as it was slightly better quality than skys 544x576 pixilated feed of C4, we have a direct line of site to waiatarua too with VHF/UHF roof antennas so no ghosting or fuzzyness, just a clear picture.

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  #308114 17-Mar-2010 04:59
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It is because they have just started using their 6th and last tp on D1, so we should see at least 20 new channels coming as it seems they will leave D3 for HD

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Ultimate Geek

  #308198 17-Mar-2010 11:12
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why cant sky just merge with foxtel and make the aussie beams on c1 and d3 dual aussie/nz beams, they would sell a lot more subscriptions, i want to see discovery hd but sky doesnt have it, foxtel does tho.


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  #308199 17-Mar-2010 11:16
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And, as a parent of 2 toddlers, CBeebies.

Not to mention ESPN HD

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  #308209 17-Mar-2010 11:34
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gareth41: why cant sky just merge with foxtel and make the aussie beams on c1 and d3 dual aussie/nz beams, they would sell a lot more subscriptions, i want to see discovery hd but sky doesnt have it, foxtel does tho.

There were plenty of rumors about this a year or two ago but nothing ever happened.

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  #308212 17-Mar-2010 11:39
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Agreeeed :)

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  #308238 17-Mar-2010 12:22
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I got told my the sky tech that 2 cables in musky HDmi. That one cable will get
HD and the other sd in 6 mouths time

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  #308243 17-Mar-2010 12:27
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why cant i view the rest of the posts in this thread? they were there just a moment ago

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