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#90730 28-Sep-2011 14:28
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Hi all, 

In my quest to get the best media available for the best value possible I am considering Sky for the first time in ages.

The reason is the new channel Soho.

This totally looks the business, basically because I like HBO as it has the shows I want to watch. 

Yeah, I know it is an attempt to stop torrent downloading and I'm cool with that as long as it delivers. VPN + Netflix demands a lot of bandwidth, plus the set up and ongoing costs. 

So, here is how I understand it:

I pay $47 per month for the basic service which has 'normal tv' and History, Nat Geo et al.

Then I pay another $9.99 per month to get SoHo which is basically HBO old and new.

I would have to sign up to a term contract (12 months?) 

If I want to pay $15 per month more or $599 up front I can get MySky which will record a certain amount.

This actually sounds pretty reasonable. 

Is there anything I am missing? 

What is the best way to record Sky, preferably to a hard drive?

Has SoHo changed anybody else's view of Sky?

Thanks all. 

 




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  #526780 28-Sep-2011 14:45
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To be honest, MySky is well worth it for the recording. Just wish they stopped with the silly charge for HD ticket.

SoHo looks to be a good channel, but it also depends on how old the content is on it when it launches compared to the States.




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  #526785 28-Sep-2011 14:50
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yeah, if you want those shows in Hd then you need the HD ticket which is another $10 per month (or free if you have multiroom)

 
 
 
 


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  #526793 28-Sep-2011 15:14
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magu: To be honest, MySky is well worth it for the recording. Just wish they stopped with the silly charge for HD ticket.

SoHo looks to be a good channel, but it also depends on how old the content is on it when it launches compared to the States.


How much storage space does a MySky box contain? Is there a way to extend it or shift media off to somewhere else? Even burn to disk? 

I used to think 320 GB was big until I fill my first hard drive.

I want to be able to fill up a storage device, don't care what, with stuff I actually want to see. Then when I have to the time I can watch stuff I want to. 

I'm not too concerned if the content is a bit old. I still haven't seen past season three of The Sopranos. I figure as long as they have one current season of a big show in Prime Time five nights a week I'll be happy. 

Having said that, Sky made a lot of people unhappy with the changes they made to the movie channel a few years back. The way that was set up was a joke.

Hope they don't do the same thing with SoHo.  




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  #526800 28-Sep-2011 15:24
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crackrdbycracku:
magu: To be honest, MySky is well worth it for the recording. Just wish they stopped with the silly charge for HD ticket.

SoHo looks to be a good channel, but it also depends on how old the content is on it when it launches compared to the States.


How much storage space does a MySky box contain? Is there a way to extend it or shift media off to somewhere else? Even burn to disk? 

I used to think 320 GB was big until I fill my first hard drive.

I want to be able to fill up a storage device, don't care what, with stuff I actually want to see. Then when I have to the time I can watch stuff I want to. 

I'm not too concerned if the content is a bit old. I still haven't seen past season three of The Sopranos. I figure as long as they have one current season of a big show in Prime Time five nights a week I'll be happy. 

Having said that, Sky made a lot of people unhappy with the changes they made to the movie channel a few years back. The way that was set up was a joke.

Hope they don't do the same thing with SoHo.  


The new MySky+ box has double the storage of the MySkyHDi. How much that actually is, though, is anybody's guess. 640GB, maybe?

You cannot offload storage from MySky boxes to other devices, unfortunately. 




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  #526827 28-Sep-2011 16:15
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magu: ]The new MySky+ box has double the storage of the MySkyHDi. How much that actually is, though, is anybody's guess. 640GB, maybe?

You cannot offload storage from MySky boxes to other devices, unfortunately. 


I would say the new MySky+ has at least four times the storage of the MySky HDi, we have been struggling to get ours anywhere near 2/3 full whereas the old HDi we would be forever having to delete stuff to record more.

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  #526846 28-Sep-2011 16:40
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crackrdbycracku: Hi all, 

In my quest to get the best media available for the best value possible I am considering Sky for the first time in ages.

