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Topic # 68299 18-Sep-2010 18:41
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I emailed espn about us getting hd and this is there replay
Dear Chris,

Thanks for contacting ESPN, Chris.

We understand the growing demand from viewers in New Zealand to have ESPN available in High Definition, and we can say definitively that it is a priority and a goal for ESPN to meet that demand and deliver sport in HD to fans as quickly as possible.

Sincerely,

Nic
ESPN Viewer Response 




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  Reply # 381666 18-Sep-2010 18:47
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So a nothing reply... great.

Guess we will see it once the US is getting it in 4k 3d or something...




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  Reply # 382015 19-Sep-2010 21:00
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oh well, that's at least something.

now all you need is a similar message from Sky and we'll be halfway there.

ESPN are at the mercy of Sky to a point, and i'm not sure how much space they've got for an HD channel on D1 right now...

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 382190 20-Sep-2010 11:59
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here's some excerpts from an e-mail Sky sent me (I removed all the usual PR bull***t and spin)


"We continue to upgrade our systems and source programmes and sporting events in HD where possible, however please note this is a transitional process and we can not confirm an exact time frame as to when ESPN will be offered in HD on our service."

"Foxtel in Australia... have purchased rights for ESPN HD and enough bandwidth to broadcast on their network. We are currently operating to full capacity of our satellites and If we were to add another channel then we could not continue bringing in current sporting events. Also the more satellite feeds we purchase and try to bring in at once, reduces the quality of broadcasting to customers. "


Quite laughable really, Sky have been sitting on their hands for nearly 2 years now raking in the money, with no obvious intent to the public that they actually seriously considering doing anything about this in the medium term.  They can hardly claim poverty.  Their revenue and profit are actually very similar to Foxtel  (profit: NZ$88.1 million $A73 million, revenue: NZ$692.0 million v $A165 million)

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  Reply # 386399 30-Sep-2010 16:50
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allstarnz: here's some excerpts from an e-mail Sky sent me (I removed all the usual PR bull***t and spin)


"We are currently operating to full capacity of our satellites and If we were to add another channel then we could not continue bringing in current sporting events. Also the more satellite feeds we purchase and try to bring in at once, reduces the quality of broadcasting to customers. "



Why don't they drop some of those bullsh*t OnDemand channels or Chinese/Korean propoganda TV crap that nobody ever watches and put Discovery/ESPN & The Box in HD? Surely those 3 are among the most popular channels watched on Sky at any one point.




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  Reply # 386488 30-Sep-2010 20:55
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they would have to dump everything on a single transponder to do more HD chans

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  Reply # 386497 30-Sep-2010 21:09
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If ESPN HD was broadcast, at a subscription cost, what would YOU be prepared to pay for it?




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  Reply # 386765 1-Oct-2010 14:36
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Id settle for them to just broadcast the Champions League football in widescreen without it looking like a standard def broadcast from 20 years ago.

The players are so blurry its not funny and to broadcast that in this day and age is a robbery.

Dont get me started on Tommy (bulge in the ol' onion bag) Smyth !

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  Reply # 387003 2-Oct-2010 02:29
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martyyn: Id settle for them to just broadcast the Champions League football in widescreen without it looking like a standard def broadcast from 20 years ago.

The players are so blurry its not funny and to broadcast that in this day and age is a robbery.

Dont get me started on Tommy (bulge in the ol' onion bag) Smyth !


Anything in 4:3 makes me sick.

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  Reply # 387372 3-Oct-2010 13:00
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ZollyMonsta: If ESPN HD was broadcast, at a subscription cost, what would YOU be prepared to pay for it?


I am already paying a $10 per month HD subscription and I would expect that this would cover it.

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  Reply # 387378 3-Oct-2010 14:07
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This is prob should go in its own thread what doesn't sky still have capacity they can use on Optus D3 ?

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  Reply # 387834 4-Oct-2010 19:33
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martyyn: Id settle for them to just broadcast the Champions League football in widescreen without it looking like a standard def broadcast from 20 years ago.

The players are so blurry its not funny and to broadcast that in this day and age is a robbery.

Dont get me started on Tommy (bulge in the ol' onion bag) Smyth !


I couldn't agree with this more tbh...The Spanish football is especially bad picture wise. That said, I'd be gutted if I had to watch it on the net instead....

Tommy is a shocker too, I wonder what the americans make of him.

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  Reply # 388205 5-Oct-2010 13:11
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^^^^
He was paraded through the streets of NY last year on St Patricks Day.

They absolutely love him which shows how much they know about football.


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Reply # 388236 5-Oct-2010 13:50
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martyyn: ^^^^
He was paraded through the streets of NY last year on St Patricks Day.

They absolutely love him which shows how much they know about football.



Don't you mean Soccer? Wink

I too would be happy with widescreen so it's not like watching the match in fog

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  Reply # 388240 5-Oct-2010 13:56
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This is clearly an example of a monopolistic company avoiding suitable investment on a critical service.

The government should definitely look at regulation of SkyTV, in relation to their channel selection, pricing and number of reality TV shows played.

Regards - N

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  Reply # 388252 5-Oct-2010 14:11
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Talkiet: This is clearly an example of a monopolistic company avoiding suitable investment on a critical service.

The government should definitely look at regulation of SkyTV, in relation to their channel selection, pricing and number of reality TV shows played.

Regards - N


You're joking, right?





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