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Topic # 89307 30-Aug-2011 17:45
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From stuff.co.nz :   http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5530419/Unleashing-a-drama-nirvana

Interesting piece of the article, re: Game of Thrones..

"This epic fantasy from United States cable-television icon HBO is among the series Sky TV is believed to have been quietly buying for one of two high-definition channels it will launch after the World Cup.Sky isn't commenting on its plans, which may be unveiled this week, but it is understood one of the channels will have a link with HBO, as Sky's sister companies do in the United Kingdom (BSkyB's Sky Atlantic) and Australia (Foxtel's Showcase)."

So maybe this is what they're clearing channel 10 for? 

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  Reply # 514041 30-Aug-2011 19:13
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i remember doing a survey a couple months ago, where Sky gave options about what you would pay for as a package of channels . There was a package that included High quality first run drama in HD and HBO was mentioned as an example , and how much you would pay for it . from what i can remember there were about 6 different packages and there were 1or 2 i would have chosen, looks like they are following through with it.




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  Reply # 514043 30-Aug-2011 19:23
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Maybe we will end up with a sci-fi channel?

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  Reply # 514060 30-Aug-2011 20:00
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gooooooood, i can finally get rid of the crap repeated movie channels an get some Decent drama? :P




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  Reply # 514274 31-Aug-2011 10:15
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l43a2: gooooooood, i can finally get rid of the crap repeated movie channels an get some Decent drama? :P


Was that sarcasm mode ? 

Doubt you will get what you wish for, station programmers always play down to the lowest common denominator with the best returns. 

 




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  Reply # 514763 31-Aug-2011 22:34
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We have recently finished the run of Game of Thrones on Sky Atlantic here in the UK and it was not my thing at all - all this fantasy battle stuff didnt float my boat at all.  Believe me its NOT LOTR!!  Having said that - Sky Atlantic is a cracking channel - Boadwalk Empire, Blue Bloods, Mad Men, Bored to Death, Treme - plus some great repeats - The Soprano's, The Pacific etc - but the best thing of all they are all in HD and 5.1.....




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  Reply # 516319 4-Sep-2011 07:02
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http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5561105/New-Sky-drama-channel-at-a-price


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  Reply # 516342 4-Sep-2011 09:37
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$9.99 per month on top of your existing sky subscription just for an 'HBO' type US channel.

Get real! I already pay $145.99 and they're asking for another 7% for one channel? 

My suggestion is to sign up to netflix and a DNS unblocking service.

Works like a charm apparently, not illegal, and costs $7.99+$4.99US a month, for a whole lot more content than 1 channel could provide.   

RRRR, who are sky's marketing team? They should be shot. 

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  Reply # 516345 4-Sep-2011 09:40
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Sounds like a great channel, can't believe they're charging extra for it though, BSkyb deliver Sky Atlantic as part of their entry level pack (£20 or £25 depending on kids and documentary channels) which works out at around $38NZ or $47NZ. By my maths adding Sky Soho to your channel lineup it's going to cost $57 a month, which no matter how you look at it, is more.

The joys of a monopoly.

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  Reply # 516347 4-Sep-2011 09:48
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jjnz1:

My suggestion is to sign up to netflix and a DNS unblocking service.

Works like a charm apparently, not illegal, and costs $7.99+$4.99US a month, for a whole lot more content than 1 channel could provide.   

 


According to this stuff article, it is illegal to hide your IP?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5561251/How-broadcasters-lost-control-of-screens
 
I always thought it was frowned upon but not illegal. 

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  Reply # 516349 4-Sep-2011 09:50
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jjnz1:
jjnz1:

My suggestion is to sign up to netflix and a DNS unblocking service.

Works like a charm apparently, not illegal, and costs $7.99+$4.99US a month, for a whole lot more content than 1 channel could provide.   

 


According to this stuff article, it is illegal to hide your IP?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5561251/How-broadcasters-lost-control-of-screens
 
I always thought it was frowned upon but not illegal. 


Probably because your breaking their terms and conditions, or in the case of BBC iPlayer not paying a licence fee. 

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  Reply # 516393 4-Sep-2011 11:40
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jjnz1:
jjnz1:

My suggestion is to sign up to netflix and a DNS unblocking service.

Works like a charm apparently, not illegal, and costs $7.99+$4.99US a month, for a whole lot more content than 1 channel could provide.   

 


According to this stuff article, it is illegal to hide your IP?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5561251/How-broadcasters-lost-control-of-screens
 
I always thought it was frowned upon but not illegal. 



its not illegal to hide your ip its just illegal to view the program from another country , bit like the bit torrent programs they are not illegal but what you do with them may be




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  Reply # 516397 4-Sep-2011 11:51
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vexxxboy:
jjnz1:
jjnz1:

My suggestion is to sign up to netflix and a DNS unblocking service.

Works like a charm apparently, not illegal, and costs $7.99+$4.99US a month, for a whole lot more content than 1 channel could provide.   

 


According to this stuff article, it is illegal to hide your IP?

http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/5561251/How-broadcasters-lost-control-of-screens
 
I always thought it was frowned upon but not illegal. 



its not illegal to hide your ip its just illegal to view the program from another country , bit like the bit torrent programs they are not illegal but what you do with them may be



But is it illegal according to New Zealand law? Or is it just in breach of the companies terms and conditions?

They are two very different wrongs. Just because you breach a set of t&c's, doesn't mean you need to be punished under the Law. 

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  Reply # 516399 4-Sep-2011 11:53
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Now if I could just pay the $9.99 and not have to pay for all of the other sky dross it might be worth it, but not on top of a $50 basic package.




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  Reply # 516402 4-Sep-2011 11:58
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And where in NZ law does it state that you get punished because...

1. you viewed copyright material via streaming
2. you didn't share the material
3. you didn't store the material

I think it is a loophole.

The law is designed to punish:
1. those who share
2. maybe those who have in possession of illegally obtained material
3. those who aid in helping others to obtain said material.

If I go to Courtney Place and watch a unreleased in NZ version of Trueblood on a big screen, I don't break NZ law, the people who organised it do if they don't have the rights. 

I think under the current law, streaming is no different.

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  Reply # 516423 4-Sep-2011 12:58
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when you look at the type of programming. 9.99 ISNT THAT MUCH REALLY :P




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