The reason is the new channel Soho.

This totally looks the business, basically because I like HBO as it has the shows I want to watch. 

Yeah, I know it is an attempt to stop torrent downloading and I'm cool with that as long as it delivers. VPN + Netflix demands a lot of bandwidth, plus the set up and ongoing costs. 

So, here is how I understand it:

I pay $47 per month for the basic service which has 'normal tv' and History, Nat Geo et al.

Then I pay another $9.99 per month to get SoHo which is basically HBO old and new.

I would have to sign up to a term contract (12 months?) 

If I want to pay $15 per month more or $599 up front I can get MySky which will record a certain amount.

This actually sounds pretty reasonable. 

Is there anything I am missing? 

What is the best way to record Sky, preferably to a hard drive?

Has SoHo changed anybody else's view of Sky?

Thanks all. 

 


You may already know this but if you sign up for internet with Vodafone they pay the $15 a month for MySkyHDi, or $15 a month of the $20 for MySky+ saving you a bit more money.

Best way to record Sky is definitely MySky, simply because it is just so easy to use (so long as its not full), other than that to record to a hard drive I guess you'd need a DVD hard drive recorder, unless you got a capture card for a PC or something similar.

Re SoHo, it's not released until October 31, right now its just running a preview loop, but there's a detailed article on what it'll be like here: http://www.throng.co.nz/the-wire/sky-launch-new-premium-content-channel-soho 
 

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  #526867 28-Sep-2011 17:17
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http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=106&topicid=80262&page_no=5

Check the last page of this thread. You can get half price basic package for 12 months. If you sign up before the end of this month.

 
 
 
 


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  #527016 29-Sep-2011 01:33

Is soho going to be in HD? Or the usual low quality like prime? That would be the deal breaker for me.




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  #527026 29-Sep-2011 05:54
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It is being advertised as in HD.




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  #528146 2-Oct-2011 01:38
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Pretty sure it's gonna be broadcast in both HD and SD. HD feed is at 12295 MHz. SD feed is at 12267 MHz. Guess it will depend if you have the HD ticket or not ;)

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  #528148 2-Oct-2011 02:46
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...Ooops!  Got that the wrong way round.  HD feed is at 12267 MHz and SD feed is at 12295 MHz.  Guess they're doing it this way so anyone can subscribe, be you SD decoder or HD decoder, HD ticket or not!

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  #528238 2-Oct-2011 12:23
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clevedon:
magu: ]The new MySky+ box has double the storage of the MySkyHDi. How much that actually is, though, is anybody's guess. 640GB, maybe?

You cannot offload storage from MySky boxes to other devices, unfortunately. 


I would say the new MySky+ has at least four times the storage of the MySky HDi, we have been struggling to get ours anywhere near 2/3 full whereas the old HDi we would be forever having to delete stuff to record more.


I've heard the number 1TB bandied around, but no idea whether that's true and, regardless of that, how much Sky reserves for on-demand content (I so wish you could disable that!)

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  #528342 2-Oct-2011 22:29

First advertised shows look old to me. Sopranos etc. Quality of shows look good but I'd like to see newer content myself. Who's signing/signed up?




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  #528389 3-Oct-2011 08:06
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hdinsider: First advertised shows look old to me. Sopranos etc. Quality of shows look good but I'd like to see newer content myself. Who's signing/signed up?


Intend to sign up but will have a look at the free month first.




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  #528394 3-Oct-2011 08:32
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hdinsider: First advertised shows look old to me. Sopranos etc. Quality of shows look good but I'd like to see newer content myself. Who's signing/signed up?


Yeah, I think with a channel to fill there is going to be some older content. I think Sky has made a commitment to playing certain amount of 'current' stuff.

Having said that I am sure that if not enough people sign up the quality will go down as Sky won't see a return.  

I guess it is as good as we are going to get until someone comes up with a proper streaming service for NZ.   I'm going to keep an eye on it and see how things go. 




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